Just gonna give sotw a break for a bit
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I'm just going to come out and say I'm guilty of PS procrastination. I used PS to crop something and that was pretty much it for my share of photoshopping lately .__.
It's fine, I'll use the break to recruit more people and whatnot, so by the time I get it started again, there should be a lot of people
Although, if you want, feel free to make contests and stuff if you guys want, as long as it stays in the rules and whatnot.
Okay, I'm going to take a bold approach here. The reason I dont enter or vote, and this is me talking, is because I have a lot of bad blood between certain members as they do against me. AF has not, at any point, been a good place for me to post work and get a serious response back. Most threads for our stuff is solely about stroking our own egos. So when I see a tag, and I know who made it, I judge it usually upon that and just dont vote at all unless I am really really impressed.
The same goes for actually entering, I wont enter if I am going to battle against the people I dont like; and I bet they feel the same way.
I've asked Flash to consider a new forum, for just general art discussion so that maybe people wont be as intimidated by this section, will get more involved and hopefully develop better relationships rather than be trapped in an endless cycle of competition.
It's hard to answer why, but AF just has a really frelling weird graphic artist community. The atmosphere here PROMOTES competition and elitism; whereas in other forums, activities like sotw get by without anyone really giving two shits. Over there it's a fun past-time, but here? Your god damn reputation is at stake. What fun is that? How many fights or complaints have we seen at the results of any kind of SOTW or BOTM? It feels like everyone here is obsessed with 'being the best'.
Anyways, good riddance to sotw; that grozit scares away new members who might be aspiring graphic designers. We need an atmosphere more conducive to fostering the next generation of artists and building a solid community of people who are generally friendly with each other; not a god damn tiger den of 5 people clawing at each other all the time, whom only unite to rip novices apart. Also, this section of the forums needs some serious downsizing, there's so many sub-forums that should just be merged.
Have you ever been to planet renders gfx forums?? My goodness. They chewed me and seung out from the very start even though their works were not much better. So both of us left... Talk about elitism..
Oh, btw while I'm at it, would you like to join our GFX worm in Dazzle us? It's more of what you like, a fun community event rather than a "my piece is better than your piece" thing.. I even managed to get a few members who just joined AF in the past week or so to join in. It'd be nice if you did too :3
And to be fair SOTW and BOTM ARE competitions none the less. You do compete for them and only the best should win them rightfully. But the rest of the forum shouldn't really be like that.
I suppose I owe it to the community to pitch in. Why the hell not, I'll try to make a deadline at least once in my life.
A forum I really enjoyed participating in was lucid-art. The have a beginner sotw and an advance sotw. Some of the comments posted were a bit elitist, but for the most part everyone was really very friendly. No entry was without flaw, and even entries people voted for would have comments on what they felt could be improved, and it was all written very politely.
Really, I stopped bothering because I got tired of feeling like "oh, this person won? EVERYONE ELSE MUST SUCK THEN." from the other members. And really, theres been a few members that have been a little too boastful about their wins. It just really irritated me.
The difference between here and lucid is that lucid actually felt like a *community*. I was very welcomed when I joined and was given lots of help and tips on my work. It was never cruel, but it wasnt sugar coated either. Many would link me to really awesome tutorials to help me out, whereas here sig threads are, as Serated pointed out, just there for ego stroking.
Another cool thing lucid did was post winners on their front page that linked to the voting page. They posted for both advanced and beginner sotws, which rewarded the advanced members, but also gave a sort of confidence to the newer gfxers. They got to say "hey, my work is on the front page!!". Most winners of the advanced sotws would also make tutorials on their winning entry, to show others how they made their winning piece, so that everyone could learn a new style and advance with their work. None of which is done here. It would be nice if it was
Thanks for having it up and thanks to all the UUBER-talented and skilled contributors. See it when it returns! SOTW ROXX!!
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