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What advice / critique would you give me to be a better deviant? I've realized I give advice and voice my opinions a lot on things, but I want to know what I can improve to be better? 

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32 deviants said give critiques more / red lines / tutorials
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25 deviants said Post more art
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19 deviants said Comment/reply more
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7 deviants said I can't really see myself as well as you guys can. :'D
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5 deviants said participate in groups more
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4 deviants said I'll admit I'm nervous to have my flaws pointed out, but it'll help me be a better person. (I hope so)
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3 deviants said other? Please comment, I want the critique, both good and bad. I want to know bad habits and good ones.

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Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even though I was put off from chatting with you lately, I think you are a fine deviant in general. You post frequently, are communicative with your watchers/fans, are engaging during livestream, and you ask them frequently what they would like to see. Your shortcomings are relatively minor, human traits.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I was rude in our last conversation though, so I don't blame you. I am trying to get better at talking with people and not getting that way.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would still enjoy chatting but I just wasn't sure if you wanted to anymore. If you like, I can describe to you later in Skype some observations I've made about you that might help.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I do like chatting with you and if skype would be easier to talk over than by all means feel free. Improvement means working on yourself and you can't fix it if you don't know it's broken. XD I'll take nothing personally, I promise.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! c: Okay, I'll definitely drop a line next time I see you green and I'm at home.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Alright. Look forward to it. ouo
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itz-Rascal Featured By Owner Edited Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the one comment below.

Draw for yourself!

That is i think, one of the most important rules when creating art, is to always make sure you do it for yourself before all else, because art for us is that thing we do, that we deserve to enjoy.

This is also a rule i try my hardest to go by, because while i do want an audience i can throw drawings at, it will easily destroy me as i struggle to even gain an audience and try to please everyone. So before all else, i must love to draw and draw for me and not worry what anyone has to think. They either enjoy the art or they dont. As long as i enjoy it, it's all that needs to matter.

I hope this makes some sense. I saw a post about a similar topic somewhere and i couldn't agree with it more.

Im sorry for rambling. I hope this makes sense :c Your art is wonderful and you've come so far along. I hope all goes well for you, and i look forward to seeing your creations flourish!
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
It does make sense. It's mainly the time I feel I don't even have for it, but after talking to everyone, I need to make time for it and stop feeling guilty for making time for it. I don't mind rambling at all. I have a few drawings I'd love to do that are personal work. :'D
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itz-Rascal Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do the personal work!!! I bet it will make you feel so good about it too. Never feel guilty for devoting time to yourself. You should come first in your life! :XD:
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Galvan1c-Miscr3ation Featured By Owner Edited Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to know more about how you're doing/see personal doodles and sketches if you've got any.  Personal art, especially sketches, often has a bit more of an emotional connection for me than completed pieces.  Sometimes people have those things that they seek in life--mine is understanding.  I strive to be able to empathize with and understand people's situations, regardless of what they are.  It's like a puzzle for me, and it helps me social better.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Sadly, I very rarely sketch for me anymore. I am so busy with Naor, Freelancing and my day job, i never get to. I just want to be a good role model and somebody people can go to if they need help or advice. I am afraid to talk about my personal life since many have told me that dA is not the place. That is one reason I do not post life stuff as often anymore. 
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Galvan1c-Miscr3ation Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's understandable that you don't have time to draw for yourself, though this makes me very unhappy for you since I consider art to be a huge part of proper mental health.
People who say things like "don't post drama here" are being immature shitfaces. Look around on this site for 10 minutes and I guarantee you'll find at least 3 shitstorms. Your drama is internal, not with other users, and that means it's totally ok for you to talk about it, in my mind anyway. If people got a problem with it then they can unfollow your journals. Talking about your situation is an important part of coping.
All the same, if you don't feel like posting it here, if you ever need an Internet hug or to vent you can note me. Occasionally I poke my head in on skype but I'm far less active there. I consider you a friend, so if you need a shoulder to cry on or scream into I'm around C:
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I wouldn't mind posting it, I just feel bad dumping my issues on people here. I feel like that brings negativity to people's lives and I want to bring positivity.
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Galvan1c-Miscr3ation Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's fair. Just don't be afraid to ask for help or someone to listen if you need it. That happens to people I know so much that they won't talk about things and then everything gets way worse.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Give less fucks about what people think, and do more art that makes you feel good :)
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha, well I agree that I worry way too much. I did this more or less to see if I could get a public view and look for bad habits I might have. :'D I definitely would love to do some original artwork. I have so many random sketches laying around I wanna finish.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You'll never be 100% liked by everybody, and that's totally fine.
Just spend your time doing what you do best; art. That's inspiring in itself already :)
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KanoeShirota Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, Damai has a point here. I guess the love you share while drawing your favourite things, can be seen by others. ^^ But I also think a good mix of all your answers in the poll would be fine. Communication with others is very important of course but also so many other things at DA. I simply do what I like to do now...at this very moment. If I feel like doing a poll or writing critique or browsing through groups I'll do it. 
Simply do what you love...also others will like it for sure. ^^
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I guess other than my comic,I never draw for me anymore. I feel insane guilt when I take even just an hour to draw something for me that is totally original and has nothing to do with anything. 

I love doing comic work, so I am working more on that, but as I said before, I feel guilty working on it when I could be doing commissions. I feel like I am judged as a bad or lazy person if I even think about doing personal art. 
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KanoeShirota Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No way! You're absolutely not lazy or something. It's hard doing commissions, if you don't like the theme or characters or the setting. ^^ I really appreciate artists which do their own stuff. It inspires me. Well, I love doing fanart from my very favourite characters, but it's not that creative. (I only draw OCs if I have something special in mind) If no one would draw his personal artworks, DA would be very boring... and of course I love comics! They are awesome! So go for it! 
Commissions sometimes are good to get some cash, but won't you get forward in beeing yourself. Only if your satisfied whit what you're doing you'll get better and even more recognizable. ^^ I'll cheer for you!
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Commissions I do pay my bills. I need them to afford things, I do not do them just for quick cash. Most of my commissions are private or off of dA. So I feel trapped in doing commissions to survive and never having time for personal art. I have another normal job but I hate it even more than always doing commissions. Between 2 jobs, I still barely make enough to survive.
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KanoeShirota Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Well, that's a complicated situation... Have you ever thought of patreon? Maybe you'll be able to do what you love to do and make money with it there. You have many watchers, so it might work well. 
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I have a patreon and have for months, I have all of 11$ I get from it each month. So I'm not betting on it, though I am trying to get more people onto Patreon. It would be ideal, but for right now, it's not working.
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