It's not rocket science, I know what you were saying. You're implying a character's age directly reflects the type of hairstyle they should have (kind of insulting to people of that age, mind you) which is absurd.
I mean for one it's an assumption based on your understanding of cultural norms that are irrelevant considering this is concept art for one that doesn't even exist. It's silly to pigeonhole your design possibilities that way.
Now you're saying she doesn't appear vain? How does she "appear" exactly other than old and cheerful? Old and cheerful = not vain? Another broad assumption.
Or more to my former point, what does wearing your hair down have to do with being vain? For all you or I know in this culture females wear their hair up when they are young and are in turn given the freedom to wear it down as they age as a sign of maturity.
I love criticism, but only when it's constructive or credible.
Look, all I am doing is giving my opinion and letting you know how I felt about the character design. I didn't say you should change it, I didn't say I was right and you were wrong. I just explained that it appeared a little strange to me upon my first time seeing the illustration. You should understand that every person comes along with cultural biases of their own.
I think (actually, I know) it's important to value the perspective of people who follow and support your work. The next time a FAN of yours comes along and gives you a slight critique while praising your skill and the quality of your work, you might want to be a little less dismissive and just give a friendly thanks for their praise. I'm not trying to change your art or change who you are, and I'm not insulting you.
I think you're a very talented artist and I always have. I'm not interested in bashing anyone's art, ever. I merely made an observation and felt like giving you my perspective.
Eh, you already defined your opinion as a criticism; the point of which is to help improve whatever it pertains to. In this case, my work. Otherwise there's really no point in me hearing what you think is strange and what isn't.
That being said, I initially dismissed it in a jokingly fashion because I didn't want to go to the trouble of explaining why your criticism had no basis and in fact did not help at all. It's my version of being polite.
If I didn't "value" your perspective I wouldn't have gone to the trouble of elaborating why I dismissed your criticism when you came back to explain yourself.
Also don't be so damn entitled, if your opinion doesn't hold much merit don't expect someone to shut up and accept it just because you sugar coat it with some arbitrary praise. Honestly, I'm more interested in substance than a pat on the back.