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I've been crazy absent from DA for a LONG time.  It seems that I've abandoned most of my interest in maintaining a public presence after having tired of the circle jerk that is the online art community.  I've noticed a "kumbaya" mentality, tempered by a Lord of the Flies ethic that disgusted me to no end.  There's a notorious lack of objective criticism and intellectual curiosity as it relates to others' work, and anyone who tries to broach the subject is almost instantly labeled a heretic or insurgent to the masturbationary cause.  

Where has the honest critique gone?  Why do we give people passes who ardently refuse to endure questioning?  What do you have to hide?  My work is an open book, as are the techniques I those who have a mind to learn, not those who have a mind to subversively extract information so that they can try and steal clients.

I was weary of people who got butt hurt when asked to "show their work".  You had to do it in algebra or calculus....guess what?  You have to do the same here.  The final answer is not all that matters when it is in terms of relevancy to the medium and demonstration of achieved knowledge.

I had become loathsome of helping others only to find that they were speaking ill of me on other forums when I dared not participate in the aforementioned circle jerk.

I was expecting people to take their skirts off and man up.

I was wrong.

All this has led to what I hope will be a rebirth of sorts in my online presence.  I do not intend to actively participate in forums in the same fashion as I had been, which includes not interacting on those forums in a public person-to-person fashion.  I welcome private conversations, though.

I had intentions of getting started on a book for SDCC 2011, hopefully I might be able to follow through on that...but perhaps not until SDCC 2k12 due to project release delays.

I intend on revamping my website,  ALSO in sore need of updates.

If you've read this far, I thank you for your patience...and welcome your feedback.
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darkeye-1 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
well i'm only an amateur but am happy to discuss what i'm trying to achieve. forums can be vague and disappointing but if it wasnt for generous Pros, i would not have advanced to where i am. personally i love seeing real talent showing its work. dont stop because of a few idiots. remeber the 80/20 principle. 20 % make the 80 look bad.
i would never crit some one like you or Tim Miller for example but am happy to recieve input and discussion; thats why i post here otherwise its just me in a room trying to improve. keep posting dude!
Awesome wolve btw!

atb -- tim :)
HazardousArts Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Sucks balls dude, totally. I find myself getting real down sometimes when i look at sites ive been at for many years. the community changes, ALOT.

I find I usually withdraw deeper, hopefully not so far back as to where communication for me, reverts to grunts and hand gestures. Making stuff just helps me through the shitty times.

I know its not much of a response - but man, circle jerking is rampant - I couldnt agree more, at the end of the day i always fall back to looking at my own skills and leaving the jerks to.... jerk.

You sculpts are the real deal dude, best of the best. I dont need to know any more than that for me to give you all the respect im capable of giving, Online or offline.
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional Artist
I read all that thinking I was going to get a 'happy ending'. So frustrated now. :sniff:
EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Lol! Awesome, I like what you did there.;D
poboyross Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think I've seen it online more than other locales is due to the anonymous nature of it all. Folks are much less inclined to engage in that type of talk when they're face to face. My problem is that I'm the same way online and in-person....

Regarding "masturbationary", I should have remembered "masturbatory" instead. Thanks for the catch. I guess we also need to inform DA spell check that the former is indeed a word.
llad Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
It's like showing art to people that are only searching for wallpapers... that does not go well with my icon's and my windows menubar...

Well not everybody is like that i really like your work and I only comment when I think it will make a diference or it's relevant!
So normally its just cool! awesome! Like it a lot! keep up! you are my idol!

Who am I to say whatever when the aesthetic object i'm looking at is made by someone who understands the tecnhiques and theme better then me I can only do opinion... opinion is an asshole! right?

It's like Merleau-Ponty said "it materializes there but it's not there contained" that's art! it's that but it's much more! but it's that... some people only see that, and some just see the autor instead of the piece, art, the art object has it's own language, its to be listened, it speaks with us we should shut the fuck up and listen!

What i mean is if people give u a hard time with their incompetence, and ignorance send them to pray to the felacio Lord! Go Fuck yourself, lick your balls!

But this is theme overrated... let them hate you speak bad that's free publicity!
Taraakian Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I'm sorry to inform you but a lack of objective criticism and intellectual curiosity is not exclusive to the online art community. Without a doubt you do see a lot of that here, but you also see it everywhere else in daily life. Speaking out on the subject draws the ire of the simple and the easily ammused because to suggest they be curious is an insult to their brain-shrinkingly, miniscule intelligence.

Sometimes I view DA and the Online Art Community as a whole as the Facebook of Art because you have a handful of people which actually matter and then 200 friends that you don't know and who don't matter. I used to post things just to try to please the people who had me on watch, but I quit doing that because it got me nowhere personally and prevented me from furthering my skills along. I still have a long way to go, but I would be even further behind had I not decided to start doing things for myself instead of others.

Internet forums are typically a cesspool and a place that is best avoided. This is true no matter what the subject matter of the forums is. I'm sure even if you came across a forum that required a PHD to post on, you would find trolls.

Also, masturbationary is a real word, although I prefer masturbatory.

Good luck on the book for SDCC.
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