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Tell me about your artwork by dinyctis Tell me about your artwork by dinyctis
I remember, back in the earlier days of deviantArt, when some people would get blasted for writing ellipses as their description. It was considered lazy and it bugged the hell out of many of us.

It still bugs me, especially when the artwork is good. I mean, if you're going to upload a piece of work, why not tell us a bit about it? And this is anything: digital art, traditional art, photography (photographers are big offenders in this category), and writers as well.

It feels as if you're just throwing it out there without much care. Yes, there are instances where you should "let the artwork do the talking," but even that kind of work deserves a bit of a description; perhaps about how you came across the idea, how long it took you, etc, etc.

But maybe that's just me: the kind of guy who watches the making-of features on DVDs and likes to dive into the creative process along with the people who make stuff that I hold in a high regard.

This is pretty bash-proof, isn't it? I'm bitching at you because I like your work and you won't tell me about it :lol:

And yes, Daily Deviations without a description are a bummer as well. Good for the artist for getting exposure but no write-up? Come on! And yes, flounder is the weapon of choice. Unless, of course, it's two stingrays tied by the tails to make a stingray nun chuck.
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:icon1devilishdude:
1DeViLiShDuDe Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't always feel the need to go into how my work was made,
but usually embellish it with a somewhat elaborate synopsis of
what I think it could or might be interpreted as - or even to
inspire someone with more writing talent than I have! :D

~ Sort of a conceptual storyline idea spark! :nod:
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TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"In addition, staff members who pick Daily Deviations without a write-up should be smacked with a flounder." :XD:
And yes, very true. I hate those people who have awesome artwork, but their deviation page doesn't tell anything about them and they don't write anything about the deviations. :facepalm:
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StolenArtClub Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
What a load of bollocks. And you must feel really happy with yourself.
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:iconarianovan:
arianovan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
im Glad that you give a damn. Your tutorials have helped me out a lot, thanks
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Nirriti72 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said. Period. :)
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lilydotparis Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I kinda feel where you're coming from but the thing is that the main focus will always be on the artwork itself, not its description. Sometimes the art just speaks for itself, you can't actually FORCE people to talk about their work if they don't want too. Their work is already speaking for them. Does that make any sense?
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yubbi45 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like moldy trout as a slapper of choice :shakefish: preferably rainbow :iconfishplz:
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yubbi45 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
there was one deviant i knew who, if he didn't have anything to say about his specific artwork, he'd just rant about stuff that happened that week :XD:
and eventually say something at the end about it because of finally remembering something after the rant
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello, I just wanted to let you know that your helpful resource has been FEATURED :dalove:

:happy:
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GloryAngel Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
LMFAO, "stingray nunchucks" is a funny idea.
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LaDarkA117 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
totally agree. :nod:
me who like to talk about art. Ellipsis can be bugging.
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:iconitsnotfilia:
ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The description of this deviation should've been an ellipsis. :p
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:iconlilydotparis:
lilydotparis Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OMG XD
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:iconshantella:
Shantella Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This sums up my feelings toward the subject perfectly.
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:iconarty022618:
Arty022618 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Artist
this still bugs me.
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:iconquick-step:
Quick-Step Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm a viewer and I support this message *fist pump!*
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WhenPigsFry Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:shakefish: ...
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Hyperchaotix Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh! I actually thought descriptions deterred people. (I like to leave descriptions on my work, but no one seemed to really care about it)
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Ntn2 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Some artists just want to let the people fill the gaps. :shrug:
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DavidScript Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why is it a JPG :crying:
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:icondinyctis:
dinyctis Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Why not?
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:icondavidscript:
DavidScript Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I asked first :|
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:icondinyctis:
dinyctis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
What was the question?
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:icondavidscript:
DavidScript Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why is it a JPG :crying:
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:icondinyctis:
dinyctis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Because I clicked "File >Save as > jpg"
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:icondavidscript:
DavidScript Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should've killed.
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:icondinyctis:
dinyctis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Killed who?
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TheRemixMaster Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen this.... and it makes me wonder why D: Why you no explain yourself!? XD

Anyway, I like these. Keep it up.
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AHundredWingedWishes Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see a lot of these on people who are either posting in a fashion of portfolio or having to keep certain things hush hush because of work.

