I snoop around occasionally. I dont really have that much to add cause I'm a bit out of touch with the 3d scene
Agreed about the fan art. It especially shines when people put a new interpretation on a character rather than an outright copy. For example i saw some shots from the new Tin Tin movie, looks like it'll be an amazing transition from 2D to 3D!
Everybody loves to find cliches with things, cant even describe how many times ill take a photo for uni only to be told that its been done onethousandbillioncatrillionblablabla times before by some know it all hipster who thinks they break all the trends. Id say the cliches are good things to learn with but eventually people have to get past them when they are confident enough to be more experimental.