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Good morning by pollypwnz

I'm not a huge Matt fan, but I really enjoy this artwork a lot. I enjoy the pose which is natural and relaxed and the character, backgr...

I've just been browsing around on deviantART and I'm really quite disturbed by a couple of things.

Clearly I've been hiding in the nicer areas of the internet where trolls are amusing and sarcastic pranksters, but I came across several areas - on profiles, journal entries, deviations, etc - where users had posted comments urging their target to kill themselves. You can dislike someone's art, or even dislike their personality outright, but quite what kind of twisted mind thinks that gives them reason to urge someone to commit suicide is beyond me.

Some even suggested ways that they should do it, and that the world would be better without them. Some were as blunt as actually stating the reason that they should die was their mediocre art. If not being an expert to everyone in something was a reason to die there wouldn't be a single person left alive.

Now, I'm no artist and I don't claim to be one. I just like to draw and wanted a new hobby and to have something to work on and improve (and I'm not about to kill myself for it). I don't get in anyone's way and am open to constructive criticism and enjoy praise. But telling someone the world is better off without them is not constructive criticism. That's not even trolling. That's just hateful and disturbing.

Every time on the news there's a story about someone killing themselves after receiving torrents of abuse like this I feel terrible - it seems so easily avoidable. Maybe if the people who left these sick comments were come home and find their loved one hanging from a light fixture or with slit wrists maybe they'd understand how terrible their 'joke' is.

There's a lot of hate in the world over things that might impact a lot of lives in terrible ways - but so much over a few drawings? I hope it's not too much of an ask to hope that one day these people feel completely ashamed before someone actually acts on their advice. I just hope they really wouldn't be as happy as they claim if their target were to commit suicide. What can you possibly say to people who take such joy in tormenting someone to that extreme?

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J. Gray
Started practising drawing whenever this deviantART account was made. Already improved so much and learning from each new drawing. Pleased with my progress and actually enjoying working on it.

I've had a bit of time on my hands recently and I'm someone who needs a project to work on, so learning to draw this style has become it.

Started on trying to draw fan art, but since then I've really focussed on getting better at manga in general and trying out my own stuff.
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:iconthedougarthur:
theDougArthur Jul 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
thanks for the watch and all the favs! :D
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:icontonykordos:
thanx for watchin!
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:iconaoempires:
It's funny that you took the time to write this, because I was going to post you a message saying how wonderful and impressive your work is, but then I figured you're a professional and get fan messages like that all the time, so I didn't. Kudos for proving me wrong and noticing. (Seriously, I've only relatively recently started working with ink - that shizz is hard stuff!)
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:icontonykordos:
well thank you. I always try to say thank you to everyone who watches my page and respond to comments. 
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:iconmaria-volkova16:
Спасибо за вотч! *О*
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:iconstarry-slicer:
starry-slicer Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey. Just wanted to say I'm appreciating your work, keep it up!
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:iconaoempires:
What a kind comment to leave, thank you. I'm working hard to improve every day - I've got in in my sights now that with practise and work you actually do get better :P
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Khasdannyanlord Jul 7, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks for the watch
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00316 Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the watch
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:iconshoumon:
Thank you so much for the watch! : )
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2943 Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ty so much for watching :iconblushingplz:
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:iconaoempires:
You have much epic skillz.
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2943 Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fhasdgajsdf pff you're too kind :iconcannotevenplz:
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FanBoy67 May 30, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks so much for the Watch!!!
You have come really good work in your gallery, keep it up!
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:iconaoempires:
Hey no problem, I really loved your superhero ink work. I'm hoping I'll get to that stage at some point :)
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:iconfanboy67:
FanBoy67 Jun 2, 2013  Professional Artist
Well, you have a good start going with the work in your gallery!
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:iconaoempires:
Cheers man. It's all about the practise!
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kurtisdries May 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the watch! (:
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D-Angeline Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch! =)
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AnimaNuk Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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nada222 Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the watch, dude :iconawwehplz:
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:iconkomus:
Thanks for the watch!!
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:iconmelaszophos:
Dear friend. Please stop being so much better than me at drawing. You are far too awesome and frankly you're making us all look bad. So if you keep it up we'll have to transfer you to Sandford, where I hear they've just won village of the year for the fifteenth year in a row.

Sincerely, MZ
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:iconaoempires:
Dear MZ. Unfortunately for you, a little bit of praise goes a long way with me and encourages me to continue to practise and draw. Thus in leaving this comment you inadvertently encouraged the opposite of what you wished. For this I can only blush slightly and thank you.

However, I think you'll find it's you who has another published novel, and the rest of us who have none. Take solace, dear friend. While you spent time working hard on writing, I spent time working hard on improving at my drawing skillz. (Yeah boi, skillz with a 'z'). It's like a terrible hobby-based catch-22.

Kind regards, J. Gray.
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MarleneUrameshi Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are really good.(just had to point that out)
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