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I received this charming note from BelloTempestade regarding the comments I made on this piece:

'People are poor and can't afford a book several hundred dollars. To guilt trip them is disgusting but the joke's on you because it only makes you look like an asshole. Fuck you you're disgusting. You are a dimwit.'

I have been blocked and am unable to reply, but had I been able to send it, it would have been thus:

'I don't think you read my comments properly at all, or you could not have missed the point so entirely. I suggest you do so again before accusing and throwing insults. Key words: "I meant simply the reception to it here." I was speaking of the response to the work as compared to the kind of things which are gushed over on this site. I wasn't even talking about buying the several-hundred-dollar book, which not even I can afford myself. Re-read.

'As for The Red Fairy Book which my friend was selling, the thing costs about 45 new. She sold it for a little over 35. Note that the money goes to her, not to me.

'I am a dimwit in many ways, but if you think I am a thoughtless, mercenary "guilt-tripper" as you put it, then you haven't begun to know the smallest particle about me. Speak to my friends and those who know me well. You do not get to insult a stranger and call them an "asshole". Especially not when you have so singularly failed to grasp the point of a complaint as you have here.'


It goes to show once again that it is never worth airing one's grievances (or much else) on the internet. There will always be just the right kind of troll for your subject to do its worst.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. That you...of all people... could be attacked like that? Trolls suck.
Katira Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Dear Niroot,

I merely want to say that I am deeply offended for your sake. First, that person was unpardonably rude. Second, before expressing ANY strong opinions, one needs to know what one is commenting ON - that person clearly did not even bother to read your note attentively before hitting you on the head with their words. And third... sigh... people need to respect that art does cost money (I do so wish it didn't.....).  They need to respect that in our imperfect society, people who create art for a living do, in fact, need to be able to earn a living by it... (I am not an artist, but I am actually beginning to encounter a somewhat similar kind of problem with my own work...sigh...)

Sorry for writing to you suddenly out of nowhere - I've been completely away from DA for... good Lord, nearly a year! I can't say that I've particularly missed it... But I have been thinking about you, and I wanted to look at your page. And the first thing I saw was the unfortunate comment above! So then I had no choice but to express my indignation. I find rude people difficult to tolerate...

Also, I have to say, you are the only thing I miss about DA. I haven't really missed anything else in the time that I was away.
ker-splash Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Himmapaan, don't let people like this get you down.  I've followed your art for years and yours is one of the only true talents alive anymore.  Forge through the crap and keep your head high in the certain knowledge that you and your art are both one in a million, despite the fact that you feel unappreciated at times.  Pay no attention to the jealousies of smaller people with even smaller talents, who flaunt their ferocious ignorance through personal insults.  They have no other means of attack.  Keep up the good work.  It will ALWAYS be worth it.       
AnneCooper Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Wow! What a horrible and shocking thing to run into such a person! You handled this situation very professionally, and it's a good thing to call attention to people who act like this, it is completely unacceptable. Bello owes you an apology. For what it's worth, I think your works and by extension your friends' works, are a bargain at the prices offered. And I definitely qualify in the 'poor' category, but I can see the true value of great things. Please don't take this negative episode to heart too much, it isn't worth your energy and amazing talents. 
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
Teru-teruMomiji Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Know a troll when you see one; it's not worth your attention.
maroellchen Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I guess I know way too few about this whole thing thats going on here and I'm still 'new' at DA so I wont judge anything ... Just a couple of things I thought while reading: I understand your disappointment and I really appreciate your sincerity in this comment - and that you didn't allow comments to be made, so that its just a message to think about. And this guy couldnt just think about it, he had to force a way to comment on it, what from my pov is already quite stupid! And what he said ... heheee, honestly, we all should laugh about it, it's just silly! If he cant even read it properly and than has to make such statements ... and to be abusive is never a way to communicate, even less when you don't know a person and want to discuss a matter ... but that's not discussing, that's poor, impulsive verbal abuse!

btw your austen-drawings are pretty nice, I really like them, as the rest of your gallery. You really don't need to care about that guy. There's always some fool around in our all-loved world wide web :)
Greetings :hug:
opiumtraum Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013

I think I'll avoid responding to the obvious douche-baggery of the punks that lurk at dA & confuse assholeness for cleverness. Instead...


