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PE DDs: When It's Not Always Positive

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 8:58 AM



When DDs Go Awry



Daily Deviations, or “DDs,” are frequently held in very high esteem on deviantART. After all, what artist does not want his or her work displayed for more than 20 million viewers to see and admire? The benefits of receiving a DD feature include increased exposure for your work and a day in the spotlight for you as an artist. Many people therefore view DDs as badges of honor, awards that make them proud and validate the time they spend in our community.

Be careful what you wish for!

Don’t get us wrong-- DDs are wonderful for the purposes listed above. But, they can also bring a lot of drama upon the artist, especially if they are controversial.

Let’s talk about some of the sources of this drama.


The Critic



Some people feel that people who post art-- and especially those whose art is worthy of a Daily Deviation-- should have thick enough skin to accept criticism as well as praise. They argue that criticism is part of artistic growth. We acknowledge the sentiment but have two counterpoints to this argument:

:bulletblack: Not everyone wants criticism, and that is entirely up to the individual artist to decide. It does not make someone weak or a “bad artist” to not want to hear negative things about the work they put so many hours into creating. It is not the artist’s fault that he or she received a DD feature. If the artist requests not to receive criticism, then the right thing to do is respect those wishes. Roll your eyes if you must, but be respectful and go about your business.

:bulletblack: There is a dramatic difference between critique and criticism. While a well-worded, constructive critique can help an artist take an unnoticed flaw and turn it into an even broader understanding of his or her medium, a derisive cut-down can make the artist not want to create anymore. Should an artist be able to accept a fair, well-stated critique that comes from a true desire to be supportive? Probably. But again, some people do not want to hear critiques, and that is their right. But no one wants to be criticized.

And yet, there are people who find the urgent need to pick apart Daily Deviations, pointing out every flaw. And because not all DDs are “perfect” specimens of artwork for their media (nor are they SUPPOSED to be), some receive more complaints than others. If you receive a DD, please be aware that you can (and probably will) run into the Critic. Even though criticizing your deviation and trying to pull you down accomplishes nothing outside of giving them an odd sense of satisfaction, they will continue to do so. You have to have tough skin. You have to be able to say, hey, it’s not personal, and leave it at that. And you have to fight the urge to respond back and tell him where he can stick his ill-formed opinion because, if you do that and give in to the dArama, he has won. [Of course, for extreme cases, you should report it to the Help Desk; see FAQ #238: How do I report people for abuse, harassment, or another issue I think is a problem?]

The Critic is not easy to handle and, when paired with others of his kind, can really ruin your DD day. Don’t allow that to happen; choose to ignore him and know that absolutely none of his antics are personal.

On the other hand, if you do run into someone who is clearly well-meaning and gives you constructive critique, please keep in mind that supportive feedback is encouraged on deviantART and can enhance your artistic experience.


The Jealous (Ex-)Friend



We’ve seen it happen more times than you can count: You get a DD for your latest piece of butt-kickin’ deliciousness, and shortly thereafter the notes stop. The comments stop. The faves stop. No one leaves a message on your profile anymore. It’s like waking up and being on another planet.

Most of our friends would be happy if we received DDs, right? They would be glad for our success and thrilled to support us. But, this isn’t always the case. We’ve seen so-called “friends” launch all-out attacks on people who receive DDs. Why? From what we can tell, jealousy is the main reason.

The truth is, everyone wants to belong. Everyone wants a piece of the pie (in this case, the community’s the pie), and everyone wants to contribute and be acknowledged for their contributions. So, when YOU receive a DD, which makes you and your work more popular (at least for the day), the worst side of certain friends suddenly comes to the surface.

So, what do you do? Give up your DD?

No. You get better friends. ;)

Just kidding. OK, well maybe not totally kidding. Your friends should be people who support you, who give you feedback and work with you to improve your art. If people are really going to freak out when you get recognition that you deserve, do you want them to be a part of your artistic life?

