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Idolization is a strange and dangerous thing.
Yet we all do it. Either aware or unaware.

It all starts when we see an artist here whose work we like a lot.
Most of us have been there. Seeing the work of an artists that hits a soft spot in you, for whatever reason that might be.
You admire it, but at the same time you feel sad because you realize your level is still miles away from this artist, and you will probably never be able to do the same.
But despite everything, you start following this person. And you keep following him.
Because somewhere deep in your soul, you hold the believe --or rather, hope-- that when you watch it long enough, it will reveal it's tricks.
That it will inspire you in some way. And that you'll be able to do the same.

Unconsciously, we all build images of our idol.
It's human nature, I guess. We fill in all the blanks. The things that we don't know from this person.
Because an idol isn't a person anymore at that point. It has become an icon. Something that we look up to.
We tend to think that great talent comes with a great personality. A strong personality. An inspiring one.
We hold up this image, to justify our idolization. That it's not just a normal person we admire, but an exceptionally great one. 

Only to find ourselves utterly disappointed when it doesn't turn out to be that way.

Talent doesn't always come with a great personality.
And this idol might not be the person you thought he was. He might not even hold up to your expectations.
Because at the end of the day, we're all human, and we all have flaws.
Thinking there are exceptions to this rule, is nothing more than being delusional

You think this is maddening?
Try to place yourself on the other side of the circle -- in the shoes of the idol that you admired.
A person that started out, just like you, from nothing and just happened to do something that other people thought was inspiring.
How by doing what he loved to do, he finds himself in the position to deal with countless of people that tell him he sucks, because he doesn't match up with the expectations they had of him. Expectations he didn't know of in the first place. Expectations that he probably never wanted, but finds himself into anyway. Because the internet allows each and every person to tell what he thinks, no matter if good or bad, reasonable or unreasonable. Whether asked or unasked for.

Let's stop this madness.
See your fellow artists, no matter how good they are, as humans rather than icons.
Because you might not see it over the internet, but there's a person there at the other side of the line.
A real person, just like you.
That can get hurt, just like you.
A human being that has it's reasons to create the stuff that he does. Reasons that often don't even include you or his public in general -- because most artists started doing art for personal reasons.
You are just there because you happened to find his work inspiring.

We all have our reasons to do what we do.
We all fight our own battles.
Don't judge us for it.
Instead enjoy the feeling of knowing that you're not alone when you've found another human being that is similar to you.
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sarajevos-soul Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student General Artist
i agree,your entirely correct.more people need to know this,do you mind i i copy this and post this on my journal page?
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't mind at all, as long as you link back to the original :)
sarajevos-soul Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student General Artist
GlacialFalls Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I sometimes do that, especially when they're in the 13-16 age range and already doing better than me. Then I tell myself we all have different paths to take :)
Vexcel Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! I've always seen it this way! More people need to know thisss
Neme303 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is very important
GypsySquid Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   General Artist
This touches me.
annagalaxy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
ps ...thank you for making such good humor ,,,I cannot stop laughing now,,,and with out even reading it all...
annagalaxy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
emmm is maybe someone here looking down from the self made apsumption ,,of  to be above  the rest of others ? hope not,,,this someone would be really detestable   and sporportionally satisfied in what is doing,,,,it would take and not add to the simpathy we poor mortal wants to share// for him and his works so.../hope not
Morgasmyx Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderfully succinct. :)
annagalaxy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
yea haaa!
Mellon-Snow Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student General Artist
That's kinda why i still think meeting people eye to eye is important (even though i'm bad at it lol). Internet is great and all but i feel like it kinda takes the reality out of the "world". We all stare at a screen and read text, totally severed from actual close contact...
ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a good thing I never idolized any artists! :phew: Based on this definition! :fear:
I never did this because I'm not really an artist, so I never fell into that. By the time I started drawing, I was almost 30 by that point and beyond starting that.
MagmaSloth Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really inspirational journal complete stranger, I really idolize how you wrote it! Jk, but that is so true. That's why I think it's great to go to diy venues to see shows, because there you see all of the inspiring and perfect artists drinking themselves to sleep and getting high in fits of depression. It's stuff like that, real-life hard stuff, that I think inspires one to create art in the first place, in an attempt to escape into a better reality.
FJolliff Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In the past, I've been guilty of this. It wasn't until I hit my twenties that I started realizing that I'm not the only person in the world with feelings. After a couple of bouts in the hospital for depression, and seeing that there were other people there with the same problems, I started to see the truth. I learned fairly quickly that everyone is human, and that what I expected of the people around me was unfair. Seeing other people suffering through the same/similar situations, even though they were from totally different places and occupations, it gets you thinking and reevaluating everything you thought you knew. It was a huge wake-up call. Now, I try to remember that the person on the other side of the screen is a real person... No matter how anonymous they are.

