They both appear to be great contracts that can be used for non-fungible tokens, so why the big debate?
Is it just personal preference?
Which one should a new artist choose?
In a nutshell, it simply comes down to your use case for them, that’s all.
So while you may wonder what to do, there is no right or wrong answer. Some collectors will only choose to buy an NFT minted on ERC-721 and others will not have a preference about the issue. Your use case will usually determine which one is the best fit for minting your NFT.
As an artist in this space, I mint on both. I understand newcomers being drawn to platforms using ERC-1155 as they are open, easy and affordable. Many support their decisions if they choose this minting standard and believe their work should not be viewed as lesser than those who have been in this space longer and choose to mint only on ERC-721.
As a community, we should be a welcoming space for all to grow in. Artists should never be shunned for which contract they decide to mint with. In support and solidarity for all who wonder if choosing the “lazy minting” was the right thing to do or not, I minted my own Anatomy Shapes Collection on OpenSea under such a contract.
Regardless of what you choose to use, above all, remember to have fun.