... but you are getting there...
I think DA should change the name of the website in www.wedontcareaboutartandartists.com or WDCAAAA.
today i received a note from Ellen Herbert
,deviant art official, it started like this
Your images have caught our eyes here at the deviantART Stock Collection!
We are a group of professional photo editors hired by deviantART to put together a carefully selected collection of images that represent the broad variety and excellence of photographs on deviantART. You have been chosen!"
wow!! thank you i have been chosen ... by some photo editors ... hired by deviantart (sorry ART, needs caps) ... to tell me that i can give them my work/hobby so they make more money... great!
first of all my name is not Vito
... second of all, i have all my photos free for download so if you want you can just put a link to my profile, thank you..
they continue like this... "We are particularly excited about your images because we want the deviantART collection to be distinctively attractive to the community of designers, editors, art directors and others who rely on stock for their projects. We also think your images will present a terrific example of quality and style to all of the other artists who will want to participate when deviantART launches its own stock offering; for this phase of the project, the collection is invitation only."
wow cool ah? invitation only!! i feel so unique!!!! what ? wait... deviantart (sorry ART) will launch its own stock offering... wow!! how artistic is that ah? im sure every artist would like to participate, especially when they see my images ,because they are attractive to those who rely on stock for their own projects ( that means to those who buy your image then crops it, changes it, adds graphics, shits on it, and never gives credit to the original artist, and did i mention you take 25% on the sales??)
check this out ... "Benefits of this Collection
The deviantART Stock Collection is a curated collection that will be marketed with the deviantART identity so the strength of the deviantART community will benefit you, the artist, in many ways. The collection, even within Fotolia, will be promoted as a collection under the deviantArt brand, which we believe gives the collection added value and is a strong selling point. The agreement is non-exclusive and provides for great royalty rates."
hey!!! those are some benefits or what?? rates... value... selling point ... and wait a minute! the agreement is non-exclusive.... shit! now i have to erase all this journal, because at the end ,they are good guys... they give me 25% for non-exclusive agreement, that means i can shit also on my art without going to jail plus i take some cash!!!
listen... i didnt join DA to make money, and im sure no real artist did.
i use DA to get inspiration from other artists, and to show my own work to inspire others. i also discuss with people about art and technical matters, so i/we get improved.
I DONT WANT DA TO GAIN MONEY FROM MY WORK, BECAUSE IM NOT YOUR FUCKING WORKER OR OFFICIAL
Listen to this idea, if you want to promote art and artists, why dont you make exhibitions, instead of selling stock, and you can keep the 25%, wtf keep 50%. In every major city, pick your favourite artists from each country, and make a few exhibitions with your chosen art, in physical prints, in physical places, so physical people can be there and buy art because they like it, not because they want to use it for toilet paper.
this is how both DA and artists get benefit, and its the healthy way to promote your website (that supposed to be about art) and your members
so FUCK YOU people, and your idea about art