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So my next piece is going up for sale soon, and it's been previewed to the public. As usual (and against my better judgement) I go check out the initial reaction to the image tease.  I'm used to the guys who say "PASS", "EASY PASS", "FAIL", etc because it's just a part of the game.  These guys have nothing better to do than to take the time to read through the comments and then post their feelings on a piece that they *allegedly* care nothing about....kind of ironic, to me at least.  Then there's the more insidious deskchair QB's who take the time to actually deride your work and say how it could have been better if only *this* or *that* had been done in a haughty "I'm superior" manner, as if they had the talent to do it in the first place.  So I read through the comments and find this GEM:

"Too bad Sideshow couldn't give away the ZBrush source file for these as an exclusive, since I have zbrush . That alone would make this more than worth my money."

So this guy is notorious for talking utter shit about everything that I do...and what a lot of other sculptors do, ones more talented than myself, for that matter.  He spends time coming back, making more comments, and never anything good. After I got used to the guy, I pretty much overlooked his comments...until this one.  I think this is one of the few times that I have ever been really GALLED at the gumption of people.  I know where this guy is headed, he wants the ZTool of the piece so he can haphazardly move some parts around with his "superior eye" and VIOLA!  IT'S NOW FIXED AND PERFECT! Look at me! I'm so talented! GIVE ME AFFIRMATION OF WHAT I BELIEVE ABOUT MYSELF SO THAT I KNOW IT'S ACTUALLY TRUE!!! I've run into my fair share of artists, traditional and digital, that wear the word ZBrush as if it's a fKin medal of valor or the last name "Kennedy".  I got news for you, this ain't camelot and you're not Jackie O.  If you were that good, you'd most likely have a resume that shows evidence of that talent in some way. Hell, even a portfolio would be some evidence....but do they ever have one? .....crickets.....crickets.....

The other part that gets to me is that this person actually thinks that he should get the digital file of it for free! W....T...F?  It's called company property, you douche.  It reflects a greater problem of digital art not being taken as seriously, like identity pirates stealing social security and credit card numbers.  If its' native form isn't tangible, then it should be open game...right?  Just because it's 1's and 0's on a hard drive doesn't make it any less of a labor of love. Oh, for the want of a Shatner-esque situation, at some convention, where I could publicly humiliate people like this and verbally reduce them to a weak, blubbering pile of what used to be a person.
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
I sleep well at night knowing that, once they walk away from the computer, these turds are once again relegated to their pathetic, lonely, powerless existences. They cant wear their little "cyber crowns" in the real world....which is why they spend most of their time avoiding it.
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Arta Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Wow, sounds like he knows ZBrush a lot. But it’s funny how he spends most of his time critiquing, sorry, bashing other people’s works than actually making his own stuffs in ZBrush. How weird.
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ChrisShields Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haters gonna hate.

The internet was successful for two reasons, it allowed douche hammers like this the anonymity to lambaste the things they wish they could do....and porn. The simple fact is this ass clown is jealous. He wishes he could do even a fraction of what people like you and Tim can. And because he can't (it doesn't really matter if he actually can't or if he's just to damn lazy to actually apply himself and learn how) he feels the need to criticize and "correct" your work. If he could do what you can, he'd probably shut his mouth and go make his own. But, trolls don't have manners or tact, so that's not gonna happen. The internet is their bridge, and you need to pay the toll.

Take comfort in the fact that you're able to express yourself and enjoy what you do, while this moron sits at his computer day and night, and will never amount to anything because he was too busy telling others what THEY needed to do.

By the way, that preview looks amazing. I can't wait to see the finished. If I was still collecting statues, this would be a definite for me.
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
What a douche. Man, I can't stand people who are drowning in their own ego yet can get enough of it. Attention leeching whores--there is no rationale behind that, it's just ignorance at it's worst.

Though skin, man, I hear ya. Thanks for the rant, I needed to blow off some steam myself.
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poboyross Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Rant on, Tim....rant on.
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional Artist
I hear ya Adam. You and I have had numerous discussions on this topic, and if anything, the problem seems to get worse with time. Simply because we're sculpting pop-culture characters, a few people from the masses think they're entitled to voice off about how their most favorite character isn't being portrayed properly. Like we haven't done our research? Like the client wasn't happy with the result? Like the freaking LICENSOR didn't approve it?! They drone on about that issue or this one as if it hasn't already been discussed with the design team. Who are these arrogant creeps that will demean my APPROVED work in an anonymous forum that don't have the sand to say it to my face without fear of me knocking their teeth down their throats? I LOVE it when I post a pic here and state 'Critiques are not welcome' and some schmuck still has to say something about how it COULD have been a better piece if only... One of these days, Norton, one of these days...

I'm done. Pardon the rant.
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