Yep. Another rant. It all started a few weeks ago.
Apparently there was a topic on DA's forum that was about "profile picture whoring". I honestly didn't know such a thing existed, let alone it would be allowed on DA (artists shaming, isn't it?). I don't even know the URL anymore, neither if it was removed by the mods or not. How I got to know about this topic, you ask? Well, I was tagged. Apparently my current profile picture was posted by someone in the topic, who obviously forgot that I would be mentioned when the picture was posted. The idiot :')
Anyhow. I understand DA's culture nowadays. While I can still remember the days on the internet in which you were only a written username with some text, nowadays the internet is all social media. And social media is full of people screaming for attention. Showing pictures of themselves, just to show how pretty they are and how much their lives are better than yours. Yeah, these are sad times, somehow. I mean, we're nowadays having people diagnosed with "facebook depression". That's how deep down we went.
As artists, a lot of people have always been opposed to this phenomenon. They wanted their profile about their art, not about themselves. And so they massively hated on all the artistic nude and erotic photography, saying it was done for generating pageviews alone. Not completely true, but understandable, at least to some extend.
What I still don't understand, is why my picture would be labeled as "profile picture whoring". I mean, it only shows me, drawing. No cleavage or whatnot. Not even my face. And as I'm drawing on a tablet, it seemed to me that it was pretty relevant to my art... you know.
So okay... that might've been just some fool that put me in that topic. To be honest, I don't even remember it's username anymore.
What did surprise me, was a profile that I came by a few days ago. A girl that had generated over 30k pageviews in just a few days, and more watchers than I've had for over the first 5 years that I was here. It surprised me. And I wondered "why would this girl be so popular?" Maybe she had amazing art, you know...
I checked her gallery, and ended up utterly disappointed. It was full of nude pictures or herself. Not the artistic kind of nudity that you often find around here, and which I can (to some extend) even appreciate. Nope, those were crappy webcam pictures. 600 x 800 pixels maximum, low quality jpeg compression. And while the girl did have kind of a cute face, the poses weren't anywhere near artistic, let alone the quality. I was sure about one thing; this wasn't about art. This was about attention seeking.
Curious as I was about why this was obviously such an internet phenomenon, I clicked the tumblr link beneath the pictures. And suddenly I came to understand what made her so "popular". While DA has pretty strict rules when it comes to mature content, tumblr doesn't. I guess I don't have to line this out for you.
What did surprise me, were the comments she got on DA. All positive. Not a single one complaining about the nudity on DA, on her pictures being not art, or the crappy quality. None of the comments where blocked. No, there were just fans. Lot's of them. And that's basically where I stopped understanding.
So when I post a picture from myself on my profile, a decent picture on which I'm drawing, on an art site... just to show people who is the person behind that tablet... I'm an attention whore. But when some random other girl, posts crap-quality screenshots of her naked body in suggestive poses on an art website, it's suddenly all okay and everybody adores it.
For gods sake, DA's userbase. If you start hating on something, then at least be consistent ~__~
Note; usernames have been left out on purpose. I don't want people to be personally attacked just because I wrote this. So don't ask for it