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Is it just me, or

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 13, 2014, 1:38 PM
Has dA become a totally entirely different  thing than what it was?

Seems like the normal crowd that used to follow me has either moved on to something else, or dissipated altogether. It might be that I haven't really done anything SF related in a while and just Momo stuff for almost 2 years.

If there is a site I should be on, which should it be?

I really do thank you guys and I hope I have been of some use to you.

Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!

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Teakster Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
I guess people move on or get busy with life!
Myselfsama Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey Omar, I used to be in your streams a lot back in the day, and have been following you for years. So as far as what happened to me I can guess happened to a lot of people. While I was in high school and early college I had a lot of spare time to browse DA, play games and stuff and thats when I spent a lot of time online with you. But after shortly after your birthday 2 years ago, I got into art school and have been insanely busy with life, school and work. I'll agree that you've been a huge motivation to myself and others, and taking the leap forward of going to school for it was daunting. So to summarize, I think you grabbed the attention of a slice of a generation with your work (which your uploads were fairly common then). Those people have grown up a bit and moved on to other things in life, but not because they like you any less :)

If I was to say something about your work however is that it looks very similar to what it did then. Thats not to say that its bad, because it still kicks ass, but the feeling of how much I've improved over the past 2 years, makes me wonder what its like to go so high. Is it even possible to get better at your level? You've mastered or gotten pretty close to mastering anatomy, and females which is a whole other art on its own. All your work exudes that Omar flavor which is great because it makes your work distinguishable. But I guess Id be curious what is your next step personally for you as an artist, and not because its marketable. (I hope this doesn't offend you as that wasn't the intention).
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
I have not mastered anything.

I am still trying to consistently replicate what I can do, and on top of that do it faster. I am known for an art style, and I have come to grips with that. The goal now is not to redefine and reinvent myself as an artist, but to use my skill that I have for something i believe in. From that will come true art rather than income to pay bills. And in the respect, that is a whole new level to discover.

In other words, the technique is one aspect, the meaning is another thing altogether.
Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still here for ya!!! :D
fan4battle Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
If I'm judging by me and friends of mine, it's mostly because of combination of things like life catching on, information overload, loss of interest for previously endearing activities, procrastination and such. I can't even exactly explain it to myself, but I've grown quite distant of online communication and even drawing. But to illustrate - I thought of commenting when I saw the journal soon after you posted it, but only now got to making the effort of writing a comment. Actually nowadays I rarely even enjoy comments that I sometimes receive. Things aren't as they were years ago. 
OmegaDez Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
It's the same for everyone.

But you still seem to have a huge following here. Being a pro and all.

Although I guess that's one of the trappings of drawing things from already existing fandoms. I've been a fan of your stuff before Udon, but I guess many people came to you for Street Fighter art. When you stopped working on SF projects, these people went on their way.

Back when my art was crappy, I used to get tons of comments anyway. I'm finally starting to feel good at what I'm doing, but the crowd isn't there anymore. It's a bit sad.
I'm also on Tumblr, but I get absolutely nothing there. Unless I tap into a big fandom, like, I dunno, Doctor Who or something.

I guess we should all start drawing Homestuck characters if we want more recognition. ;)

Anyway. You know me. (Well, I think you do..? A little at least^^;;) No matter where you'll go, I'll follow you.
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Fans grow up too and move on. I just don't want to force myself to do stuff that's more popular to get or maintain popularity. That said, i will be working on a bunch of marvel stuff later this spring it looks like.

I mean, I should be happy that the 5th Capsule stuff seems to have a bit of a following.
OmegaDez Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Lol. You got it made if you do Marvel. :)
And I can't help but admire people who don't go for the fandoms like so many artists do.

I'm not that great, really, but I'm pretty sure doing some fanart of popular things would be a great way to bolster my number of followers...
But I just don't want to do it...

And I like the 5th Capsule. Even without that girl I liked... ^^
elsevilla Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I dont hink its deviant art problem, styles ages too with time. You have to be constantly learnign what is the new thing and learn from it. I still see deviants with more of 17,000 favs on the first day. So peopleare still watching deviant art. But the level of competition rised, new artist has our own set of skills are even beyond, so you have to be more clever about an art topic, and not just uploading a perfect rendered girl.

You cant get favs with just art skill anymore, you need cool topics, interesting designs, and more important a good thumbnail that will stand out more than the rest that you see in your news letter, so people click on it instead of the X.

Im tumbler i had seen tons of art of mine, i think the cool thing to move the people from there to deviant, its to add a little banner on image saying the web direction on deviant art.
Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose it could be lack of new SF art, or maybe people being busy with new year and stuff, or some other reason .. but i don't think that much have drastically changed since i joined DA years ago, i just keep finding more and more talented artists with every passing day and engage in art contests, art talk and share my own art with others .. same as always ^_^
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