I got into art at an early age, and I've never looked back. I love creating. I love writing, I love drawing, I love meticulously planning my work out to the minutiae. But I don't love it like I used to. I worked hard for six years to attain my current skill level, but it brought about something I had never encountered before - the rampant thievery in the micro hero community.
I go off half-cocked, even if I'm fighting the good fight - that an artist has a right to their own work - it's the way I go about it that I'm going to do my damnedest to change. It's me going on a warpath; it's me being a dick, basically. I try to do the right thing, but go about it the completely wrong way.
A friend told me it didn't matter to him if parts I made for him were appropriated by others. I was wondering why it upsets me so much. I guess it's that a lot of the artists who use my work are much more popular than I am. They've got thousands of followers, with favorites and comments out the wazoo. They receive more recognition using parts from my work than I do for my work. Even if I like them, even if they're my friends, it hurts.
But I honestly don't feel like anyone uses my art out of malice or ill will. I really need to keep that in mind. Do they take my work without my permission? Yeah. Do they do it specifically to spite me and be an asshole? No. Can I handle the situation better? Oh, yeah, I handle it very poorly, more often than not.
I still love this art form. I love sharing my art with all of you. I plan to keep going for a long time. I guess what I'm saying is that I'm still learning, and if I've ever gone after you, I hope you can forgive me for going about it the wrong way, because that's not cool of me, whether the anger is "justified" or not. And I am sorry, and I apologize to those of you I've taken shots at. I'll do my best to make amends to each of you.
So many of you are fantastic artists, and I love coming on here when I can and seeing how you guys evolve and inspire me to get better at our art form just to keep up with all of you. I'm going to learn not to let it upset me so much.
If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's that we can all resolve to be better to each other. I know I can. Thanks for reading, folks. I'm going to be better about all this. I should have some stuff to share with you all tomorrow that I hope you'll all enjoy.