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Stamp - Art is... by CelesJessa Stamp - Art is... by CelesJessa
Heh sorry about making another stamp. It always feels like I'm copping out of doing real work. I'm drawing, I promise! Just mostly for classes now, which steals from my casual drawing time.

Anyway, this is based on something art teachers have always said to me. "Art is 1% talent and 99% hard work".

I was partially inspired by reading some comments for Deviantart contests. Regardless of who won, there will always be some sort of comment saying "But I worked so HARD on mine." As if the winners, and every single other person who entered didn't. I am 100% confident that every single fantastic artist on deviant art (or elsewhere) puts a lot of hard work into their art. Nobody pops out of their mother, suddenly capable of drawing fantastic images (and if you did pop out of your mom like that, let me know).

Yes, some people might have a natural aptitude for figuring out how colors work well together, or how the human body looks, but talent without effort is worth nothing. It takes time, effort, blood, and tears to improve.

So this is for all of those artists who don't get the respect they deserve because people assume they were just given the ability by someone else. And it is for all of the artists who look at people who draw better than they do, and say "oh, I wish I could draw that well." You can, and you can draw better than that, you just have to have the drive and the passion.


Anyway, hope you all like it. Hope I don't offend anyone, I wasn't meaning to. Just kind of reiterating things art professors have said to me that have inspired me in hopes of inspiring others. And everyone keep up the good work on their art. =D

EDIT: Holy crap, never in a million years did I think I'd get a Daily Deviation on anything, then I wake up on a rainy and dreary morning to find this. I'm honored. Thank you everyone. :)

EDIT 2: Holy crap guys, I'm so honored by the amount of responses. For those of you who agree and were inspired by this, I'm glad that I was able to make something that meant something to someone. For those who don't agree, thank you for taking the time to look (and comment?) anyway. :) I'm always willing to listen to other opinions, after all, that's how you learn how to make your own opinions on your beliefs about something. /babble babble.

Anyway! For those of you who don't have subs who want to use this stamp anyway :iconerisama: was kind enough to make a plz version, so here you go!
So if you like it, be sure to thank :iconerisama: for the plz versions. :)

EDIT AGAIN: I just want to say another big thank you to everyone that liked it. Normally I like to try and go and respond to more messages than I did, and thank people for favorites, but I was totally blown away by the amount I got. (over 1,500 in one day) and I can't really sit at my computer all day and respond to people so... please know that I really appreciate every single favorite and comment and everything guys. <3
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Daily Deviation

Given 2009-08-18
Stamp - Art is... by *CelesJessa The suggestor says: "Even though the design of this stamp is very simple, the message it send is an important one: an artist is not made of talent alone. Someone who puts no effort into their art is letting any of their natural talent go to waste, and someone who has very little natural talent can easily surpass them with hard work and dedication. I think this stamp is a great shout to all of the artists who take their artWORK seriously be giving it plenty of time and effort." ( Suggested by The-Cute-Storm and Featured by DCZed )
Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Although he phrased it slightly differently, Edison would agree. 
TweekiedooX3 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
If I ever get good at something.... this would be it
RetroSpriteResources Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
Actually, most of the quality of art comes from talent. People don't like to admit it, but this is more realistically the other way around.
Mrs-Oniria Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BloodRedWishes Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Purplecloud101 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It should be 100/100. Higher percentages exist
MisterPugly Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolute-Cringe Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Student Artist
So true! xD im am using this!
Cupcake-Angels Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Student General Artist
amazing used
MidnightWaifuWaffles Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Using and this is so true when it comes to my art x'D
Leshine Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD this is so true 
Funny-arts Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Using! Thanks ^^
NinjaWoodpeckers91 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OnlyWithAMouse Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
using! this is so true
ToxicPhantomSan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I actually have 3 art styles instead of one. XD
But, either way gonna use this stamp on my profile. ;)
Law-lie Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
Using! And so true... 
Mi1kywayGa1axy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All of my art = 0% talent 100% Draw and redraw until it isn't shit
The--Creative--Cat Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
iiMysticRobotWolf Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I know that feeling. xD
shunokii Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
AAAHAHA X'D oh man
i must be the laziest artist ever
but like
seriously i dont think that without more then at least 1% of natural talent i wouldnt have been able to get where i am now
i didnt practice 
i stopped for years and then picked up drawing again

so idk about this stamp!
i mean it probably relates to most people but

hard work? i dont think i worked hard at all o.O i could have probably been a lot better then what i am right now if i actually TRIED for once in my life

but i dont really care xD
iiskittlex Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
me all the way with artLuffy Anime Emoji (Cry) [V4] Kao Emoji-43(Sad waving) [V3] 
Jcyapha Featured By Owner Edited Feb 29, 2016   Digital Artist
I was actually kind of born drawing naturally and have a natural talent. I drew trees and plants at a few weeks old. Heck I never drew ocean surface before and the first time I crew one, it was instantly good, quoted by my friend Jenny. Not to toot my own hon or anything People are good at different things and aren't. (Why I have no idea how to fix a car or manage a bank as a manager and others are experts at the subject.)

