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Lately the top comment around here is the paradoxical "Why did you disable comments?".  Just so I don't have to keep answering that every time, I'm doing this journal entry to link for people in the future (and sorry for the 98% of my followers here who don't care and found this cluttering up their notifications).

It's a lot of reasons.  After 10 or so years of posting fan art online, the end is approaching.  I'm getting near the end of a number of very big projects (like the Doctor/ Companions pics), and in increasing need of more time for making "day job" artwork.  Lately managing time is a giant problem in my life, and I would have hung up the fan art altogether a couple years ago if it weren't for my backers on Patreon.  But even with that, the fan art's on "life support", and long term it'll eventually be... mostly... over with.  I may do the odd post for fun every 3 or 4 months, but it won't be anything like it was.  Eventually this'll be a place for original work (which I suspect sounds about as welcome to most of my followers as Dee-Dee Ramone announcing his rap career, but it is what it is).   So the focus with the fan art now is getting those long-term projects done as fast as my Patreon backers fund them.  That means I have to get more efficient, and a thing that can be a huge time-sucker is the comments section here.  Some people leave rrrrrrrrrealllly long fan theories under my pics, and while they're often really damned interesting and fun to read, I feel like a heel if I don't take the time to engage and answer back- so I'm turning 'em off so I don't waste anyone's time.  Honestly... I can barely find the time to read them sometimes.  And that's not fair to you.

Another huge one is that a LOT of what gets brought to my door is negativity about whatever the subject matter is.  Look... if it's something I wrote or personally created, I care and I'm interested in hearing you out.  But if you just wanna gripe about how much you hate the new TARDIS/ Doctor/ costume/ showrunner/ companion/ Shin Godzilla suit design/ Twin Peaks Season 3/ how the War Doctor screwed up the numbering/ etc... I can't help ya, man.  I'm not the Controller of the BBC and can do diddly/ squat to fix it.  Besides, I'm not really that interested in hearing other people's negative opinions about the stuff I watch/ do art of mainly to relax. While I love stuff like Doctor Who... to me, at the end of the day... it's light entertainment.  If I ever get to make it in an official capacity for Titan Comics or something like that, it'll be a serious thing and I'll be more curious to know what other people think.  Otherwise... it's pizza.  It's something to be consumed that ranges from awesome to decent (and very hard to make outright inedible... even with the odd "Fear Her" or "Sleep No More").  If you don't like your pizza, that's cool- but take it to the chef, okay?  I'm trying to enjoy mine and get on with the day.

Conversely... there are people who come here to say nice stuff about the art.  And that's great.  I love ya, and thank you.   But a fave (or even just a view) is enough.  You're busy too- get on with your day.  I'll be fine. :) 

Another recent one... and this probably applies to almost nobody who follows me... is the odd, well... "excitable" comment, which I'm sorry to say is more common on DA in the last 4 years or so.  They're rare, but every so often some person decides to start screaming the n-word in comments or go on 8-paragraph rants about socialism/ fascism/ "Comicsgate" (oh FFS), etc.  I don't have time to read your manifesto.  Sometimes they ARE something to do with me, and it's amusing (even enlightening) to read how my picture of Death's Head demonstrates I'm a misogynist/ feminist/ male-gazing/ whitewashing/ SJW or whatever (and once in a while, it's even on-point)... but mostly it's unhappy people who just feel like they need a direction to yell in.  Sometimes I'm sympathetic to their pain (often I'm not).  Sometimes I want to tell 'em to go fuck themselves.  But experience has taught me that 99/100 times on DA, talking it out online doesn't help much in either direction.

And then there's just the comments I've read too many damn times: "you forgot ___" (I didn't); "why didn't you finish that fan comic you were making for no money on that hasn't been updated since 2012?" (I love ya and love that ya loved it, but you've answered your own question and WHY MUST YOU BREAK MY HEART AGAIN); "the Doctor can't be a woman" (I'm sorry you pooped yourself when you saw the Lady Doctor, but I can't change your pants from here- ask your mom); "David Tennant is actually the 11th and 12th Doctor" (no, he's an actor and Dr. Who is a made up story and yes I spelled it that way just to send you into a blind rage).  I'm sorry folks, but I've been watching comments on here for 9 years and some'a y'all play nothing but reruns. 

So as Ringo Starr would say... with Peace and Love... I'm too busy.  I know I sound like a conceited jerkass saying that, but it's true (I really am a conceited jerkass) and doing this means I can get more art out to ya.

