I've nuked my entire watch list. It was necessary. I just deleted every single person without looking at the names, because I knew then I'd get sentimental and chicken out. I've added back some close friends, and one or two people who post their comics on dA and nowhere else. I might add back some more people as things go along but it's safe to assume I've unwatched you. It's nothing personal. I just haven't been getting much out of dA lately and often think about closing my account. Two things stop me from doing this: 1. I admin some groups on here. 2. I'd like to have my work up somewhere for people to trace it to if it gets stolen. It's distressing how often I see art I realise is stolen, only to trace it back to a deviantart account. DA is like the one-stop shop for art thieves and free porn. In a related point, I've put watermarks on all my work. It's absolutely hideous and it makes me sad, but art theft is not something that's easy to deal with and I've decided to be safe rather than sorry. The plan is to make my own, less hideous watermark and put it on my work, to reupload it all entirely. But as you can see, that would take a long time because I just have so much stuff, despite having trimmed away the original 600+ pics bulk of my gallery.
For networking purposes, I'd rather interact with people elsewhere, like on twitter, or tumblr, or facebook. If we're friends already chances are we already skype or tweet or whatever anyway. If I've overlooked anyone please send me a note so we can exchange contact details. You can find me on twitter as dwuff
and I always enjoy chatting to people on there.
The Tumblr has a lot more silliness and fun, all my doodles and WIPs, and some writing/life advice/articles, and a lot of (quality) reblogs. The Facebook page has more of my professional things on it, like fine art/paintings and client work. I also use the Facebook page to announce things like exhibitions and talks. And of course, there is always the Cottonstar blog, which you can find here: cotton-star.com/blog/