Let me start off this post by saying that I’m not trying to rant here or anything. I’m simply trying to figure this out, as it doesn’t make any sense at all.
I can’t help but notice that since CG Cookie took over BlenderArtists, things have been a little different. That’s to be expected, naturally, and many of these changes have been for the better (at least, in my personal opinion). But one of the biggest changes I’ve noticed has been in the Forum Gallery.
It started with one image that didn’t quite seem to amount to the quality of previous submissions. Then another. And another. Before I knew it, it seemed as though most of the newer submissions just weren’t as good as their predecessors. Now, obviously, I’m not going to give any specific examples (to avoid offending any artists and getting kicked off the forum), but I’m sure that at least some of you have a basic understanding of what I’m talking about.
I loved the higher standards of the older gallery. Well, okay, I admit that sometimes I hated it. I would work really hard on an image, expecting it to be added to the gallery upon completion (for some bizarre reason; of course, the image wasn’t even close to gallery quality. I assume this is the case for many artists when they first start out, but maybe I was exceptionally naive ). Then I would get frustrated when no one commented on it. I would think to myself, “What a terrible system! They just don’t recognize art when they see it!”
So why, some might ask, do I think that was a good system? Because it taught me to work harder at my renders. Still, to this day, my primary goal is to someday get an image into the forum gallery. When one of my images didn’t get much response, after some frustration to a certain level, I would calm my thoughts and think, “Well, it’s just not good enough. I have to try harder next time.”
I can almost guarantee that if I had an image accepted into the gallery now, I would slow down. I wouldn’t spend as much time trying to improve my skills; I would feel accomplished. Not just a little accomplished, but like I had completed my final goal, and had no more room to improve. If this sounds totally arrogant and stupid, well… you’re right. It would be. Of course, no artist ever stops learning, or improving. They are always learning new things, no matter how good they are. But the gallery being more of a challenge can help prevent that.
The higher standards of the older gallery allowed blooming artists to realize this. They would learn that they had to reach a certain standard of quality, and would shoot for that target, hoping to one day realize their dreams. Now it seems as though anyone can make it into the gallery.
If some of you have been following my threads, you will know that, no, none of my images have been accepted into the gallery. I am still trying to get there, and I hope that I am improving with every new render I post on this forum. However, I’m going to be honest here; if my image were accepted into the gallery right now, I wouldn’t be as amazed. It feels like the finish line is closer; not because I’ve run the distance, but because the race was shortened.
Victory just isn’t as sweet when the challenge isn’t as bitter.
Anyway, I applaud you if you’ve read this post all the way through. Again, I’m not trying to attack CG Cookie or how they run the site; I’m just wondering why it seems as though the standards for the gallery have been lowered. And maybe they haven’t been! I could just be overly cynical, which is entirely possible.
Comments are welcome, obviously; even if all you have to say is, “You’re crazy! The gallery’s fine. What a terrible post; I want 5 minutes of my life back!” I still value your opinion anyway