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I just pulled the internet cable out for a few days to withstand the urge to rant beyond any reason. 
And even now I'm seriously considering disabling comments for the things that I make. Because I'm so fed up with the continuous hate. And I'm so goddamn sick and tired of people that send me messages that I should just die, just because I happen to make a tutorial. (Yes, this message was literally send to me -- by PM ofcourse)

In the past weekend I hadn't so much to do. I wasn't that inspired to make art, so I decided to work on that tutorial that for which the idea had been floating inside my head for a while already. 
Like some of you know, I've been giving drawing workshops every now and then for the past 2 years. Nothing too serious. I don't even get paid for it (aside from an occasional artbook or fanart drawing). I was there because of passion. Because I liked to teach and interact with people. During those one-hour workshops, I've spoken to many people. Mostly kids, though. They were the target group of those workshops. Most of them had the same questions. But as our art-team (mangaschool) operates in the Netherlands only, I thought it would be kind to make a tutorial about those most-asked questions and put it online, so people outside the Netherlands could enjoy it as well.

When I threw the thing online, I had no idea about the impact of it all. Because, yes, even despite my marketing background I'm sometimes unaware of how fast things go.
The internet is a strange thing to me. And it might be my own lack of confidence, but it never ceases to surprise me how much response there is. Even on the journals or deviations that I don't deem 'special'.

This tutorial was the same thing.
Something that I just posted with the best intentions, like "Ahh... this might be helpful to people around here", and didn't think so much about, became my most viewed deviation overnight.
I didn't intend that. I didn't foresee it either.

The point is that with a lot of attention, there are always a bunch of haters. 
And it's that that I get sick and tired from nowadays. Because no matter what I make or write, people turn and twist my words around, in an attempt to find evil in it. To find a reason to be butt-hurt over something -- or rather; anything.
Come on, people! Where is your common sense? Since when did you forget how to read things in context? Seriously!

The tutorial would be manga bashing? Eh... I draw manga myself. Why the hell would I bash the style I draw in myself? That makes no freakin' sense!
Just because I pointed out some things that are 'wrong' in general, but are considered 'okay' in the manga style, doesn't mean I hate the style in general. It means that I want to make people aware of the mistakes of a certain style so they actually know why it sometimes looks weird. That it's not because they suck, but because the style they chose to adapt has it's flaws!
Yes, I used the word 'cheap' in regards to the way noses are drawn. But did it ever cross your mind that I meant 'cheap' in the literal sense of the word? Cheap as in; cutting production costs? Because that's what manga/anime does. It's mass production, so it needs to be cheap! 

As for the many people that tell me "you didn't cover everything". No, sure I didn't cover everything. Art students pay up to $20.000 per year for their art education. You must be an idiot to think that I cover all of those subjects for FREE, in a tutorial that took me one Saturday evening to make. Seriously, what did you expect? It's a tutorial supposed to fit in an one-hour workshop, mainly meant to point things out. To make people aware of those things, and maybe steer them in the right direction. It was never my intention to cover the full subjects.

To the art students that said "you didn't do it right". Again, you pay big bucks for your education. What the hell do your expect from a free tutorial from the internet? 
Yeah, good for you that you know better. Good for you that you can draw much better than me. As a matter of fact; I honestly wish you do, and I do this with the best intentions, since your future relies on those artistic skills. Mine doesn't. I just do this for fun. I'm a non-professional artist, and I wear that label with pride. As an art student, you might think that the whole world works like art school and that everybody should be able to put up with the harsh critique's and harsh practice schedules that are so normal around that kind of education. Well, let me tell you; it doesn't. Not everybody has the ambition of becoming a professional, and not everybody is in the position to dedicate their selves to a 60+ hours a week practice schedule. People have all kinds or reasons to do art, and some of them don't include earning money. Respect that, just like we respect you for your hard work and your awesome art.
I really do respect the people that dedicate their selves to do professional art. Because I could never do it myself, and I'm not afraid to admit so. But as much as I respect their choices in life, I wish you'd respect mine as well.

