I've had this sitting on my mind for quite some time now, just. Wanted to wait for an appropriate time to post this.
I'm not going to single anyone out and I'm not going to outright condemn anyone for anything. I would rather just state a few things regarding comments consisting of very little more than "This reminds me of..."
I know the majority of these comments aren't meant to be offensive or even insulting; they're just benign observations based on a very human trait to want to combine things of a similar nature together. We're reminded of things we've seen before on a regular basis and it's part of the same reason why we tend to find human faces in inanimate objects and obscure shapes; it's completely natural and we all do it to a certain extent.
That being said however, imagine spending countless hours working on a piece and pouring your blood, sweat, and tears into it. It's your brainchild; your baby and a piece of yourself and your imagination that you're essentially sharing with others. Imagine being proud of yourself and your accomplishment and just how hard you worked on it.
Now imagine someone commenting with "This reminds me of ____." There's no other content, not even a simple compliment. Just that someone thinks that your hard work resembles something you may not have even seen or heard of before and nothing more.
When you tell an artist this, you're essentially telling them that you think their work is unoriginal and very little else. It's not supportive and it's certainly not a compliment to hear from anyone. And not only is it not a compliment, but it also makes the artist want to withdraw and feel less inclined to share their work, because. Who really wants to work hard just to have someone essentially call their honest effort a knock-off of something else that already exists? Especially if it's something so absolutely petty and trivial like a mouth or a triangular sign on a face[true story; CenterLeft has a yield sign for a face and people have repeatedly likened him to Pyramidhead]. How is an artist or any other creative individual supposed to feel when this is the kind of feedback they're getting?
The last thing I really want to do is make people feel less inclined to comment as I love each and every bit of feedback I get- I know that no one means any sort of malicious intent with such comments, but it's also a huge disappointment to have your work amount to little more than a comparison.
Just some food for thought, really.
I understand how you may possibly feel, most people would in this case. But your style and art topics alone are unique, and I'm glad I re-found you today! I had no idea you moved accounts. c:
But so far what I'm loving in your art in the sense of a really sweet story within the picture. They say pictures/drawings can tell so many stories, and in this case I think your art suits that tittle.
Honestly though, most people need to understand that making such comments in the first place is very disrespectful, and they should be mindful to the fact that anyone could take this offensively. But now that you stated this, hopefully they will read this and do you that favor.
I do hope to see more work from you soon though c: I love your art!
Your art reminds me of your art, and it's awesome. The details, the style--it's very clear that you spend a lot of time on it. Just stumbled on your stuff today, actually, and you've definitely been added to my +Watch!
And I bet this is what makes the More Like This on deviation pages so annoying.
And like you said most of the time I don't even know the thing/character/game that the person commenting is referring to.
And you're right, it makes me a bit hesitant to to try and draw specific things, or when designing, add specific traits because I don't want people to just compare my stuff.
Also most of the time, they compare things that have extremely common traits.
I've had a few of my characters compared to people from various anime I've never heard of, and when I looked up the character the only thing they had in common was a similar hair color.
It's like comparing a general drawing of a robot to a Transformer or every anime drawing/design of a general ninja to Naruto.
However, I'm polite about it and I simply state that they don't look alike and if they do it's just a coincidence, or I ask why they think they look similar.
I think the common traits thing probably bothers me the most, because you're absolutely right; it IS just like saying any kind of robot is copying Transformers and that there's no way people can be creative with existing themes without automatically having taken inspiration from some major franchise.
I probably could/should start asking/stating that I don't see the similarities again- just figured that it tends to be a lot easier to just let it be. Hahahahahaha.
Who knows, there may just be a compliment in there- like I said to :devmarionminor:; the image could just evoke an emotional response that causes them to associate it with something that also gives them the same feeling and there's a hidden compliment in there just waiting to be expanded upon.
Then again, there's that one type of "This reminds me of..." comments that I love. When people say that your artwork brings back certain memories. I mean, since memories are closely related to feelings, it's lovely to hear that your art evokes them. Even simple "This reminds me of summer/Christmas/a stormy night" suggests some sort of emotional involvement, right? And that's what art is all about. <3
Those comparisons are great! It's such a great feeling to know that your work can evoke an emotional response or memory.
And to build off of that, it helps a lot if someone explains /why/ something reminds them of something else- i.e. "Your character reminds me of Leon from Resident Evil; he has that same determined look in his eyes that I love." in which case they're associating your work with something they very much enjoy and it has a similar emotional response.
