What I was examining and 'trying out' was the sudden immaturity of Tip.it since 2-3 years ago. When I posted this image during that time, I recieved a large amount of criticism...yet a fair amount of "I can find ____ is positive, I hope you keep on trying." Recently, when browsing this forum, I had run into a person's topic about their first 'pixel'. That artist was flamed to hell before he recieved any decent advice. Even then, browsing some more, I had only found one post out of the many I reviewed to have the statement which resembled the idea of "Keep going". The....criticism and the content within it has seemingly gone way downhill since I've last been on. While I have made myself a prominent artist during my time (or I would think), I had never achieved that standard without the encouragement and help of others*. Despite criticism being a large focus of posts, I feel it is being used way too often and sometimes as a thin excuse to bash another person's art. All I see now is 95% criticism and 5% positive, possibly even less. I don't want to sound like I'm ranting or flaming at other users. I just feel that we've gotten a little caught-up within ourselves. Art can always be improved on, constructive criticism helps, but the other half of the secret to becoming a great artist is motivation from peers. It's just that this reason is sadly why I rarely come on Runescape forums or do Runescape related art unless it's for payment, since every other pixel topic ends up as a flame war, usually over a 'newer' artist's pixel art. Just hoping this message hits home with some users. If it doesn't, then please disregard this post and continue commenting on the original image. *Yes, AceJack has helped me, which explains the dramatic shift in my shading style. Going from smooth gradients to rocky jagged and noisy textures. I'd also want to go over some of these posts. I understand your heart is in the right place, but the introduction, yet subtle could really make an impact on an artist. Answered that :P 2. Guthan's Helm has too much width and too less height. 3. Scimitar is too thick. 4. Lava in Bg sucks... 5. Text sucks. 6. Mark of Zaros, on Ancient Staff, must be bigger. 7. Whats the thing under guthan's cape?? 8. Pillar looks plane. 9. No perspective noticed :) Just seemed quite rude, yet I can understand how it could be missed while posting. Amazing post, I'm glad I had many, many, many posts like these when I first started out.