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April 7, 2012


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I'm leaving

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 7, 2012, 10:15 AM
Will you share this on your journal?

Don't worry, Im not leaving Deviant Art totally but I have decided to leave nearly all groups, and no longer submit my work to any of them.

I have been thinking long and hard about this and I truly believe the lack of activity on here is due to groups.
Even I get annoyed at seeing the same image appear in my watch list many times - many groups feature the same image.

My thought process is this, if I want to watch an artist or models work then I will add a watch to their profile.
I do not see why "Groups" should get the credit (and watches) for featuring other peoples work.

OK, I know that by adding my work to groups then my work is more likely to be seen by a wider audience, but I already have 13,000 watchers of my work. Of them, only a handful every comment or fave my work.

I really do appreciate every comment that my watchers make on my work and make every effort to reply to every one.

Here are just a few of my latest fave photos: Comments would be very much appreciated.

to see some of the work unsafe for DA follow me on Tumblr -


  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: The puppy barking
  • Watching: Rugby
  • Eating: BBQ
  • Drinking: Pinot Griggio
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beanarts Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have to disagree on your opinion of groups. When used properly, they're a far better way to promote ones art, and to find new artists. I've noticed more and more really quality artists from their group submissions, and my chances of someone seeing my art has greatly grown when people are searching for a particular mediam/style/theme in a group sense. There's also no time frame to worry about, nor popularity, you're work will always remain in the group watchers watch list until they decide to close is, unlike in the gallery where newer or more popular artworks push others out of the way until they're difficult to be discovered.

That's only my opinion though, and sometimes they're better for one person and more of a hinderance for others. I do get annoyed by the suddon growth in my watch list to 1000+ deviations a day, but after a few months, I've gotten used to it and found seem really nice works in among the thousands of sub standard work.
Electro--Doll Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
:D very happy you are not leaving!! I do agree with the group thing, but i think as i dont have as many followers the group thing works for me atm.

Hope we can shoot sometime this year?

x x

photoswithattitude Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I understand people using it for exposure - but I would rather people find me direct, or through recommendation
Electro--Doll Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
i get where you are coming from :)
Triaxx2 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
I suspect one of the problems with groups is that they tend to think of themselves as art critics. So if you don't meet their standard, no matter how fantastic your work is, you don't get in and thus don't get recognized.

I hope to see more of the popular artists dropping groups in the future. Hopefully that will kill them once and for all.
photoswithattitude Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lets all hope! :)
Frozen-Vampiress Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed, groups tend to suck... And not in the good way! :D
photoswithattitude Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your support
Frozen-Vampiress Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Anytime! Keep it up.
Dread-and-Dreams Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A wise choice, I have been watching yours for years and i found you at random and have watched you ever since.
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