Well, I have been making progress on my Halaina sculpture, and I was so
excited to show the progress photos in a long format like I did for my tutorials, but dA has given me the hardest time. It keeps saying my file is too big:
No problem, I thought. I would just downsize it like I did my tutorials. Usually, I might
have to downsize to 70% or 60% on Affinity Photo (my cheaper version of Photoshop). However, even at 3%--yes, 3%--I still got the error message. Next I tried scaling it down on Gimp, as I use it to scale down my comic pages to load onto SmackJeeves or Tapastic. It still gave me the error. I thought for sure the image was small enough: is was even smaller than the tutorials I previously loaded. Just to be sure, I converted the collage MB size to megapixels to see how the size compares:
92.5 megapixels, and supposedly 200 megapixels are supported on dA. Hmmph. I considered that perhaps I was able to load my tutorials previously because I had Core, but I checked the date of my last tutorial, and it was after I finished my run of Core.
Combined with people reporting that they can't purchase Core or transfer the membership to another person, combined with the fact that most of the time I can't open private messages in Safari, Opera or Chrome, combined with sometimes I can't get my stats to load nor can I individually remove watched items, I have to conclude: dA is no longer being supported as a website. I'm finding more and more glitches. Most of these I have tolerated to some extent, but now that I can't even share a collage of my sculpture progress, but can only load a photo at a time...I guess I can only conclude that I cannot invest in dA like I did in the past. When I get up and running with regular, finished projects, probably dA will not be the site of choice. I will have to consider other avenues.
have an Instagram account: www.instagram.com/hestia.creat…
Just opened a Pixiv today: pixiv.me/hestia-edwards
I also have a Patreon, and I'm debating about it's status. I noted that when I first opened the account, I got hundred's of views on my dA profile, and then nothing. I think at the time there was an algorithm, or perhaps a feature option, where new Patreon accounts are easily seen, and because I had a link to dA, people wandered from my mostly empty Patreon profile to dA, where I actually have content. If new accounts still get good visibility, it might be to my advantage to quit my current account, create all of the features and content to make it *pretty*, and then open another one when I actually have stuff on there. Even if I don't get patrons, I have successfully loaded my tutorials on there, and it might prove a better platform even if my stuff was visible for free.
I still have a SmackJeeves account: rosamondgrey.smackjeeves.com/
, and I probably will load the Atannan (sequel) comic there as well. It is not friendly to non-comic art however, unless you want to make a HTML space from scratch.
As for Webtoons, I have heard promising things about it, and I will try it at some point. I don't know how friendly it is for loading non-comic stuff, though.
For other news, I've been working on the script of the sequel comic, the constructed language Nansha, the script for such, and of course the sculpture of Halaina, which you can see the head below:
Well, that's it for now,