So since rebuilding my page here, I've decided not to upload anymore fanart. It seems to be more of a detriment and downright fake to upload that stuff early on, only to put up my own original works, almost like I'm lying. I know audiences can be really fickle when it comes to that stuff, so I'll be transparent here. Althougt I can have many ideas for series I enjoy, I don't really classify myself as a fan artist. And the sad, ugly reality shows itself the minute I stop making it, that's when your "fans" leave you. "Fan" in the sense that it's not you they like, but rather the fact that it's actually someone else's work.
There's way too huge a focus on fanart these days, which downplays and discourages artists to test their own creativity for real original content and characters. NO, I don't mean "OC" as in your fan character from Sonic or MLP, which get mistaken for the actual definition of OC these days. I mean something you've made from the top of your head. I'd argue that in some cases, it's more effort to be able to do so since again, it is a challenge. However, I am not trying to discredit those who do fanart, especially if that's your thing specifically. I have seen some amazing works of art that inspire me to occasionally create fanart, but at the same time, we're over saturated in it, especially on Deviantart. The old NSFW pieces I did last year were also fun to do, and unlike fanart, I was mostly using my own characters (with the exception of one Princess Daisy pic). Those got more attention and reception than my main works, which I was alright with, since it was still fun to draw regardless. After all, sex sells, amirite?
There is actually so many things I've wanted and planned to make, but it'll just over shadow the creations that come from my very being rather than just my appreciation for other companies' works. I know not to take this as a personal thing, as this is the mindset of people, to latch on to what you identify with easier. So it shouldn't be taken personal if I decide that that's not what I'm going to be doing, at least not for an extremely long time. I always find it more impressive to come across artists that I've never seen before, creating worlds that have the potential to be something. That can be the very next thing you end up watching on TV or Netflix, reading from the comic store, or playing as it becomes a decent indie or even AAA videogame on the market.
I cannot fault the market for doing NSFW and fanart mostly, since that's where the money's at and that's what people want to see. Even the former I think I'd rather do ATM, since some of my actual main works have traces of it anyway. But I always like it far more when artists challenge themselves to a world that means more coming from scratch rather than adding more to worlds already created. This is why my main place of sharing is actually Instagram, as glitchy and annoying as that app can be, many people there give everything a chance, if it's not a like bot or something silly. Even Youtube I'm trying to push, but it seems the Youtube boat has sailed long ago for many types of content. It's about as stagnant as Deviantart, but still barely worth a better shot since I show the "making of" these works.
A piece of your favorite series can always be a part of you, but it'll never be from you.