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Just one of the many messages I got here on DeviantArt;

Hey DamaiMikaz,
I don't know if it's okay to send a note, I don't want to bother you. You faved my artwork, and I just wanted to thank you for that. I just saw your profile and I wanted to say: you are an AMAZING artist and great with story lines. Amazing talent. It's an honor to meet someone like you. I do a lot of art myself, but I'm nowhere as good as you are. I honestly don't know why a great artist like you faved my work. I don't think I'm worth the attention, since you're a way better artist than I'll ever be. But thanks a lot.

Honestly... the amount of comments I get like this nowadays is high.
And although I have to admit the whole I-like-your-art-thing is kinda flattering, it somehow still makes me sad.

Why all this buzz over a simple fave? It's DeviantArt! A digital collection of art. We are supposed to fave artwork that we like!
Why all this insecurity? Since when does the level of art you make determine if you're worthy of the attention of someone? And why would you feel less than another person, just because you deem his/her artwork better than yours? It's downwards ridiculous! 

I saddens me to hear that people feel so damn insecure about themselves that they're even afraid to send a single message to a person like me.
I might have better artwork than you. But I wasn't born with talent either. I started too, at some point. Unskilled, like every other beginning artist. I got where I am now, by overcoming many obstacles. Both physically and mentally. I practiced a lot. And all of you are capable of doing that exact same thing! 

Just don't let your lack of confidence hold you back in the process.

Why would you be unsure whether you're worth the attention?
You are there. People noticed you.

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MYTHICSONOFGOD Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I did get a fav from you by accident as I noticed you unfav iit... it's ok I guess. maybe one day when my art gets better I will get a fav from you :)
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually did fav you, but DA's seems to be quite buggy when it comes to saving work in my gallery >__>
MYTHICSONOFGOD Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's ok your inspiring words are what I love the most about your work :)
Postaff Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for this, it helped a lot ^^
Esther100 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Everybody is good at something. I am sure you have a talent on something, and it'll happen. and when it does you'll find the hidden talent that you have! :)
Crypt96 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i was told that there is no unskilled artist...  you ability to put your thought on a paper with a medium is not determined by how skilled you are...  a skilled artist can be as young as 3 years old.  truth is, the skill in art is the time you put into it, your love for it.  Not the quality of the picture.  saying someone is skilled because he draws realistic pictures is like saying a photograph is well drawn... well... its exactly what the camera sees but that is not skill... the camera doesnt have skill, the artist has skill to love that image he captured.  but im just putting thoughts down. 
TwinFlameRelations Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely introduction! Very pleased to meet you and thank you for the Llama :-)


THEburningsoviet Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Well, as someone who has been a deviant for sometime I'd like to just say, that isn't entirely derived from insecurity, for example: I have received numerous faves (talk about modest) in my two years on this site and still, from time to time, like to simply thank those who have taken time to express their interest in my work, still there is insecurities that naturally occur in artist who are new so your not wrong or anything, and also, thank you for the recent fave.
Zagzagel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very eloquent words, indeed. I remember when I was a small boy, my grandfather said to me, pick not only something you're good at, but something you enjoy doing so much that you'd do it whether you were paid for it or not. No matter if it's neurosurgery or digging ditches, if that's what you like doing, then do it and strive to be the best at it as you can. That way you'll always be happy. (In his personal case he was the first in his family to go to university and receive a degree. Since this was pre-WWI Germany, his degree was in chemistry. But he always wanted to be a pilot, and that's what he did until he passed away, much to the chagrin of his father at the time.)

I my case I've wanted to be an artist ever since I could remember. My grandmother actively encouraged me to become an artist when I was small, and that's what I'd thought I was going to be. But once my mother married my stepfather he told me one thing that shattered all my dreams. When I said I wanted to be an artist, he said, "You can't be an artist. Art is a hobby and artists never make any money, and they usually wind up as bums. You need to go out and find yourself a REAL job." To say I was devastated would be an understatement, to say the least. What would I do now that I could no longer do the thing I loved? So for years I drifted from one career choice to another, never discovering one that could fill up the hole in my soul that the loss of art had left behind. I found a couple of choices that were okay, but none that were a calling. That's when I spoke to one of my stepfather's sisters during a visit and found all of these music awards. At first I thought they were hers, but no, they belonged to my stepfather whom I discovered used to be the number two boy soprano in the world. He used to perform all over North America, practicing for at least 12 hours a day in both singing and on the piano. But his sister said he became burned out and resentful of all the arts, and wound up transferring his resentment to my dreams. Even going for far as to block an audition to an art school that would grant me a full scholarship.

I suppose the point of all this is to never listen to anyone who tells you your dream will never amount to anything. It doesn't matter what anyone else says, only what you think of yourself and what you can do. I remember what Luciano Pavarotti said when someone asked how lucky he was to have such talent. He said he didn't have talent, he had determination. He said he didn't start singing until he was 14, and he was so bad that his father made him sing out in the barn, to avoid disturbing anyone. Perhaps you will never be another Michelangelo or Raphael (then again, who is), as long you're the best you that you can be. After all, you yourself are the only once you have to impress.
BioMaschine Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Reading this is like taking the words out of my heart...feeling the same way.
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