I've been reading Naruto since Shonen Jump started running it over here in the US. And recently I discovered some places on the web where I found scanlations of all the stuff that hasn't been released in the US just yet. Anyway, the art of Naruto has always been one of my favorite things about the series, it's just an example of great manga art. But recently the art seems to have degraded significantly, and it's really pissed me off. I posted about this at the forum I download them from, and noone else seems to have noticed (I'm basically assuming that the artist has dropped off the book and left it to assistants). Some of the people even suggested that the art has gotten much better.
Basically this has made me realize that even if I'm not a very good artist yet, that just being around so much of it and studying it, has sharpened my eyes a great deal. At least as it applies to noticing technique in others.
Here's an example of what I'm talking about:
This is from a chapter about mid-way through the series thus far:
And this is from a chapter a couple of years later:
Even though these are small examples, I still think the difference is pretty clear.
Basically this thread is just blowing off steam, but let me know if you all have had similar experiences like this.