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A note on popularity

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 5, 2013, 7:28 PM


Someone recently told me they saw my Aladdin/AC crossover pics and that they weren't impressed. They seemed to be implying that I was "selling out" in order to get more views.

With regards to popularity: I am not in charge of what other users find fave-worthy. I never expected my silly crossover doodles to become as popular as they did. To me, art is about drawing what I want, not what other people want me to draw. That may sound cliché, but it's the truth. I draw a lot of fan art because it inspires me personally. I don't expect everyone to like it. If you're not impressed by my stuff, I'm sure there are lots of other (better) artists out there for you to follow.

P.S. Stop worrying so much about what makes it to the front page. We all know there's better stuff on DA that doesn't get enough attention. That's not the artists' fault. If I can live with all the fetish photography and inflation art, you can live with my crossover doodles for one day. ;)

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FailedxExperimentx13 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
There's only a few artists that actually make the front page. Who cares what one person thinks? Someone was obviously impressed, because you made it. ^^ (And p.s. I liked them)
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Sakura-Kagurazaka Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Who cares what that ninny said? If they don't like it, then they can get lost. Other people love it.
I personally think it's damn brilliant!
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kuri-osity Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess it's the business woman in me rather than the artist, but to that remark (and many others I've seen like it), my immediate response would be - so what? So what if you were doing it for the pageviews/popularity? For the artists out there who are trying to get some cash in their pocket, fanart is a good gateway to clientele. Or in my case, the thing I seek most is feedback so that I can improve - and the best way to get people to look at and comment on my work is to draw characters that are familiar to them (and it's more fun for me that way too, heh heh).

Draw your heart out. :) You're amazing at it.
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AuroraArt Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for sharing this. Really kept me going on drawing... :')
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chamoruchanel27 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I find that pretty funny 'cause I honestly never knew anyone has ever thought of an Aladdin/AC crossover... other than yourself.
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water-bug-62208 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
You put it quite well when you noted that, "To me, art is about drawing what I want, not what other people want me to draw."

For someone like me who enjoys art and who enjoys drawing as well, your comment is spot on!

Art is self expression... which means art is personal... a reflection of us. The fun comes when observers try interpreting the art based on what they see, what they think, and past experiences. That's what makes art so special.

So, JessKat, please keep drawing what you want! I'm certainly enjoying it!

And, thank you for sharing your artistic world with us!
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aarontyree Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
what did the artwork look like on their page I wonder? Do what you love
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Dendatzi Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I LOVE your Aladdin and AC crossovers. But everyone has an opinion and while it's okay to state your opinion people do not have to be so MEAN about it.
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Tuiteyfruity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Selling out? more like testing the waters! It seemed to me like you were seeing if your other ideas would be just as loved as the first one, just to be sure!
I don't think it's selling out if you run with an idea that proved to be a fantastic one!
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Fuzzdrop Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You've inspired me :squee:

Wise words Jess!
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