I have been submitting my unscouted art to the art portal and I've been getting down voted to hell. I believe its a strange mixture of jealousy and resent. I don't do character design I do collages and logos. I'm trying to expand my skillset but these things sort of take time. I've also noticed a lot of poor quality games and animations making it through the flash portal. It feels as though there are a lot of users out there who are salty because they suck at making art.
Just because I don't draw characters doesn't mean I'm a bad artist that deserves to be downvoted. Sure I might have been 5ing my own work because I think I make good art. Good art, what a funny phrase, as the quality of all art is subjective I see resentment can be developed overtime when constantly bombarded with criticism.
I'm going to continue to contribute my art to Newgrounds regardless of the scores I get, maybe I'll get scouted, maybe I'll go absolutely nowhere. One things for sure, I'm not done.