Very common in the artistic world are comments that accuse us, or disturbs us in some way or another. The usual "Wow"-comment is not even thought about (allthough I really appreciate them after putting down a lot of work
). What really gets to me are people so ignorant that they ASSUME things, out of the blue.
A pair of comments I've gotten through the years (both anonymous):
"Judging by the quality of the ears and clothes, it looks as if you traced over a photo for the face (or used a photograph as reference). Good work, but the lack of attention away from the face detracts from the overall image and gives away your source."
What is that?! This was one of my first pictures ([link]
with a tablet, and god knows I worked a lot on that face and hair, but didn't know how to make clothes or such ears realistic... No, he/she just assumed that I had traced the face from a photo, without even asking first. If there had been a little IF there, then I would just have been flattered, but now I took it as a accusation.
"Your work is beautiful, but copying from photos doesn't take that much skill.
I'd love to see some hand-drawn, original stuff.
Grrrrr! Even with a smiley, this was probably one of the worst comments I've got. Not only did he/she accuse me for copying photos, (no, references is NOT the same as copying -- when working with references, you still need a lot of skill to make a face come alive and work together with the background. AND you need to get your style in there. A reference from a photo is always distorted because of the lens, so if you actually traced/copied it, it would look very akward in a drawing.), but said that they weren't hand-drawn?! WTF?!
There's not a single thing in my pictures that I've done with anything but brush-strokes, be the brushes digital or not. I don't click a few clicks, drag a few sliders, and POW, there's instant art. 10 hours effective time is the least amount of time I put down, and sometimes, with a difficult picture, or a picture that I work really hard with, the hours fly like dust in the wind away at 40, 50 or months.
If he/she doesn't think my art is original, to bad, but I really, really hate getting these "I KNOW that's a photo", "I KNOW you cheat".
Anonymous, you don't know SQUAT! I bet you're just jealous because you wouldn't be able to draw anything remotely close to being photorealistic, and now you're trying to justify your (lack of) skill.
Anyhow, tantrum aside (just needed to get some aggression out
), how do you artists deal with these know-it-all, assuming commenters? (The answers I left them were harsh, but perhaps I should learn to ignore them instead?)