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DTfox: Furry Art

Just a short journal expressing my disappointment with deviantART.

Sometime within the last month it seemed like my settings were being ignored. The front page of deviantART kept on defaulting me to the "What's hot" section, which I don't personally care about. I always have the "Newest" section as my front page so I can easily find new artists without going out looking for them.

After a day or two I figured something big had changed and I couldn't find any settings to choose my front page, so I decided to check deviantART HQ. hq The first thing was the usual annoying corporate contests they're always promoting, but scrolling down was an article labeled "Phasing out the today page".
Phasing Out The Today Page
This change has now been rolled out to all deviants and visitors.
Three years ago, we launched the Today page with the intention of creating a daily “newspaper” about art and community activity. While it served its purpose in some ways, it unfortunately didn’t get as much traction as we hoped, and we noticed a lot of deviants switched their default page to the browse pages.
Starting today, we’re beginning to phase out the Today page. Over the past months, we’ve moved some of the Today Page’s features, like Daily Deviations and polls, to the front page of the mobile site. In keeping with the original intention of the Today page, we've also made the default page "What's Hot" to showcase a cross-section of the day's trending deviations.
As we move forward, we plan on focusing on improving the front page of DeviantArt, making it easier to find fresh content, inspirational activities, and deviants th

I took a look even though my issue had nothing to do with the Today page and I found that they had forced the "What's hot" section to be everybody's front page. This is very disappointing to me because people who are already popular don't need more exposure. DeviantART should be doing their best to help talented artists that aren't popular get found. The issue I have isn't that I, personally, can't get to the Newest or Undiscovered section easily, but that everybody on the site is being sent to the "What's hot" page, a majority of them will not even realize it or they won't care and won't ever go back to the Newest or Undiscovered sections and this results in statistically less exposure for newer artists.

With this change, deviantART is essentially burying talent. Artists have to work extra hard now to get found.
I'm an ambitious person, there are so many things I want to do. I'm a creator, I feel unfulfilled if I don't spend at least some of my time creating things. The list of things I want to create has been getting pretty long.

There are lots of things I want to draw and lots of different things my watchers are expecting from me. Some of my watchers want to see more furry girls, some want to see Umbreon and friends, other people want to see specific fanart (Krystal and Renamon, perhaps?) and a few of them even want to see more art of DTfox. There are a couple of artists I'd like to trade art with as well. Then there's the fact that I make other art that I haven't uploaded here. It's quite a long list of things for me to draw and at my best I can put out one drawing a week if I don't spend time on anything else.

Art isn't my only talent, it isn't even my best talent, I'm much better at programming. I've picked up a few other skills that I'm not terribly bad at over the years as well, I can do some musical composing, 3D modelling, character design and story outlines among other things. I've always wanted to create something bigger, like a comic, cartoon or videogame. You can see a few attempts throughout my gallery such as Firefox and Kya, the former is abandoned, the latter is merely on hold. Those are just the projects I've shown here, I have a lot of other ones that I always kept to myself. If you keep a project a secret there will be nobody to point at you when you fail, so I mostly tend to keep projects a secret until I've built up enough material that I have something worth showing. So I'll admit right now I'm working on a videogame project which I started in February, that's why I haven't been uploading much art this year. I stopped working at the end of May so I could get some art done (most of it isn't here) but I'm going to see if I can interlace my art time with my game development time. Don't expect to see anything about the videogame this year, just pretend I didn't mention it.

Since programming is my primary talent, I am working as a developer for a company (not a software company, just boring business stuff). My job is a major problem for me because it takes up so much of my time, it's not a terrible job, but I spend eight hours there, over an hour traveling between it and home and often I'm too tired after work to work on art or anything else so I need a break for an hour or more. On top of that, there are lots of things that take up time when I'm not at work, such as doing laundry, going to the store, housework and appointments. In summary, I basically only work on art and projects on the weekend and whenever I am not too tired in the afternoons. I'm also lazy on weekends and sleep in a lot.

