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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.
TakaEdakumi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this mentality comes from knowing how busy popular artists usually are. Because many users who aren't popular know how many messages popular users must get, they feel that you'd be wasting time talking to the users like themselves, who feel that their art is not worthy of being noticed by a popular user. I personally can't deny I've fallen into that hole of shame and insecurity on several occasions. It's not hard to do when you pour your heart and soul into every piece, yet still have people telling you that your skills are mediocre.

It's probably not right or fair, but it's not easy to fight negativity when it sneaks it's crafty little way into your mind.
THIZWAFFLEMAN Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Artist
1up llama  THANKZ:happybounce: Lama Llama ridin' mah lama Llama with benefits Nobu Llama Thanks plz 
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I have to tattoo this on my forehead... or better do it on my other side of my palm... I keep wondering "where the hell does all this insecurity comes from?" maybe is all this information around us... the easy way we can find so many talented artists and at some point you feel just like a bug in an anthill. damn this too much information sucks! everyday I spend more time admiring others work than practicing my own drawing or web design skills. and after finding so much good stuff... not good, but grrrreat stuff, I'm like... why the hell should I do anything? what's the point?
I will try in the next few weeks an experiment... I'll ignore all the art around me and all the art communities to see if my confidence improves. And I can totally understand your fan... I've contacted many great designers and artist trying to socialize, having a positive attitude and all but 90% of the case they never replied back or some did but were just some mechanical answers like they were robots or something. I know that power, success and money corrupts but sometimes I just don't understand people. Why be a dick when have a choice not to be a dick? It's beyond me. This truly is a world ruled by dicks... I mean men.
Back to being positive... here's not a place to be negative... sorry about my long blabbing!
btw llama back at ya!
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you shouldn't take things like not-replying on DA too personal. A lot of people are busy nowadays. Take me. I get about 500 messages a day, and I surely haven't got the time to answer every single one of them. Most of them I read, and just click away. Not because I don't like those people. But because they're either thank-you messages, or things I've already mentioned in my FAQ. Does that make me corrupted by power? I don't think so. At least I'm not aware of using my (internet) 'fame' in a harmful way. But I do know some people are offended with me not answering immediately. 
NuMetalWolf Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
That makes two of us... I don't have much time to check my 360 messages either, even cause i know some of them require me to think harder on my answers, which i cannot really do due to time..
I've been thinking seriously in deleting them though, even cause some are like 2-4 months old, besides i don't think people would mind that much if i just let go..And wasting time(let's say) replying to an old message from MONTHS ago would be really odd..
If communication is all that matters about, so i don't really need it, since i can talk to them at any time, right?
Synergy83 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so true.
N-Art12 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I applaud you madam.

Personally, when I see great artwork it just makes me want to practice my drawings more. I also take all comments about my artwork, either they involve praise, insults, insights, etc. and try to learn how I can improve. Though I'm more of a doodler than drawer, but hey as long as I can see my drawings with both pride and prejudice I'm all right.

This has to be one of my longest comments on this site.

AlexiaNoTameNi Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
So cool :3
mangamasterbeelzebub Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tbh i was just about to send something like that too u XD thanks :)
boxingglovehands Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hear hear, gotta admit though, it to me is gratifying to have compliments, but it don't make me sad. your problem of lacking in showing some possative much has to be sorted. i don't think this sort of thing should sour you, in any way.

chin up mate, have the heart to accept this 'compliment' you talk of in your journal, are you showing morbidaty towards a phraise like you are worth it, cos frankly.....are you worth it?????????????????????????
Secret-Charlotte Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
very well said, and i agree. I may not be the BEST at art but in my small country town not many people are, but i feel sometimes it may be because they look at my work and instantly beat themselves up about their current abilities and hence they never strive to get better, which is something i once used to do.

I hope this message gets spread around because people in the art world need to be happier, and that's what will change the worlds look on artists in the long run. no more art+depression+deep and sombre feelings stereotype!

