Okay... this one has been a long time coming. Before we go any further, I'd just like to say that I would very much appreciate comments on both the drawing and the poem, if you are so inclined to give them. This poem is an acrostic - that is, if you read the first letter of each line going down, it will spell something. I wanted to do this a little different, though, hence I have three stanzas, the first and last being staggered in a way that breaks up what would be normal lines. I've been experimenting with it a bit lately. It doesn't look pretty as I had to use the code option to keep the structure intact. You will note that the acrostic spells, you guessed it, DEVIANTART. As always, the drawing was pencil to ink, 100% ballpoint everything.
I believe I finished this drawing last October, along with the poem, and I have not until today posted either of them. The question is - why today?
Well, these are two pieces about Deviant Art. These are about those that I've met, those I still talk to, and those I will meet in the future. These are about the community. Right now, we are suffering from a lot of political upheaval, and I wouldn't exactly call this a great time for community spirit. There's a lot of bad blood. A lot of folks are protesting by putting away their work, many are putting up angry journals, and lines are being drawn.
I'm going to post a link to the journal of a photographer I've admired here for a short while. Arachnid15 is a cool guy and an upstanding community member,
and I believe he's right. We aren't here for politics, we're here for art. I feel bad about what's gone down, and I certainly have a lot of love for the people involved, but don't let it take away from what has always made this place great - you. Us. This place may have been started by a few individuals, but it was BUILT by the community. Without you guys, DA might exist, but it wouldn't be what it is.
So I'm not telling you what to think or what to do, but I'm just asking you to remember that this place is not only about the art, it's about us. I love you guys, all of you, both sides of the argument, staff and otherwise. This place means a lot to me, and I wish it, Jark, and all of you long, happy, successful lives chock-fucking-full of the meaning and definition that only come through the appreciation and creation of ART.