All artists know the Comparison Monkey. He's anyone who comes along, makes a comparison and says nothing more. Artists hate the Comparison Monkey. He is thoughtless and rude. Surely you can try harder than HIM, right?
There is many a monkey in my class. I tried explaining the comparison monkey to my instructor in my concept art for animation class (making a comparison and leaving it at that). She said 'consider it a compliment'. When critiques rolled around, I drew a little comparison monkey on the board. Most of the class consists of beginning artists, and I am not that great with coming up with an in-depth critiques on the spot, so the only feedback I could give these people at that moment was to simply practice the fundamentals of drawing, color, etc.. Thus I stayed quiet for the most part. She called me out on my quietness and and said something along the lines that it wasn't fair that I was criticizing people for trying to give compliments. Lol...
There is nothing worse than a Monkey that just goes with "LOOKS LIKE" and defends itself with "Im givin a Constructive Criticism!"... So it's like a no-way for an artist... You feel bad. But you can do nothing because if you will say something against that - Monkey just goes UKIKIKI~~~ and repeats "Constructive Criticism" - line and artist looks like an asshole that "Do Not Want To Learn And Listen to Critics"... pfft Many thanks for this.
I get this now and again [a one-liner comparison], and I never know if I should take it as a compliment or an insult. I also wonder if they've ever created anything from scratch before. In the end, I just thank them for their comment though, regardless. I figure anything else will either just give them troll power or make them angry, heh. And that's not what I'm here for.
A good friend of mine from college dies a little inside when he hears those three words. I have a good response for it. I just scream in their face, "WELL YOU'RE WRONG!" Obviously it's just their silly opinion and there are plenty of ways of dealing with this kind of situation better, but I find it funnier to just scream at them
Neither is chasing them with a red hot poker and burning their house. Yet I just can't help myself, gosh darn it. On the up side, nobody ever gives a stupid opinion about my drawings ever again... Or any opinion... Come to think of it, nobody talks to me anymore... :[
Yes, it's one of things I keep reminding myself to do.
I actually study everything you guys make, carefully seeing the line of action of your drawings (it's hard to me to actually construct things around a line), the structure of your drawings and other stuff.
I used to do that. I stopped as soon as I found out how bad it bugs people. But I still can't help making little comparisons, though (in my mind, not in comments). Upon seeing certain pieces of dA art, my brain just automatically tells me "that looks like X," and then I'm like, "shut up, brain! They hate it when you do that."
I've only had this happen to me a couple of times. Thankfully, the comparisons were rather flattering.
It's not comparisons in themselves that I dislike. It's when that's the only comment that it bugs me. Also, I'm not fond of getting the same ones over and over. I like when people make unique observations.
This I like. It is a little bothersome when you work on a character and all some people do is compare it to something else. But what really gets to me is after a comment from a 'Comparison Monkey' is that I think people then assume I just ripped off a character.