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The thing about getting known is that people say funny things to you. Most of it is bullshit. Some of it is true, and some of it is downward inconsiderate. Some of it does make me think, though.

One of those things said to me, a while ago, was that I wasn't so much of an artist.
That, despite the fact that I was decently known on the internet nowadays, I didn't make actual great art.
(The actual comment phrased it somewhere along the lines of "famous as hell, but still draws like a college art student")

And you know what I thought? This guy actually did have a solid point. The way he worded it down was just... not so clever. 

Throughout my life I've seen people with great skills in everything. I've learned soon enough that people typically see themselves as either a left-brain or a right-brain thinker, meaning so much that their either go with logic or intuition, and are often either good with numbers or social skills/art (that come with that). While many of these tests where proven myths long ago and it's already well known that we use both sides of our brain, we do have a dominant side and it does firmly leave its fingerprint on who we are, how we think, and often what we will end up doing. 

I'm the person that's in the middle. I don't have a particular dominant side. I'm between logic and intuition. A confused mind, as one of the teachers that took my career test in high school used to typify me. And that's basically what I am. I enjoy art and social science as much as I enjoy building computers and programming, and the thought of giving up either of them would make me incredibly sad. This rather unique feature of me, however, does make it hard to focus on one thing as I enjoy so many of them, and I enjoy them equally. It makes it hard to blend in society as well... but that's a whole different story.

When I was younger, I used to envy people that were 'pure' in the sense that they had only one goal in life and one single thing that interested them. Not being able to focus on one thing alone, I generally saw myself as a huge slacker, and that wasn't too good for my confidence in general. A few years of experience learned me that I am in fact dedicated. I spend most of my time learning new stuff, as I'm curious by nature. But I share my time between many very different fields of interest and spend time on whatever has, on that moment, the most interesting thing to learn. And like the proverb "jack of all trades, master of none" already implies, it's very hard to maintain great knowledge on multiple fields. You can't basically outdo the experts that do that same thing all day... and with a good reason. Life wouldn't be exactly fair if people that talented existed. 

What I do think needs to change, is society's attitude towards people that generalize in multiple crafts, instead of choosing a single one.
In the art world as well, I found people only moderately understanding towards how is to have multiple interests besides from art. All classical art education says you have to study for 40+ hours a week, draw a lot of anatomy and such -- oh, you know the drill. The point is; not everybody can do that. Being in school I've told my teachers many times that such a thing was, for me at least, not the way to learn. Because people with a mind like me basically need variation to pick things up. Doing the same thing over and over again for a period of months would lull my brain to sleep. But I learned pretty soon that saying such a thing in this society (or school -- in that regard) was just not done. I was seen as weak, unprepared for society, and just another lazy slacker that only wanted to party (while I ironically never attended parties in university, actually).
For those that want to know how the story ended. Eventually I did things in my own way. My unique combination of knowing both design and computer science landed me a good job... and basically didn't do as bad as the horror scenario the teachers predicted. Everything ended up pretty well. 

The point is; it takes all kinds of people to make the world run.
We need people that specialize in things and we need people that can do a lot of things to connect those. I see may people nowadays make the mistake to link fame directly to artistic skills, and be disappointed if this doesn't match up. While, as a matter of fact, there are so many more skills needed to get known than just being good with a paintbrush. What about social skills? How about thinking up good concepts for your work? Or storytelling? How about marketing? How about networking? These are a plethora of skills that increase your chances of 'fame' that don't directly involve holding a paintbrush, but do involve actual skill and a lot of practice. They are, unlike visual art, not directly visible. That doesn't mean, however, they aren't there. And that doesn't mean they don't deserve appreciation.

It's important to realize this, and appreciate people for what they are. Because that not-so-good artist you look down on today, may have great networking skills. Skills that might one day bring him to the top of a company, where he might actually offer you a job if he liked you...
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Paigely Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student General Artist
that is so true, and now I can tell this to anyone who tells me to do it the normal way. My father says you can't do everything and that you should focus on a couple things if I understood what he said. It's nice to know that other people feel the same way, wants to do it differently :D
CounterfeitRoses Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahahah. Yes. My interests lie all over the place as well.

