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SYAC - Knocked Out by TomPreston SYAC - Knocked Out by TomPreston
Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
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“When they (critics) insult you, and they become the straw that broke the camels back and you snap at them or just defend yourself, the first thing they’ll say is “I thought you had a thick skin, you should learn to take criticism,” after they insulted you and your family. And they don’t realize they are comment number 1,000 out of a 1,000 comments that week. A thick skin is just that: Thick. It’s not impervious. It’s not invulnerable. And it’s not infinite. It gets ground down, worn away, and eroded. It needs to heal to grow back in time, and if you’re getting a constant stream of abuse you’re gonna snap, you’re gonna be sensitive, and you’re gonna get raw.”

-Jim Sterling

I take no credit for this one, guys. I just loved the way Jim described certain online interactions (as it hit home quite hard for me) and I wanted to visualize it for the benefit of others.
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Eureka2000 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 5, 2014
Not to mention that it takes quite a bit of time and experience to grow a thick skin in the first place. They don't just appear overnight.
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Snowflake-the-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
This is me a lot of times, but usually it takes just a few or even one comment to make me start yelling.
People shouldn't be criticizing you, though. Your artwork is great and your opinions are agreeable.
Rougazen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   Writer
Ah. don't let them get you all riled up. You're too awesome for that. You work's great, keep it up.
Kairuo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Your art is amazing! Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise! :)
BrettSmith1106 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Let insults flow over you, like a river over stone." - Master Splinter

This is one I like
Aldark Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But rivers wear down even the stone, eventually.
BrettSmith1106 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The point is getting angry is a choice you make, nobody puts a gun to your head and makes you get mad.
Aldark Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How the heart reacts isnt always how the head wants it to. Your emotions arent always completely in your control. All you can do in such a situation is appologize, if you feel you are in the wrong.
BrettSmith1106 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
While I agree with the first and last point, I don't with the second. You always have a choice, but history does show humans on more than one occasion choose poorly.
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