Lately, the situation on art resources makes me sad.
Since the arrival of Patreon, many mediocre artists became clones of their more successful role models
(Sakimichan, Kronpr1nz, etc.). I mean, why do we need so many sexy anime girls' fanarts from every corner, and done in the same style? Where is the art in that? Fanart is simply business now: Draw a sexy girl fanart-> draw a topless version of her-> ask people to pay for the topless version on patreon-> profit
And the funny thing is, that it works, and what can you say about something that works? Don't do it? Don't profit from it? Go and work in some company that is probably a copycat as well?
That's the sad thing about money- it has nothing to do with real value, but it has everything to with what's popular, even if it's stupid.
Sure, I could say, that you should go on with your personal styles, but we have faced reality, and know pretty well, that it does not necessarily earns us any profit. It takes some serious promoting skills, to make something out of your own art, and most of us are artists and not PR managers. So using existing trends allows you to ride the success of others, to some degree.
It will be overflowed, and crumble, and there will be a fanart market crisis, but then something else will come up, and the circle will begin again.
Maybe I am just sad, because you can't simply be an artist, but have to be a businessman as well to succeed anyhow, but I am sharing that anyway, because I am certain that many others have that same problem, with, well, the current world state in general.P.S. I have nothing against artists who make money, and nothing against Patreon, I simply don't like it that everything becomes the same in the name of profit.