What disappoint me the most is the fact that most of them are in the high school frame of mind. You know, the I'll-conform-to-the-rules-of-the-queen-b
For example, a few years ago, there was a big boom about using tiny text as decoration for icon making. It was great for awhile, and it's still good now, but I don't get why it's so amazing. If you're an icon maker, can't you make your own tiny text? It's so simple and easy. No one can read it, so you can curse your enemies to death and no one would know. Instead, people vigorously download tiny text brushes that others have made.
I have two problems with this. First, tiny text is easy to make, as I've stated above. Second, if someone popular post a set of tiny text brushes, no matter how boring it is, hundreds of people will comment and say it's the most amazing thing they've ever seen. However, if someone without connection or popularity post a similar set of tiny text brushes, five people will comment.
There are so many icon/brushes/graphic makers out there that are wonderful, and they barely get recognition, only because they don't jump on bandwagons repeatedly just to get a few extra comments. They're the ones that do whatever they want because they have passion about the things they love, and if what they like just happen to be a popular thing at that moment (like Harry Potter), then so be it, but usually, they don't sell themselves short for some bandwagon.
I guess maybe I'm just one of those people that don't jump on bandwagons, and I have friends who are like that who I think make wonderful icons, but they don't get enough recognition. Sure, they don't spew out 20 icons per day, seven days a week, but that doesn't mean they aren't as good or better than other icon makers.
I could always make a set of tiny text brushes and offer them to see if people would leave me comments about how great my brushes are, but I would feel like I'm selling myself short for some comments. I know that my brushes get a lot of downloads, like 400+, even if I only get five comments. And I know why -- because I'm not popular. I don't ask for comments on how great my brushes are. What I want is to know who's using my brushes, and I like to check out their journals because I'm usually bored, and I've met several of my LJ friends this way.
I know my work isn't amazing [yet], but I have pride in what I do nonetheless, and jumping on bandwagons just so I could be a part of the popular crowd, like teh_indy or awmp isn't something I want to do. I'd rather be popular because I did something unique, but in this LJ world full of followers, being unique won't get me far in life. Nevertheless, it won't stop me from making graphics that I like. So what if my only fan on my graphic community is my sister? At least I have a fan.