To whomever's still out there...
Assuming you're still actually paying attention, you may have noticed I've taken up a new fandom. (Well, if you can even call it one, seeing as how underrated it seems to be, even in the seemingly vast and limitless potential that is the internet)
I'm not even gonna mention its name, because I've been doing so for my last few deviations, if you've been listening. And if you haven't been, then that's really your own problem.
... And, it seems to me that some of you are simply not okay with that.
Is it because, for the last 5 years, give or take, I've been creating so much fanart for the same old thing, that nobody's able to settle for anything else anymore?
I'm talking, of course, about my Care Bears-related stuff, the thing that seems to have become the most expected thing from me as a DeviantArtist.
Is it so wrong for someone to want to try new things? To want to branch out a little and explore new and different possibilities that exist within themselves as an artist?
..I mean, honestly. Since I've started exploring this new fandom of mine, I've gotten feedback from people along the lines of "When are you gonna do more No Heart/Care Bears stuff?" sometimes multiple times from the same person alone. This same person got carried away and started throwing all these ideas at me for what to do for my next deviations, half of which I could barely even understand, truth be told. Like I don't know how to come up with my own ideas and write my own headcanon for things without someone telling me how! And, another person started trying to basically whore out her own OCs to me, making pics of them and giving them as gifts to me when I didn't even ask for them, and trying her best to urge me to use them if I wanted, which I never did. Is it so hard to believe that it may just not be in my nature to take credit for something I didn't do, regardless of how impressed with it I may be or even whether I'm given permission to do so?
I just... can't. I'm just not that sort of person. Maybe it's not how I was raised, I dunno..
It's actually kind of sad when you think about it, the things some people do for the mere sake of attention and popularity.
Sigh... Things like these are just very discouraging, is all. I discovered years ago the hard way just how not good I am at working under pressure. I just totally, completely FAIL at it. Some people may do well at it. Not me. SO not me.
For the record, it's not necessarily that I'm saying I will never make any more Care Bears/No Heart-related stuff ever again. However, it is possible that I may not be putting out as much of it as constantly as I had been last year. That it may be having to share the spotlight with... other things, for an undetermined period of time.
Because I feel that I have the right to variety in my interests. I want people to realize that I'm still my own person, not a trained one-trick pony that's merely here to please everybody. I can be good at more than one thing if I damn well want to, you know!
Another thing that irks me? Is when I submit one or more new things, the next day I check out my feedback messages only to find out that they have NOTHING to do with anything I've just submitted! Lately, the most feedback I've been getting is somebody faving and/or commenting on an OLD piece, and I mean very old. Ancient, in fact. So ancient, that I can't even remember what I was thinking or why I thought it was a good idea at the time! Dammit people, would it honestly kill you to pay attention to some of my new works, which need the attention way more than that stupid ancient crap that I now loathe and despise?!? I believe I've ranted about this before, but it bears repeating.
So, with that in mind, I come with a proposal for anyone who's still loyal enough to listen:
My new fandom, I believe, is here to stay for quite some time. If you are reading this journal and are still truly willing to support me in whatever makes me happy, I ask you: Give my new works referring to it a chance. Just try it! Who knows? Maybe, just maybe, you might find something in it worth liking. You never know unless you try, right?
..Otherwise, I'll be taking a hiatus from Care Bears/No Heart stuff until then. I'm afraid it's come to that.
Consider it the ultimate test of friendship. Do you guys really like me for me, or do you just hang around me for a certain thing I do?