Re: The Formidable Broccoliasaurus
I am basically a very calm and non-confrontational person and rarely post at all on the forums. When I take the time to post a comment, it is always something encouraging, fair and positive. I guess I was brought up to respect others and follow the rule "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say it."
However, there is also an aggressive side of me that doesn't tolerate b.s. from people and I'm not hesitant to put them in their place.
My reaction towards "Kyle" was an accumulation of anger at the way he conducts and expresses himself on these forums. The manner in which he accuses and persecutes artists on this forum is very unprofessional and rude. I believe he acts this way just to elicit a response and get attention on the forums and stir up drama.
I've been entering shirt contests for too long to get emotionally "attached" to my artwork, so this is not an issue. I'm not sure why Kyle invested so much interest in my design, because it never had a chance of printing this week and was never in the fog. However the average person can draw their own conclusions about this (see paragraph above).
There really is nothing to "get" about this design, it's pretty simple and straightforward. The theme was "Prehistoric Art" and this is just a painting or picture of an imaginary creature that I envisioned existed back then. I added distress and textures to the mountains and foreground to create a weathered effect. I originally applied it to the Dinosaurs in the foreground but it didn't look too good, so I removed it.
Let's get some things clear. Personally, I feel the only people I need to give an explanation as to why a design is on theme is shirtwoot or Joel, when he sometimes intervenes in a thread to ask. They are the sponsors of this contest and have the power of final decision making, not us. If they think it's on theme it stays, if not it's rejected. Do I agree with all of their decisions? No, but they have the final say.
My blunt response to Kyle may have been over the top, but I felt it matched his behavior and mannerisms. My only regret is that I stooped to that level. I guess he now has a taste of his own medicine and didn't like it too much. Like the saying goes "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen."
There is a right, polite and tactful way of asking questions or expressing opinions. It's sad that Kyle and many others on this site often choose the path of the "dark side." Uh-oh, I just used a "pop culture" reference.