But while I agree hard work is important and so is talent, I believe art requires 1/3 hard work, 1/3 talent and 1/3 inspiration/motivation/passion.

Without talent, natural or developed, you don't know how work anything out. Without work, that talent is useless. Without motivation and passion, you're just doing strenuous work for no reason as you simply don't want/like to draw. It takes all three to make a balanced equation to make art.

Hard Work + Talent + Passion/Motivation = Art

Just my two cents on the matter. :)
SugarySharky Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
i need like the reversed version of this 
jagodzianka-x3 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
Etsuko-Hime Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is great XD EVERYONE have to start and everyone was really bad at one point in their life (even mozart had to learn how to play/ create music before he made it, right), its hard work and lots of practice that really gives results :)

one time a artist asked me for advice on how to become better and i told her; you have to practice, when you start practicing anatomy, proportions, clothing, poses, shading etc. you will se how much you improve and drawing things like poses will get easier :) sadly she didn't seem to understand and wasn't willing to practice ><
there are some people who think that there are shortcuts to become good, but you have to practice to become good, it won't happen over night XD
i have practiced a lot and i can look back on my art the past 5 years, i cant believe how mutch the hard work payed off :)

never give up and keep working hard! :hug:
55john5 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, i would love one that just says "99% lazing around, 1% using linearts"
BAM my art process ;-;
RollingSwiftStar Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So true :XD:
TheBlue-Light Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with that.
solangedrawing Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So true :| (Blank Stare) 
derpy-derp Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
true xD
WolfCreeker Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist
It's true! I use to remember how hard I have to work to draw something amazing :3
AliceSacco Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Unfortunately, according to recent study, hard work makes only 12% of artistic skills.…

"The evidence is quite clear that some people do reach an elite level of performance without copious practice, while other people fail to do sodespite copious practice,” wrote Brooke Macnamara, David Hambrick, and Frederick Oswald in Psychological Science. In fact, they calculated that, overall, the amount of deliberate practice in which someone engages explains only 12 percent of the variance in the quality of performance. Which means 88 percent is explained by other factors.
FacelessSoles Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can't agree with that
Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an exaggeration for sure because at least you acknowledge that talent does in fact exist. You still must work hard, yes, but I think you're going a tiny bit too far. Yes talent should not be the only thing to get you where you want to go and I agree but you are taking the loosy used connotation of the word when you should be looking at the denotation. But I dislike that people constantly disregard those who actually take the time to look at your work and compliment you just because they dared use the word "talent". That is less than modest and can potentially mess up business especially with these sensitive people today. But instead of pitting people against each other like this, I think what people commonly know about the tortiose and the hare story should be brought up instead of criticizing the mathematician for finding another method of figuring out the solution. :)
ImmortalMeganekko Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Crappy artists do NOT get better by going on to draw. They must have the proper lessons before they can start drawing.
ORE0S Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
I never had art lessons. You don't need art lessons to draw. I used to be pretty crappy when I drew, but I picked up a pencil and practiced. Sometimes practice can do more than lessons.
Liettore Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm afraid I must disagree. With art, most people learn by DOING, not by going to art class. What about self-taught artists? Practice is key in improving. Having someone tell you how to draw... well... it's not really creative anymore, is it?
ImmortalMeganekko Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2014
You are wrong. If a crappy artist went ahead and drew, the new piece would be just as bad as their previous art for they have no essentials to learning to draw yet.
Liettore Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose there is some truth in that, yes. But artists do learn more from their observations than from someone telling them what to do. 

Would you mind telling me what exactly you mean by "crappy" artist?
ImmortalMeganekko Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Crappy like this:
Liettore Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. Well, people who draw things like that are the people who really aren't going to try to improve. I hope that makes sense.
DHackTrix Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Liettore i agree with you, i am artist myself, i did learn myself to draw, and look what i can draw now.
i say EVERYBODY can draw, but everybody has to begin with the "no-talent" phase, but hey just like you say ,they just have to practice and then they can draw better and better each time ^^

and it is true what you say that artists do learn more from observation xD i do that all the time C:
artMAKERportrait Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. It annoys me when people say "Wow you're so talented." NO, I'm not. I've just been drawing for years, working my ass off and pushing outside my boundaries. Talent has very little to do with it.
CherubFeet Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a bit of an exaggeration, but the central point is pretty much true.

Passion is also important, as it is what often motivates hard work.
kaciekk Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is 10% luck, 20% skill,
15% concentrated power of will.
5% pleasure, 50%  pain,
And 100% reason to remember the name!
Trop10 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
was gonna say the same thing but a year too late lel
55john5 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
god DAYUM i love that song
WaterLillyHearts Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just had this conversation with someone last night! I use a mouse for my art, it's not talent, it was 3 years of practicing every chance I got. And when I couldn't practice with it, I was practicing traditionally. I'm not talented in art, I worked my butt off for it. It's a skill. Something I practiced over and over to get to where I am at, and I will keep practicing and keep getting better.
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