this ties directly in with my previous post. It's a shame they are missing their intended emotional mark. but it's not surprising, I've had that sinking feeling for the last little bit as well.
Not too long ago I voiced my worries in a vent thread about this very thing: My work is becoming repetitive. I like horror but I also like creature design, environments and landscapes but I don't seem to paint them anymore.I have fallen into a rut where I know the work I put out is not suitable for a portfolio, and I'm not really learning as much as I should be from the process. Personal life, habits and other things get in the way from me fully bringing it each time I sit down to paint, so I default to the same theme/setting/design at this point.
I had a very similar thing happen with creature design. I would love to make all sorts of beasts until I found that I unintentionally posed each of them in very similar ways (profile view to show detail, 3/4ths for action, never head on because creatures don't work that well like that) . This bugged me until I almost outright stopped drawing them. This is going to end up happening to this type of work very shortly as soon as I find another emotion or goal I want to produce that overthrows it>>3820058
I forgot to mention that, a lot of the time, I'm one of the laziest people you'll meet unless I'm very driven to produce a certain goal. This ties in with why I've made essentially the same picture a dozen times over
tl;dr You are possibly more right than you know, anon. it's not insulting, its a very troubling monologue I have been having with myself, and seeing it written by someone else is a bitter pill. But one I need to take none the less. I shall narrow my purists and aim higher then this. all the best to you my friend
this drawing was probably the last creature I had worked on, and there's a very clear blending of the type of work I was getting into