...I'll make a confession. One of the things I find insidious about being an artist is that on the one hand, you grow & change, it's natural & necessary, otherwise you end up becoming one of those awful artists with huge mass appeal, tons of hype, & working to formula- they tend to be hugely successful & I despise them, not for their success...but...I want to say for pandering to an audience. Probably a great business choice, but sort of anti-art (I know what I mean  but I'm not sure I'm expressing it well). My point, & I had one when I started, is I like a fair number of artists here at dA, but that doesn't mean I know them. I like what I see, I like what they have to say, but I wouldn't know 99.9% of them if I stood next to them in a tiny coffee shop. When artists shift their style or their subject matter, the great gamble is whether their audience will follow along. People who know you, who are friends, might. others, not so much. And the other thing is, art styles tend to trend on dA, artists working in a style that's both classical in technique & style are a rare breed & are generally under appreciated. My confession- I'm certainly guilty os seeing an artist go off in a direction that leaves me disinterested...& since there's no emotional attachment, no actual friendship (though plenty of respect) I might still look, but my enthusiasm may have waned. I think, sadly, it comes with the territory. We make connections, but the connections are remote, & we behave accordingly.

bcordone Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Consider yourself lucky to be blocked; he certainly isn't worth an explanation. Clearly he has an anger issue to be so insensitive. I have found the internet is home to many of these type people; it is their playground and as such need to be ignored. I am sorry for your friend and hope times are better for her; it has become such a cold world. Good luck.
ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Ugh. What an ass that person is! Certainly, they need a lesson in reading comprehension! I don't understand why people can be so cruel to a virtual stranger. I once had someone call me a number of names because I had posted a note saying that I would no longer edit the writing of strangers or take requests for my own writing. The rude commenter had no idea that I had just spent a large portion of a rare day off helping a new writer out, only to have my critique thoroughly insulted/belittled by said newbie. That's the problem with the internet - there's little to no context for behavior. That doesn't give a third party permission to insult me. And writing is my *hobby*. To insult a professional who is only expressing understandable distress? That's beyond all bounds of reason!

I'm also heartbroken to have missed the auction (if I could have even taken part as I'm in the US?) while out of town.

I find it so disheartening when life is this monumental level of unfair. When people are forced to part with treasures for the sake of survival. I have been in that situation, and it's awful - moreso when the general response seems to be, "Oh, that's terrible" and that's it. I hope your friend is doing better already.

And I hope you can ignore the trolls. If someone is so insensitive as to not think twice before insulting someone without knowing the full story, they're not worth a thought. I know that's easier said than done though.

Fiofiorina Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Heavens! What is wrong with people these days?
Bluari Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
That's my favourite situation - people are insulting you and then block you so that you can't reply and explain anything. Personal culture in the Internet is abstract.
peachtales Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Having been beaten about a fair bit myself these  last few years by life and broken promises, I think I can at least partially relate. *hugs* to you, if you'd like them. I also have tea and biscuits to offer. :)
SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It takes a real coward to dish that out, and then block you- sorry, a real child.
savageworlds Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Maybe pointed in the entirely opposite direction....;)

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." -(Dr. Seuss)
zaulia Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
oh dear, very sorry to hear all this.
And yes, you need to develop thicker skin, but please, do not remain silent. Say it, to whomever you think it's appropriate. But I very very honestly hope that you can have someone that understands you fully.
kind regards.
Sariei Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ah Dear Niroot, but you do know that mainstream taste isn't fit for in-length viewing your pieces require. (Not saying anything against mainstream, i do enjoy it, too occasionally) And you do know that even if there aren't thousands of comments flooding the gates that there are loads of people who go over and over you gallery to enjoy your pieces. Clue: There is one right here.^^
 But i'm totally not into dinosaurs, i'm sorry ^^ But I'm always rooting for you.
Please, please cheer up and care for us, not for the trolls.
 If you wanna rant about anything, got an open ear^^
cabepfir Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I would like to tell you that I had read the info about the ebay auction, but as I understood it the book was only shipped in UK, which made it a little difficult for me to make a bid :P (Besides, 35£ + 7£ of shipping price = 42£, which are still equal to 65$ or 48€ - still not the price of a paperback, though of course the illustrations are worth it - I have to say that the illustrations for the Red Fairy Book are still among my favourite of yours.)

