I Know that it is common knowledge that the art-world generally regards deviantart as a beckon of professionalism and respectability. To see something like this while browsing for serious prospective employees on another busy work sunday on a serious talent search site that is totally serious business guys is totally going to get you banned from the art world and loose you all the jobz you would have gotten that day! This is an outrageous prank! This is not what DA is about!
Come on guys, perspective.
If your gallery is so important to your life and career that you can not stand to have even one of your precious thumbnails momentarily obscured lest every employer decide that cats are no longer the "in" thing this year and black list you from the industry, you probably shouldn't be on DA. Yes, some people get a lot of traffic from DA, but lets be honest, this is not an appropriate site in which to host any kind of serious portfolio. Fine, get found, link your gallery elsewhere. This shit is not going to effect you in any serious way. Hell, it's not going to effect you in even the most minor way. Your art is not un-viewable, your art is not gone, no one is "messing" with your work. I am willing to concede that DA's AF pranks have gotten exponentially dumber as the years go on, but the fact of the matter is, this shit happens every year, if after this long this shit continues to surprise you, you are officially too dumb to function on the internet.
I think my favorite non-point that I've read, just in front of "they're destroying my livelihood" and just behind "I am going to leave DA forever!!" is "I am a paying subscriber and I am paying for this service!". What service? "We will not play jokes on april fools" is not part of the subscription package. Could someone please point out the exact service that you are paying for that is being taken from you?
We're all here for wacky fun! Mudkips, llamas and good times! Whooo art! Let's face it. DA is not a serious site in any regard and their business model for the past 5 or 6 years seems to be to pander to the lowest common denominator in whatever irrelevant way it can. It's not a serious art site, it's not a serious social network, it's barely a myspace. The staff don't treat it seriously, the art world doesn't treat it seriously, the only people who seem to think that DA is srs bzns are the users who are too slow to catch on that this site is just one big joke to everyone but them.
errru should really get off of your high horse. Deviantart DOES NOT pander to the lowest common denominator, there's some damn unique artwork on the front page every week, and there is some fanart that slips in too, but that's pretty good too! And deviantart is a serious art and social site, it's above myspace and facebook. The way the prints are organized is excellet, allowing artists to buy prints of deviations and allowing the sellers to receive a good chunk of money from the sale. It's not perfect, but it's the best (and only good) site in my book. That is all
this rant is stupid, for all the things to get upset about this is a useless one, da never presented itself as being completely serious, and if you dont like it so much why dont you move on then...? and if the art world does not think DA is "serious" why are there so many serious and popular artist on it? So excuse DA for trying to take the stuffieness out of art excuse them plz but really if ur so serious for this site then leave...but u wont
Usually I just avoid the internet on april fools because most of the 'pranks' are incredibly stupid. On the other hand if people are getting their panties in a twist over some cats invading the website they post their gallery to for one day, they need to not take things so seriously. :/
I personally thought it was the most original and fun April Fool's joke yet.
A professional artist shouldn't use dA as their main portfolio in the first place. That's like promoting yourself mainly on Facebook rather than Linked-In. You're on a website with teenagers. It's not the April Fool's joke that makes you look unprofessional.