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An unusual style does not trap you from being successful. It puts you into a niche that you're uniquely able to fill. People are out there looking for art in your niche, so don't give up!
You're not unlikeably different - you're a breath of fresh air. You're a revolutionary :D Keep creating, and don't let your differences trap you - let them distinguish you :)

Some Helpful Journals!

Why You Should Draw When You Can't Draw AnythingHow many times has this happened to you?
You're suddenly struck with an urge to draw or write, but when you sit down, nothing happens? Or you might be scrolling through dA and looking at all these amazing pieces and wanting so badly to do something of your own, but you just can't bring yourself to  begin? You're not alone. 
Every creator ever has gone or will go through periods of art or writer's block. It's just something that happens. For this reason the most important thing, before you do anything else, is to remember that it doesn't mean you're a bad creator.  You're not unskilled, you're not getting worse, and it certainly doesn't mean you're never going to be able to draw or write again. Having block does not invalidate you as a creator :) (Smile) In fact at this point, it's almost a rite of passage! But don't ever think that having block means you're bad at what you do.
So. You're blocked. You're probably
Your Art Is Too ExpensiveThis idea.
I see so many comments and even journals around deviantART with this idea. And in a lot of cases, it's absolutely ridiculous. 
Since I opened commissions, I've been absolutely beyond lucky. Though my art is more expensive than a majority of what I see on dA, I've never had anyone tell me my prices are too much, so this isn't a personal thing for me (and for that I am extremely grateful). Instead I'm writing this on behalf of all the other artists who do get told this, and who are affected by this, because this needs to be heard.
When you commission an artist, it's just like hiring any other service, like a carpenter, or a car mechanic, or a pest control agent. You're hiring someone with a specialised set of skills to complete a specialised job for you. Essentially, you're not hiring the end product - you're hiring their time. With this in mind, let's continue.

This problem of perceived overpricing is particularly bad on dA - in the real

Some People Ignore Us, But -I'd imagine a majority of people on this site, myself certainly and unashamedly included, are looking for a higher watcher count. 
We can't blame ourselves for this, especially if we don't really get a lot of attention in real life. I mean, who doesn't want a little acknowledgement, right? And a high watcher count feels good. It's amazing to see the count going up and thinking, dang, all these people who like my art! 
But I've come to learn that a big watcher count isn't everything, and more importantly, a small watcher count doesn't mean you have terrible art. 
I'm going to use myself as an example, because I'd rather not slander other artists with these stats, though I know for a fact that it happens to most of us XD I have approximately 3.5k watchers. That's a heck of a lot. And don't get me wrong, I appreciate every one of you guys, that's not what this journal is about - I'm just trying to make a point about something called 'dead watchers' , because
Struggling With Your Art?Hi everyone!
So something that's been plaguing me for... well the past couple of years really, is hating my art. I'm talking about it now because it's gotten really bad lately to the point where I'm really struggling to love painting at all. I'm guessing some of you are probably thinking that I shouldn't hate my art, but I'm massively insecure in just about everything I produce - whether it be art, writing, even assignments - and I really do struggle with it sometimes.
But I'm learning that I'm being overly critical. Do you ever open up a half-finished drawing, or story, or poem, and go to start working on it, and then just suddenly realise how awful it is? You try to start editing but all the terrible things about it just close in on you until you're either so panicked or so miserable that you can't even try anymore? And you just stop? I know I do. 
Thing is, it's probably not as bad as you think. The more you look for the bad things - even subconsciously - the more you'll see.

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2snails1shell Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You've been (return-)Llamafied! Thanks for your initial Llamafication, Ari! :)
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hikari75 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the llama ^_^
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SharodeikaNaylina Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama! 
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SweetElectricity Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bunny Emoji-32 (Waving) [V2] Hello there ~ !
Thank you for the llama ! bunny hug emoji Here, have one back ~
 Heart ~ cat wave emoji Have a nice day ! ~ Heart
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Sprinkles-of-Saturn Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for the llama!
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