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Thread: What kind of site is DA?
February 4th, 2011 #1
What kind of site is DA?
Now before I say anything I want to point out that I am by no means trying to draw anyone away from CA I'm just trying to get my art in more places.
So I have talked to several people about DA and they refuse to use any other art website in that category. Every time I go on their though I get this weird feeling that somethings off and although they have a flashy look to the site, the actual members seem to be either inexperienced and a bit rude or only willing to draw fan art(which as nice as fan art is, it's still not your idea so you cant do anything with it)
I guess the tone just puts me off but like I said their are some people I know that I would like to share my art with but I am just not sure I feel comfortable showing my work if it's just going to get a "nice work" every once in a while or someone who doesn't have the morals (or might now now any better) to not take my ideas.
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that DA is a bad site(hell I barely know anything about it) I just want to know how the community compares to the great atmosphere here at CA.
Thanks so much to anyone who was willing to listen to my babble
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Oh and if I posted this in the wrong spot could you tell me where to put this thread because I honestly have no clue
February 4th, 2011 #3
To me, it's yet another art community. Another place to post my art and get exposure. I have been a member for 5 years and have like, 2700 views. LOL! Compared to some of the deviant artists... that's piddly. But, for me, one more person who sees my art that might not have seen it here or on my blog or on another site, is another person who might remember me and buy my art book one day, ya know?
I'm not as involved in the community aspect there as I am here and other forums though. I just look at pretty things and post my own stuff
February 4th, 2011 #4
@Goldilockz: Thanks, thats the first time I didn't have to reiterate what I meant on a post(I guess I'm as vague when I type as when i talk ) I think I like CA for the community aspect that you talked about, is that what most people do on DA(post their own stuff and look at things that catch their eye occasionally)?
February 4th, 2011 #5
The difference I like between the two is that DA is a cool place to get some happy thoughts ("great painting" "I like your art" etc), whereas CA is where I come to get my stuff ripped up in that "We're gonna help you improve whether you like it or not" kind of way hahahahaha (along with encouragement and uplifting compliments too!). Crits on the sites seems to be quite different, but it's a good different, imho.
February 4th, 2011 #6
@Goldilockz: Good point, I hadn't thought of it like that
Looked at your work, Absolutely amazing stuff, will have to drop by later
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February 4th, 2011 #7
Thanks! I still have a lot of work do to, but I'm learning more every day Your stuff is really cool and imaginative. I have a hard time coming up with stuff from imagination.
February 4th, 2011 #8
It's a kiddie site.
From a professional point of view it's a demographic access point. f you have a product you want to pitch to that market, it could be a useful promotion or distribution outpost. It can be used the same way you'd use cafemom or tumblr.
I would look seriously askance at anyone who used it to promote themselves as a professional. In fact, on the odd occasion I hire freelancers I refuse to click on DA links or look at galleries.
You don't make it big in the food business by telling everyone that you eat in Macdonalds.
February 4th, 2011 #9
@Atreides: Kinda harsh man, but I kinda got that feeling myself.
I guess my other big concern is that these "kids" are going to act like kids and not artists. Here people wont stand for others stealing work but I have no clue how willing the community might be to point out when someone has obviously stolen another person's hard work
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February 4th, 2011 #11
There are a limited number of conversation topics in the world. They all come around again. When you're young that seems tedious, but when you're a bit older it is just natural.
February 4th, 2011 #12
As has been discussed before whenever this topic comes up, you can do worse than DA. Even a number of professionals have their DA accounts. Like someone above said, it's just another avenue for marketing yourself. The more places your art will be seen by someone, the better, IMO.
Just don't expect serious crits from the people there.
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February 4th, 2011 #13
Damascus57: Oh sorry man, I'm absolutely awful at looking for things
No need for the sarcasm though, I get when I messed up
@everyone: This is why I love CA, but I do need to show my stuff in more places it's just hard to figure out where to go.
Again, please excuse my "noob"ness