Continuation of a chain of thought started in a previous entry, But Is It Art?
Yeah, I'm slow with the sequels.
It's a classic dilemma: Imagine you were given the choice between being a pauper in heaven and being a prince in hell. Which would you choose? Or would you rather not have the choice?
I understand that plenty of people don't care for inflation art. I'm sure plenty of people think that it's sick and disgusting. Different people have different tastes, and that's fine. But a number of people at DeviantArt take it to the next level. I've seen many claims that inflation art isn't really art. People have accused it of being a sickness, a joke, a blight in need of removal. But there are a few out there whose hatred seems to run a little too deep; there's something driving it. And it's these few people, those who seem a bit too fixated on their hatred of the art form, who fascinate me.
It would be dismissive, condescending, and not at all enlightening to simply write them off as being jealous. It is, at best, a small piece of the puzzle.
Fetish art is limiting by its very nature. In most cases, you can't show it off to your friends. You can't put your real name on it, for fear of being branded a pervert. And unless you happen to subscribe to one of the more socially acceptable perversions, it's highly unlikely you'll ever make a living from creating it. And if you're a professional artist, you're best off not doing it at all lest you be recognized by your style.
But creating in the inflation community has its advantages. Because the community is so small, and so little material is created, it's relatively easy to gain a certain amount of notoriety. For the most part, the material is produced by amateurs for amateurs and made available for free.
If your art is more conventional, you have the advantage of wider acceptance. You can show your art off, you can talk openly about it, and you can claim to be an artist without worry that people will question whether what you do is really art.
The downside of conventional art is that it is conventional. This effect is magnified on DeviantArt, which attracts a particular demographic. The artists tend to be young, and much of the art spans a fairly narrow range of styles and subject matters. There's a very good chance that there are a thousand artists just on DeviantArt doing art very similar to yours. Given those numbers, it's highly unlikely that you're the best, or even notable. You can be better than 99.9% of the deviants on deviant art, and there will still be thousands better than you are. You can have a great deal of talent, and still not gain recognition.
Most people accept this. They post their art, they share it with friends, and don't have any issue with the idea that they'll never be a household name in the households of any strangers. The vast majority of talent never gets much attention. This becomes a problem when someone with talent has difficulty accepting this reality. They imagine themselves worthy of being princes, but they possess neither the greatness to hold a post in heaven and nor the darkness to take a throne in hell.
I don't find these people to be terribly interesting. The world is full of people who don't believe that life has given them their due and would tear down those whom they see as having fame of which they are more deserving. The bit about a dilemma that makes it fascinating is that there are two viable options; these people have no such choice. And if they ever put any thought into the matter, they might realize they're better off that way.
Yes, there's more. Yeah, it'll probably be a few months before I get around to writing it.