VIDEO: Community

Whenever the user wants to quit – no matter if it is after a completed prompt path or after one stage, the user has the option to share their image along with its process and tags to the community. The community consists not only of people’s finished artwork, but of the process behind it, and shows the tags and comments on what each artist likes and enjoyed in their own work at each process stage. During research people mentioned how refreshing it is to see other artists’ WIP work or sketches, but there are not many of them in social media as most of the artwork published is fully finished and polished, which then adds to the artists’ own insecurities. A closed community within the application is a safe environment to publish one’s own work, even if it’s not “perfect” or is only a sketch, while simultaneously allowing the user to see other people’s work and the process behind them. This also allows them to see how even small steps contribute to the overall process and improvement of a piece. The community view can be filtered based on “recent” images, or on prompt types such as the “challenging” prompt type. It can also be filtered based on image tags, such as “line art”, which shows the processes of artwork with a lot of “line art” -tags in them.

In the community the users can leave tags on each other’s artworks at all stages. The interaction works similarly to when the artist tags their own work. Additionally, the users can also leave open comments to each other’s’ work. Visual tags are an easy way to show what people like in each other’s work from sketches to coloured pieces, maintaining a positive environment. The user can browse the comments and tags other people have left in the user’s own work, and see what other people like in their work at different stages.

If the user feels inspired by someone else’s work in the community, they can draw the same prompt. The community side also features a “daily prompt”, and pieces created by users on that prompt path are displayed as a slideshow in the community.

Published by Virpi Väinölä


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