Hi! I hope you are all doing very well.
I'll try to not waste your time by writing big speeches or anything, I just want to open a discussion and hope that I can be proven wrong.
There are some thing that I feel are not that great right now in the industry regarding to artstation,
Artstation became the new standard because AS was a great plateforme, user friendly, sober, each week we had portfolio highlights, each day we had random picks, we had lot's of challenges (without any gift, making it even more focused on the art ).
Then it became bigger and bad at the same time,
How artstation is becoming the evil is not a part of what I want to talk about, but here's my point on the subject : 👇
First we have the algorithme issue, if one has more follower his "like" will give you more boost in the trending section, so there is no way to get visibility if you are not literally asking for one of the big players to like your art ( this is what's happening to me on a daily basis ). Just check out many of the art discord where people are just dumping their artstation link.
We had lots of challenges ( without any gift, making it even more focused on the art, now every 10 months we have a challenge sponsored by adobe, nvidia or something else boring as hell. The only time they did it right was the ILM challenge, and this looks like 10 years away )
At the same time challenge disappeared, adblock became indispensable of you want to have a clean naviguation and we had the start of the " pro " account, starting at 70$/years, which is ok I guess, even for third world countries, ( it's still like half a week of rent but anyway... ! ) giving you access to some cool feature like having a website and some analytics stuff.
But then it became more expensive, and now the free artstation has more limitations like a 4k limit on the picture, some upload on the video and more and more.
And the worst part is that you gain visibility by having a pro account. You'll be up in the search before a non-pro account. This is like a pay 2 win game, this is not about having a cool skin on your weapon it's about having a 10% reload speed.
If you are a seller you'll gain more and have more features if you are a pro account etc...
Blog feature is only for pro...
The marketplace is everywhere, I don't even know if anyone takes a look at the banner on the top of the screen.
And they can do whatever they want because they don't have any competition, the only one who tried something was cgplus and they got decimated in a few months and now it has merged with CGS which has every problem AS has but for the last 10 years ^_^.µ
Also I understand that a man need to eat and Leonard probably like many other people like money, but there are ways to do gain money and stay appropriate ( I'm looking at you blizzard! )
And now we have everybody on artstation with the same boring looking portfolio.
I get it we need to focus on the art and how to present it but I really believe that people back in the days had the chance to give some soul to their portfolio, it's not only about a car's engine, it's also about his design ( not functional design, only good looking taste design ! )
I get that some people had great artwork with terrible websites, but it's not a reason to make a copy of everybody. At least use something like squarespace which gives you the opportunity to give some love to your website and CHOSE something.
https://www.bulgarov.com/ This is cheesy as hell but it has way more life than https://www.artstation.com/vbulgarov this,
In the first one you are learning about the man who did this, and it's not just another robot who does 3D artwork.
And Yes I understand it's more easy for a recruiter to have a look at an artstation profil than your funky website with cool header, I didn't say don't be on artstation, we should be on artstation but at the same time have a cool website on the site, sell yourself better than another artist who are using the same instagramish artstation website template.
I didn't say reinvented the wheel, and learn CSS and HTML and build the best innovative looking website, use squarespace, wordpress, some premade template but I think people should invest in their "brand" if that makes any sense, rather than being another copy.
Let me know your thought !