Anyway. Being ignored by one's watchers is a common practice here on deviantArt. My last four deviations didn't even receive a comment... And I'm still gathering the 90% (or more) of my views/faves from old fanarts and not from my current work. That's how dA works...
pallanoph Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh Niroot, I am so sorry... :( :hug: I would say you are not alone in this sort of situation, which isn't very much comfort, I suppose... Deviantart seems to be changing in a way that I've heard many of us really do not like: most of us get nothing but faves anymore, and conversation and comments, etc seem to be few and far between. Support for many artists seems to be dwindling here. The world seems to be getting too busy to pay artists much mind outside of hitting a button, and I know even I am guilty of that. :upset:

Unfortunately, the way dA is shifting is also keeping me from visiting the site much anymore. The distance between everyone seems to be growing, and I'm having difficulty catching up with everything. As always, I blame the influx of groups, along with what I am sure is an influx of new useless features I don't even know about. :XD: All in all, those of us here DO still appreciate your work so much, even if we have to wade through clogged inboxes to find it. I only wish I was financially sound enough to support your work more. (I know everyone says things like that, but I really really mean it! :hug:

My ability to express my thoughts in words has dwindled considerably as of late, however, so maybe that's also why I've fallen prey to "lurking syndrome." Despite that, I continue to wish you all the best, and that such ignorant (and dare I say unprovoked bitchiness?) comments can pass through with minimal impact. (Which is, of course, easier said than done, as I myself can relate!) Anyway, I'll end my impossible ramble with a hug: :hug: 
hairymoss Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm so glad to read so many responses in support of you here today.  I've thought about your last posting and hadn't been able to get it out of my head.  Everyone has already said much of what I had thought to share.  You have every right to share your emotions - and strong emotions will produce strong reactions - that's powerful.  Someone's negative comment is just a reflection of themselves.  There are lots of fantastical things on DA; lots of funny stuff, violence, sex and drama.  Your work is truly beautiful and comes from a beautiful place in you.  I'm so privileged to see your work at all- thank you for sharing both the good and the bad.
mizu-shimma Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I understand it is hard to ignore such vile ignorance, but in the world we live in now it is all we can do; for comments such as that will always be said. Most unfortunate really. And i have every intention to buy Just So Stories once I have the money for it. I adore your work and your small popularity is a great disappointment to me.
Ivyssauro Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think you are right, i am poor, and unfortunately i can't afford the "Just so stories'' As much as I want, but i'm not angry for that, nor will i inveigh and call you names, i totally get the point, i can't afford your book the same way i can't afford a original Rambrand, you are artist just as he was, and in that book there are hours and hours of hard work and dedication to make the best illustrations as possible, and the final product is for sure one of the prettiest books i ever seen, and i grew up almost living in a library. instead of being pissed off i searched in the folio society(wich is one of the most amazing things i discovered on the internet for a long time) i found a almost as pretty and epic editions of "The Hobbit" and way less expensive and i plan to buy it.
your work is amazing! don't give too much credits for trolls and existentially dissatisfied 12years old kids.
TheRedStoryteller Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so, so sorry. When I saw the "Disappoint" painting, the posture and expression of the bird just broke my heart. If only I could comfort it. I am trying to get back to doing art, and browsing great artwork encourages me so much. Your art is among the very finest that I follow here.  I admire it so much and am so glad that art with classic, Golden flair is being made today. Surely it will be seen, bought, and appreciated by so many people. I am not able to support myself yet, but I hope when I am able to, to support many fine artists. So this will help inform me on that. Wishing for many, many good things to happen to you.
Buck-Remington Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My message will be a tear in the sea, but when I discovered your work few years ago, it was the best promise that could be made to me. The promise that the Golden Age is not over. The promise that the Age of Enchantment is still living. The promise that there is a place for aspiring artist always feeling apart like me. Your work, your skills and your will are a gift and an inspiration. Your faith has to be eternal because you believe in eternal things.
flyingfish98 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
I'm sorry you copped a mouthful of abuse and that finely illustrated books are not seen as being as desirable as the latest gadget.   I spend a fair bit of time in secondhand books shops, and frequently see people coming in to buy books for 'decoration', with practically no intention of ever taking them off the shelves and opening them.  

