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AmorinaAshton was kind enough to nominate me for a DD, which I received for What Lies Beneath.
What Lies Beneath by djeaton3162  

It's very early yet, but it has had 500+ page views so far this morning.  This might actually result in my account reaching 25,000 page views today!  Thanks to all of you for all your support and encouragement.  It wouldn't have been possible without you.  Everything I know about fractals and how to do them, I learned from you guys.


UPDATE: My piece (…) got 3,050 views in the 24-hours after it was awarded the DD.  I'm blown away.  But my joy at the occasion was trashed.  Just like the insurance company trashed my joy of feeling creative and productive once before by suggesting that my art reflected the fact that I'm not disabled, some self-appointed copyright czar comes along and, with the most popular piece I've ever posted, accuses me of "art theft" and says he's going to report me for copyright violation.  I've lived a long hard life, but I've *never* been such publicly insulted and had my integrity questioned in such a malicious manner.  I'm no thief.  People that know me, know that. But it is upsetting and literally bringing me to tears.

This self-appointed copyright czar found a site by a Russian guy that was a tutorial on how to do the effect used in the background.  I'd never been there and never saw his images.  Without looking closely at the two and *assuming* that the random placement of the water drops were identical between Vlads tutorial example and the background piece I used, he ranted on and on about me "stealing" Vlad's final example and just cut-and-pasting it into my own work without permission and how it was "theft" because I didn't post that I had Vlad's written permission.  I admit that I did not initially mention that the background was not part of the fractal and the fractal was mine but the background image, Dmap image, and several texture images were not original.  As soon as he mentioned it though, I clarified it in both the piece's description and the comments.  Even went so far as to get Vlad's written permission to use his *similar* image if it were not for profit.

So here is what I am going to do.  I'm going to re-post both the DD piece and the full size piece with the water drops in different locations and mention that the new background was compliments of Vlad.  I'm also removing the ability to purchase a print of this (if it will let me).  I'm doing this because I honestly don't remember the original source for this image.  I have *several* friends that are graphics designers/artists.  Over the years, they've sent stuff to me and I to them. Got four DVDs full of stuff from one friend just a week or so ago.  But because I'm not sure the original source, I'm re-doing the images.  Hope you guys like the news ones as well as the old.

I'd like to address one other point in Axertion's baseless accusations.  He (or she) basically said it was inexcusable for someone to use something that they didn't know the source of.  It, like any other facts, isn't going to matter to him, but he has no idea of my mental issues from my disability.  I don't do Apophysis any more because I don't remember how.  It's that simple.  I've done thousands of pieces with it, but when I loaded it up two weeks ago, I couldn't remember how to "do the magic".  With my poor blood circulation and running 5-6 pints of blood below what I should have, I just don't have the oxygen to the brain that I should.  Memory and concentration really suffer.  Does it make my initial failure to mention every part of the image that others were instrumental in "excusable"?  You make the call.  At the very least though, I'd hope it makes in *understandable*.  

So I'm at the point where I do my best, but my best obviously isn't good enough for some people.  The public insult and accusations on a day which should have been a joyful one for me really stinks.  And it may take some time before I decide to try this again.  Right now, the desire is gone.  And if I'm not going to enjoy it, I'm not going to do it.  It isn't like I make any money at it.  So I have one last (for now) piece that I've been rendering for 3-4 days.  I'm posting it (…) and dedicating it to all my friends here that still believe me to be flawed, but a man of integrity.  Then I'm taking a break.  I'm not leaving mad.  I'm not permeately leaving.  But I won't be back posting any new stuff or my own (just looking at yours) until the joy returns.  
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AndreiPavel Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
and some of us learned about fractal with you along their side ;)
congrats man, u deserve it
GeaAusten Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
just sending love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
hypnogoddess Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Daniel, oh boy do I understand!
I had a similar reason for ceasing
to do my primary artform of
hypnosis. I simply lost the joy of

Please find the joy again and come
back to us soon?
djeaton3162 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just taking a break for a bit. A couple of good night's sleep will work wonders.
hypnogoddess Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
I'm very glad, as you are one
of my 'Muses'...:hug:
GypsyH Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh ... sorry to hear that.
AmorinaAshton Featured By Owner May 29, 2009   Digital Artist
I cant even find the proper words to describe how sad this all makes me, im so sorry you have to go through this ... and at this moment i can only say i agree with everyone elses comments, please dont let this get you down :hug:
altocumulus Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD, Daniel, a worthy honour for you.

Don't let the bastards drive you down - you don't know me, nor I you - but your work shows your integrity - be positive, brave and see it through... Hope to see your work again .....

Take care now....
JennDixonPhotography Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm so sorry you got trolled by this person, Daniel. Sometimes I think people are mean on purpose because they are either jealous or they just don't understand the nature of art and the program you are using. It's sad that this person took a coincidence and made it into a a mess.
rocamiadesign Featured By Owner May 29, 2009   Digital Artist
I think it's inexcusable that one envious and uninformed person went to so much trouble to ruin what should have been a joyful day for you. Please don't let him or her ruin deviantart for you. I understand that you need a break. I would too in your position. I am so sorry that this happened to you! :hug:

To those who don't know, oxygen deprivation leads to confusion that is similar to Alzheimer's. My husband has heart disease that keeps it from pumping enough oxygen to his brain and has to be on an oxygen machine all the time. When he goes more than an hour without being on the machine, he starts showing these symptoms. The lower the concentration of O2 in the blood, the worse the confusion.

Unfortunately, most people don't understand this and get angry at the person who is suffering from this problem, thinking he or she is behaving this way on purpose. Thank-you for being brave enough to talk about your problem. Hopefully, people will be more understanding.
djeaton3162 Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tell your husband that I have real empathy for that. I can feel for him. I'm not on Oxygen, but can improve my mental clarity with about 90 minutes laying down with a CPAP machine on kinda high. It forces me to breath deeper. Sometimes I need to do that a couple of times a day even though I spend most of my time in a recliner. With my body not compensating for gravity, laying down is the best thing I can do since I haven't figured out how to stand on my head. LOL
HBKerr Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Congratulations! :party: :D
CornerstoneAscetic Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Grats =)
coby01 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
1arcticfox Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations Daniel! I am so hapy for you! Very well deserved! You have contributed a lot to the fractal community here with the development of new parameters! I hope someday...I'll be able to focus long enough to try get Apo plugins to work for me so I can use some of them! :D :hug:
JennDixonPhotography Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats, David!
PzzPod Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Congratulations! :clap: :D
GingerC Featured By Owner May 28, 2009   Traditional Artist
CONGRATS!! Love it.
karma4ya Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on your DD :hug: :wave:
AmorinaAshton Featured By Owner May 28, 2009   Digital Artist
You really deserve it Daniel, and i hope this gives you some of the joy back that you have given us in the past .. i miss your works and i for one learnt a lot from your scripts for apo and all the help you gave for Incendia .. and im very happy you got the DD for this amazing piece of art :hug:
Rozrr Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulation Daniel. Well done my friend.
DWALKER1047 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
YAY!!! CONGRATS!!! :clap::clap:
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