Alright, ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to talk about something here.
This statement, made by Tom Preston, aka Andrew Dobson, aka that guy who does crap comics.
Because my marketing brain is working hard on this, and I’m studying psychology this month, I’m going to dissect this.
"My professors all love my work."
Really? Are all of them as immature and hold themselves back as much as you do? Are they a club of people who have nothing to say but great things about your art?
The professors I have, industry professionals, always have critiques and things I can do to change what I’m working on. I trust their judgment because they can always find something I can fix. If your professors have nothing to critique on your art, I wouldn’t trust them for shit.
"There are a number of my colleagues who are professionals now who like my work."
That’s fine and dandy too, but I’m still thinking you’re only mentioning them because they don’t critique you as hard as they should. And if by professional, you mean as good as you’re doing now, I don’t think that counts as being a real professional. Yeah, you’re paid by your art and stuff, but I’m not going to run into your stuff doing anything else outside of the internets.
"Gave me a negative review that was so harsh some people who commented thought it was being too nitpicky."
Sounds like someone gave Dobby a grown-up critique! But he agrees with his young fans that it was too nitpicky, and because of that, it wasn’t more than someone trying to troll him. Stupid professional, how dare he!
How dare anyone try to critique me? I’m the great TOM PRESTON!!
I sit and chat with industry professionals on an almost daily basis, Tom, they love critique. They love being told there’s something wrong, and to try to fix it and see if it doesn’t make things better.
BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT A MATURE ARTIST DOES.
But we’re getting off track here. It’s obvious good ol’ Tom here is hoping the inverse law of the internet is in effect for him. For those of you who don’t know:
"The more you hate it, the stronger it gets." Is the inverse law of the net.
It can be a yes/no situation. I think it’s still too early to tell.
Psychologically, Tom is, as I believe the majority of basement-dwelling guys to be, grossly immature and uncaring of how people really see him.
Otherwise, why would he say such stupid shit and alienate himself from potential clients, professionals who are up-and-coming, and just rag on all other kinds of media but his own?
Beanycoffee speaks the truth in two senses in the picture.
1.) Tom should be more concerned with what people don’t like because it can help make his art better.
2.) Tom should be more concerned because it can help him find more of an audience.
In what I do, which is Internet Marketing, I go through my lists of customers and promote things on a regular basis in order to figure out what they like and don’t like, what they want and etc.
I encourage them to tell me off, tell me what they want to see, or what they think I could do better because they want to see it.
Because I want them to be happy, so they continue buying from me and continue to be on my list.
Obviously, I have much more of a head on my shoulders than Tom.
But, my favorite part of this image is the last paragraph BeanyCoffee says.
"No respected professional would hire an artist based on pageviews."
I love it. It’s so fucking true. A portfolio isn’t about pageviews, it’s about your best art being showcased so you can get a job. Good luck getting one with Deviantart and all the things your potential employers can see that you’ve said while on it.