ArtSpots to close January 2; Yerf archive preserved
All-ages furry art community ArtSpots is to close January 2, as efforts to create a new site could not be reconciled with the existing one. The move was announced by the official staff persona of Seurat:
These last few weeks planning the future of ArtSpots has been full of great ideas. However, we have wrestled with many roadblocks as well. This site has been around for over five years now, and with that has come a lot of expectations. We have come to the conclusion, sad as it may be, that given ArtSpots original goals and its history, it would be impossible to move forward with these new ideas.
In its five-year history, ArtSpots attracted almost 5000 users and 50,000 works. However, the site never fully achieved its founder's vision of a community focused on artistic development, with many artists using it merely as a secondary portfolio for their best, clean art.
ArtSpots was initially quality-moderated, with sister site JaxPad containing work from all artists. The sites merged in June 2008. Further changes followed, including a controversial redesign. The site offered Giclée prints from 2007, but the service was halted after fulfilment stalled in 2009.
One of ArtSpots' more popular features was a sketch tool, and the site has continued to encourage sketchbook posts.