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Dustin Cooper
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I am a graduate from the Art Institute with a Bachelor of science in Game Art and Design.
My goal as a digital artist is to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western art. I have a deep love of both Japanese and American/European Video Game art and see a lot of untapped potential with Video Games in general.
A lot of my artwork will be aimed at creating what I think are more unique ideas for games, ideas that could help expand what Video Games can be.

I also hide cats in a lot of my work. Good luck finding them.~

Tumblr - catcouch.tumblr.com/
Fur Affinity - www.furaffinity.net/user/catco…
CGSociety - catcouch.cgsociety.org/
Interests

Art Accounts

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 3:32 PM
I am now on:

Tumblr: catcouch.tumblr.com/
Fur Affinity: www.furaffinity.net/user/catco…
CGSocoety: catcouch.cgsociety.org/

As part of my plan to dominate the internet I will be slowly but surely joining more art sites.  I also submit to LayerPaint and Ballistic publishing but have yet to be accepted. *Sad face*

I have had my tumblr account for a while and have no idea what to do with it but it does have some art I have not posted here on it~

If there are any masters of tumblr out there, do you have any advice for starting up on that site?

I'll be throwing my anthro related art on Fur Affinity and my concept work on CGSociety.

So, check them out if you are so inclined~
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Anybody else have other art accounts?
I'd love to check them out~



  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Tub Ring "Optimistic"

Dealing with Internet Negativity

Wed May 28, 2014, 7:15 PM
Edit:
To be clear this journal is about positive ways to deal with internet negativity.

The linked article and it's companion piece "The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science" www.motherjones.com/politics/2… show some common sense results of studies about human nature we should keep in mind when online.

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Do any of you ever read or follow discussions on topics that mean a lot to you that just end in frustration?

I find a lot of things I enjoy, especially Video Games and the art relating to them. They get a lot of negativity thrown at them.

How do you deal with "internet" negativity?

The article "The Science of Why Comment Trolls Suck" really raises some excellent points on the subject.


www.motherjones.com/environmen…


The article points out a study on the effects of negative or insulting comments, "it appeared that pushing people's emotional buttons, through derogatory comments, made them double down on their preexisting beliefs."

The deal is, people tend to "feel first, think second". "Therefore, if reading insults activates one's emotions, the "thinking" process may be more likely to be defensive in nature, and focused on preserving one's identity and preexisting beliefs."

That sure explains a lot and makes a great deal of sense.

It's nearly impossible to have a discussion on hot button topics like sexism (a common topic now) or climate change (what the study references) without "internet" negativity overtaking and derailing any rational discussion.

If true, I thinks it's helpful to be consciously aware how negativity can drag us down, I definitely feel it when I start second guessing my art due to the negativity surrounding some of my inspiration ( a lot of Japanese games and artists. We all know how bad western versus eastern discussions can get).



Some questions:
Does any type of negativity hurt your productivity?
Does it affect the subject matter of your art?
Dou you have ways of dealing with negativity?




  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Tub Ring "Optimistic"

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fibreciment Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thanks.
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MyleneC Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member Student
I'm in love with your art, your colors and style are very original and warm to the eyes, I'm looking forward to see your next pieces :)
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Kedori Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for adding my photo, "Leather Shadow" from the Daily Deviation, to your favourites.  I am glad that you like it enough to want to save it.
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Thanks again! ;)
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thank you so much for the fave! It's really appreciated :hug: love your art btw! keep it up and have a nice day^^
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Thanks for The favs! :D
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JeffTalbot Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks heaps for the watch! Awesome work by the way :D
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thanks for the fav:hug:
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Thank you for the fave! :)
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Thanks for the fave. :) (Smile) 
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Thank you for the fav and comment on Aya, I appreciate it :) :highfive:
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Thanks for the fave!  I've been watching you for awhile and I'm a big fan of your stuff.  Means a lot 
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Thanks a ton for faving Furry Cat Girl 2 returns! by Mairusu-Paua  
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Thanks for adding Being happy with your art to your collections. I'm happy that you like it :la:
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Thanks for the fav! You're such an amazing artist, I feel honoured! :aww:
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RoyalFlowerGarden Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Artist
Very nice gallery! Do you illustrate for a living?
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thank you for the :+fav: :D
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Thanks for adding my sketches to your favorites!
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Thx so much for the watch, my highly skilled friend !
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afterthedream Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Found your page through the Tethered webcomic. Amazing work!
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IVchan Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh! Your art is amazing! and you love cats! I think I'm in love :heart: 
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