I could also call this the OC-ness of choosing one's DA favorites
Ever since I became an active member of DA, I've tried to apply a few semi-strict criteria in choosing my faves. At first I tried to select no more than three pieces from each artist to increase the variety of my "collection." These were chosen largely because they were representative of the artist's style and, uhm -- well, the word i like to use is they "resonated" with me.
What I mean is that the theme of the image moved me as much as the actual appearance of the image itself.
That gradually expanded, though, and I found myself faving (hello, DA-only verb
) more than three works from artists whose vision really inspired me. That's my cue to
In the beginning, I found many of the pieces in my favorites gallery from the Daily Devs, Popular and New Devs featured on DA's home page. Later I learned how to browse through the myriad categories this site offers.
That's when my selection process fine-tuned itself even more. I've got this huge monitor at the office that displays seven rows of favorites, with two images on the first two rows and four images in all the rows after. After replying to notes and messages, I'd find myself staring at my favorites page and thinking, "The page could use a bit of sculpture this time..." Or digital art, or traditional painting, or... you get the idea.
Everytime I logged on to DA then, I tried to collect as many images as I could that would balance the appearance of the page, then tip the balance to give myself an excuse to collect more images again
This was how I found the truly amazing work of
among several others.
Last week though I challenged myself by narrowing down the criteria to Filipino artists whose work featured either original characters or reimaginings of our myths, legends, and folklore.
The result is now the current first page of my favorites. It took me _hours_ to find each piece because I didn't want to just randomly add them to the gallery. I tried to aim for a balance of colors and textures as well as for a diversity of approaches. Maybe I'm the only one who'll see the overall effect of the page, but I really am pleased with everything I've found.
On top of that, I'm so proud to have discovered a vast treasure trove of Filipino talent in this community.
Anyway, this long bit of rambling is my way of thanking all of you, every single one of you, for generously sharing your talent with fan-girls like me, and loads of other folks besides.
It's a deep honor to be on this journey with you.