I had a talk about this with a friend more than once. It's about that jolt you get from seeing a new piece of art vs seeing the thing done step by step. He was of the opinion that it takes away from the (i'll call it surprise) when you see each step first rather than the final completed thing. I, on the other hand, thought that it was a nice boost to get feedback from people and see interest in the art before it's completely done. It gives me some motivation to finish it in a way. But then I notice that a lot of artists only upload completed things only, not really the steps. Or they might upload the steps after uploading the completed piece.
If I'm in a painting for the long haul, and I know that I can complete the thing in one session, then I won't save any of the progress shots. Usually I take a progress shot at the end of each session for the day and upload this to my scraps. I also keep this separate from the final piece.
So, I've been thinking, would you guys find it cleaner or easier if I just:
1. Switched the scrap to the main gallery and uploaded the final image to that?
2. Stop uploading progress shots all together and do only complete uploads?
3. Continue like I'm doing at the moment with progress shots in my scraps and finished things in my main gallery?
My problem with 1 is that I don't think the image shows up on the front page if I switch it from scraps to the main gallery...does it? If not, then only watchers would notice it, not others. Or would it show up only if I upload a new image to it after switching it to the main gallery?
Confirmed, doesn't update to recent list.
My problem with 2 of course is that I like to think that showing progress shots benefits somebody out there as an artist. I love seeing progress shots personally. It's not that it takes the magic out of the picture, but shows me that it can be done and isn't an impossible task when broken down into steps. Yeah, I love seeing finished work too, it's wonderful and I'm sure everybody else gets a nice "wow!!" from it too.
My problem with 3 is that it keeps the progress separate from the final image, I kinda don't dig that much because I'll notice that sometimes the progress shots get way more views than the final image. Not that I'm hate'n on that, but just like getting good feedback on progress boosts my motivation for finishing, not getting as much feedback on the final is kind of demotivating ^^; Like I used up all the "surprise" potential and so the response kinda gives me the vibe of "Oh yeah, that again...eh, that's nice".
So, I'd like to go with 1 because it could be the best of both worlds, but only if it actually shows up on the front page when updated ^^; Heck, I'll go test it now.... Okay, tested. It doesn't update to recent. So we're back to either no progress shots or separate progress shots in scraps.
6 years, 6 months ago
11 Oct 2012 03:32 CEST