Hey folks, just want to let you know that I'm leaving deviantart in a week or two.
This community has become much less active over the years (I've been on here with various accounts for about 10 years), and I've watched it go downhill in terms of quality content and engagement. There are so many great communities out there now (artstation, insta, fb, etc) that it almost feels like a waste of time to be here. My work is seen so much more elsewhere, whereas here there's not much engagement at all.
The more pressing issue though, is the fact that deviantart has become more and more like 4chan. You can't go 5 minutes without seeing blatant pornography, sexualized photos of underage individuals, and public endorsement of pedophilia. Even beautiful, innocent photos of children almost always have blatant sexual comments. I just can't believe the deviantart staff doesn't go out of their way to discourage this kind of behavior within the community. Hell, even places like reddit have found smart ways of letting people decide what they see; subreddits are a great way of organizing content, even if things you might not want to see are there. Just look at the front pages of the Photography section here; there is so much sex and garbage, and very little artistic content these days.
In short, I'm leaving my page up for a week or two to let those who like my work find me on other sites:Print shop: www.etsy.com/shop/OthergardenA… Instagram: www.instagram.com/chuckles.the… Facebook: www.facebook.com/caseylarae.is… Tumblr: chucklesthecat.tumblr.com
Hope you have a good day, see ya elsewhere!