Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Popular Get More Popular And The Rest Of Us Get Gypped

Get daily inspirational artwork delivered straight to your twitter feed! Even when you're away from deviantArt, you can stay inspired while keeping a pulse on the deviantArt community.... These accounts tweet recently popular deviations in a given category.
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I'm sorry, but I'm having a little trouble with this one. since when does "inspirational" equate to "popular"?

In my mind, inspirational art is about challenging boundaries and assumptions, and unfortunately, often aren't recognized by the general masses.

Case in point: I've been told my art is inspirational. How often have I made the top 120 art submissions on a given day? Only on days when I'm the only person submitting to that given category, which, as the community grows larger, become fewer and further between.

I recognize there is probably no algorithm to weed out "inspirational work" from simply "popular work," but I still think a difference needs to be recognized. All this action is doing is taking popular artists and making them more popular. This isn't too far derived from "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer."

I do also recognize that so many artists make a living off their art, and their popularity influences their income. I also recognize the "starving artist," especially in this economy, where if you can make ends meet, even barely, by making and selling art, it's preferred to unemployment benefits and charity kitchens. But that's beside the point. They spend forty-plus hours a week i creation and marketing, and what I make off my art is a pittance in comparison to the costs I accrue in the process (even my hats, where I'm paying myself a little over a dollar an hour).