Actually I do see the faults in fanart. (I’m actually really cynical and point out a lot of mistakes that my friends and family make in real life, though I usually get on people’s nerves that way. I’m trying to change that now.) I just choose not to point them out. I’m grateful to get any art whatsoever because Ask Queen Moon is just a blog I’m doing for fun. I don’t expect to get famous or make money off of it. Heck, I was surprised I even got a single follower. To have people like my blog enough that they actually take time out of their day to draw something makes me really happy and just brightens up my day. No one is obligated to draw me anything, yet, they do, and they should know that I appreciate their efforts and their support.
I think it’s rude to point out the mistakes or issues I find in fanart that I get because they’re trying. Not everyone is comfortable with what they draw; I’m not even happy with my work most of the time. To point out the mistakes in the pictures that they probably spent a lot of time on would most likely discourage them from continuing because they would be made to feel bad about themselves. I would feel horrible if I ever did that to someone. (If I have done that to anyone by accident, I’m truly sorry as that wasn’t my intention. I was probably trying to make a joke or something and failed horribly.)
Fanart is, well, fanart. They aren’t asking for critiques. If a person ever sent me something and asked for a critique, I would gladly type up a few paragraphs explaining everything I like and what I would suggest changing and keeping. However, that’s not the point of fanart. If I wasn’t the always-looking-for-criticism kind of person that I am, I probably wouldn’t be happy if I sent a piece to someone and they posted it with a long string of how the lines could have been done better and I should have used a different colour for highlights because the current one clashes too much with the coat or something like that. It wouldn’t matter to me that they said it looked okay other than all of that because I would feel bad for making all of those mistakes in the first place. I would feel embarrassed that someone called me out, especially if that someone was someone I really admired.
My compliments are supposed to get the person to keep going and encourage them to improve. I can’t be a giant grump all the time. If you want me to be negative or actually point out faults, I can do that. I just won’t do it to someone that didn’t ask for it.
As for my ponysona’s talent, eh. It’s a character meant to represent me. I could have gone with an art talent, but I didn’t want her to have the cliche artist pony OC cutie mark with a pencil or paintbrush or whatever. Being a critic of everything is one of my defining traits, so I went with that. Note to self: stop being so long winded.