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Recap of RAW: Columbus

Recap of RAW: Columbus

        On Tuesday, I participated in what will likely be my last show with RAW Artists. I have done four of them, and in the future I’ll write up a post about my thoughts on RAW overall- generally positive things. These shows have been a very positive experience for me, and I’m so glad I did them! This show was located in Columbus, Ohio, only about an hour away from where I currently live. For every show done in a home city, RAW offers its artists a complimentary show in another city. This show was one of two comp shows I had available this year; I used the other last month in Indianapolis. While Indianapolis was a very profitable show, I can’t say the same for Columbus, though it was still a mostly pleasant experience. I’ve gone 50/50 on shows with RAW being profitable. I did at least make back my expenses, so I didn’t lose anything by attending. It was very disappointing, though, I won’t lie. There are quite a few factors I think contributed to this show not being as successful as the last. First, and I think most importantly, this show was full of incredible artists. Don’t get me wrong, every show I’ve participated in has been full of really great artists. But this show in particular was very impressive. I felt really outclassed. Also notable was the fact that I was right across from another digital artist, which was actually a first for me at these shows. Not that they don’t bring in digital artists to RAW, because they definitely do, I just haven’t really...
deviantART Isn’t Actually Ruining Everything Ever By Adding New Features

deviantART Isn’t Actually Ruining Everything Ever By Adding New Features

A note going into this post: I’m definitely biased because I LOVE this change and am excited about it- this is just an opinion post, of course, and of course you’re welcome to disagree with me! I just wanted to voice some frustrations. It feels like this type of outrage happens any time a website makes any sort of change, and it gets very tiresome. What’s that sound? That’s… Oh, no. A website has changed something!! Hurry, let’s gather the pitchforks and riot! We can check out what actually changed later. What’s important right now is that we get as angry as possible. -The entire internet, probably Websites are changing all the time, always trying to create a better user experience.  Sometimes this comes in the form of small, barely noticeable tweaks, like Tumblr changing their post icons a while back. Sometimes, it’s a layout change that’s meant to put more focus on certain features, or to simply look better (Facebook does this occasionally and is greeted with mass outrage every time). What this shows, time and time again, is that people are really opposed to change in general. It doesn’t usually matter what the change is. That’s not usually important. It’s the fact that it’s different, and different means getting used to new things and adjusting to them. That’s not to say all change is good, or that change should always be accepted without question. But changes shouldn’t be rejected simply because they’re different. Not without, at least, taking time to evaluate the change. This post is about deviantART’s brand new activity feed feature, recently released to beta testers.  It’s basically an endless scrolling feed of updates from...

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