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: Deviantart, yay or nay?


SuddenLife
04-09-2016, 03:45 AM
So, this is something I've been doubtful about for a while now. I have a DeviantArt account that I don't really use anymore, but which still gets favorites regularly.
I am considering picking it back up. Now, there are a few 'buts'. The first being the old work I have on it. It has quite a number of favorites, and I feel like an asshole if I take that down, while there are clearly people that enjoy it, you know?
But on the other hand, if I keep using my DA, I'm not sure if I want that old stuff to still be up there. The newer work will prove that I can do better than that now, sure, but it's just cringeworthily bad. And that's not exaggerating, I can tell you that.
Case in point with this absolute sodding shambles (http://pre07.deviantart.net/04aa/th/pre/i/2015/122/1/d/punk_magician_by_virtuxa-d2ovhyw.jpg)
And truth is, I do like DA's social features, like the groups and such, which for example ArtStattion does not have.

So yeah. What do? Keep posting there as people still seem to like my work? Deleting the old stuff, or letting it stay up there, perhaps even as just a comparison?
Or just leaving the site altogether and focussing on, say, ArtStation?
I need some feedback :')

lmoyer
04-09-2016, 11:48 AM
I'd keep it. Having your old artwork on display isn't a bad thing. In fact, it can help encourage other artists by seeing how even great artists weren't just born as a professional artist.

I think having the DeviantArt account will even help you to more easily see how much you've grown as an artist, and the more you post, the more you'll be able to compare all the differences between your old and new artwork.

You could even open up your own website like I did (DezigningArt.com (http://dezigningart.com/doodle-of-the-day/)), where I basically just post everything that I draw. I still have a DeviantArt account since it's nice to have the feedback from fellow artists.

But anyways, the simple answer - keep DeviantArt, don't delete the old artwork.

leighann
04-09-2016, 11:55 AM
I have a DA account too and haven't posted anything in forever. I just like Instagram better.
I would keep it...it's not hurting anything, and it does show how much you have improved as an artist. :smile: