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Complaints about quality declines in DDs

Let's take a quick look at what a Daily Deviation is first. You might remember this article from our last PE week A Daily Deviation is NOT an award, but a feature. If you haven't already, you might want to take a look at it! It's a great read and you can get a good foundation as to what a Daily Deviation stands for.

So, I'll be touching on the subject of "Complaints about quality declines in Daily Deviations". Why is this so important to touch on? That's a great question and I will be more than happy to answer it below as I describe some key factors that are often overlooked in the way of art vs quality.

Addressing Quality of Deviations

"A picture is worth a thousand words." 

There is a lot of this going around "Daily Deviations are losing quality. They're not as beautimous as they used to be.".  How about we step out of the shoes of "what is and isn't art" for just a second and take a step back. Art is growing in both genre, medium, and style. The Community Volunteer team is ever growing. Because of this growth, the diversity of deviations you see featured on DeviantART are being expanded and touching more corners of DeviantART that otherwise might be surpassed. More galleries ( and sub galleries) are being featured!  This is where people start to question quality.

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." - Aristotle

With more galleries comes diversity and that diversity is what people tend to not appreciate. Even more so when you dig deeper into the gallery itself and feature from the sub-categories. There's such a wide variety available to the community that it allows artists to provide our galleries with unique art from around the globe and touching every technique and style that is both unique to DeviantART and the world of art.

Art is defined as

art  /ärt/ Noun
    The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture,...: "the art of the Renaissance"

Art is created by skill and imagination. There is no limitation. Art is an expression, a feeling, an emotion, a song, a poem, or a stroke on a canvas. It is the expression of an individual.

It's the "Technique" that people tend to fuss over rather than the quality of imagination. If you're going to argue over technique then think of it this way, if you are spatting at an art piece just because it doesn't meet your standards of quality because of the artists technique then think of all the other famous artists that you're throwing in the trash as well. Such as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Jean-Michel Basquiat and all the other famous artists whose styles were not based on commonly accepted techniques but rather based on an internal vision on what they thought was beautiful. It may not be beautiful to you, but that doesn't mean it isn't Art. Art truly is in the eye of the beholder.

"To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it." - Leo Tolstoy


Quality vs Opinion

Looking at a piece of art work and expressing your opinion is a result of your emotional interpretation of that art piece. It's the result of your perspective or particular feelings. An opinion is a belief or judgment that falls short of absolute certainty. There is nothing wrong with sharing your opinion with the rest of the world about a piece of art that you may or may not like, but being negative about it and not inputting constructive criticism does little to progress your experiences with art in a meaningful way. Not for the artist and not for yourself.

So try to be open to all variety's of art that are expressed throughout DeviantART and featured on a daily basis! If you come across a piece of art, or art that is featured on DeviantART as a Daily Deviation and their technique isn't to your liking, please be respectful to the artist and their art. :heart:


FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?

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Geak-of-Nature Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
When I complain about a DD, it's not because of technique or beauty, it's simply because the deviation was submitted to the wrong category, such as a photomanip in one of the regular photography areas.  And no, I don't complain to the artist.
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
We try, as CV's to move deviations into the appropriate gallery if they're clearly mis-cats. Sometimes, however, they fit into multiple categories :)
Geak-of-Nature Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I understand, and I am reasonable about things.  ;)  Thanks you for the work that you do and for replying!
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
No problem at all! Have a fantastic day :hug:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
i agree with what you say............Art is changing.
When you consider how many Famous artists were shoved out because their Art was not the Norm.
I have been having  'ongoing' Journal Entries about why images are declined (and I might add with no reason attached!)
I am Founder and Co-Founder of several Groups and I hesitate to say what is good and bad Art.
I just look and see and we are always in a state of flux.
Keep doing what you are doing and take no notice of 'complainers.'
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
vespera Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:clap: also - I always tell people who complain on the lit side that you really can't complain and need to stfu if you aren't suggesting DDs yourself.
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

I love browsing the DDs everyday. They've expanded my exposure to art, and allowed me to see and appreciate different styles that I wouldn't normally experience. I don't always "get" a certain piece, but I fully understand that everyone's tastes are different, and there are many different galleries of dA (not of all match my tastes). But I've come to appreciate and enjoy several new styles which I never noticed before my daily perusing of the DDs. Thank you to all the CVs for that! :dalove:
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
and that's OK :) There is a lot of art out there that we just may not connect with but that doesn't mean it isn't art to someone else. :heart:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I complete agree. :)
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