Throughout my early years on Deviantart, Fanfiction, and the like, I've looked across the various art spectrums. I've glanced from the beginning artist to the professional, from anime to realism, and even different art mediums like handmade plush dolls to clay figurines. The point is that I've seen tons and tons of art with all varying degrees of quality. Since I'm still a beginning artist, I have known what it's like to start with, to be blunt, bad art.
This is where the Bad Art Blogs come in.
From what I can gather, these art blogs pick out various art pieces from all over the net and gather to laugh at it. For some of these blogs, it works because these are either self-submissions or some artists give their drawings to them for their advice and critique. When they are asked for critique, they are really helpful, nice, give various tips on how to improve, etc., which makes it all the more frustrating when they then attack somebody else's drawings because it did not fit with their level of quality.
Here are the counter-arguments that one would might have considering the Bad Art Blogs:
1. "These people are posting their art, so it is allowed to be subject to criticism. These Bad Art Blogs are giving them the criticism they deserve."
This counter-argument is somewhat reasonable, as it is true that if you post on a public forum, then it will be subject to differing opinions. Hell, these bad art blogs are even capable to giving out great criticism when called for, as they put really good tips on certain art tools and techniques. But there's one glaring flaw, though: They then turn around and proceed to bash either a beginning artist or a child's drawing. That is not only frustrating behavior to deal with, but actually quite hypocritical as well. If they are asked to give criticism, they are nice and are willing to help. But to a random art piece on Deviantart they picked up, they can't even give that art piece the time and day to give decent criticism? There's a fair amount of double-standard going about.
Here's another glaring flaw concerning the counter-argument. It's said that since the art is posted on a public forum, it is subject to criticism. Unless I hear otherwise, why didn't these moderators of the bad art blogs just go to the original artist and ask to give them criticism? After all, the Internet is a public forum so the moderators have enough free reign to go to these artists and just give criticism right there and then to where the artist can actually see it. What this says to me (and I hope to be proved wrong about this) is that the moderators not only are being hypocritical in their stance to art, but they are also laughing at someone's art piece behind their back.
What's worse is that they link the art pieces back to the original artist, which means that people who also agree with them can go over there and start bullying these artists for their art. These bad art blogs take the art without the artist's permission and belittle it with the audacity of calling it criticism. That's a moral and, in some countries, legal violation of the law. Even in the US, these art blogs could get into legal trouble for doing this. For more info, see here (stuttering-sandwing.tumblr.com…, www.artslaw.com.au/legal/frequ…, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_ri…, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attribut…)).
And Heaven forbid that the original artist themselves go to these blogs and ask the moderators to take it down. In most instances, the moderators are gracious enough to do so. But there have been those select blogs that have made a big deal out of posting someone's art (you know, without their permission) and then when one of the original artist asked to not post their art, they replied with a baby crying gif. That's, to put it simply, highly immature. Maybe the artist did not word it properly, but if that's the knee-jerk reaction to responding to an artist asking rightfully to have their stuff taken down because it was posted without permission (no, still not letting that go), then...
2. "These Bad Art Blogs are just willing to dish out the criticism that everyone else is afraid of doing."
Alright, while we're on the subject of critiquing, why don't we deal with how Bad Art Blogs deliver critique normally? Surfing through these bad blogs, I've noticed that they consist of a snarky remark followed by what's bad in the tags. What I've also noticed is that there seems to be a trend going on within these bad art blogs. Tags such as "atrocity", "anime (or animu, if they want to be especially egregious)", "cringe", etc. are especially common when going through these blogs. Other than that, there's absolutely nothing at all. There's no advice on how to improve the picture, there's no tips or tricks on helping the artist grow, absolutely nothing that could help the artist out.
Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating just a little bit. I have seen a couple of times where one of the moderators on one bad art blog explained perspective and sketching. Yes, the moderators do give helpful advice when asked by other artists which is nice and can help other aspiring artists out as we-. . . Wait. If they're giving out decent criticism and advice to other artists when they are asked and if they have the ability to dish out advice that can be helpful to the aspiring artist, then why don't they do that to the pictures that they're bashing on? Why don't they? Is it because they carry the title of Bad Art Blogs that they're not allowed to do so? See, this bothers me because not only is this an insult-to-injury to the original artists, but it's really hypocritical of them to do so. It's great to give out criticism to those who want it, but they can share that constructive criticism with those they are bashing on.
Another point to add on is that the drawings are indulged in pure fantasy. Be honest, who hasn't dreamed of running with Sonic, being with Edward Elric, or hanging out with Sans? I remember that when I was younger, I used to dream of being with my favorite characters. Now, I dunno about the fetish artwork or anything like that, but with OCs, fanart, OCxCanon shipping, or anything harmless like that, let these artists have their fun. Maybe they want to escape their everyday rigid school life, maybe they want to dive in a world of fantasy, or maybe they want to vent out their frustrations. Whatever it is, let them draw the things that they consider harmless. I remember that when I was going through a rough period in high school, I would be edgy and stuff. So, I don't see why other artists can't.
3. "These Bad Art Blogs are supposed to be a joke. Relax."
So. This counter-argument. This counter-argument is probably one of the flimsiest arguments that I have ever heard of and yet it makes my blood boil. Why? Because it implies one thing. It implies that to get a quick thrill or cheap laugh, these art blogs are willing to prey upon people who aren't in their level of talent and bully them. All for the purpose of a cheap laugh. I would like to think that the moderators who run these blogs are some of the nicest people that I can meet. The artists they make fun of are either beginning or children while the moderators themselves have at least a defined art style or adults.
Which brings me to this point of contention and is directed at the moderators themselves and the followers of the bad art blogs. Hey. I want to talk to you as civilly as possible on this matter. Up until this point, I haven't been all that happy with you, but I want to talk to every single one of you with lots of respect and dignity as I hope to carry across with this.
I want you guys to think back to when you started out with your craft. Were you in elementary school, middle school, high school even? What advice were you given when you started out? Did people give you pointers and advice as gently as they could so that you could refine your skills? Or were they extremely caustic and told you straight to your face that you sucked?
If you picked the first option, do you really think that making fun of art that look amateurish will make you feel better? Do you think that being as mean and caustic as possible will help them achieve where they want to be? Some might, but others won't. You can't just tell people that they suck or this is bad and that's a done deal. You have to sometimes show them the way and only then, will they improve. Besides, do you really think that making fun of another person's art will make you feel better in the long run? Remember that you were that beginning artist once. You were once that artist who was struggling and trying to find your own art style.
If you picked the second option, then continuing this cycle won't get anyone anywhere. Maybe you want these artists to prove you wrong like you did with your critics, but some of these people just are not the same personality type as you. They don't have the same drive and determination that you had to prove the critics wrong and you can't expect them to be that way. You are one of the keys to unlocking their full potentials as artists and doing so by giving them helpful advice along with the criticism can help them a great deal. Weren't you that struggling artist once, filled with fantasies of being with your favorite characters and self-inserts?
TL;DR These bad art blogs are illegal and more to the point, they aren't exactly helpful at all. If the moderators really want to help aspiring artists grow, they should rename the blogs to critique-art-blogs and help them rather than harm them. Because, after all, weren't they those beginner artists/kids once?