Well then, I never thought I'd post something on this again, but I gotta get it out of my system:
For a long while now, I've been coming to the defense of an artist on deviantART, which you may have heard of: His name is Drawponies. A rather impressive MLP artist that comes some comics and art, most known for doing 'Adapting to Night", another comic about Vinyl being a vampire.
I only started following Drawponies a way while back early in the year, enjoying his art and even his responses when I posted a comment on his pictures/comics.
However, something happened a few months back:
Someone posted on Horse News (aka the sort of TMZ of the fandom) that revealed that someone had screenshot Neil's livestream where he was tracing over some images of the show into his comics. It made it worse that Neil has been selling
his art by the time the scandal began.
And thus, a scandal was born.
People then began to label Neil as "Traceponies" and people started to bat eye when this was revealed. Neil closed down his Patreon (whether or not he's open it again, I can't be so sure) and later on posted on his account and even on some comments that yes, it was true. He admitted he was in the wrong and stated he was going to change for the better.
Because of this, he also ceased work on Adapting the Night and transferred it to Rated-R-PonyStar, who's been handling the comics since.
Now..this has been months ago.
And Neil's shown some improvement and even has shown his progress on one livestream that involved traditional art on how he draws. For the most part, he's doing a good job trying to establish himself as an artist once again.
And I commend him for that.
Now..comes the question of the journal title:
Why can't people let it go?
It's hard to go on Neil's dA page nor
his FB without someone reminding us that yes, Neil traced. As a casual fan, it's pretty annoying to see an artist you enjoy being tormented for a mistake he did.
I'm not saying I commend Neil for tracing, I honestly think he really screwed up with that, but considering the immense backlash he got (losing respect/credibility/fans and even being banned from a convention
), it's safe to say he's suffered enough.
People like Laserpon3 (yes that
Laserpon3) and a user called Teyandee05
thinks he/she has to remind us about Neil's mistake over and over
, constantly replying to comments on Neil's page about the drama
Makes it more hilarious and funny that he/she is now calling people
now) "fanboys"/"white knights" because apparently still being bitchy over a drama that happened probably around 2-3 months ago totally needs to be remembered.
What I'm getting at is this:Why does it affect them?
If it was a fan artist within the fandom, then yes
, I can understand the frustration/anger over the fact this guy traced and is now going to give fan artists a bad name, especially within the MLP community.
But this guy literally has nothing but "letters" to the characters. So how does it affect him/her?
The point is why bother being angry at Drawponies after what happened? The fandom moved on and Neil has been improving his image and yet these idiots continue to harass/insult/berate him all because of the scandal.
Yes he sold his artwork and he needs to refund people the money, but from what I seen on his Facebook page, people are fine with the items they bought from Neil, and not to mention the money he got from the art was probably either used for food/art supplies.
Laserpon3, he can't be punished more for the money if it's gone. If you want Neil to be "punished more" and because a "sorry isn't enough", then do something about it instead of bitching about the tracing scandal.
Just felt like venting this because I feel from common sense, if a guy's reputation has been ruined, that hurt more because your credibility and your status as an artist is forever tainted, you have to now fix the pieces.
And Neil's trying.
But if only people would just drop it.
(also yes I already reported Teyandee, only time will tell if dA actually does do something.)