No more i'm-never-going-to-get-there attitude! I wasn't good at art seven years ago, but that didnt stop me from darn well trying and now i'm ten times better than i was before! people still tell me my art is bad, but i could care no less, because these strangers don't know how far i've come and how hard i worked to get to this stage i'm at!

i want people to have more confidence and similar thinking to that! when i see a great artist like you, i only want to get better!

watch an fave earned for your kind words and great art.

cecegrace Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student General Artist
You're one of the most positive people I've met on dA. Please keep being a force of good.
Janami Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this and honestly do not want to deleat it off my messages.
This text is wonderful and .. . . . I really thnk you for writting it. I am happy, relieved somehow. . . . just thanks.
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can fave news articles XD
Janami Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Still not gonna delet it, because when I feel down this somewhat makes me feel better and then it pops up when looking here ^-^
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Janami Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Remiryu Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words! :) And yeah, we all are enticed by popularity - or the perception thereof. We get too insecure to send "popular" people notes ._. That's sad. People get all high and mighty just because they are "popular" on some site... that is also sad. 
Popiularity isn't everything.
Flagged as Spam
Remiryu Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not sure if serious

or trolling
SlaaneshChampionMako Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Serious, and yall trying to be deep about a fucking website, involving emotions with conceptions of fucking online popularity. This fuck just likes random-ass shit to increase the amount of people who see her not-so-terrible art on a terrible website. Trying to think it's anything more than that is wearing hardcore fucking blinders. This comment section is just pathetic, people acting like nice words on a fucking deviantart journal is "the most beautiful thing i've ever read". Fuck. 
CrazyWolf99 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow you are just cool I mean I don't think I've ever read something so nice on deviantART before.. that is just awesome! you rock. 
yukidaruma457 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Well said!
PhantomFairyGoddess Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That may be the most beautiful thing I have ever read :iconrlytearplz:
Poila-Invictiwerks Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
You won't know people would notice you until they meet you in person. It's just that some people are way too quiet and don't wish to acknowledge others's existence. I personally experienced this in-person.
boxingglovehands Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i liked that.
Tenakua Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was sweet :)
TwoToneZ Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Well i'm a better artist than youOh yeah. Yay. Good for you. . My chicken picture proves itSpammer . 

And anyone who doesn't agree is a commie Don't mess!.
lionessdani Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very inspirational...  there aren't many people like you... and its good that we have one like you in our art community.
Sharquelle Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Amen! Nod +fav 
Asaber-Eleanen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

You're a good person, you know! Not everyone feels and acts that makes you a real inspiration as an artist and as a person!


noturaverageamerican Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
In a world where many people forget to say thanks, I find it rather nice that so many are saying thank you. 

I stopped by to say thanks for the llama - as a newbie, I had no idea what a llama meant but I'm slowly but surely beginning to catch on!
YeohHQ Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you for your fav too! My thoughts were like the deviant who sent you that msg too >.<" you really are such a good person :)
SakuraiGetsumori77 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The simplest way to show appreciation. Thank you =w=
YOKOKY Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
cial, not carachteristic for a woman- special for an artist- are a great artist- but YOUR SILENCE - break the amazing impression that i get about you- at the begining- respect-and be happy in your tower of silence !
YOKOKY Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional General Artist comment wasn't complete-0 ok....I  am are agreat MAESTRO- BUT- take in consideration -all those artists-who- add their....thanks, etc...etc....- and even 1 answer I didn't see....insecure? be kind- polite and is INSECURE? SORRY- my dear, this is not insecure- is a metter of mature artist who knows his capacity of creation and  YES- - to say THANKS- is  so human and niced- I understand that your  admires are so many and you don't have time to answer-BUT put some words on UP - welcome friends !- and will be enough......I don't like to flatter when I don't agree- I am an open minded- secure and worm- im worm- kind and polite cose I LOVE PEOPLE- and YES- WITH LOVE WE BORN- TO FEAR WE LEAR- wish you best artwok- happiness and all the best in the world- YOKOKY- T hanks for all the faves.
TheMoltenDragon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
LucidKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
I think it is touching when someone whose art you admire also admires your work. It's very flattering. :)  The whole "I'm not worth it" thing though... that's very um... I dunno, depressing?? :P How about "I love your work, it inspires me to work harder!" There. Now everyone is happy. :D 
Stixwitdafix Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
"it inspires me to work harder" That is much better! I'll remember that for sure. :D
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Right on!
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