My favourite place to post art on the web is a place called GFXArtist. It’s a somewhat complicated place to upload your pictures to but browsing it is a breeze and the interface is just fantastic. Unlike Deviantart, its not too big either. There are about 1000 active users there and the quality in artwork automatically shows. I can be found at http://bakatron.gfxartist.com.
One of the most irksome things about GFX is the entire elite concept – I absolutely hate it. I hate elite. I hate elitism. I hate the entire machinery behind it.
Iâ€™ve watched really good friends go gonzo and tear each other apart so that their stupid icon goes yellow from blue – that they can go out there and collect as many votes as they want. it pisses me off. Why canâ€™t we all get along because of a stupid yellow icon?
Iâ€™ve been nominated before for elite and i took my work out of the public galleries until it was over.
I could have properly run for elite this month and gotten away with it because all my friends have already gone elite. I miss not being able to show my work in the same gallery as Dean Kuhta, Aaron Sikstrom, and Matt Blair. Those guys are amazing- being with them made you work harder as an artist. GFXArtist, in itself, made me a better artist. Being friends with them gave me greater insight and respect for other styles and methods.
Being nominated for elite doesnâ€™t make me want to draw for some odd reason. I donâ€™t want to be a part of a misogynous system called elitism. No artist can be called elite. No artist can call himself better than another after a certain period of learning. After achieving a certain degree of vertical learning, we strive to expand ourselves horizontally. to call that elite is nothing less than a joke.
For now, Iâ€™m unpublishing my work from the forum until this monthâ€™s nominations are over. Iâ€™ll be back on the eight. GFXArtist is still a fantastic online art forum, and in a lot of ways far better than