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Critiques + wtf? + Paris!

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 10:34 AM
This is just a quickie to tell you that I am here and I have not forgotten about the critiques poll… - I thought I'd get a bit more time last weekend but ended up only doing one critique after all ^^; BUT that I'm slow doesn't mean I don't plan on doing more critiques, so if you want to add your name to the list, go right ahead.

Warning: I am not doing them chronologically. And I'm not going to be doing all of them either, that's for sure. I'm doing those I feel I have actually something useful to say about randomly - there's no first come first served. Not only because I think it's unfair to those in a time zone that sleeps when the poll goes online, but also because I rather not force myself to do something like a critique. I also won't force myself to critique when I feel fed up with everything around me (so usually after work), cos believe me, it'll turn out less useful and more bitchy ;P


What the f**k is up with those raffles for points (most of them are illegal btw, see FAQ #894: Can I run a lottery for Points on deviantART?)? Or those journals where you get points for faving something specific, becoming a facebook fan or even for suggesting a DD?! For one, who the hell pays people (in amounts that are seldom worth more than a few cents to begin with) to like them? Are they so desperate? Is their art so bad that they need that kind of attention? I've even seen people with a donation module supposedly collecting points for a subscription (which is perfectly fine on it's own, it's what it's here for and there every point is a nice gesture when it's given freely I think) in parallel run a journal saying they'll pay each person who gives a watch + a fave 10 or 20 points... Wth? Why don't you use that for your sub?! And what do you think happens with those who now watch you? They become loyal fans? I don't think so. They will unwatch you as soon as you run out of points to give. Are you really that naive that you believe they'll stay for your art if you had to pay them for a fave and a watch to begin with?! :no: And paying someone to suggest your shitty manip (or whatever else) for DD is just pathetic. You do know you can suggest yourself, don't you? And you are aware that DDs are not won in a lottery but awarded for excellent deviations? How does it change your quality if 40 people suggest you? Not one bit. You'll only annoy the cv (who btw is definitely going to find your journal or figure out that you're swapping suggestions amongst friend or what not - they're not dumb). What you won't get is a DD for something that doesn't deserve one, no matter how many people profess their undying love for it *rollseyes*.

So to the points-givers: stop kidding yourselves! You're not popular for your art, you're "popular" for being a goose that lays golden eggs. Stop investing your time in uselessly trading points and start working on your technique instead.

And to those who accept points for watches/faves/likes/etc: stop feeding idiots' egos. In doing so you become a joke yourself. And that for a few points worth a handful of dollars (if you're lucky). You can make more at McD. And you can even pay something besides dA stuff with the money you make there.

Okay, rant(ish part) over :D Just had to get it off my chest as I'm always amazed at what people will do to "earn" or "save" or some such thing...

Now on to nicer things:

I'm going to Paris this weekend :love: :la: :excited:

My boyfriend and I are going to leave on Friday morning (via train it's only 4 hours from Frankfurt!) and return on Tuesday evening. Wish us good weather and if you know some good tips, be it for sights we shouldn't miss or a nice cozy and not too expensive restaurant to celebrate our anniversary in, please do tell in a comment!!!


Paris :Cross Collateralization by svensson

Paris from the Eiffel Tower by BenHeine

Lost in Paris by svensson

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cazcastalla Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Hope you have a wonderful time in Paris. I am off to the UK next Thursday for 10 days to see my family... really looking forward to it.

Have a wonderful anniversary :huggle:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hope you're having a great time in the UK - Paris was fun!
miontre Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:roll: I am sick of that too! I would much rather have people like me for me and for my art than for my money.
Also, people saying they will give you X amount of points if you catch their kiriban and send a screenshot.
Right click > Inspect Element > change pageviews to desired number > take screenshot > profit. :|

A while ago, a Senior Member who won the Deviousness Award said she would tell you how to get all the badges available to members in exchange for 20 points. I pointed out that anyone giving her their points in exchange for the info shouldn't, because the info is freely available at #Badges-of-DeviantART. Even a quick Google search of "dA badges" brings up the information. The lady running the scam hid my comment, came to my page and left a rude message, and then blocked me. All of the other comments were hidden too, so I'm wondering if a lot of people we're saying the same things as me :lol:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
seriously? some folks are just pathetic beyond belief!
miontre Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed! It was unbelievable :|
oanalivia Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a tip about Paris, if you want. Well, I am not really sure it's a tip, maybe you already know this ...
If you plan on seeing Paris from the last level of the Eiffel Tower, be sure to get there a few minutes (5-10) before opening hours in the morning. This way you avoid all the tourists, you don't have to wait a lot, and the whole experience becomes more pleasing. You can get your picture done in no matter what corner without another 10 people trying to have the same angle :D Plus, Paris in the morning is lovely :D
And a second tip: buy a ticket for the last level only and climb the first two using the stairs. I love doing that: you get to see the view building piece by piece as you go farther and farther away from the ground.

Maybe you already knew all this.

Have a fun trip !
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! We ended up not going up there after all, as the weather was not so great. Plus I have a slight issue with heights anyway, so I was happy to stay on the ground ^^;
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Hope your long weekend is wonderful. So excited for you! :heart:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tallouh Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
paris... how lovely.

amen on your comment about points and watches and faves. i have been giving points to groups because i get times can be tough and people want to award winners and if i happen to have points at that time why not. sadly i gave someone points for that reason but sure enough they had that thing too.. if you give me so many i'll do this and this for you. yeah ooooooooook. rme. my favorite was getting a pity feature, not even a contributor feature. i said something publicly -shrugs- and it was removed -cries- and i'm sure i looked like a bitch but whatevs. i'd rather someone think i'm supportive of a group, their vision and what not and how they help folks through know the community thing or actually like my work to fav it or watch me.

be safe, travel safe... take pictures pretty please so i can buy....WITH POINTS...hehe some stock -bats lashes-

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