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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-09-25
One of my favourites from this deviants gallery, So dark and beautiful. - Marie-Michelle by *NerySoul ( Featured by NKYC )
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Rappel82 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014   Artist
Goose A flower for my love 
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kitty-holiday Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Photographer
Your art has been featured here kitty-holiday.deviantart.com/j… :heart:
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papalabas Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
alluring
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oh-what Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
:heart: !
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QuirkyToothbrush Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work has been featured here: [link] Congrats on the DD! You deserved it!
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:iconlemmibr:
Lemmibr Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
great job! pretty =D
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:iconluciddreams:
luciddreams Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
AMAZING WORK ! !
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations on the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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daniperez Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible shoot! GReat! No words!
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saikat08 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
gorgeous..............beautiful lady.............nice shot...........
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Roxj Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
nice outfit
owo really beautiful
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Crashnbrn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Yeah. Her hair, body and outfit are about the only good things about this pic.
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Am I the only one that had the line seriously I'm going to have to kill you to run through your head...

I love the light and dark contrast on this, and the way her hair dangles is awesome.
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korenreynon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're beautiful.
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Digital-Blend Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Very pretty!
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AssyrianBombshell Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful concept
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iceofwolf Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is a beautiful shot well worthy of the DD. Great pose by the model and an expression bordering on boredom and dry derision, all framed perfectly against the dark. She has such an uncanny beauty and brings the Firefly/Serenity character River Tam to mind.
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Namh Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
but the skin is too photoshoped
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iceofwolf Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
"Too" is a subjective term, and therefore opinion. Does your opinion invalidate mine?
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Namh Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
well, in this case, speaking about the skin, when it loses the natural looking and texture and looks like ceramics, it's right to say that it is too photoshoped..

But you're right, my opinion doesn't invalidate yours..
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iceofwolf Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Some people like that look (consider the geisha as an example), and would opine it is wrong to say her skin is too photoshopped.

I am curious why you thought to tell me you think her skin is too photoshopped. Since I'm not the artist, any resulting discussion can only debate personal preferences.
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Crashnbrn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Great job brown nosing. lol
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Burning-Veggies Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First off, let me apologize. I don't mean to be rude, but I have my own opinion on this picture that directly contradicts your own.
Let me start by saying that my daughter, a former professional model, saw this picture over my shoulder and started pointing out the several flaws. When I told her it had won an award saying it was one of the best pieces of art this site has to offer, she was abashed.
This is a very typical looking piece and unimpressive who knows anything about the actual craft of modelling. I can see what she was going for; the genre of this photograph is very typical seen here, in these examples.
[link] Jennifer Lopez.
[link] [link] Shakira.
[link] Jessica Alba. Possibly one of the exact pictures the young man who commented earlier might have meant.
I understand that this is more than likely a beginner photographer and model. And Deviant Art is the place for beginners to learn. But to earn a daily deviation for this when others who have more talent, years of training, and better work to show for it are ignored is disheartening.
And also, after doing a little research on the character you mentioned, I've decided that River Tam doesn't have the same empowered look this woman does; but more comes off as alone, frightened and confused. And in certain pictures; calm and serene. But never aloof and discontented like this girl does.
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Crashnbrn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Totally right. Really well written. And extremely intelligent woman.

Wow, no offense, but you're kinda old to be on DA. lol
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:iconburning-veggies:
Burning-Veggies Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol It's alright. I get similar comments from time to time.
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:iconiceofwolf:
iceofwolf Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This post disappoints me most of all. The most respectfully and intelligently worded of the posts defending ~tehautysama's disrespect, I suppose I expect more open-mindedness. Even moreso because you have a daughter who was a model. I'm sure she has received some recognition of her efforts while she was modeling. And when she did, there were undoubtedly those who would think her undeserving of those awards. It is common courtesy and respect not to say something so trite and petty as "I don't think she deserved it".

It's an award. You let the recipient enjoy the glow. Point out technical flaws all you like. That doesn't diminish the recognition it received - and is ultimately helpful. Saying "I've seen better" is just juvenile.

I followed your examples and, quite honestly, I find this to be a more captivating picture than any of them (including the mis-link). The other pictures are not bad. And the women in them are beautiful. But they did not have the qualities that I found attractive in this picture. To call it "unimpressive [to anyone ] who knows anything about ... modeling" is disingenuous at best. The model and photographer succeeded in capturing an expression that not only caught my attention, but made me feel something - feel as if the model is exhibiting some emotion that I can relate to. I don't know what else to call that but impressive since I know (or can reasonably assume) the model isn't actually feeling that emotion. Your daughter would have appreciated such praise - to be told that she invoked some feeling with her work.

