Even though this has been largely resolved I really feel like replying to this so I'm going to.
I am very very disturbed by the unprompted maliciousness that not only kicked off this thread but has kind of been floating around the forums as of late. The first two comments were awful and made me cringe a little to read them because they were just so rude and useless. When I started out in the forum I sucked. Not only at drawing but as a functioning artist, I didn't receive criticism very well and was overall kind of a little shit to some of the users. But I kept posting and kept hanging around and eventually became a regular and eventually(er) a pretty good artist. At this point in my life I am looking at going to art school and art encompasses a massive portion of my life, and I couldn't be happier about that.
But honestly if when I posted the first Meat-Head here back in 2009 and was met with this kind of bullshit, like hell I'd stick around this place. I'd have been out of here; why would I stick around these douchebags who didn't even have enough decency to point out why my drawings (which I thought were kind of the shit) sucked? The past four years of my life could have been way different because sticking around here is why I am as good at drawing as I am today.
Escalus, Template and anyone else who in the future decides that pulling something like this on a newcomer, remember you are their first impression of what the art forum is all about to necomers, whether you like it or not. It's okay to tell someone they suck, this is Newgrounds after all and not sunshiney happy asspat land, but maybe don't be a total prick and tell them why their art sucks. Critique them.
Okay I'm done.