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Looking For DA Alternatives

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 7:44 PM


During my online break I re-evaluated what sites I need to ditch for my spiritual health, and while I would love to say here on DeviantArt, I can't justify continuing to visit a site that makes it nearly impossible to avoid suggestive images (thanks to More Like This).

I still want to showcase my art on a site and be around a community of friends however, so I want to know of other art sites I can join. They don't need to be huge just a good place to post art. Preferably made for all-ages and relatively clean or otherwise have good filtering and browsing options. If there's an art gallery site that has an optional full block on mature images (to the point where I wouldn't know they existed or can be set to unviewable) that would be very nice. I'm open to art forums as well, again, so long as they keep to some form of cleanliness standard.

I'll be keeping an eye out on my page here for replies and I might post a piece or two if I draw something but I won't be browsing at all.

To those of your who feel like I'm being a prude or something, you're going to have to bear with me. This is something I have to do regardless of how much I enjoy the community and friends here on DA. Please suggest alternatives and I'll hopefully see you there. :)




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RoRo484 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you looked at Wysp.ws? It's a great site from what I've heard, and it functions like dA community-wise (but without the drama). I've went through it, and it's denfiniately worth checking out! :3
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FlintENTStudios Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I too want to find other sites than just this one. I pretty much slowed down on random searches because many things I don't agree with come up. More like this can be useful and not useful. I wish the admins here would at least move it down on the page.
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McKnackus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it'd be best if it were optional to begin with (both for personal viewing on all deviantations and for guest viewing on my own deviantations) but I'm not holding my breath for that to happen.

I'm still on the lookout though. Nabyn seems like the closest thing to what I want but it's basically on lockdown seeing as it's invite only. There's also Concept Art, but that place underwent an overhaul that makes it look ugly and convoluted, and they also don't appear to have rules on content.

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FlintENTStudios Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is Sheezyart, but it is under maintenance.
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McKnackus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah. I'm curious to know how that'll be when it's finally out. Really hoping it's like DA but without all the stupid useless annoying features.
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FlintENTStudios Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. The features here are nice, but they are overdoing it and not focusing on real issues.
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Mamma-Peach Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
If you find one and go there let me know. I'd like to keep in touch, even if I'm on-line far less than I used to be.
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McKnackus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will do. :)
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VinnyVideo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
While there's plenty of legitimate uses for technology, much of what's floating around the Internet isn't particularly helpful to body, soul, or spirit. A break can do wonders for one's sanity.

There are a bunch of art sites besides dA, but most of them contain more explicit material than even dA does. Tumblr might be a good place to share your work, but if you're concerned about seeing NSFW content, it can be difficult to escape racy images there unless you stick to following a highly select group of people. Also, a lot of Tumblr artists have a relatively small proportion of art on their blogs, making it tough to find what you want. Of course, online forums are still a good source for sharing art, and many of them focus on safe-for-work art (I run a couple of them myself *hint hint*). And if you're lucky, you could always get real-life buddies interested in your creative pursuits.
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McKnackus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually really like forums a lot. The problem is that most art forums are dieing out. I've had an idea for a long time for an art gallery/forum hybrid where the gallery is displayed similar to DA but instead of being the only thing there it's integrated as the main board of the larger forum, with the other boards displayed alongside or below it like a normal forum would. The gallery would work like normal but the comments would be more like posts on a forum in chronological order rather than sub-scripted. The other boards would work just like a forum, but ideally it would work as an internal image host for people to post their images on any board using tags of some kind. And of course, there would probably be stricter, more definitive rules for NSFW content, and extensive filtering options for suggestive grey-areas.

Not that I know beans about making anything like it aside from making another generic art forum but if you know of any really great ones then please suggest them and I'll have a look.

I've been to a few art forums, although most of them are either dying or have a niche I don't fit in.
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VinnyVideo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like online forums, too. As long as they're reasonably active and well-moderated, they're an excellent source for information and critique, and they lack the tackiness of big, commercial social media ventures (that means you, Facebook). To be honest, I can't think of a single forum that hasn't declined considerably from its peak, and the growth of bigger sites has made it hard for the little guys to keep up. Your plan sounds pretty interesting, though.
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Bowser81889 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you do get a Twitter if you don't have one already, let me know. I'd like to follow you on there.
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McKnackus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@McKnackus
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Bowser81889 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Followed you, dude.
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ChaosDX1 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I see a few mentioned Tumblr. I moved there myself. I agree, that is more of a blog site, but that's fine for me since my interests been moving away from art.
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McKnackus Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a tumblr but I really like the ease of use of a gallery for art. Maybe if I get more into social features I'll jump on board but so far I'm more content with Twitter.
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D00pliss385 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Hi there! Um, I don't know if this "solution" is more or less of a hassle than moving to another site, but I thought it'd be worth suggesting. If it's just More Like This that's bothering you, the plugin deviantTIDY has an option to hide it (it pops back when you hover over it though eghgh). I also did a quick search and found this which might work better (it's also a hiding more like this thing). I haven't tried it myself since I just found it but yeah, worth a shot?

If this just doesn't do it for you then I guess I can suggest nabyn if no one else has. It's invite only and honestly the community has kind of a reserved/elitist attitude (it's full of people that hate dA alkjlsjk), but the site itself is very very similar to dA! A large majority of the work on the site is SFW as I've seen, and the mature filter there hides the pictures completely.
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McKnackus Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The second suggestion works like a charm! More Like this is gone for my own view, although I still think there should be a way to ommit it completely from everyone else's. After all, if I ever want to show people my art IRL on other computers or devices I'd rather them not see it either.

I'm not a huge fan of elitist kinda groups but I have a feeling what I really want would only be acheivable in an exclusive club kinda site, which is unfortunate. I'll give it a shot but if it turns out the community ruins the site then I'll probably ditch that.

To those reading this, any more suggestions are still appreciated. I want to keep my options opened.
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D00pliss385 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Ah that's good, though I wasn't sure if you wanted it just for yourself or not so it's a shame that's only half a solution. Hopefully dA will make it optional/hideable sometime soon. And if not I hope you can find another site more suited to your needs!!
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galoiran Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Tumblr, Furaffunity, Imgur, or Maybe Colors! site (but you have to draw on Colors Software)
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McKnackus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tumblr maybe, though I always saw it as more of a blog site than a gallery site. Imgur doesn't have very easy to use social features, I use a variety of tools so Colors won't work and no offense to those who go to Furaffinity, but I won't be going to a site that categorizes fetishes as browsing options.
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Bowser81889 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shame to see you go, dude. I really hope you still check in on at least your page from time to time and check on your friends here.
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McKnackus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd like to, but I don't like to mince my words much in regards to sites I go to. Hopefully I can find an alternative that won't be too out of the way for people.
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Bowser81889 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I certainly hope so, although I have a feeling if this is truly your course of action than I probably won't get to see much of you anymore.
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
weasyl is nice, lonely but nice

the admins listen to suggestions very well
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McKnackus Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks alright. It seems to be a pseudo-furry site but obviously not on the same level as FA. If it manages to be the cleaner, more inclusive version of the two it's certainly an option. I'll have a look at it. :)
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
yeah its really for anything and everything, theres mainly a lot of furs on there because they it was better spread on those sites, unlike on da where you hardly hear about it
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MidnightQuill Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I wish I new more places. This is my main hub for pictures. Or tumblr or Comicdish would be my only other suggestions
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McKnackus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could see a tumblr or ComicDish site working well for my personal gallery but I was looking more for a community based thing. I do have a ComicDish forum account but I kinda fell out of the community over time.
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