Gray-RoseFeatured By OwnerDec 30, 2009Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. As someone who used to only draw fanart, I know from experience that popularity doesn't mean much if you never truly grow as an artist. I would rather get only one fave for an art piece because the person really did think my original art was good and worth faving than getting 10 faves on a fanart simply because it has a popular character that's from an already existing show, book or whatever.
Exactly I'm glad you see it that way, not only do you get better constructive criticism than 'omg thatzzz leik soooo kawaiiii desuuu' you also naturally develop your own style, however if you only draw fanart you tend to fall into the pattern of your favourite artist, Kishimoto for example.