It never fails. Every time dA runs a contest around here, and the semifinalists/finalists are announced, half of dA goes crazy, falling over themselves just to get their opinion out there that these entries SUCK."These finalists are all digital! Why does dA hate traditional so much?!"
For some reason, just because dA sees finalists with all digital entries, they automatically feel that dA does not like traditional art, and they PURPOSELY avoid letting traditional works in to the finalists.
Why do they make such a personal deal out of it? I see people saying off the wall things like "I don't see ONE traditional entry in here!" "Traditional is so ignored lately."
There is only one thing I can say to people who think this: Pull your head out of your ass.
Digital artwork programs were made as to emulate traditional media. Why else would Photoshop and PaintToolSAI have filters and tools like "watercolor" "hard brush" and "airbrush"?
The fact of the matter is, traditional art could kick digitals ass, IF the traditional artists of dA stop whining and start practicing and perfecting their skill. The reason traditional never makes it to the finalists? Most traditional artists don't even try, because they have this ill-conceived notion that they won't stand a chance against digital.
Take a look at artists like =Claparo-Sans
She would blow away the competition if she had wanted to. Why? Because she believes in her talent. She doesn't constantly whine about digital having some "unfair advantage", she just draws."But these winners already have a tablet! They don't need another one!"
What's so funny about this one is the people who say things like this seem to believe that they know the story and history of these artists. Just because they do amazing artwork, they must already be rich, large amazing tablet owning individuals.
My question is, how do they know these artists' stories?
For three years I did digital art with a borrowed tablet. I borrowed the tablet from my friend, it was not a tablet I owned. It was an old tablet, very outdated. The sensitivity pressure was almost complete crap. The pen only worked half the time and was broken, it was held together with masking tape. The tablet driver constantly failed, and the cord connecting it to the computer had wires exposed.
I could have used that new tablet! Who is to say that these artists aren't in a similar situation?
Who, also, is to say that these artists could not use that cash prize money? Perhaps to catch up on debt, bills, or to catch up on their rent? Just because these artists have amazing work doesn't mean they're filthy rich. They could use every penny of that money too."But, ______'s entry was better! My entry was better! These winners suck! These contests are so rigged!"
First of all, yes, everyone has a different opinion of how they thought the winners would go. A lot of times, I feel that there were entries i thought should have one, but in the end, all the finalists were amazing anyway.
The problem, though, is when people openly INSULT the winners or semifinalists. Comments like "These entries suck!" or "These are so generic, way to go judges!" or "This contest is so fishy, these artists have crappy entries!"
When it comes down to it, guys, is that these artists entered this contest just like YOU did, just like the OTHER semifinalists did. They had every right to enter this contest, just like you.
Just because they have talent, they aren't allowed to enter contests? They entered with the same goal as you: to win. And just because they won, they deserve to be persecuted?
They didn't ask to win, they didn't ask to be insulted. They just entered a contest, and that's it. Insulting artists because you feel inferior, does not a good argument make. Instead, it makes you look immature that you are so bothered by your entries that you can't pat the winners on the back and give them a job well done?
Stop whining and be the bigger person. Whiners only serve to cause more dArama, and who really needs that?
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