I keep mine to a minimum now because I don't feel the need to entirely explain myself (well, when I was posting more regularly.) I've gotten to the point where I just want people to enjoy it and not worry about what I have to say. That being said, I'm a chatty Mc Talk A Lot on my FB art page. It's a bit less formal there.
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
How very true. I enver understood why people just put "..." in the descriptions.
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Lydia-distracted Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012   General Artist
I'm guilty of this.
I never knew it bugged people, I never even considered it.
It was just how I wanted to express myself, for different reasons on different pieces, but it was only ever an internal process.

What can I say my art process is pretty masturbatory.
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deviant-garde Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
...why are most of the comments on the first few pages hidden?
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:icondinyctis:
dinyctis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I don't remember exactly but there was some kind of irrelevant argument going on between 3 people.
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batosail Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I love you. Make more of that its hylarious
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TexasDreamer01 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Wow, I was actually around for those days. :O_o: I remember so many of my friends writing advice on proper ettiquete just for that.
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lulucanpy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always hate seeing those underneath submissions on this site. I almost always have something to say about whatever I submit on this site, like what I liked and didn't like, how I thought i grew, what inspired it, etc.

I also agree with you on the daily deviation. I LOVE reading about why someone thought it was worthy of recognition! It's not cause I disagree (most of the time...), it's that I want to understand what someone else saw in it.
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GrimCW Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
so i'm not the only one that gets perturbed seeing that and finding myself wondering" wtfh?"
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
when i use the aforementioned puncuation that seems to cause so much aggravation and annoyance, in my discriptive comments, it is due to my mode of thinking. it is not intended in any way to insult or infuriate my watchers (which would be counter productive and otherwise lacking in intelligence on my part) or other artists who might by chance stumble across my gallery. I do tend to use ellipses in my poetry (and poetic comments for other artists) but that is only as a reading device
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Endingtheworld Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
But.. sometimes I don't even get MY work!
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MarikBentusi Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Really should be mandatory for Daily Deviations. It's either nothing or "suggested by X and Y" or just "I love it because it has pretty colors". Better have fewer entries, but more thought-out selections.
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RS-Kyra Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student Photographer
There are times I do this, and I do it for what I perceive is a good reason. I burn through deviation after deviation when I post them, and sometimes I just can't think of a description. Usually my work kind of speaks for itself [I mean, it's photography, everyone perceives it differently]. I also tend to not want to look at them again.
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Very nicely said. Whenever I see a person just go "..." or just use a space bar on their artwork it makes it seem like they arn't very passionate about the piece they made, or put much heart into making it in general.
I know that's kinda generalizing on my part, but I'd even settle for one measly sentence, or snappy one-liner personally over nothing.
It also kinda makes the artist seem like a robot if they never say anything in their art, journals, or comment on others' pieces.
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Sylveira Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do that quite often. I get frustrated after an hour or so of staring at the little flashy thing (i forget what it's called) and not being able to think of anything to write :C
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BlackSheepRising Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How about a swordfish rapier?
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RichardTheRough Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Wise words, I think the same.
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KhajiiteWolfin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
...
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AquaticNotes Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Writer
alot of times writers won't put anything in the description because it gives off many spoilers. i know cause i'm a writer and i tend to do that because everything i want to say is in the written work and i REALLY don't want to share much on character etc. because it ruin the character development if i'm going to be reusing the character at a later date.
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Ocean-Pearls Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
You're full of it. Sometimes a piece has a noteworthy description and sometimes it doesn't.
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VampireMeerkat Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Either art speaks for itself or is just total crap.
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Suit yourself. That line of thought shuts you out of a ridiculous amount of art, though.
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