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     I enjoy drawing. I enjoy painting, sculpting, inking. All of these are a form of art. So why is it then that I am a

“drawer” or “drawler” instead of an artist? Often, when I am working on a piece, a faceless figure looks over

my shoulder, and they say in awe “wow, you're such a good drawler”. This is an insult that many don't seem to

understand, as well as a butcher to the English language.

     A drawler is perhaps the most misleading, and most commonly used phrase used to describe an artist– as well as an

extreme annoyance. It is generally assumed that you mean “drawer”, but suppose for a second that what you say is

true; I am a drawler. Wall, thien, I s'pose a yung 'un lyke yehself jus' woodn't ahndustand.

     A drawer is slightly more dignified, but not by a significant amount. Would you approach a musician and say “You

are a good music-maker”? That is the equivalent of saying “You are a good artwork-maker” which is still better than

drawer. Drawer assumes that the person-in-question can only draw, only has passion for drawing. The only people

who should be drawers are people who draw for other people before they draw for themselves. To identify a drawer,

one must only think of their reactions to criticism or praise. Do they smile broadly and start trying to talk your ear

off in an attempt to tell you why it was SO difficult to get everything just right? Do they get upset and discredit

the artwork by saying “it's just a rough sketch” or “I was just trying a new style”? Do they discredit you by saying

“leave me alone, you don't understand”, “don't flame, Jesus doesn't love flamers”, “don't criticize, meanie”, or “you

just don't know great art when you see it!”? Yes? Then you have yourself a drawer. All of these are responses that

I have received. They are drawers, and to sound perfectly snobby and superior, I shouldn't be downgraded to such a

level. They let praise get to their head, cannot accept criticism, and think that everyone who doesn't absolutely love

every aspect of their picture is just wrong.

     In contrast, an artist loves constructive criticism. They may defend their choice for leaving a flawed or distorted

section of the artwork because they enjoy the overall outcome, but they do not brush off this valued peer. However,

they often have difficulties appreciating praise. This is generally because they receive a good amount of it, and are

more interested progressing – becoming better. They may spend hours on one piece of artwork that the general

public will look at for thirty second before tweeting “OMG, itz sooooo kool”. It is a small reward for the amount of

time and effort that is put into it, but that is of no importance. An artist is more than a “drawler”, an artist is one who

loves art as an art. An artist loves the process of art, enjoys the agonizing hours of concentration, finds humor in

“failure” projects (and slight depression), or a piece of artwork that didn't end up how they wanted.

     A drawer is an amateur who craves acceptance for their doodles and sketches. An artist draws for himself, for that

moment when the end piece is glorious in all of its flaws. They were not born with a God-given gift. Hours of an

artist's life is spent honing their skills. They do not practice with an end goal in mind; they draw, paint, and sculpt

for the love of creating. They create for the moment when they ignite a hope, a dream, a passion, deep within the

heart of another. That is something a drawer could simply never understand.


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Shinkan-Seto Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello there!

Thank you so much for faving my red Ciel cosplay!

It really means a lot to me and I'm happy you like it! ^_^

If you like Manga drawings too, maybe you should consider a follow ;)

Have a nice day!
GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks for faving "Steampunk House" :D
Pajunen Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016
Thanks for the +fav
MadeByRona Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
:Bummies: Thank you so much for the fave!excited happy
fredericchristian Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
thanks a lot for the fav! (:
Null-Entity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou kindly for the watch :D
cloe-may Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015   Photographer
thank you for the fave :)
Timothy-Henri Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the watch Friend :iconspazhugplz:
Have a nice day there and Shalom! <3
Random223 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you for watching
ReneGarJ Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the :+fav: :)
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