A dedication

A Dedication

On April 3rd, 2008 my work was featured on one of my favorite tech and culture blogs out there, Josh Spear. Not a huge feature, just a little write-up with a few pieces of my art from the time. I was thrilled as this site was a daily visit. Later that day I returned to show someone the post and discovered the above comment from the aptly named “itdoesntmatter”.

Over the years I’ve grown a thick skin to this sort of random internet dumbassery, but this one in particular will always stand out in my mind for it was the first negative comment I ever received from an anonymous whoever.

At some point we all take knocks like this through the internet. Somebody sees what you are doing and tries to stop you through name-calling and bullying, not unlike that one kid we all knew in junior high. Victory comes not through shooting back with (typed) venom, but through shrugging and turning away to focus on what you really enjoy: being creative and having fun. You need to play the long game.

5 years later. 60 months. This post is dedicated to you, “itdoesntmatter”.

8 Comments

  1. Greg B.

    *Mic drop*. Glad you lasted more than 6 months! :)

  2. Haha. As the guy’s username says he didn’t (doesn’t) matter, so it’s all good. You keep kicking ass, James and let the haters hate. You keep on creating awesome work and he?…Exactly, he disappeared into oblivion. So who is a one trick pony now ;-)

    Szabi

  3. Boom goes the dynamite!

  4. Right on James. Negative people like that just try to pull good people down in the muck with them. They are toxic. I wonder where that guy is today? Guess it really doesn’t matter…

  5. Christiane

    I’m so glad you’ve kept on creating! Following your work for a few years now I’m still amazed and inspired by everything you do.

    I bet this guy was also one of those who believed the Internet would never make it. Short-sighted and no eye for beauty and the little details.

  6. James (Author)

    Thanks gang. To clarify, I didn’t post this as some sort of self-fulfilling vengeance or to do any poo-slinging. Designers deal with this sort of senseless negativity constantly and 9 times out of 10 it’s from an anonymous source with zero opportunity for rebuttal or clarification. Just the way the internet is. I posted this as encouragement to those who might have their evening ruined by this kind of thing. Gotta dust off your shoulders and keep moving.

  7. Rod

    Hey James,

    The way I read the comments in not in terms of the observed (you) but rather the observer. He/she is really voiceing their own fears of self, and they view their own judgement (the likeing of your work) as invalid and temporary. Such a person has a long road of self-doubt ahead, let hope five years later they are still likeing your work. Keep those Pans Flashing and thanks for the inspiration. -Rod

  8. I think all creatives constantly face these negative obstacles through out our lives. Success in our profession’s is measured by our creative skills, imagination and resilience.

    When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer “An Artist.”, was often met with cynicism and adversity from my classmates and even teachers. I’ve always know, as most creatives do, that this was the only path for me. It’s that voice inside that can’t be silenced. You can’t let the opinions of others get in the way of that inherit need to sketch, draw and make ridiculous projects come to fruition.

    Art is a lonely process, creatives live inside our heads more than most and when freelancing on your own it can become quite daunting to stay inspired. Especially with constant opposing opinions and negativity from outside sources. At the end of the day it’s up to us to take criticism or critiques and use what we can to our advantage. It’s good to see you turn this negativity into inspiration.

    Hold fast Sir James. Keep making art and slaying dragons.

    -T

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