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"Fanartist Karma" victim by AkariMarco "Fanartist Karma" victim by AkariMarco
Yay! A stamp! :dummy:

I'm sorry, I needed to do it :XD:

Well, I always say that I suffer from Fanartist Karma. And i'm pretty sure I'm not the only one (Well... I hope so ^^;)

First of all: What you'll read from now, it's (usually) fault of the fanartist and not of the watchers, right? Because we choose it xD;;; I'm not sure if with fanfics writers and cosplayers is the same. All these notes are based on my own experiences.

I call "Fanartist Karma" to these symptoms:

:bulletred: Join a new fandom, and get followers in the watchers list due to that you started to draw fanarts of it. Everybody loves your art. BUT in many cases: A 15 minutes doodle of a popular character could have more succes than a amazing pic of a minor character of the same serie done in 3 hours or more.
► Match:
• 15 minutes doodle + popular character + in any or 2 groups max (and it rains invitations to submit to more groups!) --> 150 favs in 5 hours -or less-.
• 3 hours + awesome pic + minor character --> 16 favs in 2 days -hopefully!-.

:bulletred: Some of your active watchers changed their fandom and taste, and they "disappear" suddenly, only few of them keep commenting your art (still from the fandom you joined in the first point), due to they really like your style or love you and don't care about if it's fanart or not.

:bulletred: Now the inverse: You change the fandom, and these who followed you because of your other fandom's fanarts, still fave or do requests about them, others directly stop watching you.

:bulletred: Something similar, but you don't join other fandom: You start to draw your own characters. Just a few of watchers comment/follow it... Others keep comparing them with any character of a famous manga... Others think they are fancharacters and not OCs.

:bulletred: You draw a really minor character, but some watchers think it's an OC or a Fancharacter :O_o:, since they only know or remember the mains or popular character (yeah, it happened to me :XD:)

:bulletred: Some fans want to kill you because you drew their favourite character in a yaoi/yuri/hetero/with a pairing they don't like/etc. Others want to make a monument of you because you drew their fav couple, etc.

:bulletred: You draw a character from this certain fandom, people who love this character appear and suddenly love you!! Yay! ♥ But if you don't draw this character, these fans, never appear...*^*

:bulletred: Some of the comments you receive are a squeals XD.

:bulletred: The quantity of comments you receive is completely unproportional to the faves you receive (example: 2 comments, 118 faves, submitted 3 weeks ago).

:bulletred: Some fanartists when they discover their "karma" become victims of fright (?) and abandon their accounts, creating a new one... or directly leave the site. (In my case, I had too many identities all along the eight years I've been on dA ^^;). Some watchers go crazy and decide to unwatch you (or directly they don't find you until years later). Sometimes, the fanartist decides to come back to their first account (if it wasn't deactivate).

:bulletgreen: Something good, now: Some people start to like some characters/couple/series/etc. because they saw your art! (That makes me proud of being fanartist :la:) xD.

Sorry it became too long ^^;.

I'm sorry, watchers! But I love you all :D :love: X) And I understand how you'd feel... I'm a watcher of someone too, and yes, i also suffered the "Watcher Karma" XD;;;.

Thank you ♥

Fonts: "Arial" and "Naruto Ninja".
Stamp template from *Royce-Barber (But I modified it).

Ps. Some fandoms are really interesting and funny!
PPS. I'm testing a possibly "cure", and is draw fanarts of many fandoms at the same time or... never draw fanarts again D8>

Sorry for my bad english.
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issabissabel Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student General Artist
My life right there.... 

AkariMarco Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013   Digital Artist
:hug: U:U
issabissabel Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student General Artist
EngelchenYugi Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
This stamp is a simple truth. I can relate to almost everything that is written in your description! :nirvana:
AkariMarco Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013   Digital Artist
drawitbig Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is why I stay away from fan art; you get good enough you begin to receive fan art.
Spinmontop Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
It's so true.
But just to let you know, I still keep an eye on your art even though I have no idea what's going on in it.
Yohao88 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahahahahahah!!! Allora ne soffro anche io!! XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
AkariMarco Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012   Digital Artist
MissCath Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's really true. Some pics sometimes are really crappy, but popular, because there is main character. And amazing fanarts of minor characters are underrated or forgotten.
You draw a really minor character, but some watchers think it's an OC or a Fancharacter :O_o:, since they only know or remember the mains or popular character (yeah, it happened to me :XD:) - > oh? Can I ask, when was it? I'm curious.
But btw, the same thing is with fanfiction.
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