>>92450354>(even though the people complaining will never, ever do it despite it being so easy according to them)
Coming from someone who has considered pandering just for followers, I purposely opted out of that idea BECAUSE it's so easy, and because I would be forcing myself to do the type of thing I don't like to begin with.
I gave myself a challenge where I would draw blobs and turn them into characters and it was a fucking hit. People said, "I can see these as a show!", "You should make them into stickers.", "I hope you do more!". Spent very little time on it, that was the point of the challenge, to work fast. It was more popular than any of my animated shorts I did for college or any of my other original work.
Now, if I wanted to, I could just turn my blog into "Blobs Daily" where I have big collages of blob characters and submit one a day and turn them into stickers and charms and sell them on Etsy and dedicate most of my time as being The Blob Gal. It would be very easy and after a year, I would probably have a big fanbase.
But I don't want to because that just doesn't interest me. For me, there's no personal pleasure in pandering to other people or copying someone else's success rather than getting it in my own way. If I get people to like my work, I'd want it to be something I'm equally enthusiastic about drawing as well. I don't really care for artists who make their living off of drawing nothing but Adventure Time-esque characters, so why would I become that person? If they find pleasure in it then good for them, but I'm not going to mimic other people's success because it's easy. If that was the case, I would've never been an artist and gone for a better paying job instead.
This has nothing to do with my thoughts on slice-of-life web comics. I've done a couple just to see if I liked doing it. Just sharing my POV of why someone might not want to just follow a trend they're tired of seeing.