I'll be leaving the comments on for the original work and official stuff, btw.  So hopefully I'll still see a lot of ya around there.  Peace and Love, PEACE AND LOVE.
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changewinds Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
Will continue appreciating your art even after the fan art is done! After all, I fell in love with Iris Wildthyme through your audio covers before I actually heard the series. Here's to seeing what you create from here!
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mlabot Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018
Understandable since I recall a thread between you and some fool on that Mechagodzilla art for Godzilla, Rulers of Earth due to OMON members on it years ago.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018  Professional
Yeah- that was one of the more epic wastes of time. Not that I don't stand by what I said- but I should've known better than to think I was gonna change that particular person's mind.   

In fairness, I knew what I was getting into putting an OMON member on it (and taking the gig on a cover that has anything to do with the modern Russian govt in general).  But I also think it would've been majorly hacky and dumb to do the usual comics thing, which is defaulting to some sort of Soviet imagery that's been obsolete for a generation now.  Usually when I wallow into political territory, it's not out of any kind of high-mindedness- it's just b/c I hate lazy art/ storytelling (pretty much the same place I was always coming from with my pushing for a female Doctor Who for so many years).
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mlabot Featured By Owner Edited Nov 27, 2018
Well, they haven't removed the Red Stars from the Kremlin towers and replaced them the Romanov two-headed eagles - yet.
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ProfessorYana Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  New Deviant
That makes sense. Thanks for the explanation.
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le-letha Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
That's cool. It's all good. Thanks for clarifying. Looking forward to whatever you do and wherever you go from here!

No need to respond.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Professional
Well ironically, everyone sounding off here are the folks I LIKE to hear from and respond to! Also, you and at least one other person commenting here have even sent some pretty awesome commissions my way in the past, so you're folks who're truly on my "Honor Roll" around here. Plus you've always got great insight anytime I have to draw an Ace costume.   


So yeah, the types of people I'm griping about above- you're definitely NOT one of 'em. :)
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le-letha Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
That's good to know! And honestly, it's refreshing to see an artist who'd like to see fewer comments so they can focus on their work, given that it's so easy to find people on this site who seem to spend most of their time 1) posting essentially the same thing they always have, and then 2) whining that they're not getting enough attention, despite 3) ignoring or complaining about all well-meaning advice or very gentle criticism they're offered. (This has truly never been you.)

Thanks! I should really pull out and fix up that Ace costume...after a bit more experience with cosplay and sewing, there are things I can improve now. I would have done so for this year's local ComicCon, but both David Tennant and Peter Capaldi were there (AND Alex Kingston, AND Pearl Mackie) and I wanted to meet at least a couple of them as myself! And while the first female Doctor may have turned out blonde rather than dark-haired (not that I'm complaining about Jodie, quite the contrary!) I've still got that commission framed in my apartment, and am still very pleased with it.

I'll enjoy seeing more of your original work in the future, but will always appreciate any fanart you happen to create on the side.
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ionsphere97 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Student Digital Artist
 Very excited to see your original work! I subscribed because of your Doctor Who art, but I'm not too sad to see it go. You've plenty of super cool, ultra-niche stuff that appeals to me, and honestly, I think it's absolutely justified for you to want to to produce original content. I can understand that it's ultra annoying to see some jerk-off rip off your art and throw it on some lousy coffee mug or cheap T-shirt and not have your name traced back at all. To top it off general ungrateful comments can be damn tiresome. I'm glad you've decided to make such a radical change to your artistic lifestyle and I'm happy to report I'll be sticking with you in these pursuits. Have yourself a swell day Paul!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Professional
Thanks!  Yeah, I forgot to even mention the whole pirated-merch thing- a giant part of what's taken the fun out of fan art in recent years.


I should probably have also said above, it's not like the fan art will vanish overnight.  But once I've wrapped up the Doctors/ companions portraits (basically down to covering 7's, 11's, Cushing's and another pass at 8's eras now) and the Twin Peaks portraits (maybe about 20 more to go there)… that's when that kind of stuff'll really slow down.  I'm sure I'll still probably do the odd portrait when a new companion or Doctor pops up... and I do really enjoy some of the movie character pics I've been posting lately (like all the horror ones from around Halloween)... but that'll likely be it.  As much as I love the fan stuff, it's kinda "easy" (feels ridiculous saying that after all the hours I just spent on yet another TARDIS backdrop) and the original work is just vastly more exciting to me.  So thanks for sticking around!
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drinkplentyofmalk Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist
Fair. Excited to see more original stuff from you!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Professional
Thanks!
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fourth-heir Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
Well, fortuitously, I don't follow you merely 'cos you happen to draw characters from one of my fave franchises, but rather because you're an excellent artist whose work I love (hey, I wouldn't have commissioned just anybody to draw my Doctor ;P) so a change in subject matter will do little to dissuade my continued viewing. I look forward to seeing more of your original ideas. :)
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Professional
Cool!  And I'll have the comments on for all that stuff, so hopefully we'll still get to chat. :)  You're one of the people I always to look forward to seeing around here, and that piece I did for ya is still one of my fave "personalized" commissions.  Really, almost all the "regulars" are awesome.  It's the hit-and-run people who just see my work through a group or something who tend to be a pain.  Though I swear there's one person who watches me just to lecture me every single time I post a multi-Doctor pic on how my Doctor numbering is wrong.  You think after one, "take it up with the BBC branding division" response they'd take the hint... but no, they keep coming back.  What's the word for a state of mind where someone keeps doing the same thing and expecting a different result?  Right on the tip of my tongue...

