DJ Jarak of Aperture Star Creations
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
I am sad to report that I am leaving deviantART. It is no longer the community it once was. When the original founder, Scott "Jark" Jarkoff was running the community, it was just that. It was a community for true artists. The community was respected as was the way in which it operated. Since he was kicked out of the administration circle, this site has been slowly transforming into a free image host for anyone and everyone. I find more and more photos of teenage celebrities every single day. When I go to search for legit stock photos to use is my artwork, I run into clusters of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez cutouts falsly submitted as renders. A cutout is NOT a render. Reporting does nothing now. The rules have changed. Only image owners can have submissions removed so unless Justin Bieber himself pays a visit and takes the time to complain, everything will continue to pile up. deviantART is just another one of those free-for-all hot messes. It's only a matter of time before it closes down. It has come to my attention that some of the more respected professional artists in the world avoid working with those who have active deviantART accounts and that is no rumor. There are a few exceptions but that is what it is. I will keep my account live just so I can keep peeking in from time to time and lead people to my work but I will no longer be submitting my work. Okay, I'm out.