Maybe your friends need a couple of days to cool off and get the green-eyed monster back in check. Maybe things will be alright. Or, maybe not. We’ve seen people get trashed, having horrible things said about them, and their art ridiculed like crazy. We’ve seen groups of people decide to exclude people, refusing to support their art so that their pageviews and favorites decline completely. And we know it hurts.

So, what are you to do?

NOTHING. Be your normal, effervescent, and perfectly lovable self. Whatever you do, do not add to the drama by posting a negative blog or poll. Find other sources of comfort and support, from other groups or individuals who may not have run in your circle. And, here’s a thought, spend that time and energy on creating new and even better art. Above all else, and we can’t believe we are going to say this, but here goes: dA is not life. It may be a part of life, fine, but it is not life itself. If all else fails, take a break from the dArama for a little while (a couple of days? a week? a month?). We promise that, when you come back, it will be better.


The DD You Didn't Want (Yes, really!)



Every once in a while, someone gets a DD on a piece that they feel really shouldn't have gotten a DD for some reason. Perhaps they felt it wasn’t technically worthy of a DD. Perhaps it was only a personal piece, not meant for public consumption. Or perhaps the artist just didn’t want the attention to begin with.  

Though CVs are well-intentioned when we give DDs, we simply can't read people's minds and know if someone does or doesn't want a DD.  We have seen artists become so upset that they delete the DD’d deviation or put it into storage.  Or more commonly, they will write a depressing statement in the artist’s comments expressing how displeased they are that they got a DD on that piece. In the end, it’s not a positive experience for the artist.   

We’re sure most people reading this article are thinking to themselves, why wouldn't someone want a DD?  How could anyone be disappointed or upset over something so great? The fact is that no matter how we perceive the situation, the recipient of the DD, for whatever reason, wished not to get it, and the best thing we can do is respect their feelings and not push them into feeling bad or guilty by telling them that they should want or enjoy the DD. Their feelings are perfectly valid and understandable, and it’s best to support them rather than pressuring them to comply.

So what happens if you find yourself with an unwanted DD?  You waited all this time to get a DD, and now that you finally did, you are completely let down because it's on your least favorite piece in your gallery. Perhaps you have pieces in your gallery that you feel are newer and better? Let's look at ways we can potentially avoid an unwanted DD before it even happens.  

:bulletblack: Most CVs will make a point to read through the artist comments before featuring a piece, so if you'd rather not get featured for a certain piece you could simply add something as simple as, This is a personal piece and I'd rather not get recognition for it.

:bulletblack: Also, most CVs do not give DDs to works in progress (WIPs). If you are not satisfied with the way something came out and you are looking for feedback so you can make it better, stating so in your artist’s comments will let us know that you’re not looking for a DD. Just saying you’re unhappy with it in general will deter us. Just let us know; we’re not psychic! :XD: We can’t always LOOK at things and know they’re WIPs or that they are not “good” in your opinion; to us, they may look fabulous unless you say something.

:bulletblack: Self-suggestions!  Yes, self-suggest the piece you want to have featured, and if the CV likes it and wishes to feature it, you'll not only have the DD you wanted, you'll have a DD on the piece you wanted!  



In Conclusion . . .



So, there you have it: some figures you just might see in the shadows should you ever receive a Daily Deviation and some tips for beating them. We wish you the very best of luck with your creations and hope that this article has been helpful to you.


:dalove:
Astralseed and Aeirmid


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:iconrichardotis:
richardotis Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Excellent and easily understood. Thanks for this. Obviously an artist must be a very sensitive person on some level of their soul...thinking of all the great works of art that remain hidden until after the passing of an artist... your comments in this posting are well made. My life would be so very bland without the expressions of the artist...grateful for DD.
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
dArama about DDs is something "usual" on this site! :D

I only hope that this helpful article will help more people to be more tolerant towards DDs, no matter what their tastes are. :)
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annajordanart Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
On the other hand, I didn't get any negative comments on my most recent DD, yet when dA shared it on FB I had lots of negative feedback!

