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!
dA is constantly changing, it never stays the same and always caters to whatever's popular, which is usually fanart. I'm not really sure about the people following you, but you're pretty spot on if you believe that some people have stopped watching you because you haven't done as much fan based work as opposed to your own, as those kinds of pictures tend to draw in bigger crowds. At the end of the day though, it's a good way to weed out the casual fans and have a more grounded, loyal fanbase that's there for your art and your talent, as opposed to specific content you produce.
I mean, don't get me wrong, people are free to enjoy whatever art they're here for, but I personally prefer following artists who produce more original works than fanart.
Since you guys have been here for many more years than myself you may feel this site is changing/not the same/ghosting in a certain way. But overall, the love and passion artists show here is still the best.
I see Artists who have dA also make a Facebook and Tumblr but its not really that passionate there. Tbh people share your photo/reblog it and move on in a way - don't get me wrong they truly appreciate the time and effort and beauty of your artwork but its not going to be the amount of passion you would get from a community that is centered around Artists.
Its kinda like that old quote i saw somewhere a long time ago. "dA is a made by Artists for the Artists." The same could be said for Pixiv aswell but overall its where you feel "at home" with your artwork.
I also second what Darker said. "Don't move to another site" but if you Feel the need to explore and open another site. Don't leave us here on dA. Your art is indeed inspirational. it'll be heartbreaking to see you leave Omar-Dogan
I follow artists on Facebook, and watch artists on Deviant Art. Both are daily most of the time. Change is inevitable. I like that you can see different times in an artist's career by looking at their body of work in the feed here moreso than on Facebook. I will occasionally look at Tumblr or Reddit to follow certain artists or "franchises". Art is such a subjective thing, I don't know many people that follow comics, video games, card games and artists that work in these genres the way that I do. I think using more sites the better just to get your work out there.
Please keep posting here.
It's nothing you've done wrong. In fact, you're doing all the right things: you're not limiting yourself to fanart, you're being original, and you're making a comic. If I were you, I wouldn't worry that some of the folks that were 'Street Fighter only fans' of yours are dwindling; that's to be expected when you don't cater to a cliche as much. It's no different when artists who are known for one thing and try something else notice a dip in traffic. I'm virtually no one here, but even I notice the difference in what little attention I get when I do say backgrounds and scenery versus the typical anime thing I would normally do.
What you might lose in one area you will gain in another, namely in your comic. SF is still a big draw, but you're acquiring a new audience with your comic as well as sustaining the audience you already had that would have followed you regardless of what you draw. You're not losing and you're not breaking even (even though it may seem that way). You're getting ahead and have a growing audience the more you keep up with your new projects; this will take time because it doesn't have the base that fanart does by default, but this will be more rewarding for you, I think, if you stick with it, since you're building something from scratch.
People just need time to get adjusted to your new ideas and stories. Give it time.
I agree dA is different than it used to be, but it's hard to put my finger on the reason why. I think it's because the focus seems to be less about showcasing art and more about keeping up with the other social media sites. I understand why that's important, but I don't always like the decisions that are made. I also think the dominant demographic is changing. When I joined, the dominant fandoms were things that I liked: DBZ, Bleach, Naruto, Street Fighter, and so on. Now, it seems to be completely different. I can't even ID half the fanarts that are on the front page. I hate to sound like the guy who says "Darn kids and their new things," but that's really how I feel sometimes. That, and a lot of guys I started watching, like you and Alvin Lee, don't post so often anymore. I also liked doing contests, but now it seems like 99.9% of the contests are the Draw-My-OC variety, which I've always looked as a cheap way of trying to commission 50 people for the cost of 2 or 3.
On the other hand, I have found new niches to hangout and interact with other artists, and I've definitely found a lot of artists to watch who draw what I'm into. I guess it's just all about adjusting to the changing times.
Having said all that... please don't leave dA. I enjoy seeing your art here, and I'm sure the rest of your watchers share that sentiment.
Another thing could be the influx of new users if last years. The ratio of pro and casual users/artists just went nuts and as a result... weird frontpage, not enough quality content, lack of interest in general as it got more popular.
Though i don't know about any other similar site for art (excluding the specialized ones with almost elite content - dribble, cghub, etc), so yeah... I saw peopl emoving to FB, I made an account but it's honestly terrible for uploading any images at all x_x I guess it's better for communicating with your viewers. And tumblr is just a gif/reblog fest, not sure why people move there.
Either way, keep up the good work!
In order to follow certain artists Who have left DA, I've had to sign up for accounts on many sites such as tumblr, Instagram, pixiv, blogspot, etc....
I thnk personally there is now more viable choices then there used to be if you don't like DA.
...however the last group I was in got flooded by Slashfic, Furries, and those kind of Pony lovers that really stretch NSFW to OMFGWTFNSFA(nyone)
And I admit I'm not sure what 'change' you're trying to express
You have a point. for a fanartist like me. my fans only expect me to draw the fanart of the animes they know. when your not drawing what they want they probaly won't care about the rest of your art.
to me stay on dA but you can find places like pixiv or shadowness. and share your art there