It was also eye-opening when I started seeing TV specials focused on cyber bullying, and other things like that. They proved that the computer screen doesn't dampen the effects of our words, and can actually make what you say sound worse because they can't see how you are reacting to the situation, or hear the joking tone in your voice.

I find myself always worried that I'm going to or already have said something and it's taken the opposite of how I mean... I just wish that I could express my thoughts clearly enough for all people to be able to understand. But, like everyone else, I have flaws, I'm human too.
Purrdemonium Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So many people will idolize while their own success is in their reach
Don't forget you're able to design your own universe!

- Epica 
woot4anime64 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student General Artist
that's a beautiful quote :)
Morbid6reality Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
This is a great thought on idolization.....Though to me art of another is't seen through this same concept. To me the art holds an emotion a life so to speak as if it were alive in some way. I really don't think of the other artist or person I don't know them. It's not to say that what you have put here is't true. In some contrast or shade of color for those who view them selves as lesser of some one else. It's like any thing in life some want to be and so just are. I never think Idolization when it comes to art I think every one need to keep trying to trap life in a bottle. So if you can grab it put it on what ever medium you can. Cause people need art music it sets you free not in traps you. Still this is pretty well thought out cool read. 
boris0317 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This article got me thinking...which proves that writing this has served its purpose for me :D

How many folks actually 'idolize' other people? Ie., create some god-like vision of another person? Has this happened to you or have you created a golden statue from viewing the art works of another human being? That's profound, if that is the case. Idolize may be too strong a word- but your point is well taken.
Which leads me to think about the people whose work I admire most here- they generally are WAY too busy to answer people's comments, etc. They have lives, family, other work- whatever. By NOT responding, by not talking to folks, by not answering the simplest of questions, this may feed your idea. It's easier to 'idolize' when that entity has a certain mystery to it. I don't mean to beat up on ALL these folks, because it is the nature of the beast we have here. And the nature of the internet, in general. And, as you say, human nature. That said, I also believe some artists use this to their advantage. Advancing their mysteriousness in hopes of increasing their popularity. It works both ways. I know I get the greatest of joy when there is some human connection between me and other folks here. And it doesn't take much- a simple comment, perhaps- to realize there IS another human being on the other side of the world...:)

Human nature is, in many ways, being coerced, corrupted even, by this 'great' technology... The idea that we, as human beings are more 'connected', is crazy!! IMHO.

But if one tries to minimize this, do as you say- think of people as real, then we may get past all this, maybe. :) But we have to STOP and evaluate how much more connected we can be without actually talking intelligently to each other... I hope that I at least try to do this...

The fact that you posted this interesting idea, gives me hope. At least you're thinking about it...;) And I am too, now.
Thank You!
malin-markk Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A bit offtopic but still interesting: If you ever think yo can't become as good as your favourite artist, try to think about te improvements you have made the last years. Imagine then if someone told the younger you that he/she would accomplish all those improvements. Imagine also you're going to improve at the same rate the next following years. Suddenly, the idea that you might as well become as good as our favourite artist doesn't seem that surreal any more.
luien Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's human nature. Everyone does it. It's actually considered as a sin on the Bible.
It just depends on how you IDOLIZE that person.