Keeps getting me jealous but I know I shouldn't....
Alchemist-CH Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
There's something to be appreciated about having so many interests... if you learn to get the best of it (something the usual education never really focuses on).
One of the things is reintegration - when knowledge of one field of expertise can be directly applied to another field (sometimes instead of what typically counts a prerequisite or an integral part of this other field). The thing is not to listen to those demanding a pure approach because they don't know any better way.
Of course, you won't be the best at the pure areas, but if you find what can benefit from several skills (and where occasional lack in one skill can be compensated with the others) this can be quite an advantage.
And one more interesting thought: being jack of all traits actually implies having some ability to quickly grasp at least the key parts of a new area... Isn't that what's really needed to succeed at complex tasks that require combining several fields of expertise?  And (if you are into management/social interaction) these talents may be quite useful at coordinating a bigger project involving several specialists of different areas of expertise.

So for anybody having issues with having too diverted interests my advice is: find something that benefits from multiple skills or the ability to get into new minor areas. Of course, that implies something where getting things really done is valued more than getting them done by the book. Yeah, here also comes the "high start" issue...
Chibu3D-Origami Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So much relate O.o. This is how I feel, in the middle, confused. And then I get shit for being how I am.
Bluesoul1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014   General Artist
So true... prob my social skills is where I lack...not probably... I'm sure! hehehe
1deathgod Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The way I see it is this.  The world is a big box of legos.  You can build a lot of really cool things with legos, but only if you have the right pieces and know how to put them together.  If all you have are specialized legos with no regular bricks you can't build much of anything at all.  But, if you mix your regular bricks with your special bricks, suddenly there's a huge world of possibilities.

Bet you can't tell I'm a lego person.:D
LadyElasa Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've considered myself a jack of all trades kind of person. I enjoy drawing, writing, photography, sculpting, cooking, piano and lots of other things. I'm not really ridiculously good at any of them, but I'm skilled at them all the same. It's just how my brain works too. XD
EkoGlitch Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This kind of reminds me of a time I got trolled by this person, they really insulted my drawings and personality, but he/she ended it with "I don't understand why you're so popular" (which even though I wasn't and still not, they were sure as heck that I was).
It made me so upset, however now looking back I just laugh because I know the reason why they weren't 'popular'; they focused way too much on numbers and making fun of other artists, rather than being friendly and/or improving their artworks.

Back on the topic, everyone needs to find their balance of artistic and social skills. uwu
o0Kyozu0o Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was truly inspiring. :'3
Well, to me at least..  
ShiroiKuroko Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That makes both of us. ^^
FlyTheFish Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Huh, and I thought I was the only oddball that teachers told that to. 
ViperCanel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Are you openly proposing marriage to me? Because this whole message felt like it :D Don't worry, I do perfectly understand you :) I am in between just like you, also finding it hard to blend in society because of being non-stereotypical. The many branched frameworks of people always expect you to be [someone] to give you something in turn. Sorry, I am a freelance detective, friend of Sam and Max.

Look on the bright side, there is at least one super great guy just like us! Leonardo da Vinci :D Take that pompous postmodern bitches! Too bad I have an even shorter attention span :/

If this world is too boring for you, lets fly together to a better place! Maybe here?:…
Vexcel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I also found it a bit strange to only focus on one goal/interest your entire life. I admire the people who live their lives that way, since I can agree that it is an honorable path, but for me, it would simply drain me haha. I need to indulge myself in multiple interests and activities, or I would get extremely bored, burnt out, and I would start getting a bit disoriented from the repetition.

It's a strange thing, people thinking that you only have to be dominately strong in one area, one field, one aspect of thinking. Nothing wrong with it, but it doesn't work for everyone. People are capable of being diverse and having a wide range of interests. 

I'm a scientist at heart, however, I need to indulge myself in creating art as well. If I don't make art for a while, I start feeling like something is missing. 

Some people you encounter might find you weird for dabbing in interests that seem totally different in every way, but for me I still find a connection somehow. I've had my science friends say to me that science and art are simply not compatible, and it confuses me. They may carry out different goals but I see a connection. They're both processes that involve tons of trial and error and correction, to get to a better end product. I think that's why I like art, but I still think that's a bit too complicated from how I really feel about art. I simply just like visually creating things. It's wonderful, should it matter whether I'm a science person or not? It's my interest, and it doesn't matter what other interests I have. I make art because I can, and because I want to. 