Congratulations on making it this far, leave a comment if you went through all that. I'm not going to stop making art, I'm actually going to try to do more if I can.

On an unrelated note!

I also wanted to talk about a different topic that's been on my mind for years: It's hard to find a trustworthy creator partner. I'm not saying people are mean or dangerous, I'm referring to the fact that I feel like I can't trust to split my work with another person. I hope some people reading this can understand the feeling when I explain it. There are a few reasons why I can't trust other people:

The first reason is that almost everybody who would probably be willing to help me is actually not very good. I would hate to have to tell anybody directly that the quality of their work doesn't meet my standards. Some of you might be thinking "Well, I'm not one of those people." but you might, in fact, be one of them only you just aren't able to view your own work critically.

The second reason is that they can't read my mind, they'll make ideas or art that doesn't match what I envisioned for the project. I could reject it or ask them to change it, but it feels bad especially if they're a partner and not somebody who's being paid a salary, and even if I was paying them it still feels bad.

The last reason is that a whole lot of creators, however talented, actually cannot draw anything outside of their specific style. This is a flaw I've seen even with really popular artists. When I ask you to create a picture, 3D model, music or whatever else, I need it to match the style and theme I envisioned. If you draw a character based on a reference, the shapes and proportions need to be exactly as it was designed, details like the separation between eyes, length of the arms, and shape of the nose are all really important. It has to look exactly as if the original artist had drawn it.

I want to know if you've ever had the same feeling. If, by any chance, you happened to be collaborating with me on my projects, I hope you would forgive me for being harsh.
Closed

Results:
▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░ Glaceon: 6 (35%)
▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Umbreon: 4 (23.5%)
▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Vulpix : 4 (23.5%)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Eevee  : 1 (6%)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Espeon : 1 (6%)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Sylveon: 1 (6%)
░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Flareon: 0 (0%)
░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Jolteon: 0 (0%)

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I can't do polls, so just answer with a comment here. If you want an anonymous vote for some reason just send me a note. Options outside the list don't count.
This poll closes tomorrow around this time (2017-06-16 19:00 GMT).

Umbreon No Escape by DTfox
Espeon Animated Pin-Up Frisky Espeon by DTfox
Vulpix Animated Pin-Up Lusty Vulpix by DTfox
Eevee Eevee by DTfox
Flareon Lazy Day by DTfox
Jolteon Happy to See Me? by DTfox
Glaceon Do You Love Me? by DTfox
Sylveon Oh, h-hello! by DTfox
In the deviantART community, commission refers to the production of art in exchange for money. In the past commissions were done exclusively for money. Since managing money was moderately difficult, mostly only dedicated artists were doing them; but deviantART introduced the points system, an internal currency that's really easy to manage. Since then, plenty of people have begun doing "point commissions," the production of art in exchange for points.

For deviantART, 100 points is equal to one dollar: You pay deviantART one dollar, you get 100 points. For the artist, 100 points is equivalent to 80 cents: You return your points back to deviantART and they give you 80 cents. In short, deviantART makes 20% of the profit on your sales. This is OK for most people and is not really the point I'm trying to get to, but it's something you should take into consideration if you're selling art. The reason I'm bringing this up is to give people an idea of how much value points have, for simplicity we'll assume one point is one cent, but it's actually less.

The vast majority of point commission prices I have seen on deviantART are extremely low, 50 points, 10 points or even just one point. My question to these artists is What do you want these points for?

There is only one thing that deviantART points can buy for you: A core membership. The cheapest core membership you can buy is 1200 points for 3 months. If you're making 10 points per commission, you would have to draw 120 pictures to buy yourself a core membership. The core membership lasts three months, approximately 90 days, so in order to keep renewing your membership you need to sell 40 pictures in a month. Even the most popular artists don't get 40 clients a month and if they did, they could not finish 40 pictures in that time span.

