Okay, so I've been on Deviantart for well over 7 years now, and please let me just put something out there when it comes to seeing comments on works.
I'm sure we all get comments such as: "Wow amazing! Reminds me of X or Y or potato!"
That awkward moment when you have no idea what that was, so you bust out google and search it up, only to find out that it looks NOTHING like what people said.
Now, please don't get me wrong. I have no problem with comments or feedback such as ones above. I truly appreciate how viewers are trying to relate your piece in their own ways.
What I CANNOT STAND (and I know there are many of you out there who feel the same), are comments like these:
When you make an image of something such as a practical robot or a futuristic (but not too futuristic) car that still uses wheels.
"Um, your image looks too much like Z, X, Y,...."
That moment when what they described, was the most generic design for a robot or any ordinary car done by another present day artist.
A great example would be a painting I did almost 4 years ago, which was a class assignment that required us to read a piece of literature, and translate what we read into an environmental painting. I chose Ring World by Larry Niven, a highly popular science fiction during the 1970s, with a hint of Miyazaki's influence on the side.
How a LOT of people responded: OMGAFHASIAHASIFAH HALO HALO HALO IS THAT HALO???? THATS HALO I LOVE HALO WHERES MASTER CHEF FROM BMX??????????
Lemme put it this way. While I truly appreciate having everyone taking in an image with their own thoughts, how they use what we artists created in order to relate to a certain emotion. Yet when we come across comments like that.....
Here's another example. A lot of you probably recognize this image:
by Rembrandt .................................Bet most of you said to yourselves: oh it's the Deus Ex painting, or The Adam Jensen painting! (because I've had many people say that around me, true story)
Again, I believe that it's fantastic how video games are incorporating a lot of traditional influences. However, I get annoyed when people start to compare an artist's work solely to that of video games, and blatantly tell the artist to try being more original. That's just plain ignorant. Sure, video games a a HUGE inspiration for a lot of designs we see today, no doubt there are fantastic things that an aspiring artist can learn from looking, and playing these games. However, it's all been done before, pick up a science fiction\ fantasy literature that was published before 1985 and see what you get
Thoughts? Comments? Feel free to share!