While not one to entirely goof around, there are some Journal topics either I would like to remind others to expect, remind myself to work on, or are simply too short, or not impersonal enough to justify going in as their own. The idea here will be to keep to twelve pointers, in spirit of the holidays.
12.) Giving Thanks
Firstly, I would like to extend my most sincerest gratitude to ~MewtwoStruckBack
for giving me my Premium Membership. I just wish I used them to their full extent. As for those who generally comment on anything I do, thank you for reading, thinking and being articulate. There is nothing greater than knowing that there are people out there on dA with more than half a brain in their skull and a will to use it. While I could and may mention in the future about how people like to accumulate mass amounts of Watchers for often petty reasons; frankly having a mass of a pointless spam of comments is nauseating. Why anyone wants that is beyond my mental capacity to conceptualize.
For the last year or so, Polls have been used as a method to get further insight into how everyone seems to think. Some have been well executed, some have not. As my Journals are frequent and long-winded, sometimes this is an easier way to get a response. Granted, at the same time because polls are constructed of one-liners, not all the questions have answers curtailed properly. I may express my frustration about this, as I am not a statistician and not capable of always having the foresight to give the most accurately framed polls. For those who have Premium Memberships, I may want to consider doing a Journal to demonstrate proper polling questions to reduce opinionated sway.
10.) Journal Diaries
Since relatively day one, the idea of Journals was to articulate thoughts, but not in the most vain, or narcissistic manner. As it stands, I am a person who has no care, or whim to either vent my complaints, or take any importance in my daily workings. Truly if it were the case, it would look something like this:
"December 19, 2011:
I swear to God the Poles' houses smoke as much as they do. Can't breathe. Can't sleep. Guess what? Another terrorist leader capable of nuclear arms just kicked the bucket. No more Oompa-Loompa Man (Kim Jung-Il)!"
Due to deviantArt's updates relating to Sta.sh and the Journals, I can now see how many people look at journals. It is far more than I had expected, but then there are people who make single sentence ones with greater results. As it is ones own writing, it is up to their discretion as to what they write, and if people will want to read it.
Pronounced as "meems", this is the one most loathsome reason why I do not Watch almost anyone's Journals. A meme is a viral concept that superimposes itself onto everything around it, carried on by its viral appeal. Memes often include the lengthy questionnaires that are actually curtailed to a 14 year old audience. (Or in my husband's stroke of impudence, Fus Ro Dahing one of my images.) If you're an adult, and taking a "Virgin" quiz you are seriously missing the point. The idea of these are basically for immature giggles, and an excuse to get away with personal questions. As it goes, most people care little for your sex life, if you did drugs, or if you like Justin Bieber. For those who do not exist in the rapid response, insta-download mentality of life, we indulge in conversation. As such, conversation is in itself an art, and probably something to be brought up later.
8.) Statistical Openess
One of the things I have noticed with what I would deem as 'hostile' individuals is their capacity to shy away from openly expressing their Activity or their Stats, and sometimes everything else. With my membership, I can see regular visitors, and get a general idea of who actually goes through my activity. While some deem it as snooping of sorts, the idea remains to be open and transparent. Most internet activity cannot be hidden on dA to begin with, so bothering to hide it shows some level of uneducated paranoia. As for the Stats option, presumably anyone who hides that is out of pure vanity and shame (and then consequently brags all the time when they hit certain pageview counts or Watcher levels). Everyone does it for their own reasons, of course and it is not something I want to devote a lot of writing to. Personally, it offers a behavioral baseline.
7.) Art Theft
My New Year's resolution is to train people in the art of recognizing consistency in styles, when a person isn't posting their own work, and how to tell that apart. The struggle of doing this properly has been a strong stance against making a Journal a picture gallery, that, and I have been hesitant to make one on examples consisting of my work only (as I don't believe it is fair to compare the art of others). There are a lot of people who struggle at style recognition in general, and it is one of the hallmarks of becoming good at critiquing images, and being an art reviewer.
6.) How to get yourself banned in 60 seconds by being 'nice', but still technically 'naughty'
Some people see my Activity, so relating to that topic, they see that I report a massive amount of art theft, and tend to heckle the posters since the dA admin response time is very slow. There are ways to be a troll on here, but a lot will get you in trouble, and actually will result in a permanent user ban. Though it may be frustrating, silent reporting is always available and the recommended method. Sorry if everyone thinks going in guns-a-blazin' is risk free.
5.) "All I Want For Christmas"
Birthdays and holidays mark the time when friends, or admirers with free time ask for or award gifts to other users on deviantArt. One person I watch spends all of her art time doing nothing but gift giving. In the same frame of mind, there are those I know who persistently whine for things. During the holidays, artists have both a lot of free time, and none at all. Artists are poor and art can be used as gifts, but it takes time and energy that may be needed for friends and family. And if you're a gift giver who has no money, or capacity to draw, then there are ways to do so on dA by simply sending a message that wishes some holiday cheer but is beyond the simple "Merry Christmas". And for every artist in her life... a Daily Deviation would be nice. (Hint.)
4.) Art Blocks
This is just one of those things that depends on a person's work ethic, their emotional state and their self-esteem. For some, the hang-up on perfection, and showcasing the perfect piece is the obstacle, and for others, they simply cannot get any idea into their head. As I am from the "muscle through problems" class, then creating such a Journal is a bad idea since I can be prone to bias. If a person has an art block, be understanding and patient. These things can take a while to clear up.
3.) Bad business practices
If there is a single thing that needs to be done, it is of course teaching commissioners to expect good quality and service (getting a penciled sketch 3 months after paying is not good service), and teaching the artists to be responsible about what they offer, for how much, and clearly express and be realistic about their due dates. If you can't devote a few free hours a week to work for others, you can't accept commissions. Period. Personal pet peeve is seeing people being idiotic with their expectations of themselves and consequently ripping people off.
2.) Ashamed of older work
Like with the statistical shame, it seems there are people here who are afraid to admit that as artists, they develop. Part of my goal, as expressed through critiquing the work of others, is to encourage people to develop, learn and evolve as artists. Old work lets you know where you have come from. [link]
is work from roughly 10 years ago, and something like this [link]
or this [link]
is from 12 years ago, possibly a little more. At the very least, it's good for a cheap laugh. Practice hard, draw lots, accept criticism and understand that as an artist, that we have our share of triumphs and defeats. If you work at it, you will get better, believe me.
1.) Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
Best wishes to all, and hopes that your holiday season will be full of cheer.