Note: I have blocked out the person's username so that they will not receive any backlash, I don't want anyone going after them and sending them attacks.
Sooo, not too long ago I had faved an art piece of a character sheet (with personality, background, story, etc. in the description) I really liked. When I went back to my faves yesterday I had seen that the artist had updated the submission and had changed the character's design. Most of the times I end up liking the new one better then the original, and I did really love this person's work, so I took a look to see what else had changed a sides from the pose. Everyone seemed to prefer the updated version, which is fine, I can see why people would find the newer one more appealing. ^^
I personally wasn't too big a fan of it and ended up commenting on it, expressing my opinion on the matter. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a screenshot of the original comment because the artist had hidden my comments before I could:
So I will try my best to remember as closely as I can, what I had said was something like this, "I'm going to be honest, but I actually preferred the older one more. The original had more of the graceful and vain vibe to it, and I could see her being clumsy at times and an Omega. While the newer one has a more wiser, stronger, and mature vibe to her. Which isn't bad, but it doesn't quite fit the character that has been described quite as much."
They replied a bit defensively, stating that I should refrain from critiquing when I had no say/part in the design, while then also offering up their own defense/rebuttal:
Fortunately, I hadn't deleted their second reply from my Feedback Messages. So I was able to hit "Original Comment" and view my comment there. I simply responded by stating that there was no need to get defensive or offended over a difference of opinion. Then, I offered my own reasons as to why I wasn't a fan of the update to try to make my intentions clearer, and as a response to their own defense/rebuttal. I had a slight feeling they might have taken both of my responses as being pushy, so I made sure to make it very clear to them that this was just MY personal opinion and that ultimately it was their character, and their choice of whether to take my opinion into consideration or not:
Sadly, they did not seem to take it that way:
I had typed out one last response, intending to end it after that and call it a day. Only to receive an error message telling me that I had been blocked and could not respond:
To be honest, I'm not even that angry with them. I am mostly just very disappointed. I am disappointed because this was an artist whom I respected and adored their artwork. This was an artist I thought was a nice person and had expected them to respond maturely and rationally towards criticism. And unfortunately, that was not the person they turned out to be, which is a great shame. When an artist posts their work onto a public website for people to leave feedback then they are subject to criticism and opinions from others, whether they agree with you or not, and whether you like it or not. If one expects their artwork to not get criticism and negative feedback then they really should not be posting their work on these kinds of websites. It's like when someone on YouTube tells people to not leave criticism or negative feedback in the comments section, it's just not going to happen, and it is naive to think otherwise. The comments section is there for a reason. If you are posting your artwork, hell, anything online publicly and only expect/want to receive positive feedback then you might as well disable comments all together or not post in the first place.