Found the highest horse I could find before typing this.
Whats crazy about facebook, and all of the exposure online in general, is that you’re almost not allowed to grow in a sense anymore. At least not without being scrutinized to some extent by peers. When you were coming up before the internet you could be anyone you wanted to your small group of friends. You could have any style, copy anybody, take on as many influences as you like without anybody saying you’re unoriginal. But having a stage like this and starting out learning to be an artist is so strange and I think it hurts development by quite a bit. Waiting to be different before exploring the things you love in fear of being ridiculed as another rip off is almost a non starter.
That being said, even if you are ridiculed but keep going you’ll eventually realize that this is just a small bubble in the industry. The rest of the world doesn’t know or care for the most part about how you got to where you are, what you used to paint/draw like. They’re just going to know the person you became and gained notoriety for being.
All I’m saying is that because this is the new normal being online in these groups, you have to have thicker skin and not worry about being described as another clone of someone else on your way up to being who you will become. Just keep your head down and focus on what you enjoy.
I am also full of shit and you don’t have to listen to me, but I love you, I promise.