So recently a few of my friends on here have been feeling down about the popularity of their artwork, leading them to reflections about what is wrong with their artwork. So I wanted to take some time out to explain that talent does not equal popularity, and also popularity does not equal talent. If talent had anything to do with popularity, none of that shit you hear on the radio would be on the radio. And I have examples from my own gallery to further demonstrate the "who gives a shit about stupid popularity" view I have. So here is my most favorited artwork, with 78 favorites:
It's crazy old, taken with a Kodak camera, low quality, boring, no artistic thought put into it. I saw a sunset and I took a shot of it. My most favorited work.
Here's my work with the most comments, with 41 comments, for those of you who value comments more highly than favorites:
That one was taken by my Olympus, which was a bit better than my Kodak. I enjoy the composition, but my car is in it. Now, although I did that on purpose because I love that car, that's kind of an inside thing. For the general population, who aren't me, the car is a blemish on the picture. Again it's not incredibly artistic, although moreso thought out than the above picture. I saw a skeleton, and I took a picture. I was lucky with the lighting and the fogginess that day.
Here is my most viewed artwork, with 1,179 views. A stupid, fucking flower. That's right, a stupid, fucking flower. Woo because what person can't go out and snap a shot of a stupid fucking flower? I mean it's fun that it was a nearly black tulip, but shit. It's still just a damn flower I went outside and took a photo of. The focus is not great, although it was pretty good for me at the time I took it.
And now here is what I feel is my most talented photograph (staying on the photography theme). It was taken with my Nikon CoolPics P510, which is the best camera I've had my fingers on so far. I love the focus, the lighting, the black and white composition, when I look at the photo I feel like I'm moving upwards. I spent a while getting myself in just the right position to get just the right photograph. I worked on getting a good angle with the sunlight in the correct place, I used manual focus (which is a new skill and was not used on any of the other photos) and choose what focus I felt made the picture look best.
It has 3 comments, 2 of which are mine, 13 favorites, and 57 views. It is definitely not at all popular, but it is in my opinion my most talented piece so far. So who gives a shit? Look at my popular stuff - that stuff sucks. So my darling darling friends, screw it if your shit isn't popular. Don't you dare think for a second that means that you aren't talented or that there is something wrong with your work. There's nothing wrong with your work. If you want it to be more popular, it probably couldn't hurt to add cat related words to the tags because we all know cats rule the internet! Lol but seriously. Please don't feel bad when you aren't getting the favorites, views, comments, or recognition that you deserve. That's just the way things are, the bullshit is almost always popular, and the wonderfully talented artworks are overlooked. In fact, if your stuff is overlooked often, you can be pretty confident that you are talented. Just be true to yourselves, and do everything that you can to make yourselves feel good. Phrasing, BOOM!