A LONG time on d/a now and I have several observations. Some of which we all know and some of us don't.
D/a has undoubtedly allowed me to grow as an artist.
The ammount of work on here in all differenet 'genre' is staggering.
IF I had ever thought I would like Anime/Manga/Fan art....in the old days I would have laughed. However I have seen the techniques/mastery/inventiveness of this art form. Brilliant.
Still have a problem with Fractal ONLY because I grew up in the 60's and everything was 'psychedelic' and weird shapes. After one Year of this then, I had colours seeping into my poor brain.
B&W: Disliked intensely lack of colour. I think this was only because I was Born and lived in Sri Lanka where Colour was paramount. However now, I really do see how b&w can make pics very much stronger.
Traditional art: Pure art in every form (for me). I am aghast at the range on d/a I really am. Bloody brilliant all of you.
At the same time: I have to point out that this is the hardest art to make 'authentic.'
Scanners (unless set-up properly)....photos of Traditional art (good photography) are so difficult for these artists.
I have one suggestion which worked for me: Ask someone on d/a how to set your scanner for this type of work?
There are so many Members on d/a who know about this.
Conceptual: This is a difficult one until you realise: This is an artform which tells your audience....this is the way I want YOU to view this image.
Photomanipulation using stock: My biggest 'bug-bear!'
NO! Don't just use a background and 'plonk' another image on it. Make sure that feet and arms are INTEGRATED into the image and don't over clutter!
Photmanip images which are simple always work?
Cartoons: This is not my 'forte' but I can see the work that goes into this art and I am constantly AMAZED at some of our artists on here. BUT I want to know which way to read the different 'cells,!' So please let us know whether we need to read from 'right ot left' or vice versa! Dear friends of mine .......Zarshi in particular is working on this.
Digital drawing: WOW......some of you guys/gals are brilliant.
D/a and Groups/Founders who have the Group BUG!
The best idea I can come up with is.......strike!
IF being a Group means that you have to pay EXHORBITANT money/beg etc. and you still have a Group which doesn't work properly....don't pay!
I am working on this with Nine-Muses. We cannot Invite Members.
Requests don't expire or expire too soon.
It is a nightmare as regards answering anything BUT we 'soldier on' just to get your submissions out.
Lara I hope you read this!
As it is with me: I LOVE art. I wish to thank everyone who has inspired and given so much love to me and my art.
D/a looks everywhere BUT not where it matters! The loyal members who stay, despite the changes and manage.
I would like to be able to TALK with someone of importance on here BUT alas! I am stymied at every turn!
I have had a bad Year with so many different things going wrong/ I am have reached the stage of being a 'crumbly!'
Thank you everyone who constantly inquire about my health.
Ribs.....healing very well.
Shoulder not much pain BUT 'op' in Feb!!!!!!!!!!
Liver.........a mystery after severly cutting down on red wine...... and it's got worse...........arghhhh.
HUGSsssssss and xxxxx's to you all.