There may be pictures you think more deserving of a DD. That's fine, that's your opinion. Suggest them. Don't ridicule someone else for an award they didn't choose. And I must add that, unless you've read on this deviant's blog or resume that she is only beginning, your assumptions about her skill level are similarly disappointing. I've perused her blog and gallery and the pictures I see there are of the same quality as I would see in print ads for perfume and fashion.

Research can never fully realize the awesomeness of River Tam unless that research involved watching the entire Firefly series (it's short-ish) and the following movie, Serenity. She is a wonderfully written and acted character and it is my own personal compliment to the model that her expression makes me think at all of River.

I have zero interest in discussing the disrespect of an earned award on this deviation. Other points, I am willing to continue, but if you have anything further to say regarding the award of a DD to anyone you think is undeserving, please note me directly.
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Burning-Veggies Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, she did. And your first paragraph shows you have no knowledge about the professional world of modeling whatsoever. People say much meaner, crueler things than anyone here has, and it's considered completely normal, and even welcomed. And if you complain about it, they tell you things like "Quit whining. Get over it, and stop being such a bitch.", and then you get less jobs because you're known as being immature and whiny. That you "can't handle the business". If this model, or photographer, hope to be professionals one day, they have to not only be able to handle what DA will dish out, but much more, and appreciate negative criticism.

It's only juvenile if you say "I've done better". But we're talking about professionals again. Critics will say "I've seen better" on a regular basis. In magazines, on TV, and to your face. That's just how this business is. It isn't like other venues of art.

The next paragraph was simply opinion, and no more or less valid than mine. But because I do not wish to debate, I'll leave this off.

Doing a few prints and adds still makes you a beginner, dear. You aren't a real model, until you've made one of the real names. Until then, it's just a hobby that you want to make a career one day. When I say my daughter is a former model, I mean a former professional. Norma Cammoli (in her day, before she would have ever had her work in a Wal-Mart, but when they cost hundreds just for a shirt), Calvin Klein, CoCo Channel and others. I glanced at the gallery. I am an informed critique.

Arguing semantics about character design do not apply here. For that to even be a factor, I would need to know more about the model's personality or at least the reason for her portrayal here. But we aren't discussing acting, or a character from the show, but they seem to add to your seemingly bias opinion. I've seen Serenity, at least, for what that's worth. I think that the actress who portrayed River is actually cast in a better light than this model. I've also seen many subsequent images of her in a Google search and the feeling that I get is, as I said, very different. The character of River doesn't carry the same power. She seems, to look at, first glance, which is the only thing we get from this picture, as meek, mild, and possibly demure. Whereas this woman looks indifferent, and almost alluring. Perhaps you're not as good at judging character as you think. But this is, again, my opinion and none of this has any technical merit on the picture.

That's fine. But if would rather handle this in a note, your message would have also been better sent as a note. Rather than sharing your opinion with the entirety of DA and expecting me not to do the same. You don't control the Internet, young lady. But since you have zero interest, if that is true, then I shall not be expecting a response, least it be in a note.
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Crashnbrn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Man... My mom taught me better than to talk to my elders that way. You should check out her profile.
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KennyxHighwind Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've seen literally thousands of pictures just like this one. for example, look around at 14-16 year olds on facebook and myspace. you'll find a bunch of pics just like this one some taken by friends, some taken into mirrors--some with toilets in the shot with something nasty inside. come on, everyone's seen that pic before.
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iceofwolf Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You may have seen "literally" thousands of pictures just like this one. However, this one won an award.

As part of ~tehautysama's disappointing flock, I want nothing to do with you, ever, but if you wish to discuss the merits of respect and courtesy toward those who have won an award you disagree with, you may note me.
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KennyxHighwind Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
in manner of respect, respect the artist by truthfully criticizing in a constructive way, instead of giving it merit just because it got an award. i said it was a typical pose. that should tell a good artist 'i should broaden out and use a more unique pose and ask my model to show a more original expression, and possibly a more dynamic angle'. some of the photographic art i like the most is because it's that typical pose, but with a dynamic angle that officially gives it more uniqueness and originality. not to harp on respect and courtesy. why start an argument that is based off of art, and bring in points that have nothing to do with art, or the piece at hand. it comes across so...whiny. as a fan artist i find it hard to make original art using characters that aren't my own unless i add something, like a unique pose or ANGLE!

besides, from what you said to other people, you only liked it because it won an award and because it reminded you of some character. these facts have nothing to do with the artistic value of this picture. it makes your opinion less valid to the art as a whole, and only valid for the look of the girl within it.

as far as the other thousands of pictures that look like this, they were all done first, making them more original, and most of them were done better, making this like...fanart? O_O :iconevilplz:

you contradict yourself, too. you say you want nothing more to do with me ever yet you tell me to note you. that makes no sense. and i didn't comment because she told me to. i commented because she pointed out the DD, saying 'this got an award?' with nothing else. not even her opinion. so, i came, and judged it myself. just because people know of one another doesn't mean they'll agree just because. but i can point out two things that were disappointing.

