Oh boy. I’ve had my share of experiences where this is definitely proven wrong, and instances where the artist was definitely an ungrateful snob.
As for myself, I try not to judge acknowledgement of fans because the more popular an artist is, the more comments someone would get, and the more likely the artist won’t have time to reply to everyone. (There also may be stupid comments thrown in there as well.) I do judge however, the interaction if there is any and the general attitude towards others.
I know in those rare moments when I personally talk to, note, or on an even rarer occasion, meet some of these artists who don’t reply to comments, they’re absolutely wonderful people who are by no means snobs. A great example is someone I met at ACEN who had excellent art and was one of the nicest strangers I’ve met those three days. I later checked her DA to see that she didn’t really reply to very many people, but I knew her to be a friendly, humble individual.
There’s also been a couple of artists who don’t reply to fans and participate solely in one of those invite-only RP groups who are still nice and actually acknowledge people and talk to them in their Livestreams. Most experiences have been pretty good unless their close circle comes in and dominate the discussion. I may feel rather excluded, but I leave them alone because they’re friends. I’m sure I’m guilty of doing this every now and then too; it’s perfectly normal.
Alright. Fair enough.
What definitely was not normal and what was definitely snobby was when I saw an immensely popular artist not reply to anyone (fine), is a huge part of private/huge-ass RP groups (fine) who would often write dramatic journals and brushing suggestions off when people were calling her out on the same-face syndrome or some sort of anatomical error. There was also an instance in which she let people send in requests and state why she should draw it. Of course, it goes without saying that the artist can and will draw what they will, but her attitude about the whole ordeal, though she did not explicitly write a journal about it this time, really encouraged me to finally unwatch her.
Goodness gracious. I didn’t mind not getting picked because there were plenty of other reasons people gave that were far better than my selfish motives, but if anyone is going to ask their followers why they should draw something for them, they could and should probably pick a damn good reason instead of a random, spastic fangasm paired with crazy flattery.
I also know a friend who reached out to a popular artist who was ill at the time, asking him certain questions about his character so that she can help support the cause towards paying his hospital bills, but supposedly, instead of being grateful for her efforts to help him out, he gave her nothing but complete drama.
Despite these two incidents I still think that they are good artists. They’re just simply people who happen to have little to no tact that I have to be careful in dealing with.
(Source: artist-confessions, via loveslight-deactivated20120604)