Thanks for posting this i'am sorry some people on the internet are simply immature and have an unhealthy obsession.
best of luck to you
Wow, Death threats? Over an internet topic? Now that’s funny. Some people get really touchy about stupid shit…
Ok, I am mostly a fan art artist (according to my DA account) and I am not offended quite frankly - you make some valid points. When I started drawing fan art it was a way for me to improve drawing without, thinking much about what to draw. And since I was a fan of the stuff it was quite easy. My reasons for drawing something are pretty much said in the artist’s comments. I was surprised, though, about the amount of attention my stuff got all of a sudden. Especially the first ones, that weren’t even good. I was happy sure, but surprised nonetheless - it turns out fan art is a way to get attention after all. I welcomed it, because with it came some criticism about the way I draw, and it was useful. Though at some point I noticed, it’s about which character I draw, more than how I do it. So sadly, I mostly agree with you, about some people.
As for the yaoi stuff, I started from hating it, to simply ignoring it. It’s their business what they draw, but I know I’ll never understand it. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with gay people, but Yaoi is far from anything realistic, as far as homo (or hetero) relationship goes. Granted, some of those Yaoi stuff are drawn pretty damn well, damn it!
Why do they do that? Getting sexual I mean? For real, I wonder the same thing. My only answer is - sex sells. This is a formula that never failed anyone. I hate to admit it as true, because I was trying a lot of time, to deny the fact that people think only with their genitals, but the world has defeated me. I bet if I draw a shipping drawing - any ship - it will become the most popular drawing on my profile in no time. If it has tits - twice as fast!
The only think I actually disagree with is that there is nothing original to be added to an existing fanbase. I’ve read fics that are better than the canon itself. They end up becoming separate, great stories that are just a pleasure to read. Here is the three of my most favorite examples:
With a good skill there is always something great to add if you want to - it goes for writing and for drawing. It’s just that most people don’t want to.
I most likely won’t upload much original art here, or anywhere - I am paranoid. In the second something is in the net, you pretty much give permission for people to steal it. Not literally, but you can’t actually prevent it. So I rarely upload original art, and it’s usually something old and fugly.
I guess people jumped to conclusions when they attacked you, or just hated to admit you are right. See, even if I don’t draw fanart for the attention, I get it; more that I would have uploading original art. I didn’t ask for it, but it happened. It’s just a fact that cannot be denied. So is the overflow of yaoi, ridicules fan/shipping wars and tracing. Yet I do appreciate certain fan arts, and if you search hard enough there are some jewels in the sand.
Your journal on the subject is just excellent and I am very happy to have read it. I wish you much better impact in the future, as nobody deserves such reactions, even the worse provocative idiot.
I also know nothing about you, but reading this I sympathize truly.
I even agree with you on the last topic - which shall not be named. In fact I remember doing a similar journal last year or so.
Don't pull your journals from the public entirely forever (I understand the need for a break).
It's what they want to to do is break down and hide. Be strong in yourself and remember there were people genuinely interested in what you had to say.
I do, however understand why you would close comments.
deviantArt is home to the most cancerous of fanbases. "Insult" their fanart and of course they'll all flip shit. A death threat over the internet is commonplace, though they are not to be taken seriously usually.
So what if there's backlash? Go ahead and speak freely as you wish about your distaste for fan art. Sure, some assholes will come along with it but there will be assholes anywhere you go.
I read most of your journal (I kind of skimmed the bottom because it's two in the morning and the only thing keeping me awake right now is the sugar of a Wild Cherry Pepsi), and I have to say that I really do agree with pretty much all of it. I tend to shy away from fanart too, unless it's a commission or something. I'm actually scared to completely butcher a character, lol.
I can't say I'm surprised that someone threw you a death threat, but it was certainly way off the deep end on their part. I know what it feels like to be discouraged from expressing your opinions when people freak out all over you. If you decide to keep things to yourself from now on, then screw everyone else; they're your opinions and the disrespectful scum of the world don't deserve them. But if you ever wanna come out and speak your mind about something, I do know one thing - the only people whose words are worth more than donkey waste are those who respect your opinion, whether they agree or not.
But I think all of us will go over the moon with outrage about at least one thing we see on the internet, and we will all probably say things we aren't necessarily proud of. So I think it's cool that you handled those negative people so maturely. It's better to do that than spew more outrage, lol.
And I'm gonna end this here before I say something excessively dumb.
I completely agree with everything you said in your other journal. It's a good message. Most people just probably read the title and skimmed and went "ARG! SO WRONG!!"
Anyway, I'm glad that you handled this with such maturity, and stuck to your views to the end, while still being respectful towards others.
The internet is probably wierdest place in the world. And the easiest place to offened people. People who in general just need to chill.