I don't really need to make a thread about this, but I haven't started one in a while and I miss it. :<
So there's this fairly popular artist I follow on Tumblr and Twitter, and recently people are going wild over their female OC's (personally, I think the males have much more interesting designs, but people don't seem to like them nearly as much. But I digress...)
And the first time it happened I was just in awe (that's how it starts...). Like, can you imagine just making up a random character that you love and having everyone else love them too...? With more people jumping on the bandwagon over time, instead of less, and asking you thoughtful questions about them, and sending you fan art by the dozens??
I think I can count all the fan art I've received in my whole life on one hand...I mean CAN YOU IMAGINE
I got tired of the OC pretty quickly the first time it happened, but it was alright. They answered lots of interesting fan questions, at least, and I felt like I was learning about the character.
This time, though, not only is the new OC basically the same concept in a slightly different color scheme (design-wise, they're very similar), but they've spent a lot more time just responding to fan gushing than...idk, explaining anything interesting about the character.
As if it's SO surprising and SO unbelievable that everyone loves them despite what just happened with the old OC barely a month ago... 9_9 (I know that's just bitterness talking, but I think I'm allowed one emotionally-charged line in this rant)
So, clearly, I'm getting tired of it already (and we're only four-ish drawings in this time around...) and I can tell by the way things are going that I'll probably just find them irritating at some point in the future.
But because I don't like to promote these kinds of thoughts, this is usually the point at which I say 'welp, time to unfollow'.
Only I'm conflicted this time...art-wise, it's not a tough decision; I think their style has evolved since I first saw them, and I don't like it nearly as much anymore. But they still do great fan work, and they have a lot of what I call 'reblog value' (as in, they may not be interesting themselves, but they bring posts from a lot of interesting people into my feed at a pace that works for me). I'm not ready to give that up... >_<
And I'm very conscious of the fact that I wouldn't even be in this situation if I didn't get jealous so easily. I don't know what it is with me...I don't even know where the line is between 'popular, talented artist I respect and admire' and 'popular, talented artist I wish would just get out of my face'.
Maybe it's a personality thing?? I haven't analyzed it that closely...ugh, I dunno