IMO, it only hurts if you see truth in what they are saying. If you don't believe it, then it won't hurt.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think you're absolutely correct! I got some flack on two of my DDs and to me it wasn't really a big deal so my feelings weren't hurt over it.
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Another reason for not wanting a DD is because it's of your ex and memories are gross :giggle:
[remember that DD we suggested of my face with "blood" dripping out of my mouth? My ex took it down then delete his account shortly after because he hates me apparently lol]
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I knew there were more DDs I suggested out there that I couldn't find! Now I know not to look for that one.
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:iconcrickatoo:
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:boogie:
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:iconkarolusdiversion:
Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Just my thought about The Critic.
The art criticism serves to evaluate a work of art.
A critique can be positive, negative, constructive or destructive.
If an artist does not have the maturity to understand this, he can put his own works in a closet, lock up and throw away the key.
Of course, any criticism about a work of art must be strongly supported by arguments and reasons as objective as possible. The opinions resulting from momentary emotions of a critic is not worth a damn.
So goes the world... of Art ;)
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:iconthecures:
TheCures Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
i second this
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:iconkarolusdiversion:
Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Thank you so much for the support :)
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:iconpwnkage:
PwnKage Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Wouldn't it be better to send an official note out to people telling them that they're getting a DD and asking for approval? It would save the trouble of people not wanting the DD. I've seen many artists feel upset that a doodle of theirs got a DD when other work which they put more effort into didn't get recognised.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
People not wanting a DD seems to be by far a minority and while it certainly would be a great way to prevent this problem, it would take away from those who love the surprise of it if something like that were to be implemented.
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PwnKage Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
I would think that being told beforehand that you're getting a DD is still a surprise.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
That is true but it wouldn't have the same effect.
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:iconbjork-anaiiz:
Bjork-Anaiiz Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have said this before one another PE DD:

Ask the artist for permission already!

You are saying some artists don't want their work to be featured. Why not take the extra time to ASK them before possibly humiliating them?

Sorry I flared off, but some people really appreciate it when the know what it going on.

So it would be very useful to make a PE DD about suggesters getting permission before suggesting.
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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
2 things:

1. What happens if they fond someone that didn't know that they didn't want critique? What they must do is tell that person that they don't accept critiques calmly, or write on the artist' comment that they don't accept them.
That's an advice that you could have suggested as well, because this could make some artists open their eyes. Because sometimes it's not the visitor's fault.

2. Why don't you get our permission before featuring as you want? You're complaining about this DD unwantings, but this could be solved PERFECTLY by asking us for that, so you don't have to see all that anymore.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
for some reason my comment totally disappeared! :XD: anyways, I could identify with the last section, the DD I got was not on an art piece, but a tutorial. At first I was a little disappointed, but in the end I was glad that it got that kind of exposure because it ended up helping a lot of people!
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
On the topic of receiving a Daily Deviation you didn't want, I logged in one day to find that I had received a DD feature on a deviantART related suggestion for thumbnails. It was quite disappointing. What made it particularly disappointing was the fact that a few weeks earlier #devBUG and #hq had announced that they were rolling out new thumbnails they had been working on for some time, so there was no possibility of implementing the suggestion. It felt as if my art/literature was largely ignored for the sake of trying to get #hq's attention in a largely failed attempt.

I for one, don't believe that suggestions to improve dA should be considered as DD material. It undermines the artist's work. =(
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i think you should read this [link]
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I read that article earlier, I'm not exactly sure what you think I will gain from reading it? I could be wrong though, maybe I missed something.
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I also got a DD for a non art work, but I don't feel it undermines my artwork. Would it be nice to get noticed for my artwork, yeah! But that happens often enough, and actually, considering how many people think it's fun to tear apart art related DDs I'm kind of glad that I only received positive reviews for the DD. What you've got to understand is that it's not some kind of prize to be won, that if a work you didn't want to get a DD is somehow saying the rest of your work is no good. It's really strange how people think there's this conspiracy surrounding DDs and how they're chosen. It really isn't a convoluted scheme.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm aware of the feature aspect, I've written an article on it before. I was glad my suggestion was appreciated, but in the long term, I was disappointed by it and I feel I have a greater understanding of why some people don't want DD's on certain things. It's my personal belief that some categories in the deviantART related categories shouldn't be considered for a DD feature.
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
well the point of DDs is to bring something otherwise obscure to millions of users to light, so in that case, it was a good thing that your suggestion was seen by others :)
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry, I typed up an extremely irritated and pissy comment but just couldn't bring myself to spread the irritation around.