Your books are beautiful; I love the ones I have.
LiminalWorks Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
A classic deviant art response. This is why I use DA less and less. 
yosofine Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's so obvious the person didn't read or look closely enough to know the reality from their own perception of it, thinking they read it right but not seeing what was really there. They make up their mind that you've done some outrageous thing when the facts are entirely different.

This just shows the kind of person they are, and shows you they don't really know what's going on for real.

Since this is what their idea of reality is, you now have an idea of the kind of person they are. You haven't lost anything by their blocking. It's their loss.
nebulousbeast Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist
The state of reading comprehension these days can be deplorable. Childish comment-and-block replies like that are more a reflection of the commenter than of you, however. That person wasn't afraid to toss profanity at you when you weren't there, but clearly they felt the need to neuter any reply option so as to "win" the ensuing argument. They are not worth your time.

Why do you make art, Himmapaan? Do you do it for yourself (because you genuinely enjoy it) or do you do it for other people? Are you looking to please? To sell? To simply share what you would already do? No answer is wrong. We can all make art for a variety of reasons and it will still be art, but if you're too focused on something you don't have it will only make you feel disappointed. 

Wanting views is more than understandable. You are a professional with an amazing gallery; you should be rolling in views! Keep in mind where you are, however; deviantart is not only a place for pros with amazing skills - it's a place for EVERYONE. That means all the 13 year old anime fans just as much as it does all the college grads with 10+ years of experience. If one audience outweighs another of course what it is popular will not always be the same, and sometimes beautiful art falls by the wayside purely because it does not fit into that niche. It doesn't mean you should start drawing My Little Pony fan art or doodling sparkly anime girls, but I think you should promote your work more (if you don't already) and look into other sites (or perhaps IRL events) where there are more artists like yourself. 

I'm sorry if this is just regurgitating what has already been said, but I hope it can be useful to you.

SethFitts Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Trolls abound. Though it may make little difference, I share in your frustration. I do not understand why people choose to be so cruel. Skimming through the comments it seems you have much support here. 
If I lived nearer, much much nearer, I would invite you to share grievances over coffee. Hope this leaves your mind soon and you feel better. 
josephmatthew10 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Whether or not he/she received your comment, that troll has been through smacked down.
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'll say.  ;/  If she put that kind of effort into getting a job, maybe she would be able to afford a fine book.  Of course, blocking you to preclude your response is completely puerile, and that kind of behavior in the professional world is likely to lose her any job she might find.

I too am disappointed in the community response on DA.  There are many phenomenal artists and artworks on this site which simply recieve NO attention.  And there are reams of tripe which are lauded and boosted aloft and plastered with glittery awards.  It's maddeningly frustrating.  ;[ 

Not to mention in relation to my own work where pieces I labor over for hours – or days – pass almost unremarked into obscurity, and things which I scribble off in 15 mins are flooded with favs...
FaintSketches Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Writer
You know you always have my complete support, and you always will. It's sad someone directed this kind of animosity towards you when you clearly stated on that deviation that you would never expect anyone to buy the book. You know how much I adore your work and many others here, and you also know the struggles to get bills paid! Which you've stated on here so many times over...

This person didn't just misread what you wrote. Their actions are a reflection of their own shortcomings in personality and regard for others. The reception for your Just So Stories HAS been very small, considering the quality of the work and the number of watchers you have. You were stating a fact, and nowhere did you imply anyone should buy a book you yourself can't even afford. High quality work that goes for the price it is worth will always get comments like this. Often, the comments come from a place of jealousy and misdirected anger.

Artists of supreme quality rarely get the praise and pay they deserve. Please don't let the foolish words of this person get you down.. You are one of the best artists producing work right now - and I mean in the world. Not just in this cold, vapid place we call the Internet.

As hard as it is, we have to think back to why we became an artist, writer, musician etc. in the first place. What is it about this endless struggle to create that makes us feel whole? What is it about this struggle that makes us happy to work all the time, but yet never feel satisfied? That moment when we're lost in the work, and chasing after something we find immeasurably beautiful - but impossible to understand - is the most important thing we possess as artists. If no one was ever there to see it, would we still do it? That's what I try to focus on when I feel like you do. When I see all of this trashy art with more recognition than I'll ever receive. When I see books that never should have even been published getting movie deals.. I think about this, and it eases the frustration.

