So a while back Alan Moore (the comic writer) put on a facebook post (actually a quote from elsewhere of himself) that it is always the job of the artist to give the people what they need for if they knew that then they would be artists.
Well Dutch Mantel is a professional wrestling booker and legend hwho I doubt anybody much in comics knows but us smart marks are all huge fans of wrestling wise fired back at Alan saying that the job of an artist is to entertain people through their expression of self because they would not have an audience if they always forced their ideas on people.
It's an odd argument but does have strong points both sides, in my opinion I always thought an artist is one who creates things by expressing their feelings and abilities thus anyone from a pro wrestler or comic author can be and is an artist but when it comes to the audience it can be a grey area, I think most guys in comics will go down the please the audience route because of the nature of comics (there are alarming similarities between comics and pro wrestling trust me, (mangas are the same) you tell me marshall D teach ain't a great heel i'll eat my hat) so its odd moore said that , at the same time what's the point of view of a surrealist artist who only is bothered about breaking new ground?
They may never get any recognition I their time so material value is tiny but by breaking new ground the van Gough and Dalis of the world changed art forever and are still the most revered.
If you took Gil Elvgren and Caravaggio and gave them DA accounts you'd find gil would have about a million watchers more than Caravaggio BUT caravaggios watchers would be almost all artists of one kind or another.
I am not lecturing here I just hope that like me this incident got you guys to stop and think about your own perspective and purpose and if you believe in it good on ya, I personally side with Dutch more, simply because I think that when I make a new char it better be good and likeable and worth your time as much as I like it, I love art to where I can do any inks drawings etc and it will still be for me and i can make a new entity because i had an idea I like and wanna share but at the same time Im sure you'd all want me to o the odd hottie or badass batman/ spawn inks as much as checking out some anthro new OC i made or a comics char, because i love what i do i can put myself into it regardless and hopefully it will be what you want.
Thats my perspective hope you find/ have yours and never lose it because that is where the rewards material or not come from.