Sorry for yet another deflection of purpose for this gallery, but I wanted my watchers and visitors here to know that I've uploaded yet another set of drawings – seventeen of them – plus a story, over at bandmachart.deviantart.com. Please do visit there and enjoy them.
In matters more central to this gallery, I wanted to let everyone know that I've been heavily immersed in doing editing work for a number of writers here at dA, which is exciting (if exacting), and for the moment I'm somewhat backlogged. Part of this is a bit of minor physical/health stuff I've been dealing with this whole year, and part is pure and simple overcommitment. Everything will get done, though, for sure. Please be patient with me.
Meantime, I've also been engaged in my normal dA gallery surfing, commenting, and conversationalizing. And I have a number of essays in preparation for posting here, as a result. Stay tuned.
One recent development I'd simply like to surface is rather discouraging news, something that's been brewing for quite a while. From reports by colleagues, especially other artists here at dA, I get the sense that the dA admin/police have stepped up their enforcement of the TOS with respect to pornographic images, and in ways that are not only unilateral and without due process, but which push well past the boundaries of dA's own TOS explanations. These actions have been taken without clear justification and explanation. The outcome is that at least half a dozen exceptional artists have closed their galleries here or simply walked away, and this is a terrible loss.
A couple of months ago I made a promise to colleagues here that I would draft a manifesto on artist's rights with respect not only to dA and its TOS, but also to due process as the foundation of law in a democratic civilization. I'm working on that, too. But in the meantime, I'd like everyone to remember that dA is NOT a democracy, it has no due process, and that case-law involving pornography in the U.S. is full of wildly divergent rulings. dA chooses to come down hard on selective artists here, partly because they don't want trouble from the legal authorities, but partly because without any due process they can get away with any bureaucratic and even fascistic behavior they desire. It behooves us all to be careful, but beyond that to be prepared to make hard choices about what we are willing to do or not do for our art.
Just sayin', is all.