I think it's a combination of things--I think a lot of people go through phases of creativity, and may get on DA and be super active for a few years, but then get distracted by other things and their activity tails off. Some people use DA as a stepping stone--they improve their art, and when they get more professional, they work more off of their own site or a Facebook page rather than DA. That's why people seem to disappear after a while--because they do!
Also, most of the time most people spend on the Internet is on social media, and most social media sites (in particular, the most popular ones) don't encourage the same sort of interaction that is the backbone of DA--in-depth critiques, creativity, philosophy, generosity, conversation. Most social media is about instant gratification and generating as much approval as possible--to develop a very solid and popular presence on DA requires a lot more effort than social media does. It requires active searching and browsing, commenting, more substantial interaction. It requires time--both in taking the time to practice and improve your art and in the time it takes to share your art and allow others to find it and share it, in order to build the kind of approval that a mass of Instagram friends will automatically provide in minutes for a photo posted on that site. Additionally, people do a lot of Internet-ing from SmartPhones, and DA is not particularly SmartPhone-friendly. Compared to the ease of social media and the instant gratification to be obtained from other sites, I think there are fewer people who want to spend the time on DeviantArt.
I'm a little active, but I think one of the reasons that people are not very active is because of school or jobs. That takes a lot of our time and requires our full attention, so a lot of people just cannot simply log on and post something new.
I'm not as active here myself. I feel my photography is great, but it's not to the standards that most deviants expect to see. That being said, I have a few dA accounts here too, one is for my modeling. I'm not terribly active there anymore, because unless I do certain types of modeling, like artistic nudity, no one likes your stuff or gives you comments that are worth a damn other than "nice" or "looks great."
Either way, I post stuff and if people like it so be it, but I'm not worried if no one comments or faves. I like it so there's that. To each their own.
I haven't been part of this community long. Two years and some change. I wasn't here in the it's hay day, when the community first started up with all it's energy and hope but I've heard story's. I think when this community started it was very young and now older and more responsible, the realities of life are creeping in.
When I first started in this business Jimmy Carter was in office, personal computers were still science fiction and graphic houses, galleries and the lounges we hung out at were the center of ideas. Computers and the internet changed the game. Brought the art community together like never before. In some ways it was good it made art more available. In some ways bad in that it glutted the market and made it harder to break into the business.
Like anything, this world changes even the best of intentions and saps energy. Thus it is the same with "deviant art", it to will move with the ebbs and flow of this world and will always be in flux.
Well, there are some deviant-artists that are active and some not so much. Last time, I send a message to other deviant-artists out there just to support a good first time newcomer who needed nice comment about her work. However, all I got back was unkind remarks like "Fuck you", "To tired to bother with this fool", "Do not tell me what to do!", and so on and so on. Still a little bit of artist out there did bring comment to me and the newcomer, which became a happy ending.
Word of advice Mrfarts, Always appreciate and support those who does not have much recognition as other do and good things will always come back to those who show generous deeds.
Well, I think it depends on the Deviant themselves. I have some friends, one in particular, who rarely ever go on DeviantArt nowadays because they're too busy with other things in their lives. I do hope that they'll come back in the future.
Not even a little. I get _thousands_ of images a day in my feeds. If I don't go through them for 3 days, I've often got 3000+ images to go through. If people were any more active, I wouldn't have time to follow anyone, let alone get anything done.
I would say yes AND no. There were a lot of my favorite artist here when I first found DA, but now they're either on tumblr or doing somethin' else. However there are plenty of people who just joined (I joined a few months ago) & are most likely not gonna leave any time soon. It's kinda like a cycle if you think about it.....
And not only that, but really all dA is anymore is a mass of fanart, fanfiction and bad drawings from 5-year-olds using bases they don't know how to edit properly, so it's just... it's not what it was originally intended to be. It's almost as sad as a 50 year old fat man sitting in his mother's basement playing WoW all day.
Well it depends. The community changed, now it's more young people submiting anything and everything more than artists trying to build a solid community. A lot of people don't go to deviantART anymore because they suffer of bullying and lack of visibility. Since the staff don't know what they want they don't do useful things for the community to grow. So yeah... at the same time there are more people but the quality of the communication is not there.
It depends I guess I try to by active upload art, comment and fave art but is soo quietsometimes. And it takestime before youcan geta commentdo not matter how hard you work, feel sorry forthose whocan draw and get nothing. Not sayinghowmyartis..:/.
Yep... Sorry D: I'm somewhat inactive, yet active. I have family issues that somehow get me involved and puts me in the middle of things, then there's school stress, yelling, aunties being afraid and all that. Then I get sick... again and again and again. Not really getting rid of it or getting more ill.
I feel like there are multiple reasons for inactivity. Common ones I've seen being: people mistake dA for a social network like Facebook and it ends up being a joke, or people get involved in a closed species and the group ends up causing a bunch of drama, or financial issues. Let's face it, there's enough users on here that it's hard to get your name out there as an artist. Sometimes the money just doesn't come in for those who want to make it a profession. Other reasons could be real life gets in the way. Some people have lives outside of dA (I'm not one, but it could happen), or they're actually taking time to create their artistic posts before uploading them. Personally, I'm on at least once a day. If not posting, checking my messages and the posts of others. But yes, inactivity is becoming more common amongst users.
i'm on every day, for the most part, as it all depends on what life throws at me. Today, for example, I had computer troubles for a majority of the day that kept me offline. Other days *shrugs* i'm able to be on a lot. As for other deviant's activities? I've never had that big of a following to begin with so i've not observed any drop or increase of activity.
It depends on how you're saying it. Posting everyday? No, not everyone posts every single day. But there are multiple reasons for this, such as being busy with in real life subjects, and having to deal with other sites, as well. But if you mean by just being online. Then I'd have to disagree with you. There are many people online that mainly reply to comments, thanks for favs, ect. But they have their reasons and whatnot. I myself am unable to post constantly due to school, poor internet (once in awhile), and other websites I feel obligated to keep up on.
I have never really been *active* due to real life, but I feel that I have gotten more active in the social aspects of dA these last few months then I ever been.
While, there are several deviants that had to turn down their usual activity level recently due to working a paying job, family commitments, school commitments, or the just the usual real life issues. So, in that aspect, I would have to say yes.