the way that deviantart ranters/oc reviewers give “constructive criticism” to people’s ocs scares me sometimes bc a lot of their criticisms are usually “they’re too edgy” or maybe something like “skeletons don’t have hair!!” or “dogs don’t have antlers, silly!!1″
like,,, item 1, edgy isn’t inherently bad character design, even if they’re a rawr xD scene kid that doesn’t take away from their overall quality in character design. item 2, the way that reviewers tell people this just like… considering their skeleton oc is proby from UT, they’re a oc for a game that has talking flowers and gay fish people, idk why you’re telling skeleton ocs to “be more realistic” like have you not heard of ectoplasm????
honestly the way oc ranters tell artists this, i honestly think oc ranters hinder creativity instead of actually give constructive criticism and help artists improve. instead of saying “lol edgy much”, how abt teaching them color theory or basic anatomy or w/e.
what’s worse is that a lot of oc ranters make videos on ocs that belong to kids. like, do you know how impressionable kids’ minds are??? do you literally want to tell them not to think outside of the box and idk, have flower stems grow instead of their goat fursona’s horns or sth and instead have them be afraid to put their ideas out there?
like ok i get it, recolors and bases aren’t good and we should definitely tell people to stop doing that but telling peeps that their oc is edgy isn’t going to help them improve, it’s just gonna make them hesitate on creativity, and that’s just. Bad and unnecessary.