:bulletblue: an intellectual conversation about art. we didn't have one.
:bulletred: that i got into a convo about art with a 15 year old that thinks she knows everything about art. a very typical happening here on deviant art these days. i guess that might be why you like this picture so much.

and oh, just for fun. SHEEEEEEEEEEEP!! >_<
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Crashnbrn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Just because it won an award doesn't mean it's good. Wow, you're a sheep.
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BluSilvrPaladin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry, but it's a very typical concept. I've seen a dozen pictures like it before. Hell, Jessica Alba did a ton of pictures like this while on the set of Dark Angel. You're entitled to your opinion and everything, but even that it would remind you of another completely unrelated work shows that it lacks originality.
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Crashnbrn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Totally.
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iceofwolf Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
No. It doesn't. Or, if it does, it can be argued that there is no more originality. Everything can remind a person of completely unrelated artwork. This is actually part of what makes any particular piece endearing to me.

As part of ~tehautysama's disappointing flock, I want nothing to do with you, ever, but if you wish to discuss the merits of respect and courtesy toward those who have won an award you disagree with, you may note me directly.
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BluSilvrPaladin Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Let me start by saying sorry for the length. As a photographer, this is a subject I am passionate about.

Not that there IS no originality, just that this is a COPY of several other pictures of it's type that came before it. If you want originality, you just have to work HARDER for it. This picture was also obviously, extremely processed, to do things like smooth out her skin. This is a comment made by several people before me. This also brings down the quality. I understand they do things like this professionally, and you can't usually tell. And when you can, sometimes magazines make fun of it.

What's really disappointing here, is that you're still in that narrow mindset that just because people know each other, that they will always agree. You also can't seem to form a solid opinion, as seen in just how you opened this comment: first disagreeing with me, then giving reasonable doubt just to chalk it up to the defeatist attitude of 'there is no originality anymore'. That sort of thinking is what destroys the ambition of young people in this day and age.

I'll also point out that TehAuty-sama and I, as well as several of my other DA friends, have disagreed on art several times before. Just because we agree here doesn't mean we're part of a flock. It just means we happen to agree. Teh Auty-sama has had me favor dozens of horse art that I laughingly tell her I just don't like, but I don't mind supporting.

Also, keep in mind, this will get a lot of people, some of which know one another, JUST because it's a DD. And everyone has an opinion.

So, do you favor things just because it wins an award? Just because it reminds you of something you like, instead of branching out to find something new that inspires you in a new way? I wouldn't mind this picture, if there was more to it than just a name. I'd appreciate knowing what the model's motivation was--what the photographer's feelings were. There's nothing to this but 'Hey, here's a picture I took. Here's her name.' Other than that, it's just an attractive woman of color. Which I appreciate just fine, but if that's all there is to it, why is it considered some of the best art DA has to offer? And as DA members, we have the right to ask that question. We haven't been rude, cruel, or mean, nor 'hating' in our comments, but merely questioning and critiquing. The FAQ doesn't say you can't have an opinion, and share it.

I only don't note you any of this because even if you're too cowardly to answer me with VALID, INTELLIGENT response, I'd appreciate it if someone else would. I don't really care if you read this.
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Yes I'm not the only one!
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Crashnbrn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
No, you're not. But most people who like it only like it for her hair, body, pretty face, outfit.... For the girl, not the beauty of the pic.

I'd love to see a fat chick, in that outfit, with her hair, in that pose, get a DD. That'd be impressive.
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Dressing someone who is fat to fit what is commonly considered beautiful is incredibly diffcult. And to make an outfit like that look good requires a certain body type. On the same token super skinny girls don't have curves, which if they dress according can make them just as stunning if not more then the skinny girls.

And chances are a fat chich with that kind of hair would actully have much healthier hair, the reason a lot of models have short hair is due to the incredibly unhealthy eating habits their hair isn't healthy. Very few people can be that skinny and still be healthy.

