Sidebar. I’ve explained the origin of this blog a number of times.
Sidebar. I’ve explained the origin of this blog a number of times.
My apologies for the lack of activity again. Especially for a time in which Dobson has… pissed off a lot of people. Again with the piece I previously reblogged (with permission, of course) it points out why that comic is problematic. The general message he was trying to portray was understandable - it was the comparisons he made. Those were the problems with his comic.
Even after making that journal apology, I am actually not too proud of him putting up the Butthurt report form as his deviantART webcam. And obviously he put that up as a response to the recent shit he’s getting. So I’m not too sure it’s safe to assume that he’s completely understanding to why people are offended.
Even worse is that we see the mentality of his fan base. These are the people that say “oh people shouldn’t care, people die everyday!” These are the same people Dobson gives his advice to and, to be honest, I think his thinkings are rubbing off on them.
Tom Preston’s recent comic, “Internet Prefaces”, has earned some (much-deserved) controversy. In case you don’t want to read it, which I understand, Preston makes a comic about the theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
Let me repeat that.
Preston makes a comic about the theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
To be exact, he uses the shooting as a tool to get up on his soapbox and complain about things that bother him. Which may be even worse.
If you feel like this comic isn’t a big deal, you need to think about the circumstances of this issue. We are talking about an event that happened a week ago. People are still recovering from this on a superficial level, but most who were directly involved may never recover. Simply bringing up the tragedy in a comic so soon after the event isn’t a problem, as long as it is handled with the due sensitivity and respect the issue deserves. Everything from the language to the art Preston has chosen to use in covering this topic, however, is grossly offensive.
The Nerdfighter reference of the internet being full of “giant squids of anger” is problematic. A massacre that happened a week ago isn’t the right subject to be breaking out in-jokes in. His Peanuts/chibi art style isn’t much better, since it brings a light-hearted brevity to the comic that isn’t remotely suitable considering the subject material.
Preston has been criticised for this comic, and his response is simple;
I guess I wasn’t clear enough in my message. I’m not surprised, but it does kinda defeat my point having to write a preface to explain it. The following post expresses it very clearly though:
yeah, it was a tragedy people, but it doesn’t represent the movie, and never should. it should just represent how messed up this world can be.
You wanna talk about the messed up world, go ahead, but the point being made is stop derailing the topic on hand because something has any relation to it whatsoever. not talking about recent events that occurred during a movie while talking about that same movie is not insensitive, why drag the negative into the conversation anyways? making jokes about the shooting, that would be insensitive. go after people doing that, not people who just don’t see the need to bring a conversation to something that really has nothing with the subject at hand, or dwell on the negative.
I am in NO WAY saying you shouldn’t feel bad about the tragic events that happened last week, nor suggesting, inferring, or recommending that you shouldn’t/don’t CARE about what happened. And I am most definitely not saying that you shouldn’t offer your help and support to those injured in the event.
The sad thing is, the point Preston makes in that response is a good one. The media coverage of the event has been problematic, at best. The way the media tends to over-publicise tragedies like this gives justification to the people responsible. For better or worse, it immortalises them.
Sadly, anything Preston has to say to that effect is moot after he makes a comic that specifically brings up the tragedy and then trivialises it by comparing it to movie and game events like:
- Emo-Parker in Spider-Man 3
- The “subliminal messages in Disney movies” conspiracy
- The lack of games for the PS3
- The CD-i Zelda games, and my personal favourite
- Jar-Jar Binks.
If Tom Preston cannot understand why putting an intentional massacre of a theatre of people on the same level as a badly designed character in a sputtering franchise, then we have a serious fucking problem on our hands. A serious problem.
At his worst, Preston has been a wailing man-child that gives bad advice to budding young artists. But this comic and fan response has catapulted him to a whole new level, from “bad artist” to “insensitive bastard” and it needs to be brought up.
Until he does three very important things:
- Acknowledges that while he may not find what he has done offensive or problematic, there are people who have been offended and hurt by it.
- Apologise for what he has done and to the people he hurt with this comic, publicly.
- Seriously consider from now on what he decides puts on a public sphere (and when) to avoid making this exact same horrible mistake ever again.
Of course, this will never happen because of Preston’s largest problem - his Prestonites; his army of screaming sycophants that he actively encourages to attack naysayers. Because as long as there are people supporting him, supporting this comic, and, best of all, saying comments to the tune of (direct quote), “Totally! Who even cares?”, he will continue to justify his actions to himself.
A moment of silence for Tom Preston, who has transcended “shitty artist” and reached the fabled ranks of “shitty human being”.
Full disclosure: I live in Australia, so we haven’t had the same exposure to this event that America has had. However, one of my closest friends lives in Colorado, so he has experienced a bit more than a “tangential” backlash from this event.
I tend to be fairly relaxed about things, even things that hit me quite personally, such as things concerning sexual assault and disability or mental illness. I often allow people quite a lot of leeway immediately after they say or do anything offensive, and reserve serious judgement until I see how they respond to criticisms of their actions. I feel that the way people make up for their mistakes, rather than the mistakes themselves, speak the most about their character.