I'm glad that I'm able to critically observe and analyze my world while also being capable of creating things. I think being able to have diverse perspectives and skills in life prevents you from being too limited, though that'll always just be an opinion. 
914four Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can identify; I too have way too many interests and not enough time to attend to them all. I have a five year old son, a well paying job in technology that demands 50-60 hours of my time a week, I am an amateur ferroequinologist, I am a model railroader, I am a semi-amateur photographer, I am a cyclist and like to kayak, I have a 1983 Porsche 911 and a 1977 Ford pickup which I repair and maintain myself (mostly! Sometimes I run out of time...), I love to read (on average more than a book a week), I enjoy attending automotive sporting events and I am a novelist with two self published works in a planned trilogy. I have other interests, but rather than bore you, suffice to say that you aren't alone; many of my friends have even more divers interests, including one who bought a Bobcat (construction vehicle) to "play with" in his backyard (I recently helped him make a digital TV antenna with zip cord, an adapter and a cardboard box to watch an Olympic hockey during working hours). The point is, people with diverse interests shouldn't really care if they aren't as skilled at some particular art, because life is much too short to be distracted by people who try to make you feel small.
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."  - Mark Twain
Shinseinasenshi Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great word. I like to call myself "A Jack Of Nothing" Because Being Nothing of nothing is more fun to throw around. ^^

I've recently taken up making music and recording my friends music. Yeah I think I want to be a producer now. LOL! 

Why am I still here?

"And you know what I thought? This guy actually did have a solid point. The way he worded it down was just... not so clever."

Oh yeah!!!   To prove your point, I actually used to make a whole lot of music in the past that wasn't mine. (I liked sequencing vg midi since back in '98) and I have a few legendary songs from that game era and a few years after on 

Kind of funny how I'm coming back to that but in the Digital Music scene now.

Ever since I discovered "LMMS"  - (It's a 100% free and comparable alternative to FL Studio)

Here was one of my pride and joys from the vgmusic scene....   ^_^  You might recognize it.  metalslug1.mid
xLaurx Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm glad there's someone out there who thinks like me ^^ Thanks for putting it out there. And congrats on the Senior Award btw =D
Miichau Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You make a great point which I've been thinking about myself lately. I'm always happy to see your great, thoughtful journals get so many people interested  :)
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest; I'm happy to see so many people join the discussion as well :)
Miichau Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure you are :D
ValkyriePhoenix Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh good lord, YES. I've got fingers in an awful lot of pies, and more I'm just DYING to dig into.  And that does mean that each of the individual things "suffers" a bit, but I tend to think they actually all benefit from each other. For example, I can write a novel, complete with new languages and full geographies and histories, using bits of knowledge from history, philosophy, math, science (and on and on), and then illustrate it myself, and then make cosplays (can you call it that when it's of your own work and not of someone else's?) of each of the characters (including having detailed designs for making wings and tails that move under control)...but I will never be "as good" at any of them as the people who actually work in those industries... (actually, I HAVE done all of that, except getting from the planning and pricing of materials to actually making the costumes as I am eternally short on the money to do so, but I do have the skills necessary...)
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now you mention it... the multiple skills did actually help me a lot with fiction writing...
ValkyriePhoenix Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:3 :nod: It may not make for excessively verbose prose, but it does make for a great, well-rounded story.
Skybead Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
That's exactly the kind of thing i have thought once somebody told me that i should stop doing (or trying to do) 'all the things' and focus on something more important than minor activities like drawing sometimes, other writing, or giving a hand at somewhere. I even hate people who make these kinds of job less important, as they aren't. I'm kinda expressive yet i don't like this behavior, that's terrible. They even told me in a oppressive tone, as if saying 'If you don't stop it, you'll be nothing in life'. 

I like the way you address themes that feels like personal yet they are common. 
Charlatte4611 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Well said :)
Beth-Z Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014   General Artist
Once again, you write a magnificent journal full of truth.

I don't watch it, but look at Adventure Time.... or anything on cartoon network. That looks like "amateur" art, too, and it's HUGE.
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never watched it, but if it's anything like any of the other cartoons that got amateur drawings and great fame; it's got a great concept that just worked.
Beth-Z Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014   General Artist
I suppose that's true.
Tajii-chan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Strange how people judge popularity on this website. Being "famous" doesn't always come down to being the best artist, even on devART. Hell, a good third of things I see on the front page have been submitted to hundreds of groups. There's nothing wrong with that to gain more exposure-- but the point is that there shouldn't be an expectation when it comes to these kinds of things. You don't need to be the best artist to be the most popular person. And then there are those who are incredible at art but don't have the same exposure. Eh, in the end it's just important that people do whatever they want to do on this website. If you want to do a bunch of things, that's your own business. So long as you love and enjoy what you're doing, that is the most important thing! I really admire people who have multiple interests. I have a friend whose changed her major multiple times because she's good at so many things, and because she just doesn't know what to do with herself. And even though this sounds strange, I think it's kind of amazing that she has so many options she can turn to. It'll be hard to narrow it down for her future yeah, but it's still amazing that she has all of those options. In the end, everyone has a different mind, different talent(s)… and that's what makes them who they are.
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think people are rather short sighted when it comes to stuff like popularity. Just like when people expect people the the most popular girl to also be the prettiest in high school, and are disappointed when this doesn't always turn out to be true, they don't realize it works the same way for stuff like DA as well.
hiddenjoy Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2014
Great journal, as always!
Just going to say that train of thinking 'is' artistic, really (isn't it?); you see something new, your attention 'flocks' to ... whatever that 'new/different' thing might be and, what you were originally 'trying' to do, isn't that compelling, or maybe even 'possible' to continue dredging along in until completion, now. :p