The personal connection we feel with the work has to sustain us, or it will eventually lose its purity. Such a thing would be far worse than anyone who ever cared suddenly drifting away from it. As difficult as it is, focus on the work itself. On the way it makes you feel.. Because that connection matters more than anything else.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Taylor. From the bottom of my heart.
FaintSketches Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Writer
You are always more than welcome. I'm glad I was able to help even just a little. :hug:
dana-redde Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I understand your frustration. I apologize if I'm projecting too much of my own feelings and am way off base.

I've noticed a trend, at least within my experience, that the people who have exquisite taste in art, literature, and music rarely have the money to support what they love (often because they're starving creators themselves). It's a vicious cycle--our talents are not appreciated, culturally or economically, so we're left without the means to put our money where our mouth is.  Meanwhile, my city is filled with gauche, dime-a-dozen young business types who wouldn't know culture if you shoved it down their throat. They're making a big bucks because their blustering, exploitative bizness bullshit, which contributes nothing of true beauty or worth, is somehow valued above all. From what I can tell by the way they boast on the train and nearly run me over in the street, they spend that money on alcohol and shiny cars. They come into my store and treat me like shit.

I've been struggling for a while now. It grinds you down trying to make a living in a world that keeps telling you, your skills, and what you stand for are not valued. Feeling like not even your community and friends have your back can make it unbearable.

This is how I feel, anyway. I don't know if you feel like this too, sometimes.

And that commenter can go take a long hike off a short cliff.
aquashiram14 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
I totally understand. Art in itself is so under-appreciated. Many of my friends, while they think that I do make "great work" and they respect the time I put into developing my craft, they just don't understand the process of art and all they see is, well, a finished work. Many non-artists don't
understand the frustration and the tears and the screaming that can sometimes go into working, and the amount of back pain we drawers have to go through to finish something. All they see is a magically finished piece that is beautiful and looks effortless, but no! It's not! Most mature artists understand this, because we relate to each other and we understand the stress it can sometimes take to finish something, but others don't, and thus it makes it hard to justify a price for anything.

But if one did the math, then it would go something like this: Let's say it takes me one week to finish a commission (a pretty good pace, working 4 - 5 hours a day). I charge 100 dollars for that commission. In one month, I would make 400 dollars. In a year, I would make 3,600 dollars. Even if it's a part-time job, that's hardly something we can live off of. People need to realize that sometimes, it comes down to making something above minimum wage and, in the end, life is just as expensive for a computer programmer as it is for an artist (and the artist arguably more). If I did art full time, I could probably knock out an 11x14 commission in 3 days, let's say. 10 commissions a month = 1,000 dollars a month, and that's essentially poverty line for the USA. And yet people complain that 20 dollars is too much for something like that!

When will people open their eyes?

Sorry I just had to reply, the price of art is a huge issue to me and seeing something like this just reminds me how ignorant and stupid some people can be. But all we can do is be the greater person, keep our heads high, and continue on, because in the end, the joke's on them.
dana-redde Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't agree more.

I was thinking about it in even broader terms, since I'm not trying to make a living off art, but writing/editing/translating. Every job I've applied for recently (I've lost count, it's a LOT) has asked for 'excellent writing skills,' but the professional copywriting, editing, translating, and proofreading work I do pays peanuts (literal pennies, in the case of translation). Even once you're a 'successful' writer, it's rarely enough to live on.

The sad thing is that these jobs--art, writing, making music--are some of the least exploitive jobs out there, too. Unless my work is really hateful or propaganda, it's either neutral or good. It's just me and my mind, no sweatshops, minimal impact on the environment, no making money off someone else's suffering. As a writer, I just want to bring joy to people and maybe change a few minds for the better (my work tends to be anti-racism and anti-homophobia). But there's no money in that.

I got in a big fight with my dad once about my career options, and he scoffed, "Being a writer's as bad as acting!"

He's a salesman. He makes a lot of money talking on the phone. He never touches or produces anything that he sells and barely understands what he's selling (very technical stuff). I don't understand it.

