The short answer is that I love Homestuck.
The long answer is that I do create things that are my own. When I have time to be alone, I spend about 90% of it drawing. I constantly think of things I want to draw, either original or not. But drawing things that people are already aware of is simpler.
One part of it is that works based on something popular are just going to get more views. I was fortunate enough to talk to 3liza in person (meanwhile my eyes were popping out of my head at her awesome artwork) and I asked, “What do I have to do to get my work out there? Whore myself out?” I was partially joking, but of course I knew that in order to become established, I had to start somewhere. She gave me some great advice but the short answer is, yeah, basically, you need to do just that.
I know you’re coming from a good place, and probably didn’t expect me to go on and on about this, but I just wanted to be clear that I do come up with my own ideas.
Another thing is I’m hugely insecure about my work (even calling it “art” makes me cringe). Every time I hit that “create post” button with something I’ve drawn, my mind starts to wander. “This sucks. I hate this. Why did I even submit this? People are going to tell me I suck. I do suck. I should just quit.” EVERY. TIME. Putting my work out there is stressful but I know I just have to do it. And putting fanart out there helps me in two ways: first, I know it’ll get more views, and this is good for my art career. Second, I know it’ll get more views, and this makes me feel stressed the fuck out.
Thanks for listening, sorry this is so long, etc. But if I didn’t address how worried I am every time I put a drawing up on here, how else would you know?