Variety is the spice of life, isn't it?
erenik Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice post, and nice to see a fellow jack-of-all-trades in similar fields (programming, art) although I delve in music too :P
Stumbled by since I think you :+fav:d my quicky I uploaded today :)
Could maybe do some co-op work some day if you'd be interested!
SweetPeaz86 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
There is so much I would like to say, and I envy how you are able to put these thoughts into words. :)
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's easy. My thoughts are very organized :la:
SweetPeaz86 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I wish mine weeeere! Hehehe
SolarinPL Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Lazy slacker" is the fraze i hated the most. All teachers, relatives, adults. I heard it hundred of times. But it isn't like this. weeks, months, years of repeating the same is just too much for me. I just get bored too easly to keep something in hands. So now i'm doing multiple things at the time when they interests me, and when i get bored, i''m changing the subject, to come back to it later, when it interests me again. But this way i can't get things done once and for all.
it's not like i will never come back to it. It's not like i don't want to do anything, and that's why i'm changing. It's just the repeating. again, and again, everything the same. I'm too much distacted to keep on one thing for too long. I want to do multiple things at one time. Spanish? Why not latine too? Drawing? Why not diving? Dancing? Why not playing piano then? Liking maths? Why not also english?
I am a lone wolf in the crowd of society, becasuse i don't want to be linked to just one group. Why don't link a lot of groups?
CheesyMantisFondue Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, just yes.
shapkaa Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I stopped worrying about what others think and I do art for myself now :) The only time I consider feedback is if it's for someone else
unknownsight Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
shapkaa Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a good perspective to have. Art should be about having fun, expressing ideas, and the creative process - not what bullies think!
Blakkish Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dont worry about it chick I was recently accused of taking photos and painting on them then applying a filter and calling it mine. This was said to me by a lead designer of blizzard ent. To that point I was impressed and hurt too because I was able to convince him of what I paint being real but at the same time hurt because he said I wasnt genuine. What I have concluded from seeing his own work as a point to his validity his skill level is greater than mine in many areas but in the realists sense he lacks hard and thats okay what it boiled down to was that he was jealous of this particular skill I am capable of. I am by no means a great artist and who knows if I ever will be. ONE fact remains, I am still getting followers and still getting likes and page visits. There will always be haters and likers no matter why they do or dont like my art is their business and my speak their mind if they wish. So on that note I will just keep doing what I do regardless. On a note of skill on the professional world it is never about the artists having great skill or the best art. This poor chap needs to know that in the entertainment world they are making products to sell. So the art is made with all levels of skill some rough some photo bash some traditionally paint to get the idea across therefore when it comes to final production time the style that the company goes with will reflect their vision of what the final product to consumers will be. So I know some fellows that pretty much scribble concept art and the work in the entertainment industry for top competitor companies and I know some who can just floor you with the cleanest beautiful art there is. your right in the end either he is jealous of your skills whether social or art or he has a thinking error in his conception towards bad ass art should equal bad ass job. I have myself wondered in the past abut peeps here that draw stick figures and have 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 page views and others that draw like God have 2,067 page views even though both have had a dA account for 6 years. In my study of this I find many reasons why that is but I have recently decided to worry about myself only and not about them and the why-ifs.
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In some occasions it might actually be interesting to wonder about the 'why-ifs', because it might teach you a lot about a persons strategy and about how society views something.
I did at some point, and it taught me a whole lot about the working of social media and about how people view art. Stuff that I'm admittedly interested in because of my marketing background, but that's imo interesting to know for any person that's planning to ever sell itself... if only for applying for a job somewhere... or something like that. I'm a pretty shy and often too honest person myself, but over the years I've learned a lot of solid techniques for job finding by just observing people do that kind of stuff over the years :)
Blakkish Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think everyone thinks just the way you and I do. Social media stuff is exactly what you do well obviously and your art rings a chord or a connect with others. Admittedly I am interested in marketing myself more and more. Truth be told you have years on me in this subject but one thing remains. Unlike the poor person that ragged your style you are so spot on and I totally agree. By the way I am shocked you've decided to watch me. It is an honor and a pleasure. I hope don't ever disappoint. (giggles)

So here I am on a journey of discovery and just like you I will have hurdles, setbacks and just as many triumphs over the coming years. Are they worth it? I am certainly sure enough to find out. Will there bobby-hard-pens and johnny-pencil-alls? There sure will and I will reflect on this journal in connection with what wisdom the powers that be have granted my punitive existence and hope that I push past with more knowledge than before.

