I was a moron and posted it on madness day so nobody saw it. Its half a months worth of animated pixel swordtember prompts. If that interests you for some reason go check it out.
Joined on 3/4/08
Posted by Template88 - May 28th, 2021
I started posting on Newgrounds in 2011, specifically in the Art Forum and that's primarily where I've focused my energy. Ten years have passed since then, this is a record of my experience. I joined the forums because at the time I thought that is where all the cool animators and artists I've seen post on Newgrounds came from and hang out. I couldn't really find a place in Deviantart that felt right, everyone was sequestered into their own themed groups or was too large to penetrate into. Conceptart.org still existed then and was too professional for me, as in I felt I was not good enough to post there. Furaffinity was also a no go for me because I am not a furry lmao. Tumblr seemed to work fine, but felt empty and disjointed. Thus, NEWGROUNDS! EVERYTHING BY EVERYONE!
I've met what I feel like is every single visual art based community member that posts on the forums on this site in that time. I've seen so many people come and go. The welcome was great, and there were many interesting and cool people posting but I noticed none of them were any of the people that I recognized as being Newgrounds artists or animators. I quickly realized that the "Newgrounds community" wasn't really on the site. It was on Twitter. For some reason I found this fact really discouraging. I felt almost betrayed for some reason. I joined the web chat thinking that maybe they were there. No one was there, and this was back when it was available to anyone. It made me feel like the community was abandoned to fend for itself. Rather than seeing this and just going somewhere else it made me see Newgrounds as some sort of underdog place. I felt like finally I found a community that I could be seen in and one I could actually change for the better. Moderation is done by volunteers, and they're few in number and spread out across the entire site. I tried to do what I felt would make the forum a better place. Mostly this took the form of offering candid advice and critique, making activity threads and just drawing free art for forum members. This went on for several years and I became more and more disillusioned with the state of the site. I felt like too many of the people in the forum were leaving and vanishing. I was one of the first adopters of Discord, immediately transitioning my art community to it from Skype (what a piece of crap Microsoft turned that into huh?) and started inviting the friends I had made on the forum into that community.
I still wonder if that action might've degraded the forum even faster, but I cant imagine it would've made much of a difference in the end. Those people, for the most part are still with me, and basically none of them are here on the forums or even the site any longer. I tried to get some of the older art forum users to join as well, but they pined for their Tinychat days and preferred completely fragmenting rather than moving on to a new platform. I felt guilty, like I was stealing almost, my goal wasn't to create my own community but preserve and foster the art community on the forum.
The art forum felt to me like it died then, in those days. I gave up. The people around me were all leaving and nobody new seemed interested in interacting anymore. Everyone seemed to just be posting to oneself in their art thread. Its still broken to this day. The threads that are posted are all copies of the same threads, the same questions asked over and over because something as simple as an art forum specific FAQ sticky hasn't been implemented for no discernable reason (actually there is a reason, its that none of the staff care about curating the forums) but it isn't all on the staff. Even if there was a sticky, and there was somebody at the wheel the users aren't reading the threads, they aren't looking at what's in the threads, they're looking at the thread title, posting whatever they think the OP is about and never looking back and that's not something that can be fixed. Maybe it's that the concept of a forum is too outdated. If that's the case, and I do believe that is one of the problems with the community that should've been planned for in Newground's original heyday. When Newgrounds started asking for donations I got excited, because I thought that maybe the funds would allow for the site infrastructure to be updated. It was, kind of. It was modernized for mobile users which was a good call. The forum was left unchanged however, I think we have even less moderators/moderation than we did before. Since then nothing has really changed.
Ultimately, I feel as long as the art portal and the art forum remain separate entities that have no relationship it will never function as a facet of the community. I ask you @tomfulp to consider fixing this flaw in the sites design.
Incidents and complaints.
so functionally, they have the ability to do it. They could do the right thing, they just choose not to, presumably because it would cost them ad revenue. One day people will notice this discrepancy and once again they will be forced to change the site, not because its the right thing to do but because its an easy way to handwave the bad stuff away and reclaim the site image. It is a business after all, and people have no long term memory.
Honestly, writing this stuff down now, those are the two big ones. The other ones seem trivial by comparison but I'm wearing my tinfoil hat over here completely sure that the User of the Day hasn't been random for months now. If I am right about that then _good_ it never should've been random to begin with.
The Good: Despite It all
Maybe this will soften the constant rain of blows and criticism though... it isn't all bad. This is still the only place that feels right to me. The artists I've met (if you're still reading this somehow it probably includes you) have for the most part been really cool people and would be too numerous and awkward to list. I like to think I've grown a bit since I joined the site (as one should over a decade) and have mellowed out a little. Despite taking literally forever I've hit that meme number of 1000 followers. I couldn't care less. I only ever create art for myself and for my friends. I do not play the little buddy buddy social climbing games people attempting to get clout do. I'm not nice, I'm not trying to get famous, I'm not trying to make a living, hell I'm not even trying to save face. A decade of being on a site though, that's something to reflect on. If you follow me, I have absolutely no clue why, but you do you I guess. Expect more abominations in the future.
Posted by Template88 - February 27th, 2021
NOW IMPROVED IN MOVIE FORM
Did you think it was over?
Did you never want to see this again?
Me too.... me too...
but you GET what you FUNKIN deserve
Posted by Template88 - January 23rd, 2019
Posted by Template88 - October 24th, 2015
Remember any criticism I give you is in fact applied to my own regimen. I am not perfect either, I dont expect anybody to be. I am trying to help you be better at what you are trying to do.
Remember even cartoons and anime use anatomy, so dont try to hide your works flaws behind a style, you might fool regular folks but you wont fool your peers.
Posted by Template88 - January 28th, 2013
These artists go above and beyond the call of attempting to draw people without understanding anything about the human body. Due to the immense popularity of their artwork (mostly horribly drawn smut catering to 12 year olds) they no longer have the ability to objectively see their own work and thus are trapped forever as not so secret laughingstocks of the art/illustration community.
Cheers and enjoy. I'll add more as I find them.
oh my goodness how can he not see how his figures look? Hes been doing more of the same. He is still exactly the same.
Autism at its finest. No change here...at all.
Actually not a bad fellow to talk to, but his female figures are the 9/11 of female figures. Every time I see one I want to kill myself. It seems as though shadman is trying a little harder now, though his figures still lack alot of some basic anatomy construction he is going all out in other areas, and he has always more or less been a hard worker so he gets some points there for that. Hurray.
His well colored figures fall flat as symbolism rules this artists mind/phallus? and any semblance of anatomy or sense goes out the window giving way to boring (but popular) fetish material. He could be so much better. This guy actually makes me feel bad for what he could be.
http://magicalnekolenlen.newgrounds.com/art/ big breasted anime women done right!
http://jettyjetjet.newgrounds.com/art/ an unsung hero, stylized figures with an impressive array of knowledge underneath the forms.
http://leylaarirama.newgrounds.com/ gorgeous knowledge is gorgeous
http://saltyicecream.newgrounds.com/art/ this guy should really be more known around here. Oh hey, look at what a little anatomy and pride in your work can allow you to do.
Give to me the hate.