I've been writing and drawing for an adult publication since around 2008 and I've had my work featured on ONE cover. ONE! A few days ago, I asked them why this is. This was the response:
we generally tend to use our most popular artists on the cover, because theirs is the artwork that seems to grab the attention of customers in the bookstores. Although we do like and appreciate the work you do for us, it simply isn’t as eye-catching as that of ****** or Michael Mitchell, for example.
I’m not sure if your technique has anything to do with it, but sometimes your artwork comes of as a bit flat and “static” in comparison to some of our other artists.
I hope you find this constructive.
Now, this is a bit of a blow to my ego and a devastation to me. I'm a self-taught artist and I thought I was doing pretty amazing stuff. "Flat" and "Static"?! These two things, in reference to art, are death strokes! Now, I admit that I don't know that much about shading and how to round off certain things to make them pop! Without someone pointing to this website or that website - what could/can I do to fix this?! Another question, for all the times that I've BEGGED for critique, why am I just not getting this information?! I thought a community of artists helped one another!!!