You think this is misinformation because it's not as good as the books you get in art school? Well, it's a tutorial meant to reflect my vision on the subject. Just like the many people that make tutorials about how they draw skin, fire or water. There's no absolute truth in how to do things. Because art isn't science. Yeah...there's some science in it. But for the most part, it's just a reflection of people's vision, no matter how you twist or turn it. If you think you can do better, there's nothing in the world stopping you from making a better tutorial. More tutorials will only be good for the community, because there would be more content to choose from.
If you don't like it, put it aside. This is DeviantArt; a community primarily based around hobbyist artists sharing content. This is not art school. You didn't have to pay top dollar for the content here. Nobody forces you to look at it. So either use it for your own good, or at least have the maturity to ignore it. 

If you want to critique me for what I'm doing, I'm totally fine with that. But balanced (proper) critique includes a suggestion for improvement. If it doesn't, it's just called bashing, no matter how many nice words you use to cover that up.
I know that in places like art school it's fairly normal that teachers put you and your work down. I know so, because I've studied multimedia for 4 years, and my teachers were the same. The "Either deal with our crap or you'll NEVER make it in the business" attitude, as I'd use to call it. But up until today, I believe to the ground of my heart that that kind of attitude is not the way to go. At least not unless you deliberately want to destroy people. When helping trainee's at my workplace a few years ago, someone once told me "be a leader, not a boss", meaning so much is that you rather join people and be an example, than just boss them around and only tell them what they do wrong. The key factor here is motivation. Because motivation is what keeps people going. And in that, respect is everything!!!

To the people that tell me "But you're well known, so you should be an example".
Bullshit! I'm by no means obliged to be an example for the community. It would be out of kindness and courtesy that I chose do so.
I wasn't provided the choice whether to be followed or not. I wasn't offered money to be a role model. So I don't have any obligation to be whatever the hell you want me to be.

To all the people telling me; "But you're popular, so you're supposed to receive hate". 
No, I am not!
Nobody is supposed to be getting death wishes. Nobody! Not ever!

It's already sad enough that the internet has evolved in such a way that it's considered normal to receive a lot of hate when people follow you. Because it's not, and it never should be! I've been told so many times that people just hate on me because they're jealous for whatever reason. Well, if jealousy makes you sprawl that kind of crap to someone else, then you have a serious character flaw!
It's like bashing an artist that just got a Daily Deviation, because you don't think his artwork is that good. It's pointless and it's stupid! It's not like the artist asked to be put up there. No, others made that decision for him! The same goes for watchers, faves and views on DeviantArt. You can't force people to watch (Yeah, maybe with a lot of money. But that's illegal according to DA's policy). Even though you might think the attention is undeserved, this person is apparently doing something right, hence the community likes it. 

So the next time you come across something that is 'undeservedly' liked a lot, think before you write. Don't resort to senseless hate towards the artist. Instead ask yourself "what did this artists do right?" or "what made this piece of art so accessible to people?". And if you're truly honest in that, the answer is often found in the fact that this person learned to interact with it's target group. Because that is what it takes to get out there. And no, you might not like the art. You might not belong to the target group, and you might not even "get" what is so cool about that type of art. But by observing such a thing objectively, you might actually be able to learn a thing or two about either marketing or human interaction. And you might actually be able to apply this yourself.

For those that want to reply; 
I don't feel the need to discuss the contents of the tutorial anymore. So don't go there. I won't reply and I will probably hide your comment.
This thing has gone long past this tutorial. It's about the underlying message. About that it shouldn't be normal for people to wish you death over the fact that you simply posted something. About that we should try to be open minded towards others. About that you should try to look for the good in people, instead of desperately trying to be butt-hurt over something that might not even be intended. About respecting each other and each other's choices in life. Seriously! How hard is it to at least try to be kind towards others?

For today, I'm done with this shit.
I probably won't be uploading for a while. Or at least, not until I feel like it again.
Any further pointless hateful comments will be blocked and reported to staff without further notice.
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XeonartOmega Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with everything you said especially on the topic of true criticism. Some parts of the world tend to be quite unreasonable and seem to just want to cause unnecessary drama when the same message could be communicated in a civil rational manner.