So with a core membership out of the question, the other thing you can get from points is real cash. As I mentioned earlier, the exchange rate is 100 points to 80 cents, but we'll round it off to a dollar for simplicity. You get a dime for each 10 point picture you sell, If you wanted to buy a drink at Starbucks you would need to sell at least 50 pictures. With the money you're making from selling your art you are barely better off than giving it away for free.

If you're doing commissions for points, think very carefully why you have chosen to do this and think carefully about what prices you're putting on your art. The price you put on your art is the true value you're giving it. If you're selling your art for a dime, you're telling people it's only worth a dime. You deserve better than that. Even if it only took you 10 minutes to make your picture, that's still over 10 times less than minimum wage.

Are you earning points for a reason or are you doing it just to feel important?
I regret not making art more frequently, but I've had quite a lot of other things to work on lately. I'm not sure when I'll upload my next picture, but stay tuned.
Just a short guide, hopefully objective, of what the numbers on your profile really mean.

Pageviews
People are coming into your page, they're finding you through links to your page. Pageviews don't indicate how good you are as an artist, but give an idea of how much people know you and are talking about you. Not all people who visit your page are going to like your art, even if they did happen to come across it, so pageviews are not reliable as a measure of how popular your art is.

Favorites
A favorite indicates that somebody liked your art (or on rare occasions they're just seeking attention). Favorites are very good because they show thumbnails of your art on other peoples' pages. Favorites are the best way to get your art seen by more people.

Comments
Comments give you insight on how people feel about your art. Comments serve as a morale booster, but don't provide anything to you from a technical point of view. On the other hand, comments are actually a way for other artists to get links to their page from your art. From a technical point of view, giving comments is a lot better than receiving them. Comments are a great tool for both people involved, but be sure that when you leave comments they are something that will make the other artist feel good about themselves.

Watchers
The number of watchers you have is the most reliable indicator that your art is liked. If you're getting tons of pageviews and very few watchers it means you're getting a lot of exposure, but there's something wrong with the content on your page.
Ubisoft Buy the several different deluxe versions of our game and you'll get to experience the full product. Don't forget to buy our iconic merchandise.

EA Nothing is too shady if it makes good profit.

Activision Whether you like it or hate it, Call of Duty will continue making massive profits for the foreseeable future.

Konami What's making big money today? Pachinko machines? Free-to-play mobile games? Zombie games? Let's make those things and attach our brand names to them.

Square Enix Here are some amazing games you've all been waiting for, they may even come to stores in your lifetime.

Namco, Capcom, SEGA I said major third party game publishers.
It's been perhaps two years or so since this trend started with people creating imaginary species and labeling them "closed" which is supposed to mean that nobody else can create characters of that species without their permission. The truth of the matter is that you cannot legally own a species, they're either too vague to be copyrightable or, if they're specific enough to be copyrightable, you cannot stop somebody from making something similar because the copyright protection is in the details. In the latter case, your creation is not actually a species, but a character. Characters can be copyrighted but only if they're very specific.

An example of a closed species that I've seen around is "foxfans". While you may have been capable of convincing people to pay you for permission to draw one, you cannot legally stop anybody from drawing a fox with a fan for a tail, the idea is much too simple.

Another fact is that you can't copyright names, you might have come up with a beautiful and unique name for your species, maybe something like "Kar'zic". You cannot legally stop anybody from using that label on anything they draw, even if it looks like your species. At least not through copyright law, you're free to go to your government's trademark office and pay a fee to protect the usage of that name as it relates to your brand. I'll respect your trademark.

My observations seemed to indicate that people like closed species because it allows them to become popular and make money at the same time. They can have people drawing their species for them, effectively advertising, and make money in the process by charging "licensing fees". Some people might think that, while it's not illegal to draw one of these species, it's unethical to do so without permission of the person who created it, but I would disagree. I actually find it more unethical that somebody would try to restrict the rest of humanity from drawing such a simple concept or something similar to it.