And I think. it's quite easy, to know what that person really is, depending on their works, regardless of the lack of physical contact, etc.
LadyBeelze Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
uh..this makes me feel happy i don't idolize anybody xwx i learned that lesson years ago. i just admire their skills, not the person. until he/she shows something to admire of course
SinisterSugar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I e had people tell me i shouldpaint or do digital art because its more popular, which is just hurtful and unmotivating, why look at my art if it isnt 'perfect' enough? The ideals most people want r common, cookie cutter ones, its just so annoying sometimes!
malin-markk Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Use it as a motivation to show all those people one day that traditional art can be just as awesome as digital if it's done right Nod 
SinisterSugar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awh thank u!
NateCharystalic Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's true, overall. When I like someone who really is an idol, or they are as idols; I couldn't help myself but idolize them. But, at the same time, I want to fight myself just to be among of them. Although I'm still improve my talents so hard that they can recognize, it's really a tough way to realize... Everyone has the same opinion, I can feel that. And I really respect thus salute for those (you all) who try hard to be as an icon from idols, just like us, humans do. (and yes, you, too; as well^^) Everyone has mistakes, but hoping as great from everyone's point of view.
Vikavilewell Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 I think I know what are you talking about... but in a different way. Maybe everyone see this in their schools, but I wanted to comment it..
  So. My classmates think I'm the most intelligent one in the room, for reasons I really don't know. They don't realize I have lots of flaws, and obviously they also don't notice their flaws. For exemple, when we have tests and one of my answers is wrong, classmateA, B and C come to laugh of me - maybe because I didn't get to where they tought I would get. And they tell me ''Oh! ClassmateD made a perfect answer there! You idiot nerd''. First of all: I'm not a nerd. I don't care to who made a right answer. Everyone that laughed of me had the WORST answers. So I became hostile with almost all of my classmates because of that. As well, I don't know what should I do. No, I disagree! 
ArTRefugiuM Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
Oooh yes, I know exatly what you're speaking of. I didn't have that with a visual artist but with a musician. For a few years, he was perfect in my eyes. Until I got to know him and had a view behind the facade. I do never deny that this man is a genius, but inside he's a madman. Haven't talked to him for over a year now, things might have changed but I don't believe it. It just taught me one thing - the biggest geniuses in this world are always those people who have the biggest crack in their mind. I will never get in such a situation again and I don't wish this for my worst enemies either. Better be aware of who you like.
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the biggest geniuses in this world are always those people who have the biggest crack in their mind
You need to be deviant in order to do something out of the ordinary.
I think that's why genius people tend to be a bit mad
ArTRefugiuM Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
I totally agree. "Normal" people aren't able to do such stuff.
Moon-Girl1 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I have learned this good, but rather tough, lesson the hard way. Yes, like most people, I have idolized people...well, boys in particular. I grew up watching Disney movies, which I blame as the base of my insanity. I also cherish Disney as the base of my artistic vision. Disney told about Prince Charming, a handsome and brave boy who would do EVERYTHING for you. I even waited for superman to come and save me one day...and I expected almost every boy I was infatuated with to be just like prince charming. No, not LIKE prince charming...just prince charming.
But then I learned over the years along with the fact that I am not perfect, that boys are not perfect either. I have also learned that PEOPLE are not perfect as well. I learned that by not only realizing other peoples' flaws, but by realizing my own flaws too. It took a VERY long time, but even if I learned that prince charming doesn't exist, santa claus doesn't exist, and fairies don't exist (you name it!), I still found this world a rather beautiful place. Flawed, yes, but beautiful. One of the biggest (and most beautiful) parts of the world is art. I have learned to not hate flaws, but to accept them as little pieces of a piece of artwork that just adds to the mood of that piece of art itself. Humans are just like art-they are all individual and different, but still beautiful. I learned that flaws may drive people away, but me? I think they are rather fascinating and intriquing. It is what makes the human...well, HUMAN. A one of a kind person with habits, both good and bad, and moods, style, and a story that may not be told. God has created each being like an artist has. He has painted them and sculpted them like an artist-every detail, every stroke very concentrated and precise.
I have learned that humans not only CREATE art...they ARE art.
GigaRonin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I'm not too sure what point you are trying to get across.
HolderofTruth Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
With fame comes demise.
fluidfox Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Never meet your heroes! =)
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know.
It can either be disappointing or extremely uplifting.
Depends on the person, as well as you expectations. 
Wisp-Night Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True dat o/.

