Ink Heart here with a little journal update.
So, when I was randomly derpping around on DA, I noticed that my account had reached it's fourth birthday.
How do I feel about this?
It's hard to say, before when I first joined this site and started posting art, I use to get really excited about reaching milestones like that.
But nowadays it doesn't seem that special, probably because I know what the formula to "being a successful artist" is, but refuse to sell myself out, because I hate dealing with idiots.
So in case if you were wondering, what is the formula to being a "successful artist", if you are smart (which most of you aren't...) you would of seen the answer in the previous sentence.
The answer is "Selling Out", doing commissions, taking the occasional requests, appealing to your fanbase and trying to make them "happy".
Yeah, I use to be like the, drawing ponies, taking a few requests and opening commissions here and there, but then I soon realized the these "fans" of mine, only like seeing what they wanted to see and didn't give a damn about what I liked to draw.
I got sick and tired of drawing the same thing and only improving slowly, rather than quickly.
So I dropped the heavy circulation of pony draws and guess what? People stopped giving a shit like I knew they would, because remember kiddies, those who can't draw think that artists are just machines designed to solely draw and nothing else, because there totally isn't a human fucking being behind the controls right?
Not to mention, if something gets "popular" they are expected to draw that for a good long while.
I lost alot of "support" from those so called "fans" and if I was still only drawing ponies, I would of reached 1,000 watchers by now and probably have had 100,000 pageviews too.
But in order to "Become Popular" I would of had to "Sell Out" and because I chose to keep myself happy, that automatically makes me "selfish" and a terrible person.
So point in case, I can't seem to get all worked up over these "milestones" anymore, seeing half the times these little numbers mean nothing in the long run, just lets you count all your little sheep as you shepherd them along your art ride with them.
... And you all wonder why I hate over 80% of my fanbase...
I've come to the point where I don't know what the future holds for my art, or what I'll be drawing day to day, before hand I could plan things out in advance. But now I just draw whatever pops into my head. Perhaps at the end of the day, maybe that's the best thing, art is suppose to be spontaneous, it's whatever you feel at that moment; how sad I've had to become this snide and jaded to have come to this realization, nearly to the point where I've almost completely stopped caring.
But I guess that's the price of "popularity" you chose to do something else, and they all leave you in the dust...
That's my little anniversary thing on my DA account, let's see if I'm even around for the next four years, may I will be, maybe I won't; all I know is I'll still be drawing something for the most part, and at least for those 20% of my fans that I do like and can tolerate; they may have something to look forward to.
That is all, you may continue with the rest of your day...
For those two people who read this...