I don't watch the DD eanough to say if there has ever been one or not but with the right clothing anyone can be beautiful.
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Crashnbrn Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Sorry. My issue is that Literally 60% of ALL DDs recently have been nude, semi-nude, scantily clad, or otherwise very attractive girls taking a picture that someone could find alluring or sexual in nature. Another 30% are photo manipulations that, while they look stunning, are merely combinations of several pictures merged onto the same image with highlights thrown in here and there. And even so, I respect those more than the soft-core porn DDs.

Now I'm not saying this is soft-core porn. Far from it. It reminds me of one of those glamour shots. I don't remember what company used to make them. Hell, they might have been called "Glamour Shots" You know? Like how people call any copy of something a Xerox? Or someone will ask you for a tissue and say "Hand me a Kleenex"? Or my favorite; how all bandages are now 'band-aid' brand.

But what I AM saying is, that obviously from the comments the vast majority of people who saw this picture found it sexual in nature. And there's seemingly little else to the picture. And I honestly haven't seen a picture of an overweight girl get a DD in the ten years I've been on DeviantART. I've also seen very few african-americans get this sort of attention. Unless they have large chest and rears and are almost, if not completely, nude. Even then they never get DDs--Just 10,000+ favs.

I'd just like to see more quality in the DDs; like it used to be. The small number of faves on this pic after what? Three days of being a DD? That says it all. There's usually at least 2k by now. Bare minimum.

Not to say the mass crowds dictate whats good or bad, Just that obviously this group of people who think lowly of this picture receiving an award aren't alone. We're just the only ones with enough balls to say so. Of course people with positive opinions will share it; they don't expect to get ridicule. But no one who was ever respectful or courteous, following the rules and doing as they're told, ever changed the world. Otherwise, Lady Godiva would have never argued with her husband, Joan of Arc would have disappeared into history as a typical peasant, and Cleopatra would have meekly married, handed her kingdom over to her husband, and died of old age.

Jeeze that was long.
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
I agree on all counts, I also don't understand a lot of the pictures where people are naked for no reason other then to show off and get more favs. It's a little annoying.

I don't really know how the DDs used to be as I ussaly only scan them, and even that I don't do regularly. I actully only clicked on this one orginally becuase the thumb looked like it could be a character from a show that I adore. However it's not, and if it was she wouldn't be standing quite so...akwardly.

And I really would love to see some fashion dd that feature volumptious women instead of well scrawny twigs that call themselves super models. Curves are one the the essential diffrences between a male and female body. Some work that showed that would be great. I'm not really sure why everyone seems to think that for a female to be attrative they need to have no meat on thier bones. It's not healthy.


I've also notitced a rise in fan art which kind fo annoys me, sure it can be good but there is always orginal art that is just as good.
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Crashnbrn Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Yep.

Exactly.

That'd be nice, but not liable to happen, sadly.

I don't mind seeing fanart in DD's. And honestly? It's time they got their due. There were years where you never really saw them in DD, and they usually don't get them based off of the fandom, but the art style itself. Some people just prefer to do fanart, and not original stuff. :shrug: To each their own. The vast majority of DD's are still original artworks and photos.
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
I just find that 9 times out of ten the fan art is in the same style, and just really typical, and almost completetly lacking in orginality.

And it's true, it's not likely to happen, as much becuse their really is not a lot of posting of not skinny as a rail models, but for some reason they don't do near as well.

One thing though, the cosplaying DD are always fantastic.
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iceofwolf Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
No, you're not. :aww:

:heart: River.
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
River is awesome.
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renkaz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sooo amazing. The lighting is gorgeous, hair=amazing ;)
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Namh Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
in my opinion the skin is too photoshoped =/
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Crashnbrn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
EXACTLY. And why is it everyone says how pretty SHE is, but very few people say how nice the PIC is? Because her looks make this pic. Which means the chick is pretty. So? I could have taken this pic. And faking this sort of expression is like beginner shit for models.
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ToAtoneArt Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Writer
No offence, but I do like photography art a lot... But I don't see how this deserves a DD... It's just a picture with SLIGHTLY interesting lighting of a pretty girl. I guess sex really does sell...
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iceofwolf Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
No offense, but I'm really glad you're not the one who decides what is and isn't worthy of a DD. If all you see in this photo is "sex sells", then you're dismissing the opinion of almost a thousand deviants (according to the number of faves) because you can't see the beauty, whatever that may be to any one person.

It's also really, really tacky to say anything about a deviation not deserving a DD.
FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?
"If you have a problem with a particular Daily Deviation feature, do NOT leave your disapproval among the other comments on the piece. It is disrespectful to the artist featured, the person who chose it and/or the person that suggested it."
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