On a lesser scale, it is to this end that Preston has frustrated me. His reaction to criticisms concerning his art is almost always surly, if not outright hostile (though I will give him credit in that he seems to be slowly and begrudgingly accepting and even seeking critique of his art more and more). However, the way he has reacted to people’s criticisms of this comic has disturbed me. However much I ranted and raved about Preston, I always separated my hate for him as an artist from my feelings toward him as a person. I cannot say that I would ever have expected this sort of stubborn response from him, though in retrospect, it is just like him.
The more you criticise his actions, the harder he digs in his heels and plays the victim. No matter how calmly I try to spoon-feed him the issue, it’s unlikely I’m going to see any sort of resolution from this I can accept.
Neverthless, I’m dumb enough to try.
Hello, recently I came upon foreverpandering’s video rant on his shared and personal disagreements with the artist in question, Andrew Dobson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT4h86Ns1Cs&feature=plcp. I found myself amazed at the amount of effort put into this video and I even felt a bit bad for Dobson. That did not last long. A couple minutes in pandering brings up some replies from Dobson himself, replies to people who to the time to try and help him improve his own art with no reward other than seeing their advice put into practice. His aggressive responses to critiques surprised me but the punchline was when they defended the critique by saying they wanted to help and Dobson accused them for using a non instigator approach as a shield.
My apologies if this blog is primarily for illustrative artists to funnel their hate and general disapproval of Dobson but after researching this guy for a bit I found myself astounded at his response to anyone who doesn’t cherish his art. I am a musician a percussionist to be specific in what I play(piano included) but I enjoy composing a fair bit more than performing a prepared piece and although I consider my participation in orchestral performances and accepting jobs more of a hobby than a profession, there is one thing that I will always take home with me and that is the opinion of anyone willing to tell me how they thought I played.
The talent of a musician is arguably completely reliant on their ability to adapt to a style out of their comfort zone and adjust their own techniques for quality sake and appeal of the audience. We are entertainers, not celebrities so if something sounds a bit off to the audience, especially the non musically trained ear, something needs to be changed. Given that drawn art is not so easily critiqued by the inexperienced masses, professional artists by the dozens critique Dobson’s art and he responds as though they have no prior experience and, god forbid, might even be better than the all high and mighty Andrew Dobson.
I strongly disagree Dobson
If I had 30 seconds to spend with a classically trained percussionist who told me in that time frame things that could be improved upon with a piece I have written I would treat it like the law and even produce a second piece to compare to the original based on his advice. But I am not so lucky and probably never will be.
Everyday more and more experienced artists attempt to help the brick wall Dobson has put around his art and it angers me that such ample advice is being thrown away. He has no idea how lucky he is that anyone is willing to critique him, and after his response to them Andrew Dobson might as well be a Leprechaun considering popular artists WANT to help him.
Call me jealous, and that isn’t sarcasm I am riddled with jealousy that such experience is wasted on this individual and the fact that people like this exist in any art form makes composition seem all the more fruitless. I sincerely love writing and performing and I hope that any aspiring artist of any form will do their best to not follow the lead of Dobson.
I’ve gotten a lot of people telling me that art critiques are only supposed to be negative and you’re never supposed to say anything positive, because that is equal to ass-kissing. How very sad and depressing life must be for those people, never being able to enjoy positive reinforcement. And how horrible for those young budding artists who are still not confident with their art, being told nothing but how much they’ve failed. Has the internet soured our perceptions so much that the mere idea of saying something nice must be taken with such incredulity?
Nobody is telling you that critiques have to be completely negative in order to be effective. You’re twisting their words with your shallow understanding.
What they’re actually saying is that critique doesn’t always have to compliment their advice with a pat on the back. It’s not necessary to follow criticism with “aw I’m sorry that this will hurt your feelings, here have a candy to make you feel better, champ!”
Even worse is that you choose to vilify them by saying “BUT WHAT IF YOU TELL THIS TO BUDDING ARTISTS”. No. Dobson, stop dragging unnecessary factors into this just to make people go easy on you.
You graduated from an art school with a BFA. What are you doing, trying to redefine critique on the internet? What have you done with your BFA? Your demo reels contain recycled materials from when you graduated and you choose to blame 3-D animation, flash, and the Koreans for your lack of success in the animating industry.
I wake up to check the EDF and see that… Dobson actually goes to a critique thread? Of course, this was after his line art/colouring journal has attracted a number of people telling him to continue striving for critique.
NSFW just like some of my links posted here.
From Dobson’s journal regarding line art and colouring. Here are links to the full version in case tumblr file limits screw them up or you can go ahead and read them on deviantART.
This, readers, is the attitude of a “professional” artist. To clarify, BallistaeHero is Kazerad, the author of Prequel Adventures and has also worked professionally. Actually, it’s interesting to see that a number of professionals, students, and hobbyists alike commented and stated that his methods were inefficient and outdated.
That’s not to say that it’s completely wrong to use. Someone messaged me about how there were other artists using this technique and it worked out well for them. Though the difference is that they spend time fixing things whereas Dobson would rather completely rely on shortcuts.
