Amen to that. Seriously, that's actually one of the reasons why I almost, almost semi left PC. The graphics clique fawn over each other. Also, they don't embrace other styles except for c4d effects and maybe whatever style Loki goes with. On the competitions, that's so true. I talked to Citrinin how there was one drama involved Angela having her friends vote for her tag when the graphic "elites" were basically doing the same thing with Loki (both were going against each other). Yeah, I too plan to improve in silence. Looking forward to your other banners, then! Saw your latest Miku banners in your sig and you're getting better at graphics now! Keep it up. :3
Ah. Ah, yes. Now that you say that specifically, I know exactly how you feel. That's the reason I don't post in the graphics forum. I used to post in my gallery often, and the competitions forum. But then I realised something. The SOTW and IOTW contests aren't based on merit, they're popularity contests. The artists are a clique, and I'm not sure it's a clique I want to get into. I'm gonna keep making graphics, but not posting them. I'll post the occasional banner on my blog and maybe make a comeback someday. Till then, though, I just plan to keep improving in silence.
Yeah, I don't want to overachieve either. Beh, I guess this depression got started when I see people fawning over other member's tags like Dukey and Loki and when they see mines, they say, "at least you can make graphics," which means mines aren't great yet. Yeah, I know I'm starting and improving at slow pace, but it bothers me that they didn't say straight out if they're good or not. I can handle it. Maybe I'm stressing too much over this. :x