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.
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.
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.
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.
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