Judge him for yourselves.
Interesting thing about vector lines and - his coloring method in general.
Normally people would keep colours and line art as separate layers. And most of the time, people preferred anti-aliased lines because they simply look better. Dobson works by colouring directly into the lines which is why he prefers to have rastered lines since it’s pure black and white with no anti-alias to interfere with his colours.
This example provided is what he believes will happen if he used vectored lines since they add anti-alias. He believes that he has to directly colour on the same layer as the vectored lines. Because if he does it for one poorly executed technique then, logically, he has to do it for others.
I’m going to believe that he’s simply too lazy to deal with layers and just takes short cuts. Of course, some others would say that he’s… not smart enough to handle multiple layers… I won’t go as far to say that yet.
Oh and more beautiful comments from his journal. Let’s take a look shall we?
So, after reading this recent tantrum on why Preston’s tutorials are totally right and everyone else is just being angry for no reason because, “HURRR HATERS GONNA HATE AMIRITE?!” and other non-answers to the legitimate criticisms weighed against his techniques and skills, I remembered specifically why I hate Tom Preston: It’s because he thinks that nothing is ever his fault. He’s a grown ass man and he acts like an angsty teenager who can’t comprehend how their own lousy behavior might negatively affect their own lives.
No! It’s not that you’re an obnoxious prick that no one likes to talk to.. It’s just that everyone else is a big dumb meat-head homo jock who bullies you because they don’t like smart people!
It’s not that your tutorials are lousy.. It’s just that people like to pick on popular artists because they are popular and they’re all trolls who are just jealous! That’s it!
People don’t argue with you because you’re wrong! No. Definitely no. THEY ARE WRONG. And here’s 50 ass-pained comics to back up just how wrong they are!
Were he a 14 year old fuckwit on deviant art, amongst all the other fuckwits, this behavior would be excusable, even laughable.. But he’s a grown ass man who’s been doing this “cartooning” thing for over a decade, and yet he’ll claim that he’s just doing what his college schoolin’ taught him, what he read in books, or what “industry professionals” do. Nevermind that the college he’s using as an excuse for the behavior he insists is correct is the same college he claimed had the worst animation program ever..
What I want to drive home is that even if you can’t hate Preston for being a lousy, miserable excuse for an artist, you should hate him for being a grown ass man who can’t accept responsibility and fault for his actions and will go to great lengths to try and displace or dodge that responsibility and fault so he can continue to live in his little dream world where he’s a misunderstood genius being held down be trolls and bullies.
I’m pretty sure you guys know how much I hate Dobson’s awful line art and colouring. Well recently he made a journal about it and how professionals justify it. As of now, I don’t need to expand much on this. Credit goes to bobmalarky on EDF for screencapping these. Read the rest of the debates/comments in his latest journal.
Done. As a result I’ve added the filtered tag which allows people to browse through this blog’s content without the asks. Speaking of which, I have to organize this blogs tags.
Thank you. This answers your question, rocmegamanx.
I’ve stated this a number of times, it started off as me simply explaining certain screencaps. Actually, this is explained in the link in the sidebar.
Then you get to asking about me. If you want to see my art then you can simply google my handle since it’s only you asking and it isn’t really necessary to have links to my personal stuff.
Actually comparing myself to Dobson would just be silly. You don’t need have to be a skilled artist to criticize others. Of course, this blog goes beyond his art and dissects it deeper to the motivation and reasons behind them.
2. I’m an idiot when it comes to traditional art unfortunately. Their reasons for looking down at copy/print paper is unbeknownst to me. Perhaps the artists following this blog can provide the answer if they please.
4. Dobson has always been pretty bitter even when he was under the persona of CattyN. Even in the inflation community he has acted pretty sour towards other artists. Right now, it seems that he’s having trouble with separating trolls, critics and people telling others about his FAQ.
Ahh forgive me for not properly formatting things. Then again it is just a… really late reply to asks I’ve received and that’s only a few of them.
1. Here’s a little something about me: when I first noticed Dobson’s artwork on the front page (of course, this was SYAC) I read it and thought “heh I know that feeling”. Then I see more of his stuff and noticed his usual flaws. It was only until I came across a discussion on EDF about him and followed through and realized his bullshit on the internet.
2. Let’s see about that.
Dobson… you’re supposed to use examples better than the ones you draw…
3. Ah typical Tom Preston snarking. Dobson is the same person that goes “I do nothing wrong and people still damn me”.
4. Now that you pointed it out… I just noticed that he thinks “blonde” as a single hue of yellow. Of course, I blame this on his poor colouring techniques as it involves using a horribly bright colour as a background when he’s using the bucket tool and filling in objects. Because of that brightness it leads to using certain values and saturations of colours to balance its high saturation. In reality, there’s dirty blond, strawberry blond, ash blond, etc.
… Then again, Dobson has a problem with variety. In the 100 Characters challenge there isn’t much variation among his designs at all. Only a few of them are remotely unique which people from the SA thread has pointed out. 91 and 92 are his worst attempts at characters I’ve seen by far.