midgerock wrote:must be problems on the holo-deck.
Your response helped me with a similar questions on varied styles and how to design. People's tastes are quite fickle. Let alone if they might like what you or I bring to the table per their given taste "of the day". I guess when it comes down to it you partially have to design for you and what you like. I say partially because not everyone likes sword-wielding japanese school girls... not that I like them... um... I'm just sayin'. But you have to like what you create or you will begin to hate what your doing. Right? I ask because you have been doing quite longer than I.
You've got it 100%. The further you go to try to please other people, you might lose some of yourself. Trying new things is great for your skillset, but I wouldn't suggest abandoning the things you feel passionate about simply to please others. I have seen people do that and it really harms their feelings about art later on.
That's kind of what bothers me about some people complaining that certain artists use the same styles all the time. As an artist, I know people have 'styles', or natural ways they do things. We all start out making the art that we like, and making it look how we want it to look. Not everyone is cut out to do art that looks different each time. Plus, if you do go that rout, you run the risk of not building a real group of people who are drawn to your personal style, the style that you yourself put most of your passion into.
/long artsy bloobyblabby