In summary, if I want to draw a fox with a fan on its tail (which I don't, I think it looks silly) I can do so, and I can even label it "foxfan" and you cannot force me to pay you for it or even give you credit. On the other hand, I'm all for protecting the rights of artists who have created truly unique, well defined characters with a lot of effort put into them.
With new Pokémon games coming soon I figured I should explain what I like about them. My favorite part of the games is exploring and discovery. I like visiting towns for the first time not knowing that's in them, looking through all the buildings and talking to people. I like finding secret paths on the roads. I like watching a Pokémon evolve to find out what it becomes next. I like walking through the grass not knowing what's going to appear.

With how the internet works these days it's very difficult to keep all of these a secret until I get the game. Every time any bit of information shows up about the game there are hundreds of journals and fanart on deviantART, I can tell when an announcement has happened without even looking at secondary sources. To me these things are real spoilers, but I live in a world where nobody thinks they are. There's no way I'm getting the whole internet to keep quiet, but I just wanted to talk about it anyway. Maybe I'm not the only one with this problem.
I haven't submitted a full work of art in a few weeks. I'm not taking a break, I'm just taking more time to work on larger projects, but hopefully sometime soon I can draw something to put on deviantART.
I'm opening commissions again. See information here:
Commission Information by DTfox

Tell me what you'd like me to draw and if I like the idea we can make a deal.
In an effort to give back to the community, I'd like you to show off your own art.
What kind of art do you like most?
Which pieces are you most proud of?
Is there anything you would like help improving?

I may leave comments or constructive criticism if you allow it and maybe I'll feature some of your art in another journal.
I'm glad it's summer, for the last month I've been enjoying the time I spend outside. I like to be able to go outside without carrying heavy clothes.

I'm trying to figure out what I should draw next. I'd also like to keep improving my animation skills but haven't had ideas.
I'm not really sure what my target audience is anymore, with the shift in focus I had in 2014 I've split my followers into two groups: those who want to see more furry girls and those who want to see more Pokémon.

How has your summer been so far?
As of a few minutes ago my profile page has just reached 1000 watchers!

The special watcher number 1000 is RebeccaStorys. Check out her gallery, perhaps you'll find something you like. She draws animal characters in a cute simplistic style.

Thanks to all of you, I hope you'll all continue to actively follow my art and interact with me. I always listen to what my watchers have to say.
I'm working on another animation, it should be done this week. Anybody want to guess what it is?
Here's one of my previous animations:
Animated Pin-Up Lusty Vulpix by DTfox
Here are a few anthro artists that deserve some recognition, check them out, you might even find something you like.

Gilded-Silverfox


Most prominently known for his character Niti
Pretty, Pretty Kimmie by Gilded-Silverfox Neetee and Ambur by Gilded-Silverfox

Mature Content

Indian Beauty Niti (Shawled) by Gilded-Silverfox


KendraTheShinyEevee


An artist who makes furry fan art of all kinds
Genderbent Ludwig Von Koopa by KendraTheShinyEevee Emily the Latias by KendraTheShinyEevee Adrianna the Pikachu by KendraTheShinyEevee

RifFox


His gallery is primarily focused on sexy vixens
Fox on The Walk by RifFox Dreams by RifFox Road Home by RifFox

XennyBoi


A gallery with cute and sexy Pokémon as well as some human characters
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All anthro artists can apply.

It's been quite a while since I last did this. If you're an anthro artist, comment here and show me some of your best pictures. I will feature you in my next journal for all my watchers to see.

There's no catch, unlike most other people I will not ask you to do the same thing or to feature me or anything. I am doing this just as a favor.
It's been over two months since I've shown any new pictures.
I opened a blank canvas but didn't know what to put on it. Nothing really inspires me. I've drawn as many furry girls as my gallery needed, drawing more would just be more of the same. I've run out of situations for my Pokemon characters to be in. I will have to continue waiting for inspiration to come.
It's been a few weeks since I last uploaded a picture. I've been pretty busy and haven't had much time. I'm also trying to decide what I want to draw next.

My new art style attempts haven't turned out as good as I would like them to but I'll continue practicing.