As promised before, this is the second part of my journal. However I do have to rewrite it because I felt that some things that I said, I didn't want to talk about them anymore. So, instead of getting a second part I guess it will be a completely new journal.
Sometimes I think about the days when I joined deviantART and it was all so new and fresh. I originally joined because one of my friends had made an account here and I thought that it would be a good idea to join as well. At that time I didn't really have any goals or anything, I hadn't even tried to make art, at all. But as everyone were posting stuff then I wanted to try it as well. So my first deviations were crappy but fun experiments with different photoshop effects. I would like to also tell you that I was so new to photoshop so I didn't even know how to use it, but I tried anyway. Now sometimes, looking back, I see some new deviants who post in my opinion, sorry to say this, crappy deviations, I feel like I shouldn't judge them because I started the same way. And if you discourage them at this point, then we just might lose someone who might do something good later. But that's not what I wanted to talk about.
I'm only few weeks away from being able to say that I have been here for 6 years. It is the longest I have been anywhere and all these 6 years I have met someone amazing or done something awesome. Today, I tried to remember what I did here all these years ago and who or what was my inspiration at that time.
After playing with these photoshop effects I really got into pixel art and, obviously, I'm sometimes still doing it. One of my inspirations at that time was the game I was playing, "Crime", and all pictures over there were made using pixel art. So I really wanted to try to do some pixel art myself as well and so I did. One of the first pixel art pictures I found outside "Crime" was Pixeltown by ~stridenoble
and I thought its so incredible. This was the first time I was really amazed by something made out of pixels and I took this style and tried to learn it. I got somewhat better and soon I was offered to make some pixel art pictures for "Crime", so here it is, one of my goals was completed.
And I started browsing deviantART more and more and I found so many amazing pixel artists that I was inspired to create pixel art even more than before. Pixel artists like ~bgr
, etc. I learned it quickly and luckily enough, those who inspired me watched me and gave me advice every time I uploaded new pictures. You might not imagine how cool it is to get constant critique from artists you admire, but that's how it was.
I still believe that the best pixel art era in deviantART was when `ShoneGold
was a pixel art GM. There was so much going on all the freaking time - comments, contests, projects, everything. There were so many amazing pixel artists and so much inspiration everywhere. I wanted to bring this back when I was a GM but unfortunately so many things happened in my personal life a the same time that I didn't think would happen and I gave away my GM position quite fast and all these project that I had been working on secretly never saw daylight. I guess I screwed things up...
Anyway. Shonegold's time as a GM was over and slowly all the good pixel artists started to disappear. I'm not saying that we don't have any good pixel artists atm, I'm just saying that all good pixel artists who were active at that time disappeared. About 5-6 artists who were my favorites any many others who I admired are all gone now. They haven't been here for years anymore, just like that, without saying a word.
I might sound like an old person now but pixel art used to be so much better here before. There were times when I could browse pixel art category and I saw amazing pixel art. Now when I look at pixel art category then maybe every 10th deviation is actually pixel art, everything else is in a wrong category. And I understand why many awesome pixel artists from pixeljoint or from any other pixel art community make fun of deviantART and why only few good pixel artists join over here.
So after so many years over here and being a pixel art GM, I can honestly say that I don't know what will happen with pixel art here. Why do you guys think I abandoned my pixel art tutorial series for so long? Or why did I have to waste 15 minutes every freaking time just for background checks every time I wanted to give out a pixel art daily deviation and I still managed to give out one stolen pixel art deviation from pixeljoint? You don't realize it how many pixel art deviations over here are either stolen from somewhere else or just not actually pixel art before you have to be in it and see hundreds of deviations before you can give out a daily deviation. Often times I just looked for a good pixel art deviation for an hour and still decided not to give out a daily deviation just because I didn't find a worthy one. You know good pixel artists but you can't give them a daily deviation every single day...
Now, don't get me wrong. This journal isn't against deviantART or deviantART staff, I know that they are working hard to give us a better browsing experience. Maybe only thing that I would like to address is the fact that they can't keep our categories clean and the fact that many misplaced deviation reports came back to me a year later. I even have a folder of notes to prove it if you don't believe me. That's why I gave up reporting.
But the idea behind this journal is... Can we save pixel art over here? Will we have a decent pixel art community or if I want to start with pixel art again, should I leave deviantART and join with pixeljoint or some other community similar to pixeljoint? Basically, would I a have a space over here or is it long gone?