Ok, over the last 6 months I have observed numerous journals and stamps where people complain (whine) about how their original art doesn't receive any attention compared to their fanart. I would like to put forth my own thoughts on this. So you like to draw fanart? Ok, so do I sometimes. I have also noticed that if I draw a crappy picture of Sally doing anything, I'm going to get a ton of comments and favs. That's fine, for the most part the people who are paying attention to it are doing so regardless of how well it's drawn, it's because of who the character is. I had nothing to in the creation, design or development of the character. All I am doing is rendering another probably generic image of her to contribute the already massive sea of existing fanart. Now, aside from lots of views and favs (most of which aren't even related to the quality of art) how can this feel like any kind of accomplishment? Keep drawing more fanart and your entire watch list will quickly fill up with people who are just expecting more fanart from you. I'm not saying people shouldn't draw fanart! I do it occasionally as well, but it can quickly overshadow your more original work. I by no means am a seriously or professional artist. I'm done with it, so I don't care about becoming recognized artistically, but people who are striving to get into the industry and develop their talents might want to consider not falling into the cheap trick trap of drawing excessive amounts of fanart.
Hey, don't get me wrong, I love sonic and Archie and all these others popular things that make me nostalgic. I grew up with them and they prompted me to draw and even think creatively! I also think there is a healthy balance and people should change it up or else you'll fall into a rut.
I am not in a very articulate state right now but PLEASE DISCUSS!!!!