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.