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June 3, 2013


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my art reminds everyone of everything ever created

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 3, 2013, 4:45 PM

I've had this sitting on my mind for quite some time now, just.  Wanted to wait for an appropriate time to post this.
I'm not going to single anyone out and I'm not going to outright condemn anyone for anything.  I would rather just state a few things regarding comments consisting of very little more than "This reminds me of..."

I know the majority of these comments aren't meant to be offensive or even insulting; they're just benign observations based on a very human trait to want to combine things of a similar nature together. We're reminded of things we've seen before on a regular basis and it's part of the same reason why we tend to find human faces in inanimate objects and obscure shapes; it's completely natural and we all do it to a certain extent.

That being said however, imagine spending countless hours working on a piece and pouring your blood, sweat, and tears into it. It's your brainchild; your baby and a piece of yourself and your imagination that you're essentially sharing with others. Imagine being proud of yourself and your accomplishment and just how hard you worked on it.

Now imagine someone commenting with "This reminds me of ____." There's no other content, not even a simple compliment. Just that someone thinks that your hard work resembles something you may not have even seen or heard of before and nothing more.

When you tell an artist this, you're essentially telling them that you think their work is unoriginal and very little else. It's not supportive and it's certainly not a compliment to hear from anyone.  And not only is it not a compliment, but it also makes the artist want to withdraw and feel less inclined to share their work, because. Who really wants to work hard just to have someone essentially call their honest effort a knock-off of something else that already exists? Especially if it's something so absolutely petty and trivial like a mouth or a triangular sign on a face[true story; CenterLeft has a yield sign for a face and people have repeatedly likened him to Pyramidhead]. How is an artist or any other creative individual supposed to feel when this is the kind of feedback they're getting?

The last thing I really want to do is make people feel less inclined to comment as I love each and every bit of feedback I get- I know that no one means any sort of malicious intent with such comments, but it's also a huge disappointment to have your work amount to little more than a comparison.

Just some food for thought, really.



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lupinemoonfeather Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
SO glad you said that! Its one of the most hurtful things someone can say, even though they are trying to be nice. I totally feel for you dude, for me, someone saying that basically translates as "your work is unoriginal and unimaginative".

Your work is absolutely stunning, I have personally never seen work like it before, such passion in it, I can almost feel it. x
BanesShadow Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am guilty of doing this but I second this opinion.
Grypwolf Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey. I have this exact same problem all the time and my friend made also good journal about it.…
darkDRAGONxxxxx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I honestly don't think your art reminds me of anything :( Your art is one of a kind, to me :)
I understand how you may possibly feel, most people would in this case. But your style and art topics alone are unique, and I'm glad I re-found you today! I had no idea you moved accounts. c:

But so far what I'm loving in your art in the sense of a really sweet story within the picture. They say pictures/drawings can tell so many stories, and in this case I think your art suits that tittle.

Honestly though, most people need to understand that making such comments in the first place is very disrespectful, and they should be mindful to the fact that anyone could take this offensively. But now that you stated this, hopefully they will read this and do you that favor.

I do hope to see more work from you soon though c: I love your art!
inuzaka Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed *hugs* You're doing great man. Don't let it get to you too much.
furryjake Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me of something I just read. Specifically, this journal entry.
MechanicalCerberus Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Writer
It is a shame that people make comparisons to such a degree where a compliment is lost (or they forget to put one in, explain, etc.). At the very least, they need to give some kind of rationale and still highlight the originality, effort, and general "coolness" of the piece they're commenting on.

Your art reminds me of your art, and it's awesome. The details, the style--it's very clear that you spend a lot of time on it. Just stumbled on your stuff today, actually, and you've definitely been added to my +Watch!
M0rcry Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so true. I agree with everything you said.
Capt-Topknot Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad I learned this lesson early on.
shawnthewolf12 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
heh, is this related to seeing a picture in some kind of dotted fabric, or even looking at the carpet, and seeing a object or patteran? and that patteran being a face, or object, or something else you know? it happenes to me all the time. what is it called?
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