Well, in an unusual situation I've decided to clear out a bunch of deviants I used to watch. Seems like May 2012 is the average last post by many artists. Now, a lot of these guys (and women) are pretty good. But they seem to just stop posting on DA. On the one hand, many of the arts I would see where way beyond the kind of stuff I would see anywhere except the cover page of most comic books. So why post on DA for free? I can't help but think it's also related to the "I'm a pro artist and I get paid for my work thing" too. I'm not taking any sides in particular (in this essay). It just feels like the bulk of art I see is commissions. I think it makes sense since at first DA is all new and everyone wants to be seen. But then work sets in and there's less time for freebies.
Personally, I think/thought DA was a great place for a amateur like me to post my stuff and felt that all these pro's posting art were sucking the oxygen out of the room! So on the one hand you'd think I'd be happier, but on the other hand most of the people look like they are aggregating towards the popular artists and everything else is dying on the vine anyway. The practical upshot is that I'm going to be seeing less varied art in the future! ^_^; It was always a slog to go thru the piles of books in the comic book store.
The moral to this little essay is that I feel that the free subscription model to viewing art by artist seems to be breaking down. These days, I tend to crawl the "fave" galleries of people that favorite my art! I think I should give the tumblr model a try. Or perhaps I'll have to search art more than I used to. So what do you think? Do things seem fine to you? Things changing? Are you changing your approach to this place?