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I haven't posted here on DA in a while, so this might be new to a lot of you, but if you've been following some of the stuff happening over on tumblr it won't be unexpected. For the past several weeks I've been getting steadily worse both mentally and physically. I've been depressed before, but I've never been as bad as I've been recently. I've lashed out at people, been getting angrier and grumpier, been finding it harder and harder to listen to people giving me positive feedback, and have even started rapidly losing a lot of weight.

My enjoyment for drawing has been dropping, and many of you have probably noticed that I've been taking more and more time off lately. For every few comics I post, I tend to spend another week recuperating. But within the past 2 weeks it's spiked so bad that I seriously have to consider what's more important: my health or drawing.

So for the time being I am shutting down. I'll still be working on brentalfloss and updating those here, and the most current story on my Alex Ze Pirate website will continue to play out (because it's 2 years old and already finished), but other than that I'm just stopping entirely. I have to. I don't know how long this will last, or if I'll ever come back completely. The stress from over 6 years of near constant harassment has, I think, finally caught up with me. I'm honestly amazed that I survived this long.

If I ever do post anything new that's not brentalfloss related, I'm probably going to just disable comments. But don't wait up. It's not going to be for a long time, if at all. I'm really sorry to have to do this, and unfortunately this will probably give a lot of my so-called haters months of glee, but I just can't keep dealing with this shit around me.

Special thanks for all the well wishing my fans have been sending my way in light of all this crap... I wish I could appreciate your support better. Maybe in a few years...
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:iconitsnavyhuskie:
itsNavyHuskie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck, buddy. I'll ship you a cyanide capsule as soon as I can~
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vegetarianwolf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Thank God it's finally over.
No one will miss you. People might lie and say they do, but they only pity you. Your drawings are terrible, and you are a bias and pompous ass.
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realevilcorgi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
"I'm Ken Ashcorp, and I approve this message."
Tom, you should relax with a refreshing glass of bleach.
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MattPichette Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Andrew, I don't know if or when you'll see this. But, it's a shame to see an artist give up on his passion. But maybe a long enough sabbatical can be good for you and will let the dust settle a bit to start fresh. Also, Just a suggestion, and you don't have to do it, but you should do some reflecting on yourself over the years.

View your older journals and art and view them not as the person who submitted them or wrote them, but as a third party observer. And while you're doing this think, "How did it get to this point?" "Why are they bashing me and my art?" Surely it's not because people think you're "Art is bad". And the people who say that are just trying to push your buttons because you make it easy. Also, they're are a ton of terrible art on the interent and the artists of most them just don't give a crap about criticism, and because of that they don't improve. I was a terrible artist myself, and all it took was a "The head is too big" comment to realize that I'm not perfect with my art, and I was able to improve based what others suggested.

And you may have heard this song a million times, but what people dislike about your overall attitude and how you handle. And that brings in trolls to pick at what you don't like. So just ignore the haters that are bashing it for shits and giggles. And Negative criticism is something to consider but to be taken with a grain of salt. The thing about an opinion is that everyone has one and they may not agree with yours, but don't cast it off because of that. Just be respectful of others thoughts and you too will earn respect.

I hope you can salvage something from this. If not, I'm sorry, I did my best. God speed.

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh
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HenrikeD Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Artist
It`s funny how the most negative, stupid comments here are made by people who clearly produce ZERO art themselves.
As fellow artists, we should encourage one another, we should leave constructive comments to help each other improve and if you don`t have any useful stuff to say, then shut up! Better yet: see if real life people will put up with you for long if you hate on everything and everyone in the real world. Oh, they don`t? I wonder why...

Tom, I`m sorry you feel this bad. I can speak easy when I say stuff like "don`t let the haters get to you" etc. But clearly you have a hard time shutting them out. If the internet is a bad place for you right now, then quit this site, quit the internet entirely if you have to, but don`t quit art. Take rest, figure out what you need in life, find it, and then come back to your art, don`t feel obliged to come back HERE perse. Do whatever YOU need to do. Maybe you have to find a site with a better atmosphere, or do art in a group of live people and not through the internet. Don`t get me wrong, I follow your art for some time and do not wish you to leave, but sometimes this site drives me crazy so I would understand...
If you feel better (maybe seems impossible, but if you hang in there, get some help and it WILL get better) come back to your art and figure out what YOU want to make, why YOU draw and why YOU like it, you might discover your passion again, like a child that draws and doesn`t care if the humans look like sticks, but draws because it gives joy, because of the process. If you only make art so others like it, and stop liking your art the moment others comment negatively on it then you lost your passion somewhere. And again, if you`re at a place where the passion gets squeezed out of your art, then that`s a bad place to be. I`m sorry to say DeviantART, but sometimes this turns into Youtube or something.
Tom, your art looks waaay better than 80% of what gets posted here. You know it`s true, just look at the "newest art" section for a while. Laugh at it, think about what you like to draw and do it. And if you have to stop showing it to the world for a while, then that`s ok. Just draw....for yourself.
I wish you all the best!
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facepunch2 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Artist
Kill yourself.
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Nyx-godess Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What?!
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facepunch2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Artist
He should kill himself.
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Nyx-godess Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Leave him alone
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facepunch2 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Not until he's dead. What a talentless hack. 
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