I like realisticly drawn stuff and anime/manga (although when it's too
realistic, it has a boring feel to it, so I like some stylation and such). I also like pretty characters, but I think almost everyone does. I like animation more than still images, but I've been getting more into comics in recent years (probably mostly because it's easier to make than animation). For writing, I tend more toward... something believable (at least for the story's universe), but not necessarily realistic (why read or watch something that happens in real life? :/ ).
I dislike computer animated movies (or comics, but I've only seen one or two of those). There's just something about 3D that looks so... weird to me. 2D looks 3D to me, so it's just overkill. But some movies can use it in some scenes where it doesn't look like computer animation at all. For digital vs traditional (both 2D), it doesn't matter much to me. I like how digital art's coloring can be more consistant, though. (when I was around 6 to 8, I used to bust my thumb open trying to get crayons to give consistant coloring. There's not many traditional coloring mediums that I can use that will give me a solid color, so when I got a computer, I started coloring digitally more and more) But sometimes traditional stuff has a nice look (at least for still images).
Art tends to give me the first impression for shows (for comics, I would usually see the description before the pages, but banners and ads can get me interested before that point). Usually the art is about equal to the story, so it works for me for the most part. More cartoony things usually have a cartoony sounding story and very well drawn things usually have a pretty good story. There's been some animes that I liked, where when I tried looking at the corresponding manga, I didn't like the art as much and couldn't seem to get into the manga as much as I did the anime. I can get used to art over time, though (sometimes I'll dislike a look, but I'll end up getting used to it and semi-liking it later from seeing it so much). And if a story's interesting enough (when I dislike the art), I can pay more attention to the words than the drawing style. If there's a story with a good art style, but the story's kind of boring, I'd probably give it a chance, but would end up disliking it, dispite the art. But for the most part, I like stories with an art style I like. (but when I find the story really intersting, and I think the art's really good, I like those the most)
For fanfiction (or fiction in general, but I tend to like fanfiction more than original fiction), I seem to have different criteria. The art for fanfictions are in my head, so the art is always good for them. So I usually search for specific plot elements when looking for fanfiction. I like stuff like amneisa, brainwashing, and general changing/losing yourself types of things, so, every so often, I'll pick a series and do a fanfiction.net search for "amnesia" "memory loss" and the such, sometimes attaching a specific character to the search (but most series have slightly different ways of expressing the type of story I like, so my more specific searches usually depend on the series I'm searching within).
Hmm... I'm not sure I have any specific favorite comics or artists... On deviantart, I like Washu-M's
drawing style, and I like Goten0040's fanfiction
, I like other fanfictions on fanfiction.net and other artists on deviantart, and I like several comics on smackjeeves as well as others online, like Strays
and Paradigm Shift
, um... I can't seem to think of any specific ones from Smackjeeves to show, but you can look in my favorites here (and my favorites on fanfiction.net
for that matter).
art, fiction, animation, and comics are all under some larger category for me, since I have similar feelings toward them and they share some elements. (well, except sometimes art, but I never really cared much for museum art)
Hmm... the line between artist/author and fan kind of blurs a little for me, too. I started reading more comics at the same time I started trying to make them. (I also started reading and writing 'fanfiction' at about the same time, but I acted out, and later wrote, stories I made up based on tv series as long ago as I can remember, I just didn't know about 'fanfiction' until way later. But that was probably more about watching TV - seeing stories, making stories) Most of what I said is about me as a fan (and sometimes it also applies to me as an author/artist), except the obvious places I'm talking about myself doing stuff.