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Ch-ch-ch-changes...

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 11, 2012, 12:42 PM


Hello, dear DA people.  :)  I hate like heck to have to do this, but I'm implementing some changes.  

In order to maintain my sanity, I'll be disabling comments in my new entries from now on.  It makes me sad to do this, but I've been ending up in the front DA page lately (which is awesome!), which seems to be making me a target for bitchy, uninformed, opinionated jealous people (which is decidedly less awesome).

I'm sad because I've come to know so many of you folks really well (Treyos, Smokewithoutmirrors, ChibiButterfly...just to name a few) and I really DO look forward to hearing from you guys.  I'll miss your comments and your input and your wisdom.  :(  

But this other factor...it bothers me too much.  I'll admit it; I'm thin skinned when it comes to my art.  I'm proud of my work and protective of it, and when that shines through in my entries (I know it sounds like arrogance, but whatever), I end up with misinformed trolls shouting at me about their "right" to steal my work and crap like that.

It's SO not okay to think that way about original artwork!  I have an attorney.  He tells me what the law is.  We've won several cases (and no, international plagiarism is not okay...except in the case of anime fanart because Japan could give a crap).  I'm a freaking professional here, and I've made it my business to know these things, because it costs me loads of money when I get it wrong.

Also, all the kids who chirp "That costs too much!" when what they really mean is "I don't have enough money to buy that"...it's demeaning and annoying and why on earth should I leave myself and my work open to public devaluation like that?  

It all makes my blood pressure go up.  

And people say "Don't take it so personally".  But I DO.  I take it personally because I love my work.  It comes from the heart.  It's part of who I am, and I'm personally invested in it, emotionally, and an attack on my work is the same as an attack on me.

So, if I'm to remain here on DA and leave my gallery up, I'm going to have to shut down the ignorance and abuse, and that means no more comments on entries.  Otherwise, I just can't possibly do it.  It hurts too much to be treated with vitriol because some jealous kids think my art is getting too much attention.  I've paid my dues for over 25 years.  I deserve the damn attention.  

So for all my faithful friends here; if you still want to stay in touch on FaceBook (and chat!  And see what I'm working on before I finish it, 'cause I often post iPhone updates of stuff in progress right from my desk!), just send me a message okay?  Message me (privately) here at DA (I'll see your icon and know that it's really you), I'll send you my private FaceBook name, you can friend me there, and we can still be pals that way.  You guys know who you are.

Peace, love and applesauce.

  • Mood: Unhappy
Skin by Kaiiyra-Chan (modified by merimask)
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Djxyz0 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
your work is amazing, haters can go away D:
sorry it came down to this though, but I hope the good comments and attention is worth more to you than those negative ones
keep up the good work <3
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rogerlake Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
I love your work!!
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blankfaceisclaimed Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
if i actually had a justifiable reason for buying one of your masks, i totally would. i love them, and they are completely worth the money. i just really have no use for a mask.... or really, i don't know what i'd do with it. it's just too special to wear around. i love your art though, it's unique and beautiful, and copying artwork is never justified. who the hell has the right to copy someone's hard work? good for you for speaking up.
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celestialsunberry Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Honestly, LOL, your prices seem kinda lowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

ANYWAYyyyyyyy.
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Greyson-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am new to this deviant art site. and I wanted to tell you that you handled the situation very well. and that if you have paperskin about the more sad of things, i thought that you would also take it to heart when I say. You have my respect for making such a decision. Kudos to you. and your trade. you Truly are an artist of the highest degree.
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Azraellis Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
I am new to your work too. Its stunning and made with love and it shows. No, don't be sad any more. We have to be stern and sometimes even, seemingly, cruel at some point or people who don't know limits of any sort, will overstep yours.

We keep thinking "ah it will never happen to me" or "if it happens to me and my art, i will be thick skinned like a dinosaur", but this never happens. I see it all the time lately. People have got used to click and own something, so much that they will know no bounds to the abuse they will cause in order to just shout out their outrage....just because they could not click-n'-own a thing.

You did the right thing. You have the right to deny comments. You have the right to sell your handmade products at the price you believe is right.

Have a nice, joyous, mask making day !
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Natakiro Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why whould anyone have anything bad to say about your amazing and beautiful work? This takes sheer talent. People that comment like that are so annoying and trollish; don't they have anything better to do that comment negatively on great art? Your masks are worth the prices. Hand-crafted stuff is more expensive because it takes more time, effort, creativity, talent, and funs; therefore, all of this must be made up into the selling price. ugh! Disabling comments is the best thing to do. I agree with ~PadawanLinea: "too many children, mindless juveniles, and morons"
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PadawanLinea Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's the one thing I don't like about Deviantart--too many children, mindless juveniles, and morons. It's unfortunate that you'll lose the advice, praise, and critiques, because you definitely deserve all of those things (you're work is very stunning!), but good for you for taking a stand!
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Dirrupted Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
when you are original!! anything else is crap value!!! so fkc up!! (and sorry for the bad mouth here), but is true, people only knows of how to driscriminate in every aspect posible and to give bad critic (the ones with no values at all), and the worse of this crap is not even taking the time to think about the person and it troubles!!


SO KEEP THE GOOD WORK THERE!! YOU REALLY HAVE A GOOD TALENT AND THE BETTER OF THE PART IS YOUR OWN WORK!! (thats whats being original means!!, being able to create or imagine what anybody couldn't in the brief of time)

''T_T'' and this part here is for a long time now!! AWESOME WORK THERE ^_^ KEEP UP GOING FORWARD!!
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Lainyxox Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Oh that's terrible that people would attack you like that. Your work is beautiful, so utterly skillful and so different grom a lot of the stuff here. You're a wonderful find and it's awful that some people have abused that.
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