Deviant since Dec 3, 2014 | Core Member until Sep 15, 2016
a dood dat arts
This is the place where you can personalize your profile!
By moving, adding and personalizing widgets.
You can drag and drop to rearrange.
You can edit widgets to customize them.
The bottom has widgets you can add!
Some widgets you can only access when you get Core Membership.
Some widgets have options that are only available when you get Core Membership.
We've split the page into zones!
Certain widgets can only be added to certain zones.
"Why," you ask? Because we want profile pages to have freedom of customization, but also to have some consistency. This way, when anyone visits a deviant, they know they can always find the art in the top left, and personal info in the top right.
Don't forget, restraints can bring out the creativity in you!
Now go forth and astound us all with your devious profiles!
Disclaimer: this is not from a esoteric point of view, I have been afflicted by this before.
This journal is going to be focused primarily on addiction to "likes", "faves", "followers", etc. It is going to be primarily from my experience with social media and analyzing it (I like breaking things down logically XD). This will be targeted to artists, but can be applied to everyone else (I guess?). Social media has grown exponentially in the past years. With outlets, such as Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. As artists, we may feel the need to share our creative work with the world (it does feel more complete after, as art is a form of expression). This can be abstracted to moments, photos, events of our lives as well. However there is a caveat...
There are "social units" that comes with each of these media sites. For Instagram it is, Follows, Likes, Comments. For DeviantArt, it may be Watchers, Faves, Comments. Each of these structures have different quantity of units. Such as:
Like = 1 Social Unit
Comment = 5 Social Units
Follow = 10 Social Units
You can equate these to "dopamine hits" that make you happy. If you receive an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, you will start to feel happy. However, this creates a NEW baseline, and you now crave more and more. What used to make you content, say 3 Likes, is no longer enough. You need an incrementally more amount of social units to get that feeling again. This can destroy an artist's creativity and individuality. They may start to do what will net them more "social units." Soon, they may even forget, why they wanted to partake in that creative activity. And next thing you know, they are stuck, because they want those "social units" but don't fully enjoy the things they are doing. It may start to feel unauthentic. For those that study philosophy you may know this term but there is a concept called "bad faith" (coined by Sartre - see more here) and it means having your choices in life contaminated by society. Not to mention, purely positive feedback can stagnate an artist's growth, we need to be challenged by ourselves and others.
The other pitfall of social media is the grandiose volume of data being uploaded every minute. With so much information being shared, we start to devalue each chunk of data. We may spend only 1-3 seconds looking at a photo and scroll past it. We may fail to pause and enjoy the art someone has bravely shared (do you remember the first time you shared your art online?). When was the last time you went to an art museum and looked at a painting for more then a minute? The artist has put many many hours into a piece for us to see and now we only peek at these for couple seconds. It is akin to looking at a book cover, and saying that you like the book's content. We should be more decisive in what we are putting our time to viewing. Instead of following 1000 people, following 10 people whose work you truly resonate with may be more valuable in the end. The takeaway here is that less is more.
So one might ask, do we should all just disengage in social media and stop sharing our art? Absolutely not. It is rather a gift that we can now see various art forms across the world without traveling. Furthermore, we can connect and share our art with other artists easily. The danger lies in when one is not aware of these hidden "social units" within social media. Then, they become addicted and start to lose their individuality and become part of some collective.
If you are a business, perhaps, you need to leverage social media to build a following so you can market. But, beware of all I have stated.
In conclusion, don't get attached to these "social units." You will lose your authentic voice as a creative person. You will start to think of "if this will be popular" or "will this get lots of likes" before you create. Truly ingest art by artists, rather then sift through it. You will probably get more out of it, and they will be humbled by that.
Have fun with your art, stop caring about whether it will get praise, just be you and do what you want.
Thank you for your time, and hope you got something out of this.
Some useful podcast/videos you can check out:
Awesome artist- medders talks about struggles (relevant to this topic)
YourCreativePush Podcast - Episode where I was talking about individuality + having a secret sketchbook as an artist (shameless plug )