P.s, Honesty is never a bad thing unless it is completely disruptive to the daily life to you and those around you. Another admittedly coming on is that I will drive back to a store to give back the pen I ran off with and offer them no excuse for it. All the same my honor, integrity, and HONESTY remain in tact. Never know what kind of effect it may have on another. besides this day and age needs more people with moral-mindsets. we have become to louche and yet way to hateful towards one another. Yeah, my conclusion is honesty is never a bad thing unless it is completely disruptive to the daily life to you and those around you.
ZimmyRose Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I concur wholeheartedly.
And I feel like I might be that kind of balanced brain, too. Lol.
thespa16 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I followed you a long while back, and at first I was disappointed you didn't post artwork more often. After all I was on this site for art right. I didn't, and still don't really, know anything about who you are. I've slowly come to really appreciate you because I've taken the time to read these journals. I enjoy the way you make your audience stop and think about these small and somehow grand ideas. These journal have helped me form my own opinions about who you are and how you think, and I have come to enjoy reading them.
I think I understand the comment that pointed out that you aren't the greatest artist. I used to think you were the best artist I knew, but I've spent longer on this site now and I have found people who are better. I wanted to add to that comment though. You may not be the best artist, but you are a very honest and friendly person. I have seen many artists that are either obsessed with popularity, or they ignore their followers. You manage a good balance with your followers. You seem comfortable with you're followers, and yet you don't make it into some popularity contest. Don't let yourself dwell on negative comments like that too much. Just remember that people tend to be much more outspoken about their criticisms than their complements. 
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find it honestly interesting to hear things like this from an outsiders perspective. It never ceases to surprise me how much difference there is between how one view itself and how others view you.
I don't know for how long you've already been following me. But since said you weren't reading my journals for that long, I guess you didn't read the one about how it started yet. And if you didn't, I seriously recommend you'd give it a try. It clears up a lot... mainly about the unexpectedness of the popularity in general :)
Tbh... it scares me sometimes how people view me as some kind of 'perfect' artist. Over the cause of a year my art didn't change that much. My watcher base multiplied exponentially, though. And that in itself is a scary thing. You go from a nobody to a "drawing god" in the eyes of the public overnight... and you get everything that comes with it. I never wanted that image of being perfect. I'm just your regular artist. One with a physical handicap, to note, that limits me from posting on a regular basis and improving fast. I'm just a person that did a good job at marketing. And that's the message that I want to send out to people :)
weskergirl1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student General Artist
*claps hands* very very true. thank you so much for writing this!
Leyawiin-Raydjihn Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wise words... You're right, people who have a little skills in several fields must be as respected as "specialised" people...
I also suffer from it... I'm interested in a lot of things, but I'm not excellent in a particular thing, so when people ask me what I'm good at, I don't know what to answer... Or if I answer, I feel ashamed if the person who asked me is good at it...
RegiWhite Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
This is honestly mind aweing, I have difficulty understanding it until a second read through to to my lack of use in my brain but this is truly inspiring. Bravo my friend, Bravo.
Penguinity Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   General Artist
"The forest would be sadly quiet if the only bird singing would be the one who sings best."
We all have our own path and purpose, so don't let anyone feel bad about who you are and what you do.
keithsego Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You're an artist by definition; you make and create every time you pick up your pencil or stylus. You're also a very talented and humble one at that, with lots to offer the art community. That comment about drawing like an art student was made by someone who probably never attended college or appreciates the work these students put into their stuff- some of the college art I've seen is fantastic! People have varying drawing and painting skills, art styles, and experience. What you lack in one area, you might be gradually improving on and making up for in the other two. My definition of great art is simply art I like, visually appealing, thought provoking, or interesting. College art can be great, professional art too but not always, and even amateur art. My point is this - art is just meant to be enjoyed and there are proven ways to more appealing of course, but there aren't any "rules" to making great art. Great art is simply art that can be enjoyed. Putting lots of hard work, techniques, and creativity into your piece are sure ways to make it great.
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