In my last journal I talked about my stance on Daily Deviations
. In this occasion I'll tell you some of the reasons that make me choose some artworks, and the reasons that make me not choose others. Hopefully it will be interesting for some, useful for others or simply a good reading if you're really boring. What makes me choose a deviation to be featured?
Such a simple question with such an indefinite answer, and I apologize in advance for giving such a vague response but I'll put it simple: Sometimes not even I know!
There's not a secret formula I have to determine if a piece is going to be featured or not, sometimes I really have a hard time making a decision and it really is a case-by-case situation. The deviation needs to STAND OUT, be different, have that "wow" factor. Unfortunately this is very difficult to explain. However there are at least a couple misconceptions I want to clarify:
"It's only about being technically well done."
False. Yes, I do take technical skill into account, I have a very high standard when it comes to execution and presentation, and it's very improbable I'll select a deviation if I consider it to be below average. However the given piece may be anatomically accurate, incredibly detailed or is so realistic you could swear is a photograph, but that alone doesn't make me choose it immediatly. There are times when a deviation is technically well done, but it looks dull, boring or it simply doesn't stand out from others of the same type. A striking theme, an original concept and/or a story behind an image also have a lot to play in the game. This doesn't mean either that a very good concept but poorly executed will likely get featured, it's really a combination and a good balance between the two. So yeah, as I said, is a case-by-case situation.
"It only depends if I like it or not."
Haha! I wish it was that simple!
But no, false again. In fact, sometimes I might decide to feature something I don't personally like but that I consider it should be featured. On the other hand, in numerous times I also decide to don't feature a particular deviation despite the fact that I love it. Why? First off, there are a lot more aspects I consider, (I'll explain some of them further on, so keep reading), secondly, I know not everybody share my taste, and that's ok! Besides, how boring would it be featuring the same everyday? If I say I completely leave my personal taste out of the equation I would be lying though, but it never represents the 100% of my decision factor. What makes me NOT choose a deviation to be featured?
Ironically, it's a lot more easy to answer this one
There are many reasons but the two most important are:
Did you know the most common reason why I decide to turn down a suggestion is because the suggested deviant have a lot of DDs already? Sometimes I receive suggestions for deviants with 4, 5 or even more. Personally, it's very, very, VERY unlikely I'll give another DD to these artists even if the last one was from more than 6 months ago. Yes, I know this might sound unfair, but let me
sing you the song of my people
explain my position.
Digital Art is a very large gallery, with a very large number of artists submitting to it everyday, and there are tons of amazingly talented deviants out there waiting to be discovered who don't even have one DD. I know there are some categories within the site that are smaller, but unlike those, I don't see much point in featuring the same artists in a community as large as Digital Art. I very much prefer to give the feature to those artist who have never been featured, than giving yet another one to one who already have 5.
Of course this isn't a rigid rule, there are a lot of aspects I consider. Maybe the given artist only have one DD, and it's from 2007, enough time has passed. Maybe the artists has improved significantly since the last one. Maybe the artist have other DDs but none of them were given to digital art pieces. Maybe despite all else, the deviation SCREAMS to be featured. You see the point, I might do some exceptions, but they aren't the rule.
This is a very relative subject. I know a deviation with 2,000 favourites or 10,000 views might seem like "popular" but really, in a community of more than 20 million users, those numbers are relative. If 10,000 deviants already saw the deviation, that only means there are 19,990,000 deviants left who haven't seen it yet. (yes, fictional numbers, but you get the point) So in conclusion: I don't mind featuring "popular" deviants, however this "popularity" thing combined with other aspects might help me reach a decision either way. For example, a deviant you constantly see in the frontpage, who already has 2 DDs and reaching the 3,000 favourites with every submission, it's improbable I'll feature something from them. Another good example are those deviations "Popular of all time". What's the point in giving them a DD status? They already have a very large piece of the cake.
Maybe you're thinking, these two points have little to nothing to do directly with the deviation itself... so why taking them into consideration? As I mentioned before, this gallery is huge and I receive more suggestions than I can feature everyday. Not that I'm complaining, I love receiving them, but please understand I can't choose all of them! I wish I could! But I can't. So I need a filter. Besides, if you think about it, in both cases it's because I consider the deviation already have its well deserved exposure.
There are also some other aspects, like clichés, themes or concepts that have been presented countless times before, very unlikely I'll feature those either. I know nothing is really original nowadays, but at least try to present it in a refreshingly way!
So what happens to those unselected suggestions then? A Daily Deviation shouldn't be the end of the road. They're nice, absolutely, but they shouldn't be your final goal. There are more ways you and I can give more exposure to the art we consider deserves it. I want to remind you that I'm actively using my tumblr
to share some amazing digital art, and I recently started a new features series called Digitally Delicious
in both places I feature some of these unselected suggestions, so it's not the end of the world.
So! That's all for today! On the next journal: some tips, things you might not now and myths about DDs. Until next time!