With the great photography we have today I think there is not much point to photo realism drawings/paintings anymore. It's great to practice technical skills but when copying something exactly, so you don't even see brush strokes, I don't really see the point for that today. But some artists do some crazy detailed photorealism paintings but they bring something extra into it, which makes them interesting again.
What "genre" annoys me though are overly sexual and disrespectful artworks of women everywhere, especially in game art. Seriously, if those women would be wearing that armor for reals, they would be dead within ten seconds :/
The only reason I attempt photorealism is because I want to learn how to copy other people's styles and I was told I needed to know how to draw realistically extremely well before attempting to do that.
Fanart kind of gets on my nerves. I mean, it's not bad, in fact I used to draw some fanart, but there's just so MUCH of it. And it always seems to get a ton of hype! I mean seriously. I guess I just got tired of it.
I've taken a liking to hatching and such over smudging recently; I think it looks cleaner and has more motion and texture, if it's done well. Though I've also seen a few smudge-shaded pieces that managed to look quite nice as well, so... it's subjective as anything, I guess xD
eh, realistic drawings are at least impressive; I never used to respect it as much as when I started my drawing class which basically teaches you to 'copy' what you see. It's a lot harder than it looks.
Stuff which annoy me: -anthropomorphic animals - sorry I know a lot of people are into this kinda stuff but it really creeps me out tbh. Especially the ones done in pin up style and also suggestive fan art. XD -shiny elbows and knees, most seen on anime characters - 'adoptables' which all look the same, plastered in a 10x10 grid as if the amount to choose from makes up for the really badly created 'characters'.
But you know, I generally like to keep an open mind, and I do find most art beautiful in its own way It's just often it's easy to see which pieces have been created out of trends and not from the heart.