I have been thinking about this for a while, and about putting my thoughts out there, but I hesitated. I expected it to cease, but I suppose just as anything else, DA changed since I first joined... Or rather the way I interact with friends and followers on this site. For the past year it seems like things have died down here quite significantly, and I have been trying to figure out why. I suppose mainly after I graduated college, and I was busy with my contract job, and babysitting my niece, which left me no time for personal work anymore.
This factors in to my thoughts on my recent artwork, and how souless I find it a lot of the time. With the full time commission work I do, and little time in day I have left to either write, game or draw, I suppose my efforts to squeeze out the remaining artsy vibes aren't enough to produce what I ideally would like.
In any case, DA feels rather empty to me nowadays. A lot of the people I used to talk to via messengers, traded with, eventually moved on in their lives, got jobs, and even stopped showing up on DA all together. Making new art buddies hasn't come to me naturally as it did since. Especially other fellow worldbuilders that I could mutually share inspiration with, by seeing/discussing each other's work. Does anyone else feel that way? Especially people who have been here for 5 years and more.
Another (though less important) thing I notice is the almost nonexistent customer traffic as far as commissions go. And apparently I'm not the only one seeing this. True, I have increased my prices a bit as I gained experience, but there are plenty of people who charge more. I suppose it affects those on lower ends too. Even just observing my deviantwatch inbox. Not as much of commission pieces as I remember seeing.
I would insert a bit of a rant in regard of what I see in the forums, people offering pennies for their work, and people offering silly prices for someone to draw a full illustration. Although I'm pretty sure it's been addressed a lot of times before. (Please don't sell yourselves short guys. Don't sell your work for $1/h. Not only will your time and effort get exploited, but it also may have a negative influence on that freelance industry itself.)
But yea, anyway. I have to say I feel somehow distanced from this site and community. Despite the effort to participate, watch and comment on artwork, reply to any questions and so on.
Don't get me wrong, I want to stay here, and perhaps now I will be able to do some more personal work. As (drumroll) I have now finished the major edit of my prequel, so from now on things should get easier as I move toward the final edit. But in the end it bothers me somehow. And I would like to know if I'm the only one feeling this way.
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