Haven't updated my journal after that April Fools joke, and I have a little time to kill so let's get on with it.
I feel like my deviantART is losing steam, and I fear it is because of a thing I feared was going to cause it; the MLP fandom. I was afraid that the only reason my account gained traction was the (then) incredible popularity of My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic, and I can't help but think that it was justified.
Even when I say so myself, I consider that my art has improved tremendously over the past five years. No saying that I have reached perfection and all that jazz because that is something an artist can never achieve, and it is very likely that I'll look back in five years and think "what the fuck was I thinking when I drew that".
But it seems that whatever I upload now is met with people un-watching me. Maybe I'm just paying more attention now, but I get the feeling it is something that happens over the course of the past few months. Maybe it's people who started watching me expecting I'd be drawing pony until the end of time, or because people don't want to see my original content or something to do with my audacity to not be pro-censorship.
Let me make one thing clear, my presence on deviantART needs to be fun for myself, first and foremost. Your enjoyment of my deviantART is the direct result of my enjoyment of making art. In a recent poll I asked how you want me to deliver my art and an overwhelming majority wants it to stay the way it is. But truth be told, I don't think it is. You don't want an "Tumblr-esque" approach, that's abundantly clear and I will honor that, but the current system of compiling sketch dumps doesn't work either. I fee like the few "mid-effort" pieces embedded into the sketch dumps are overlooked and they could help to create a more steady stream of art.
So I will keep the sketches in the sketch dumps, that's what they are for, but anything that is even tangible medium-effort will get their own dedicated deviation as it becomes available. That's what my folder structure is built around anyways, so it's a shame that everything in the sketch dumps is tucked away in the low-effort folder.
That, and on my end I feel I haven't done any effort pieces recently, hopefully my current effort piece; Gravity Falls UK, will change that.
Anyways, that concludes my ramble about deviantART stuffs, please resume with your regularly scheduled life.
Listening to: Mario Kart 8 OST
Watching: Star vs the Forces of Evil