First my artworks get stolen and used around for commercial purposes without my consent and now this. Im having a wonderful time on deviantart. This is regarding my latest commission work where I was paid to draw a big and buff OC slaying a lion with her bare hands. It seems that it didn't go down well with some people. If you read all the comments you'll know. Not liking my art is one thing but calling me a drug addict and an idiot, without any knowledge of the premises of or the story behind the work, is simply outrageous and unacceptable to say the least. Its a blatant slander towards not just me but my commissioner as well who has paid me to draw this. I don't remember cursing anyone on Deviantart in all these years of activity. I don't know what makes people jump their guns so easily without understanding the context first. Taking everything at face value might be the easier way out but let me place some very important points for the sake of clarification since it seems people are becoming more and more presumptuous these days :-
1) Firstly, I don't know what my artworks suggest but in reality I don't profess violence. Neither to any human nor any animals or birds or bugs or heck even trees. I havent killed anything in my life other than mosquitoes. I don't eat meat. I can't stand animal cruelty and neither do I plan on supporting it in any way. So why the lion slaying? Well here's the plot for people who just love scratching the surface : Zana is not from any civilization. She's as wild and as savage as you can imagine. She has grown up in the jungle and she is no less than a predator when it comes to ferocity. Our norms, morals or ethics don't apply to her but the laws of the jungle sure do. She didnt walk up to the lion to say hello so that she can pick a fight with it to test out her skills. No, Zana and the lion crossed paths. The lion was hungry and she came across as food for the lion. Result? The lion engages its prey but sadly the prey is no ordinary prey but a highly agile and immensely powerful huge jungle amazon who OF COURSE wouldnt lie down and let herself get eaten. A versatile fighter and a survivor, she will fight for life and she will beat her 'aggressor'. It's very important that you comprehend the term in its literal meaning. This is no role playing or any pleasure sport or trophy hunting or any sort of despicable act that's associated with animal cruelty. This is a depiction of raw struggle between two species belonging to the same environment, familiar with the same food source and have grown up hunting for food. Both at least share the same behavior of surviving at any cost. Zana's not doing this to satisfy someone's fetish, she's fighting for her life and guess who's winning? Zana. Too bad? How am I responsible if she's overpowering the lion? Impossible? Keep reading please.
2) Now lets come to the possibility of achieving such a feat. Is there a rule in the world of art that you have to stick to reality? Is Deviantart encouraging more and more reality based works these days? Fantasy losing out? Well then in that case my work is a blend of both. Its a fantasy scenario of a strong, as in, oh well strong like Herc, Amazonian powerhouse in a 'real' life and death situation. She's a human with the instincts and intellect of a carnivore, blessed with impeccable athleticism and a terrific physique along with unfathomable physical strength. She's an OC who's a figment of my commissioner's imagination. A truckload of OCs are like that. IMAGINARY. Care to educate her about our human morals now? Or would you rather take it out on me instead? Just like whats going on right now. Im not killing the lion, she is. I am an artist, she's no less than an a beast herself and of course not part of reality. Im just showing you the scenario of her victory in progress. Do trolls even understand how OC commissions work?
3) Finally, this is to everyone who wants me to make more beauty vs beast artworks when I asked if its in demand. It looks like when I get bombarded with groundless accusations and insults, you are nowhere in the scene. Whether you want to sit on the fence and just watch or get embroiled in the conflict is entirely up to you, however I can't take all the insults from presumptuous parochial flame trollers and feel ok just so that I can fulfill your wishes. "We want you to make more and more of such kind of art but we will not say a word if anyone starts badmouthing you cuz of your work right in front of us." Sorry, not happening. I'm not a masochist. Unlike someone who insults artists w/o any sort of background knowledge about them, I happen to make a living off my works.