Oh no, anon, there’s nothing wrong with asking this! To answer the first part, I actually don’t spend that much time writing about him! Most information came from findings other people post on the EDF thread. So writing this stuff doesn’t really take much effort since the resources aren’t too hard to find. I would honestly say that each piece (the long explanations) takes about… 30 minutes or so to write since I get easily distracted by other things. That’s not much compared to the other things I wrote for school or whatever.
As the blog description states, I am here to answer people who ask “why do you guys hate this Tom Preston person?” since I’m tired of seeing it in the Tom Preston tag. But I might as well expand why hatred in an art community is pretty powerful.
Do any of you remember back in 2007/2008 when Amuria was the great target for hatred? Or even further back to the past, snapesnogger? I can honestly say that thanks to the former that I started applying more realistic proportions to anime-styled artworks and actually made me curious on the proportions of the human body. You see, when the art community tends to hate on a person because of their general response to critique (this is a big thing), you will find a bunch of people making posts on what they need to improve on, etc.
A lot of artists out there would consider themselves lucky if they got half as many people critiquing their artwork like Dobson does. But they don’t. Dobson’s other controversial opinions attract some of these people and artists tend to hate how they barely get that. So reading posts made by other people which deconstructs his artwork can really be beneficial for other artists. Just take a look at the asks I received below.
Even if you don’t hate him (which is perfectly fine), you can still benefit from reading people’s critique of his artwork and attitude.
Yes I am aware that giving him all this (negative) attention just drives more traffic and I know that this will inevitably die out. Inevitably, this blog will stop updating and will only stay up for archival purposes. But to say that it’s completely counter-productive? I don’t think so. I know a lot of artists that learned from his mistakes.