I won't even look at what the actors of my favorite TV shows do outside of them, because I'm afraid I won't like who they are as a person and end up hating the character they play because they are not 100% the image that I associate them with. It was one of the reasons I stuck to anime a bit more in the past.
J0W3x Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Words of wisdom. 
LATstudios Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That was really well said!
PercyPo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
Everyone is the same to me unless they tell/show me something inspiring.

I don't idol anyone.

I just give large rounds of applause to people in life who know how to inspire. Whether they be artists, musicians, friends, family, etc. :)

The fact that some people worship others based on what they can do makes me laugh so hard that I wanna puke.
robert2715 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist
true history!!we think our idols are perfects but they actually are humans like us and we all have diferents tastes....You've shown us a big true...
Chameleonist Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
TT-TT Words of Truth. I love certain people's art, but even trying to see the person behind the art, I think I have subconsciously had that 'idol' mentality... Thank you for pointing that out; I have some things to think about....
MirrorKey Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have de-riddled this entire site, unhanded the secrets of popularity, and seen deep into the driving force behind this website. For that, I applaud you.
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what being in the web business for 10 years does to you :)
MarcoEmma Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I wish I could like this comment. 
MirrorKey Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you agree
LuminousKing Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, then becomes a small issue. Some people enjoy making fake personas and having that person like on the internet. I try to separate my Internet life and real life in different ways. You can fake being anyone on the Internet so why put so much faith in a person you don't know? I value my relationships on the Internet, but they are on the Internet That barrier will always be there until I meet the person in real life, and we actually see how the other person functions. You should really put faith and "idols" in people you have close contact with and look up to as mentors, those idols will help shape your life much better than some stranger on the Internet that could be a different person in real life.

I also definitely agree with the problem that once someone becomes and idol on the Internet or to other people that don't know them well, those expectations can be brutal. But I can also say some people don't give a shit about that. people like Justin Beaver are constantly idolized by teens but when he does stupid stuff, not only does he not care, but the fans who worship him can't "see" what he's doing, and instead sees the "idol" the person they love. Human beliefs tend to be more personally loved than actual truths.

Just a rant and a personal opinion, Damai.
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
people like Justin Beaver are constantly idolized by teens but when he does stupid stuff, not only does he not care, but the fans who worship him can't "see" what he's doing
What's the difference with high school? We had countless boys in high school that were high and whatnot, but still adored by the girls despite their horrible attitude. I don't see how that's any different from the Justin Bieber issue, aside from the scale in which it happens. 
LuminousKing Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's actually a good point.
However, that's high school. Moist people grow out of that.
I am talking about people who never stop doing that.
It does happen sadly................
TheMoonWars Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's true were all human and all have our own agenda, people we admire for whatever reason are just like us, human, and we do things because were human, Who knows in however long we could be admired by millions for a single reason but were still us, and we all have our own reasons for doing things.

I started doing art for silly reasons, but now my reasons are as personal as ever haha but I guess that's what makes me human...
KodamaCreative Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
That's surprising and bothering how many people seems to need it to be said so clearly and directly to make them figure it out. Things like this should be basic and obvious.
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