I prefer to say it that way, because the way I see it, just because a piece is inspired by something else doesn't mean it's unoriginal or non-creative. In your case, you're an amazing artist regardless of whether or not your artwork reminds people of other things. I remember being wowed when a fellow deviant showed me your gallery. You draw airplanes and you actually know your way around a cockpit.
All that to say - don't let those comments get to you too much. I've noticed that the artists on DeviantART who get the most comments like that tend to be the best artists on the site.
Sometimes I have to catch myself before putting one into a comment.
D/A really does need to allow us to edit or delete comments BTW, my biggest rant.
But like. Livejournal has had an edit feature for /years/ now and they seem to be doing pretty well on that front. They just make it so you can only edit your comment for a certain amount of time after posting or until someone replies to it.
I played a piece of music I wrote on guitar, and this girl said, "who's that?" I said it was mine.
she said "cause it sounds like so-and-so". As if I was just playing his music, and claiming it as my own. She didn't say anything else about the piece, that she liked or hated it, that it was good or sloppy.
It still bugs me today.
Bye the way, this journal of yours reminds me of so-and-so...
Can honestly say that when I have said that to artists, it it because I genuinely thought it was a good way to strike up conversation with them. not because I thought they were copying anything.
So, all in all, thank you for stating this for all of us. both as sympathetic encouragement and warning!!
It was actually inspired by a Pearl Harbor/Top Gun crossover fanfic I once read.
"Oh that sounds just like_____" "that reminds me of_____"
UGH! Ok I get it! I mean I know what they mean and all... most of the time there's no harm done at all but it still feels like they're basically saying "you copied so and so" or "this song" or "that song."
You know it's funny, I didn't think you would have this problem. Your artwork is very unique and original, at least in my eyes. I've always loved it (being a pilot myself) your attention to detail is incredible.
Oh well, I won't let this get in my way and I'm sure you won't either! ^_^
You're not alone on this though haha. I know a lot of people who also dislikes such comments. I even made a poll about this a while back lawl: [link]
and also this poll might be of interest: [link]
Some people are weird though lawl. They'd say "oh i hate this kind of comment too" but they do it on my deviations anyway lmao.
first off, sorry if I've ever said such a thing and forgot to add in any compliments. I always want to compliment the artist for anything of interest, but sometimes I do forget (I am human, after all)
second, I hope others become more aware of this problem and aim to resolve it
Which is part of why I was a little hesitant about posting anything on this matter- there's no malice behind these comments and sometimes it just happens that we speak before really thinking about what we're saying[I can be pretty skilled at this myself, LOL].
But on the other hand, it's really, really unfair of me to let this stuff continue to bother me without pointing out that it is a botheration so that people[and myself to an extent] can work to avoid it. Just hope I'm not stepping on any toes here.
Did you saying anything to the people that compare and contrast your work In a negative light? Or simply ignore? Anyhow I hope this gets cleared up and I hope people read this and stop being lazy assholes and just give a damn compliment or at least a form of constructive criticism ;a;
Yeah, that's not a compliment at all! I haven't ever had someone pull that one with me, but I HAVE had people outright say that they're watching me because my art reminds me of another artist who no longer posts online- it's not a very good feeling at all. Dx
The thing about saying anything is that these kinds of comparisons aren't ever really meant to be insulting or negative; people are just drawing conclusions without realizing the implications of what they're saying. I mean. How many times have we sat down, watched something and thought "This reminds me of ____"? I don't think a lot of people realize that instead of making a personal observation, that they're directing their comments to the creator themselves. Usually I just thank people if there's more to the comment or just ignore it if it's a flat out comparison- it's hard for me because I just don't like hurting people and making them feel unwelcome.
I completely see your point of view, ill be civil to people if they are civil to me, basically I treat them almost exactly the same as they treat me, ill probably note you in the morning with more details on this cuz it's like 2am here and I'm in my bed on my phone ugh typing so slow,
But yeah I can say I've deffinitley compared something to another, I suppose I would veiw the situation as you wouldn't go to jk Rowling and say "this reminds me of lotr" and walk away.
People's feelings man, gotta be gentle oh man I get nervous when I have to tell someone to back off, I feel like they're either going to cry or insult me (which pretty much kills me inside ugu)