Also, this might be a bit different from others’ stances, but I love seeing slightly different interpretations to my character designs when I get fanart.
Like, any gift art to me is great, regardless of accuracy (aside from like… themes I’m just not okay with, like subtly (obviously) trying to inject certain out-of-character fetishes).
How I draw em will still be what’s canon, but for Pivot for instance, I’ve seen interpretations that have given her a more cyber outfit, given her different segments to her body, different arm and leg designs, etc., and yet it’s still recognizable as her. I love that stuff. It’s creative and different and is just as awesome as seeing interpretations that stay more on-model.
Iunno. I’ve seen and heard stories of some people critiquing gift art they’ve received and criticizing the artist for ‘screwing up’ even minor design elements. Just today a friend was telling me someone actually took some gift art she made for them and had another artist ‘fix’ it.
Why the hell would someone do that?