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Journal Entry: Thu Jul 14, 2011, 9:35 AM
It is taking a real effort to come back to dA on a daily basis. I am surprised that I came back at all.

I had left this place because I wanted to do different things. That was OK with everyone and it was OK with me. Sort of an unspoken thing, right? I ducked in every couple of months and lurked about but nothing stuck and it was easy for me to duck back out again. Why is that? Well, there is SO MUCH theft here and SO MUCH drama. It really is out of control to the point of being embarrassing.

When I got the urge to come back a few weeks ago to try my hand at it again, I thought, I'll do my 3D and my photography and all will be merry. I might even start a new group...

My main mistake was believing dA was going to be anything other than what it always has been. Stealing & Drama & Hateful judgmental sh*t. This place can be a total mind-fuk if you are even the slightest bit insecure - and who isn't? - about your art.  It can ALSO be a great place to make some virtual friends and get honest and kind feedback about your work and you can't put a price on that... It's a puzzle to be sure and in the 7+ years I have been here, I still have not figured it out.

I was away on Vacation and had to examine what I want out of my artistic life. I know and have ALWAYS known, dA is one of the best ways to get yourself out there and to be seen so I am not pulling a temper fit and running off into the night never to be seen again. I am just going to approach it differently now.

I am going to concentrate on building up :iconblood-and-glitter: - I hope to get at least a hundred members by the end of the summer. I don't know why but 100 seems like a nice fat round number. I would very much like to make it a super group but there are bills to pay and while the membership remains so low, I just don't see a need for it...


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AND DON'T FORGET :: SCARY ROBOTS SAY "JOIN MY CLUB!"

The group BLOOD and GLITTER is now open

Blood and Glitter by Bloodredsangre

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Bits of bones and dust cover our floors. Volumes of well worn vampire lore are tucked amongst the specimen jars. A crooked clown mask is half hidden behind the door that leads to nowhere. We are magic and we thrive in the dark. We are not the circus but the sideshow and within us lies a collection of the fantastical. Come join the madness.

~ We are now accepting members. Expect little tweaks and shakes as I bash my way around the system. Still looking for affiliates and admin. Note me if you are interested. ~

If membership takes off, I will upgrade to super group by the weeks end to make it a more interactive experience for the members.

So crawl out of your coffins and get on over there to join!

~o~.

Thoughts? Let me know...

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  • Listening to: The road rushing under the wheels
  • Reading: Alice in Zombieland' - Lewis Carrol/Nickolas Cook
  • Watching: The sparks fade
  • Drinking: Mexcian Moonshine
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AlanRalph Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm pretty much only coming here now to Take Care Of Business - deal with message, pick a few things from devwatch to share, do some housecleaning, move on. :shrug: Sadly, #Circleoffriends is moribund, no one sends any notes, and none of my team of Contributers are around much either. :( (Not dissing any of them, I totally understand they've got other stuff they need to deal with).

I've been going through my friends list and my old favourites the last few weeks - it's depressing how many people have abandoned dA. :(
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Bloodredsangre Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It is depressing to hear that circle of friends is fading away. That would have upset Amy a lot. I think that dA just cycles and old and new come and go. I have a had time with the kids who come in and push everyone around acting like they own the place. Very frustrating.
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ImaginedMoments Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
:blowkiss: It will all come out in the wash at the end of the day, as my grannie used to say ;) Keep your chin up and keep creating your wonderful work!
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Bloodredsangre Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Who's wash, I wonder lol....I hope not mine. Thanks hon.
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ImaginedMoments Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
lol ;)
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MrE1967 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Art theft here? Surely you jest! Lol!

After reading the #BiowareFanClub journal about an eBay art theft and seeing how at least 2 pictures came from DA I went back and put watermarks on all my digital art and will put watermarks on all my photos by Saturday night. You cant be to safe anymore on what you submit here no matter how good or bad you think your art is compared to others.

As for drama, its pretty bad around here that’s for sure.

One person I watch, a 15 year old, gets harassed now and then from people because of his past actions. I guess he once was a prick around here but since I’ve met him he hasn’t done anything to even show a hint at that darker side he may have had once. He even made a new account to sort of start fresh and it still continues. To make things worse he has aspergers and his mother slit up with her boyfriend of about 8 or more years. This kid kind of looked up to the boyfriend in a father like figure.

Another guy I watch posts nude photos and recently deactivated comments on all his submissions because of the inappropriate and rude comments aimed at him or his models he would get. Several of his models are members here and see the comments and to say the least they were more than a little hurt by them.

