I think World of Warcraft is the primary offender here in terms of "influencing depictions of ears towards the excessive" - the two elves who look like they're maybe Bladesingers even have ear jewellery that is like that of one of the groups of elves in WoW (though this is likely just an obvious artistic way to go when you have ears that big).Blame Pathfinder. Or anime. Whichever you prefer. I for one like this stylistic choice as it helps to better differentiate elves from humans and half-elves.
That would work as well in my group as it did when I tried to tell the players that, yes, those gnobbly-eared monstrosities on the front of the Dark Sun box are your player characters. Some artwork simply didn`t age well - no pun intended.All drow art should be based on "geriatric Drizzt with sideburns and hoop earrings".
Hmm, I may have just figured out where the inspiration for the new ear style came from!Why not? The look was taken from popular media. Just like 99% of all D&D content was. If there were elves with those ears as plastic figures in Kellogs Frisbees (TM) in the 80s, our books would be full of them.
Most elves in early D&D books look like humans with glued-on ears anyway. Might as well make them aerodynamic.
We need more flying elf clerics who are also Drow with ecology-appropriate skin tone which was not ordained as a curse because they did something wrong is a result of the effects of Underground Drow Radiation on skin pigmentation combined with a lack of sunlight or sunlight-related light sources.
Feel free to have albino elves in your games and settings, of course. Or Stone-Grey or anything in between. Should probably also make them Blind, honestly, if they evolved as cave-dwellers... But the default setting for 5e is FR and alllll of it's baggage! We can't ignore that when looking at new art from WoTC in a core rulebook.
Artists have depicted dark elves in alllllll kinds of ways for a while now. A quick pinterest search shows this.My second impression is: Why must all artists depict drow the same way? Isn't a major aspect of art (and D&D, for that matter) to come up with your own version of something? To make it your own, whether you're an artist or DM or player?