I just want to contribute something decent to the world and not starve to death in the process. Fuck me, right?
aquashiram14 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Which is why I respect artists more than any other employee in America (except teachers, they belong in a tier of respect all their own, for obvious reasons). Any fine artist who, despite the odds, always tries their best and produces beautiful work is worth it, and if I had all the money in the world, they'd get more than enough to live on. My hat's off to you!
dana-redde Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

(P.S. love the sugarglider in your icon! My roommate had one in college. He was so adorable!)
aquashiram14 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Oh thank you :3
PeteriDish Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
lol. the average intelligence of the internet people seems to be pretty low XD
TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
As a follower of your work i say im sorry, of course you'd be disappointed that someone had to sell the beauty you sold them and that people who supposedly love your work pass over it.

But as someone who's followed you and your work for a long time and, though i may not have the means to help, does care, i have to say the statement was a bit hurtful :shrug: I would never hold it against you though because you had every right to be upset.

The way that guy reacted was ridiculously out of line, probably some immature teen. And im honestly surprised people aren't flaming him for it.

:huggle: I hope you can get over this hurdle as well as you've been getting over the others fates been throwing your way. Seems that bastards trying to break you down slowly but i dont think he'll succeed :)
Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Niroot, tis the nature of the beast.  Naught can be done of it.  Naught can be reasoned.

She managed to get some money and though it was not what was hoped, she still fared the better.

People are careless in what they say.  The best one can do is ignore such things and move forward.  The worst one can do (and we are guilty of such) is let it cut us and cause us to doubt.

Do the former and be greater than ever before.
PurpleHope Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry to hear about that, but this guy (unless he lives in Asia) has obviously never been in a book store. Even my second hand math book costed 60$ ; it's very understandable that an art book sold for a low price as this is disappointing. 
VonBingen Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Well, *I* think your work is incredible. I bought a copy of your "Aladdin", but unfortunately when it arrived, it was torn. :( I still enjoy it very much, though. I'm sorry that some people are so inarticulate and crude that they have to resort to name-calling in order to get their (very dull) point across. Don't mind the trolls, just keep being awesome. :) I hope your friend is doing well!
Dragonith Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to hear. :(

There's always that ONE guy who just manages to ruin your day... >.>;
Dragons-wine Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I stop to explain my thoughts on the things that seem to be wrong with that guy and his comment I will be late for work.  Although 'disappointing' is the word at the forefront of my brain oddly enough.  It's not the word I would have expected to find as a descriptor for that guy but whatever.

Bloody trolls.
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'll add my condolences about the situation to the chorus. I will say that I'm not overly surprised that someone reacted badly to "Of the apparently thousands of followers combined, only three cared two straws" which is a reasonable sentiment taken in the context of your current disappointment, but may be taken quite hurtfully by some of your followers who really adore you and your work. For what it's worth, I'm sorry to be one of the many you probably consider to "gush over" some of your work more than others. I definitely understand how disappointing it is for something you poured your heart and soul into to be glossed over by your followers, yet other work be lauded because its subject matter is more appealing to the masses. It's hard not to take that personally sometimes, but on a site like this (and illustration in a much broader sense, I guess) it's kind of inevitable. I, for one, will try to be somewhat more equally supportive of your different genres in the future.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Emily. My choice of 'only three cared two straws' was unwise, but it was written in a moment of disappointment. I'm afraid it's not always easy to regulate. But I think I'm not the first to express such a thing, and perhaps even one of the mildest to do so.

I don't mean the gushing over of some aspects of my work over others, but the kind of things that are favoured on dA as a whole. I know it is just as silly to attach too much significance to such things, but it is still hard to overlook.

But I understand all that you say. It is inevitable. I just need to learn to develop thicker skin. And to remain silent about disappointments of any kind. People can never fully see the surrounding circumstances and I would always remain culpable.
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah, I'm sorry for the misunderstanding - I assumed you meant that you were also disappointed by the disparity in viewership of your own work (that dinosaur stuff is going to be always more popularly, etc. And I've probably contributed to that, if it's true). 

I don't agree that keeping silent about disappointment of any kind is a good thing, but it may well be true that keeping it to platforms comprised more of friends and less of strangers (Facebook, maybe, or similar places) leaves less room for misinterpretation, and will obviously keep the hateful vitriol nonexistent. 
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