Just shot your favourite artist on dA a note, to talk? To ask questions? To get to know them?
I just feel as though sometimes on dA in the equine manipulation community (I'm really not a part of any others so I can't say if it's the same), there is this sort of worship that gets built. That these "more advanced manipulators" are put on a pedestal. Something that is untouchable, unreachable, and any association with them is something to be very grateful for.
Not to say that I am one to be "worshipped", but a couple of members on here know that if they note me I am more than willing to chat. I've helped quite a few people with tips for their art work. I love it when people note me for stuff like that! I love helping out, or perhaps I appreciate that they think I can help them.
I feel sometimes that the manipulators themselves that are more advanced put themselves on their own pedestal. I'm not in the least pointing fingers at anyone, this is sort of a general feel that I get. I once reached out to an artist that I really respect and I got a one word response. At least they responded at all? I also feel that a main focus point of this is certain dA groups. Don't get me wrong, I myself am a part of "elite manipulation" groups, and some of them I love. I love to see the critiquing process, how people can pick out things I don't see, how people can help each other better their work. But I find too many of these groups have moved away from helping others to more of a "you're not good enough" sense.
I'm really not sure what my aim of this post was. Perhaps what I'm trying to say is some people need to remember that we all started at the same place. Learning how to cut a horse out and put it on a background, and then going from there. Everyone needs a little help sometimes to grow. And just because some people may not be as "skilled" in manipulating, doesn't mean that they are any less value than some of you others.