I'm sure that over the years most people who've done MT fanart, in particular those that have either sent me a link or given me original drawings or printouts at conventions and such, have often wondered if i even look at them because i've never put together any sort of MT Fanart repository to collect and share the voluminous amount of stuff out there. Truth is, i DO look - i look at everything that i come across, but almost never know exactly how to reply. Even for works I really like (trust me, I have seen a LOT of awesome) I am hesitant to say so. Why is this?
The reason, i think, mostly has to do with the fact that i don't want to discourage ANYONE in their artistic efforts. I feel like i have a responsibility to respond to everything, not just the ones i that really grab me. There has always been so much, i feel like i'd be slighting people if i just responded to some and not all. Also, i know i don't really have the gift of critique - you know what a good critique is like, it's supportive but also helpful and constructive. When you have such a cross section of work from people who really struggle with drawing to people who are so good it makes me want to stick both my useless hands in a food processor, it takes a real gift to be able to comment constructively on such a broad range of skills.
That said, i probably am just have always over thought things. I'm positive that there are fans who were really disappointed by the general lack of response from me, and that's not good either. />_<
So, here i am putzing around on DA, and now i have the option to fav things and comment within the community here. I've decided to err on the side of just going ahead and commenting and faving things i like or want to comment on and to stop worrying so much about it. Maybe that will help me get some momentum on actually getting around to showing off some of the more incredible work that has crossed my desk over the years.
Oh, one other problem that i worry about. there are some pretty awesome MT fanart works here on DA, but i worry about going back TOO far because i know that it's not unusual for someone to have been a big fan of MT back in 2007 but be absolutely disgusted with it now
Ah, screw it, whatever. I think too much.