Hey guys,I could really use some advice how to approach this little "problem" I'm having with one of my watchers on Deviantart who keeps offering "helpfull critique".
I'm planning to do a story (well,a comic) about angels/demons,heaven and hell,you know,classic stuff.I have only posted conceptart of the characters and descriptions,keep in mind I don't have anything written yet and noone can see yet how my story will look like.I've put a lot of effort into characterization and in the worldbuilding,everything has rules,cause and effect,and by this time,if I change everything,it would cause major plotholes into the story.
The villains of the story live in the Sheol dimension,and are the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.The main character is an average demon dude who gets sentenced to imprisoment in Sheol,and has to find the exit that is guarded by the horsemen.Everyone uses guns that are powered by their mana,and the shape of the weapon is totally irrelevant,the winner is the person with the strongest amount of spiritual pressure.
So,this person took an interest in my story,but soon started complaining when he saw the weapons characters used.Or he didn't think the designs "fit them" and aren't "majestic" enough.
He has TONS of suggestions and writes essays on my page what would make it look better.
The problem is,I have to draw all this things,and it's hard for me as it is.And they guy in question isn't an artist,he is a 3D programmer and admitted to me he can't draw himself.I have no problem taking suggestions from a non-artist,but this guy is getting more demanding and critical,and when I did what he told me and used the resources he gave,he complained again about guns looking "generic".
I only have a pen tool and have to draw everything from scratch, and poor quality photos he gave me from one angle and he has privilege to model his designs in a program and rotate it from every possible angle.As a non-artist he really doesn't understand how difficult it is for me.When I asked him for more help and explained why this isn't enough,he told me "I already told you everything.Use Google images"
The problem escalated when I posted my main character design.and he complained he looked generic,and wanted me to make the Horsemen the main characters.But he hasn't even seen the story,and is already making assumptions that couldn't be more wrong.
I have some qoutes of his critique and to be honest,he seems a bit obsessed with changing my story to his own liking.
" I think more red color on his clothes would be a good idea, make it more army uniform like (just my opinion) but my real objection is his weapon; sniper rifles are weapons of assassination rather than weapons of war. I'd think giving him something with high fire rate (two Uzi guns or a Minigun) or large area of effect (Grenade launcher, rocket launcher or just a grenade belt) or a mix of both (I could totally imagine him with two Uzi guns, a grenade belt along his shoulder and a RPG 7
on his back or maybe a Minigun with a bullet belt crossing the grenade belt.)"
And more :
"Now death is the last and most powerful of the horsemen so I’d expect a more majestic outfit than that; at least a big long coat to match that crazy hair, but that is just my opinion. The weapon is also… he looks more like a little hetman with a scary mask than a harbinger of the end.
I recommend a gun-blade or a scythe-rifle"
I really think he is becoming unreasonable and doesn't understand there is a person behind the screen that has to draw all this things,and I would really love to listen to him but I don't have the time,nor are my skills strong enough to pull that off.
Also,I think he totally misinterpreted what my story will be about.It is not a futuristic SF story with guns and explosions,battle is just a tiny part of the story and I can already see him displeased because there is "too much talking" and "not enough action".
Sorry for the wall of text,but these is the first are the only critiques I'm actually getting,and I really don't want to come across as an arrogant person who doesn't accept critique.
But I can't really think this guy is trying to change a story to something that will never happen.And I cannot deliver all of the things he wants me to,I would,but I'm not that good of an artist yet.
I'm just starting to ignore him,but I would like your opinion about this.