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well, I don’t visit the home page. I’ve been using DA for, what, eight years, so I know the artists I like, I am a member of various groups, half of the stuff in the groups is crap but, I do see new stuff from new artists. So, I don’t really see the point in the homepage. I have my own page bookmarked and only use that as my jumping off point.
As for people faveing your work, you need to know what are the sensibilities of the people faving your work, are yours the same as theirs? Do you see your work as art, illustration or porn falling into one of the previous categories? From what you say you’re judging your own art based as a craft, ie, how you made the work rather than looking at the work itself. I know a lot of people in 3D view their work by the same criterium, ‘how I made it’. You see, so often, ‘No Postwork’, really? Why does that matter? Are they looking for a reward for doing things the hardest or easiest possible way?
Well, look at your faves (244), you’ve been at DA for 2 months, about 8 weeks, assuming it took you two weeks to find your 105 people you watch and assume each person makes 2 art works a week and assume it’s good because you are following them, then you should have 6 x 105 x 2 faves. You should have over a thousand faves. So are you under-faving your watch list yourself?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not attacking you. There are people who’ve been there for years and got thousands of deviations of their own and few to none of other people’s work in their faves and some with their own work in their faves. I get people contacting me all the time. ‘I love your work, man’, so, I look at the faves and they don’t even have the work their commenting on in their faves. Some people are so damn lazy they don’t hit the fave button, or they’re so damn mean they don’t hit the fave button. People can be such selfish fuckers.
Well, that’s the downer and rant done. Looking at my own work I can statistically expect to get between 0.5 and 3.0% of the people that view to hit the fave button. What determines why they hit the fave button? Well, I think, of those works that attract the porn lovers I’ll get 4,000 views but, expect to get only 0.5% of that as faves. When I do something that doesn’t attract the porn lovers I can expect around 2,000 views and get 2.0 to 3.0% return in faves depending how good it is. When I say good I mean the content, not how much work I put in. I’m generalising too, the extremes of 0.1% returns are ignored because I stopped pandering to the whims of those people commenting saying ‘oh, you’ve got to do more like this, you’ve got to continue this story, I want to see what happens, I want to see him naked eating baloney then suddenly he’s 200 pounds heavier and his wife walks in with her two friends and then they are like ‘wow, you got big’ oh, I like it.’ Yeah those weirdies.
So what I’m saying is faving is probably the subject of an anthropology thesis. Don’t try to understand it after 2 months of being at DA. Think about how you judge your own work. Decide what it is you’re making. Art, Illustration or porn falling into one of those groups. I’m sure there are more groups but, he, it’s too early for thinking. Sorry, I hope that made sense I am dyslexic at the best of times.
Oh, sorry, I just edited, I realised that when I said 30% I should have said 3.0%, oops. bad mathematics too.