And thanks for the enthusiasm for the original work.  I have a few things "in the oven", and some of it's rrrrrreally different from my Who work, but some of it I can see having "crossover appeal".  I guess we'll see from the view/ comments numbers.  :) 
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jppiper Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
doctor who fans(some not all)are among the most obnoxious whiny people in fandom this coming from a fan of doctor who
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Professional
I need to introduce you to Godzilla fans.  No actually... I don't. :D

Seriously though- every fandom has 'em, I guess.  And I understand the dwelling on minutiae and trying to figure out how certain stories can coexist b/c I totally do that.  But when people get obnoxious and angry about it, well... I think Tegan said it best... "It's stopped being fun, Doctor".  That's the time that person needs to get out of the TARDIS and figure out why they're carrying around so much vitriol over a TV show that's supposed to be aimed at kids more than anyone else.  A little kid came by my table at a convention a few weeks ago and talked about how "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" was his favorite Who episode of all time.  I know a lot of adult fans had issues with that one (including me), but when you think about it... of course kids love it!  It's DINOSAURS ON A SPACESHIP with giant robots voiced by the Chuckle Brothers.  Going on angry, detailed rants about the show makes about as much sense as going on an angry, detailed rant about the Teletubbies.

But like ya said- this is "some not all".  The vast majority of fans are wonderful folks and seem to have proper perspective on it.  
  
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jppiper Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2018
yes some people are still complaining about the jnt era almost 30 years after the end of the original series(yes he made some mistakes but he's not entirely at fault)and there's the moffat bashing even though the show exploded in popularity here in the us during his run(of course the show aired on PBS for decades and had a loyal fanbase prior to the new series) and there are those who hate the new series in general can't people like both classic and new?
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mlabot Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018
I think that JNT has received the brunt since he's the most visible from our side of the pond due to his DW convention appearances and the interviews he did here back when. Also he was the final DW boss of the Classic Series which means he'll get some flak unfair or not (whether Eric Saward's "Ultimate Foe" rage could have been prevented, I'm not sure).

I admit my only beef with Moffat is that he became the 2nd tenured DW boss (6 seasons surpassing Barry Letts (5 seasons)) and was wondering if he was shooting for JNT's tenure (9 seasons).

Thank you for making me confirmed that there is a divide between DW fans (Classic Series vs New Series). I just there's some common ground found since we're all DW fans after all.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Professional
I hear ya.  To me, it's all one series that hasn't stopped since 1963.  Even when it was off the air in the 90s, the current Doctor was having adventures in other media.  

About 90% of criticism of the show boils down to "this isn't the show I watched when I was a kid". The massive amount of fan hate for the JNT era comes from old fans who grew up on Pertwee and Tom Baker and were already getting "too old" for the show in the 80s.  Maybe one day, as more young fans discover the old series, those years'll get a much-deserved revaluation.  There's a lot of naff stuff, but there's also Warrior's Gate, Earthshock, Kinda, Snakedance, Enlightenment, The Five Doctors, Caves of Androzani, Vengeance on Varos, Revelation of the Daleks, Remembrance of the Daleks, Curse of Fenric… and so many other stories that are a lot more fun than most fans are willing to admit.  Like, say... Attack of the Cybermen- people who trash that one need to get over themselves.  Yeah, it's a totally batshit tonal rollercoaster that goes from being an ITV gangster show to slapstick comedy to a scary, gritty sci-fi horror story to some sort of Hartnell throwback whenever the Cryons show up... and that's why it's brilliant.  And the end with Lytton and the Doctor still gets me.  
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jppiper Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2018
well said it's the same with star wars fans (yes i'm pro prequel please don't judge me)
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RandomSketchGeek247 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
Well, all makes sense to me : ] hope that the professional work comes about as it so rightly should :D

Honestly, having the opportunity to leave comments isn't a right for the people who view your art, it's a privilege that comes at the discretion of the artist. If you don't won't them then that is the end of it : ]

I shall always look forward to a new release of artwork :) 
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Professional
Thanks! :)
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RandomSketchGeek247 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
NP :)
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