I think you may have to try and adapt to this issue though because as far as I know, it's not going away any time soon. The world is a cruel place but what I think is seriously wrong is the fact that we tend to create an atmosphere of aggression in which we seem to encourage being rough and mean with people around us. We take the saying that the world owes us nothing and then hide behind that and use it to justify not being respectful. Well y'know what? I won't follow that bandwagon. 
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All I can say is: wow.

Do people really do that? What's wrong with the world?

I understand that people feel the need to share their opinion, and they should definitely be allowed to do that. But they should never be rude or mean about it!
I don't know about others, but all my life I've been tought that "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".
Why do people get so blinded by their rage that they completely forget about the artist's feelings/well-being/self-esteem? Do they get some sort of enjoyment from bashing on the artist? Do they see themselves as the white knights of their interest (in your tutorial's case, the stereotypical "manga style"), defending it from everyone who does not adore it?

I don't get it.

You should not have to go through this, and I'm glad you know that it's not okay to receive comments/notes like that. I hope those people will see this journal and think about what they've done.
Take care! :huggle:
And I think your tutorial was helpful! C:
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ChaosEmzie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you for this.  I believe it really needed to be said. =)
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Katahu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand you don't want to talk about it anymore, but I just wanted to tell you for a moment that the tutorial you referenced is actually quite helpful to me. I never took art class in my entire life (no, I don't count that one elective back in middle school) but I wanted to learn how to draw. You tutorial was among the first for me to run into and it helped guide me to the general direction on where to correct my mistakes. So far my artwork has improved vastly over the years, though obviously it's not up to par with many of the professional works I see around here on DA (but I don't let that bother me). And I have that tutorial to thank for.

Anyways, now to something that ISN'T about the tutorial. The haters. I have encountered such people through all walks of life covering every topic imaginable from art to video games to science/religion and even politics. They are all the same. There is always one in the crowd who will disagree with you no matter what you say. The best course of action is to just move on and don't let there comments get to you. My lifetime experience has taught me how to deal with such people. At this point, I have the patience of a monk because of that experience.

Also, as you say, criticism is good but only up to a point. It's one thing to criticize an old artwork of mine because of bad perspective or maybe bad shadows or incorrect anatomy. But it's another to say that I suck just for the sake of saying that I suck.
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Mousie-Lou Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
You, ma'am, are clearly a leader.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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HeadphoneNinja25 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh my goodness. I cannot even begin to describe how much I agree with you on this!
Even though I myself haven't received this type of hate (at least, not on the internet), I have seen it happening to other people before, and it is not pretty. As a matter of fact, I know a group of people here on DA who were great artists, but they ultimately met their downfall when they were victimized by this type of hate, forcing them to delete their accounts. I haven't heard from them ever since.
All I can say is that hate never ends, be it as severe as this, something more watered-down, or something even worse. This is a world full of cruel people who get off on other people's negative emotions, and by going on a hiatus and trying not to let it get to you, as well as letting your opinion be heard, you've done the best you can.
This comment might just be adding to this rant, or it may make no sense or just sound like a rant of my own, but this is my honest opinion. Don't let these fools hurt you!
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RadioactiveSpine Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Writer
I wish my life was so devoid of meaning and happiness that I could take the time and be bothered to hate on some random woman on the internet for posting a free art tutorial :/

Honestly whenever I receive hate on the internet, be it comments or gaming or whatever I've learned to just smile and chuckle to myself. I'm sorry they've grown desperate enough to give you death threats, though. No one deserves that :hug:
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Maxojir Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Writer
It's like people that create viruses, just regular "screw-you" viruses, not even the ones that steal your information but just the ones that will mess-up or crash your system. They're so devoid of entertainment in the rest of their lives that the best thing they could think to do to amuse themselves is get a five-second laugh after uploading their virus while they go "LOL, bet that's gonna &%($ somebody over! lolz". And then after that those five seconds, the amusement's over . . . then what, hackers? Then what? Spend another hour writing up another virus code to get another five-second bout of amusement? :)
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LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I so agree with you...I hate the "for the heck of it/because I'm bored" hackers more than the ones who want to steal from me.
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