Edit: If you want to take a look at the type of BS I'm talking about, here's a good screenshot of one: i.imgur.com/YdSTxWS.png
Yellow is the person I was criticizing, brown are other people. If you know who it is, it's best if you don't say. :U
Edit2: About that screenshot, she stated it was an improvement meme for the specific style she was aiming for, which completely flew over my head. However, that last bit of her first response wasn't very called for.
EDIT3: More drama. O: i.imgur.com/9y4SuPW.png
Not going to name names here, but there's an attitude problem on deviantART regarding criticism on one's artwork. It seems that people don't understand the difference between constructive criticism--offering suggestions on how to make something better--and just being a person who puts down your dreams and what not. It's not just the one person that spawned this journal, but they caused the last branch to snap when they had the audacity to block me after saying that "I have a shitty opinion" for stating the facts.
Saying, "I looked through your gallery; I think you may do better on in your art career if you start branching out more from the same lion, wolf, and bear that I see in your gallery a thousand times over; animation is challenging and many studios are looking for individuality rather than an exact copy of the style in their movies. I think that working on different types on animals would be a start if you plan on being an animal artist (and not human/architecture/cars, etc.)" is NOT being an asshole. It's offering constructive criticism on how to strive to be what you WANT to be in the future, especially since I've seen people fail to get in the animation business due to how limited of a range they had in their artwork.
Saying, "God, your art is an exact clone, who the fuck is going to hire a style ripoff artist?" Is NOT constructive criticism. It is being an asshole. Also, not being "your art teacher" means jack shit. Your art teacher could be wrong in MANY things about art. They aren't ALL KNOWING in EVERYTHING about art. Then again, neither am I, but you don't have to be an art professional to be able to give criticism if something looks off.
If you think that someone is just trying to stomp on your dreams because they're TRYING TO HELP YOU BE A BETTER ARTIST, then maybe you shouldn't be an artist if you can't understand that accepting criticism is a part of being an artist, and if you don't accept criticism, you aren't going to find an art-industry job that will keep you for long.
I'm not "butthurt" or anything. I KNOW how to accept criticism, and it's what got me far in the art world. It helped me improve my anatomy, technique, skill, style, and among other things, myself as a person. Get the sticks out of your asses and start being an adult about your artwork. You don't have a lot of chances to make mistakes in an industry where millions of artists fight for jobs every day.