Probably as most of you have noticed in the last few weeks that almost all the work I have submitted as been work for other people, commission work. Probably the other thing to note is the content, it's 100% furry work, and often with various fetishes thrown in. When I started the commissions, I made a point to create an account on Fur Affinity since my observations of furry culture on that website, versus the anime orientated culture of deviantArt dictated that this was the better choice. I also knew it was going to be the choice that was not going to make me particularly happy.
Since the unfortunate submissions of the macro/micro works, probably a good half of my watchers actually have both accounts on dA as well as FA. Before then, I'm guessing a lot less were on the second of the two art websites. (The recent pictures in question contain either absurdly large, or absurdly small characters in contrast to their environment and other individuals. From what I have been asked for, it's basically one of these offshoots of goddess praising; where weak men seek out strong, large, powerful women as their guides and objects of sexual objectification. To point out, Swadeaqua was designed to have that semblance of appeal.) Anyway, if you're familiar with both websites, then you'll know the cultures. dA is an anime driven culture, with a user base that averages around 17 years old, who are intensely interested in either themselves, or anime. Furries generally avoid this website like the plague 1.) since they feel like they're persecuted and 2.) because of dA's anti porn everything policy (and before one of the furries scream at me, do a Browse in Fur Affinity with Mature Filters off, and count. About every 5th image is graphic porn, and ever third is a nude). FA is a furry driven culture, with an user base that is generally adult and adult minded. This can be observed based on types of images posted, as well as looking at the users' profiles. Furry culture understands and promotes commission works over the anime culture. I assume part of this is associated with fetishes and the presence of fursonas in general. It's a lot easier to find a person drawn in an anime style, to a caliber you like than something more unique to you, especially in very specific depictions. If you want what you want in the furry community, the only way you're going to see it is either lucking out and finding a decent artist who actually takes requests, or is cheap. Commissions, and the age of the commissioners makes for the cycle of pay-for-art work more likely on Fur Affinity than on dA.
I am not particularly fond of FA for any reason. The Mewtwo artists there do not draw often, either draw their characters in grossely comprimising positions, or just simply do not draw well at all. As for Mewthrees... what Mewthrees? I am the Mewthree search. Browsing the actual website is like stepping into a portal to the abyss. A porn strewn, fetish ladden abyss. The users are not much better. They'll favorite anything with their preferred sexual tastes (don't need to prove that one. I know how many favorites certain images get over others), and never leave comments, and if they do leave comments, it's often something that makes me cringe and scream, "Pervert!" while beating them over the head with a stick. Then again, when dealing with the commission side, they're still polite, understanding (since most acknowledge that artists have boundries) and well-informed and honestly great people to actually work with even if the content isn't always so particularly cute or charming.
dA, I love mostly since I don't have to deal with Adult material, sometimes confusing comments and favoriting because one image meets some standard that another one does not. The Mewtwo search is better in about every facet. Users on dA though are ruder, cold and act spoiled and entitled. I hate the users here for Noting me with, "Can I have a request?" or better yet, "I love your work. I want a Pokemon picture!" when this user is not my Watcher/Friend, and heck, hasn't even Favorited any of my work at all. "Who are you again?" 4 of a lot of commissioners originally asked for work from me through dA, and yet only one does not have a Fur Affinity account. Infuriating? Absolutely, mostly since I've kept an established account on dA for over 8 years, and yet my 8 month old FA account does better in attracting business and work I may not be fond of, or my dA users in turn may not be fond of.
As a motto, you go where the work is, holds true even on the internet. At the same time, those wondering why my Gallery on dA has been absolutely nothing but furry commissions with giant cat girls, above is your answer. I would like to have normal people work and less explicit Mewtwo work, or even some generally normal Pokemon work that dA would provide, but that isn't happening, and rejecting commissions left, right and center (which I have to do because the workload has been a bit much) is not always an option. At the same time, I do need breaks to take up my own work to keep myself from going crazy. Drawing what I like is not what others like, and it's just how the world works, though I've turned to looking at almost all of my commission work with such resentment despite the fact they've been helping me with overall background practice, pose and expression. Lack of free time, plus lack of variety (again, too much Macro work, especially for me when I am not a fetish artist), and no people images or some higher intensity paintings is producing some very negative emotions in my being. This further frustrates me since I realize that I must eternally be stuck on perpetual Mewblade/Robot mode, as people expect of me. Presumably, 3/4 of my Watchers on dA are along the lines of do-not-care, don't-give-a-**** and about half of the last 1/4 always act so startled when I actually express well, anything. It kind of leaves me with next to nobody who either cares what I write, or what I actually draw, or realize the fact that Vaporeon Lugia Krabby is a human instead of an automated program set to write in a sardonic script. So to that small percentage who actually care, I'm sorry that all the commission work is showing up with content you're not familiar with and likely do not care for. It bothers me too. To the 3/4 group of parasites, you probably don't even see the Journals anyway.