Suffice it to say that you're not going to change how I feel about my experience; I wasn't happy with it from the start. The reason I originally commented was to express my opinion on featuring suggestions to improve dA.
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
no you're fine :)
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ApplejackMan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Are DDs supposed to be like surprises for deviants? If not, it would be good to try to contact them first. If they are like surprises, then I can see where things could go wrong. I've never gotten one, but If I did, I'd definitely want it to be of my choosing, though I like surprises too. It could be embarrassing to have an old art recognized when there are better ones.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
There are many users who enjoy the fact that DDs are surprises. Most of the CVs make an effort to look at an artists newer works and to feature from that rather than older works since we understand that we all progress with time and the newer works ideally should be the better pieces.
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:iconapplejackman:
ApplejackMan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm happy to know that.
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:iconjamseye:
JAMsEye Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What is a CV?

May I suggest you always develop acronyms the first time you mention them in an article? Like «Daily Deviations (DD)».
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
A CV is a Community Volunteer.
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:iconjamseye:
JAMsEye Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. FYI Melissa (=Xadrea) has already answered my question. This said I think it's best to always explain acronyms in texts. Just once is enough, the first time it appears.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
:nod: that is true, we thought they were already well known enough that we wouldn't have to explain them though. I guess it just goes to show that we should have anyway, thank you for pointing it out :hug:
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:iconjamseye:
JAMsEye Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome. It not only helps DA subscribers (who happen to not know that) but also any reader from the outside who might come across the article. It makes the article self-sufficient for understanding in fact. I'm glad I could help.
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
A CV is a community volunteer :D
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:iconjamseye:
JAMsEye Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, Mellissa :) . I'll write it next to «Curriculum Vitae» ;)
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome :heart:
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Egil21 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Very interesting and informative week :thumbsup: As usual, very well written.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :) much credit needs to go to ^SanguineVamp for the writing of this article as she did the bulk of it :)
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:iconegil21:
Egil21 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
The credits go to all team :nod: You do a wonderful work here on PE.
Thank you very much, I really mean it.
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CReevesABudd Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
very well written and great ideals inside.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Such a great article, full of wonderful advice :)
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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War-Chant Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful article! :heart:

It's always bothered me when people start commenting on someone's DD with things like "Why is this even a DD?" and other things of that nature. I may not always like the DD selections of the day because of personal tastes, but I can still look at a piece and appreciate that someone thought it was worthy of it. Art is in the eye of the beholder, as it were.

The idea of someone losing friends because they were awarded with a DD is just saddening. I'm always thrilled when I find out that one of my friends has received one!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm always thrilled too, but I guess not everyone feels that way... or not everyone is a good friend :B
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:iconwar-chant:
War-Chant Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I totally second that last statement. Fairweather friends are a dime a dozen.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
:nod:
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:iconlittlekirara:
LittleKirara Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't even imagine shunning a friend for getting a DD; how utterly childish and ridiculous.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
People do strange things.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Another really awesome article.

The main thing these articles have opened my eyes to is how much drama llama there is around dA. I've found (almost) nothing but support around the dA comm. I only received hate on one deviation when it hit the front page, but that was perhaps 10 comments out of 850. I have been humbled and astounded constantly by the overwhelming support of this community at large. My (very unexpected) experience with a DD was the same - I didn't have any repercussions. Though these articles have me wondering if I'm in the minority?

Are there different genres that have this sort of drama more often? I've found the foodie/artisan community just lovely.
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