Good luck on hitting 100 members at ~bloodandglitter by summers end. I’ve pretty much given up trying to promote #TheVampyreArmy the group has been open since Halloween and I have 46 members.
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Bloodredsangre Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh gads this place can be so cruel. I don't like that story about the photographer at all. How horrible! Why do people act like such ass-hats?! I don't think I will get many more members for Blood & Glitter either. There are just WAY too many groups for people to choose from and it has completely watered down the whole experience here. Nothing seems to get seen on it's own merit. It's all got to be in "a group". And Fu@k the elite ones. What is THAT all about? A bunch of 14 year olds voting on your art? WTF! I can think of a million reasons why THAT is a bad idea. This place is sooooo wacky...
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MrE1967 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Its like this site recently became the new home for forum/internet trolls, immature pricks, preachy religious bible thumpers or something else.

I’ve heard about these elite groups and how they run and treat their members. In one of the BioWare/Mass Effect groups I am in it can get pretty bad or elitist if you post a comment that says something negative towards a BioWare game you can usually expect a few troll like responses even from the people who run the group at time.

I don’t know what it is about groups anymore. It seems like it takes to much luck to get a successful group going. It sort of sounds like the guilds in World of Warcraft these days. If your not in a huge successful one that raids your not “playing the game” and heavin forbid you don’t want to be in a guild… Maybe there just isn’t as much interest in the non main streamline type groups or people are just bored of them now. I don’t know. At least they can pretty much run themselves for the most part.
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lyonesskim Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I understand. I choose to not get involved with drama... no forums, no articles. Yes, there is lots of art theft, and I really try not to focus on it. I've seen my own artwork stolen and used elsewhere.... frustrating... but I try to not let it deter me.
I try to just focus on what I want to do and learn. I ban the h8er from my account and just do my own thing.
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Bloodredsangre Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
My problem is I can't ignore stuff that is bugging me - isn't that awful? I need to get better at going with the flow. I can't take criticism - oh gads do I know that for sure - and I wonder if people just write stuff to be mean because it is all anonymous after all... Sigh. I don't know. Thanks for your input though, it means a lot :hug:
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lyonesskim Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
they write whatever because they're ignorant idiots with agendas. Yeesh, I hate those agenda people. Hearing the criticism from non-artists or even artists from other styles who don't anything about poser (or worse, think that poser is easy) is very difficult for me. They don't understand MY genre and don't know how it works... and they start in with the "you should have done this or that..." "it's good but..." or other stupid crap like that. I really just walk away at that point because it bothers me. I literally walk away from the computer.
All I can do is focus on what my artsy friends say. They'll tell the truth (at least the good ones do). Then I viciously hide all the crap comments and ban that person from my account. I don't need those extra negative thoughts running around in my head. I really have no patience for all the drummed up drama that goes on at sites like this. I'm just too sensitive so I shield myself and avoid reading it.
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Bloodredsangre Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I hate that too. Argh I hate that so much. When people don't even know what the hell they are talking about. Bah! I want to smack them! It can get really really frustrating. I makes me want to rip my head off and throw it at them.
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lyonesskim Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
no no hun.
you rip THEIR bobble heads off. They're the idiots. We're the normal ones.
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I totally get it. I left because I was just totally burnt out and hyper critical of my work, that I just couldn't do it anymore. I'm at the point right now where I'm looking at my work, and enjoying MY work, and not trying to compare it to everyone else's out there with the paranoid notion of who is "copying/better than" who.

I need to take a day and weed through my friends list, sort them, get rid of the banned people, etc. And go through my groups too. Update my stamps. Etc. I'll get around to it. At least at this point, I'm checking in daily, if only to make sure my messages don't end up being insurmountable again.

Oh, and :cuddle: for you, just because y'know... you're you. :aww:
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Bloodredsangre Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You are such a dear. I wish all the time that we lived closer together. We could kick the world's ass while they are all sleeping. Us weirdos. We could be the Insomnia Queens :kiss:
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Omg yes. And I'm still not sleeping. :shakefist:
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Bloodredsangre Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Me neither. I get loaded up on Benadryl & Hydroxyzine. It's the only way I can get thru the night.
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, they put me on Hydroxyzine too >.<

Oh, and btw? Someone is giving me the "it's not art" argument again. :shakefist:
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Bloodredsangre Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh where? Dirty bastards!!
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
In a chat room. A friend of mine replied: " "If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan." :clap:
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Bloodredsangre Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love that. It's true and it always makes the person you are arguing with look like a idiot :giggle:
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