The way it works: when you do something that other people like you get good grades, when you do something you like and is not standard you get bad grades. So you have to decide whether you want to do what others like or what you like, maybe what you like is to please other people so there you go hehe. I do what I like, and as soon as I start a thread I give myself one star because the rating couldn't bother me less. And yeah, there are a lot of people conforming to standards, and give grades comparing your work to the trends. It sucks if you haven't got the gut and love for your work I personally like your work, the dog and and the old man comp has a very powerful nostalgic emotion, however you pay attention to the detail, but anatomy is a bit off, so if you did a jewel collection, you'd probaably get 4 or 5 star ratings imo.