Before you ask any questions, here's a couple of facts:
1) This isn't Sterls. My name is Vris, and I'm =frostbitch
here on deviantART.
2) I'm here on my own accord. I'm not here because I was asked to be here; I'm fully taking responsibility for my own words and anything I say. I'm just her friend. She didn't ask me to write this.
3) I'm here to ask some questions.
Firstly, why am I here? Well, my name is Vris, and I'm a long time friend of Sterl's. I've known her for almost three years now, and suffice to say, we're more or less best friends. I'm not a sockpuppet; I'm a simple girl from Australia looking out for a friend.
I woke up this morning to the news that my close friend had left deviantART. Taking a closer investigation, I came to find comments en mass plaguing her page and riddling her inbox.
And I came across a journal! A revised version of a journal, I might add. If there was an original, I never actually saw it, so I'll make it clear that I only saw the last one she posted.
So. Let's get down to it, then:
Sterls is gone.
I've spoken to her personally over the past eighteen hours; she's gone and even I don't know if she's ever coming back.
I repeat: I don't know if she's ever coming back. Ever. At all. In the future. To post art.
Why is she gone?
Well, that's what I'd like to know.
I'll jot down some things I picked up from you guys about why she's gone/what's she's being hunted after for;
- Slow commissions (or slow working on art in general)
- Ranty posts (apparently, Sterls is out of line from time to time)
- General demeanour (some of you think she could use with an attitude adjustment)
- Tracing/heavy referencing (do I really need to make a caption for this?)
- Heavily opinionated (see 'general demeanour')
That's about it. If you can think of any more, write them down in the comments. I'm interested.
The main reason why Sterls is gone, obviously, is because she's sick of deviantART. And I can't say that I blame her; I mostly migrated to tumblr myself and it's a lot nicer over there than it is here. This place is slowly becoming a cesspool. I can't blame her for leaving when a lot of other people are leaving as well. There's just no atmosphere here.
My thoughts aside, a review of her journals leading up to her departure reveals that she's feeling swamped down by people (whether they be commissioners, people looking for art or 'trolls'; I use the term troll loosely here because I don't personally believe that everyone with a view disagreeing to my own is a troll or out for laughs or whatever).
A nice scroll through her current profile page shows a lot of comments from people of differing views! Many asking why she's gone, some glad that she's gone, and some of them just making points to people.
I'm not here to dispel any claims. To be honest, some people's points are valid. And some, in turn, are not!
The most I can say about any of your complaints is that:
a) She IS working on commissions (I've seen many of them myself. Mostly WIPs, but they've been seen).
b) No one really has any qualms about her workspeed? The commissioners, I mean.
Both she and I have spoken to all of the people who have commissioned her (and surprise! I'm one of those people, I've commissioned art from her too recently) and the most they have to say is that she's taken a while, but they're fully confident about getting their art eventually.
I do know that there's been a lot of people who have complained or even just grown tired of waiting and asked for refunds, but that happens to a lot of people and I don't really see that as a really big problem.
So then, what exactly would you all have her do?
I'm not being sarcastic; I'm actually asking what you'd want to do.
A change in attitude? Change of work speed? What is it, exactly?
Assuming Sterls came back, if ever, what would make you be happy with her?
I'm not saying tell me things she needs to change; she is a person and she is completely free to be whoever she wants to be. How she translates online is not her permanent demeanour in the world.
And before I go on, I'll just say this:
Sterls is human. We are all human. We are all capable of poor judgement, and poor choices. She is not perfect, nor will she ever be. She is capable of rudeness and rage and anger and being a jerk. And so are we all. She may do these things but we are all guilty of this.
But she is capable of being loving and caring and sweet. She does a lot of things for people; for her friends and for her family. And these things may not make her redeemable in everyone's eyes, but it does prove that she is not an awful person and doesn't really deserve to be shamed on the Internet for being slow on drawings of colourful dogs.
She's done wrong? Alright, then. What can she do to fix it?
I'm not a whiteknight. I am open to views and opinions. I can talk. I just don't want all of this to be happening.
I love Sterls. A lot of you do! She's a very good artist and while she has her flaws, she is a really, really nice person.
And I would love her to be back here, because her art is amazing and worth sharing.
I just want to know what's up, and why.
You're all totally free to note me over on =frostbitch
if you want to talk further.
Just please don't be rude to me. I'm not her, I'm her friend. You got beef with her? Take it up with her. I'm just here to talk.