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It's In The Eyes by Dagger-13 It's In The Eyes :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 1 0 Divide by Dagger-13 Divide :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 8 3 Hang Low by Dagger-13 Hang Low :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 3 0 Growing Tall by Dagger-13 Growing Tall :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 2 0 Tile and Wire by Dagger-13 Tile and Wire :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 2 5 2/5 by Dagger-13 2/5 :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 6 5 Sun Rays by Dagger-13 Sun Rays :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 2 0 Out For A Morning Fly by Dagger-13 Out For A Morning Fly :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 2 0 Autumn Leaves by Dagger-13 Autumn Leaves :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 8 2 Red Berries by Dagger-13 Red Berries :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 8 0 Beautiful Moment 31 - 04/11/17 by Dagger-13 Beautiful Moment 31 - 04/11/17 :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 0 2 Beautiful Moment 30 - 03/11/17 by Dagger-13 Beautiful Moment 30 - 03/11/17 :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 0 2 Beautiful Moment 29 - 02/11/17 by Dagger-13 Beautiful Moment 29 - 02/11/17 :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 3 3 Beautiful Moment 28 - 01/11/17 by Dagger-13 Beautiful Moment 28 - 01/11/17 :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 1 0 Beautiful Moment 27 - 31/10/17 by Dagger-13 Beautiful Moment 27 - 31/10/17 :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 1 2 Beautiful Moment 26 - 30/10/17 by Dagger-13 Beautiful Moment 26 - 30/10/17 :icondagger-13:Dagger-13 0 2


This is a good drawing and you've managed to get some nice detail in there, like the patterns in her iris' and her freckles. I think th...

This is a nice painting and you've done a good job on the majority of the portrait. I really like how you've captured the lighting and ...

This is a very good painting; it's eye-catching and interesting to view. My favourite part is her dress and the scarf (?) on the bed - ...

Technically and stylistically, this is a very good piece. It's well drawn, the proportions are good, the colours and textures are right...


Motivation is great.  That inspiration you get from doing something you're passionate about, something you love and are interested in.  But then the obstacles creep in, you find it hard to get satisfaction from your work and your motivation slowly suffocates under a pile of failed outcomes.

Doing what you want to do is great!

Except for...

When you don't actually want to do it.

Maybe you've got a list of goals, or an idea in your mind of what you want to be doing and where you would like to go with your work.  But have you ever considered what you don't want to be doing?

I like nature photography.  I find it beautiful and really enjoy looking at it, but I can never replicate what I love about the pieces I look at in my own photos - they are bland, flat and uninspiring.  But today I realised - I don't want to do nature photography!  I love looking at it, but that doesn't mean I want to create it!  I enjoy painting animals, but photographing them as anything more than a snapshot...not so much!

So then I got to thinking - what do I want to photograph?  I love street photography and I love the beautiful effects created by different types of light.  I like reflections and contrast.  I like bright colours and little surprises.  Things that go unnoticed in the everyday.  Unusual compositions, moments full of life!  If nature happens to be a part of that, then that's ok, but I'm not aiming to be a 'nature photographer'.

It feels quite freeing to not feel like I need to keep working at it!  I can focus my efforts on what I do want to do instead.

So bottom line - never feel like you have to do something just what you love, do what you're interested in and do what makes you feel good! :D
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  • Playing: Final Fantasy 1
  • Eating: Chocolate Mug Cake
  • Drinking: Camomile Tea


There is no spoon
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
Hi there! :D

I've always been into drawing, then came painting and photography. At the moment I'm having fun trying new techniques and learning as much as I can :D My photography is now pretty much limited to food photos (I love cooking and baking) or reference shots. I'm not as productive as I'd like to be at the moment due to work, study and exams, but I am always trying to improve with every piece I do. Any constructive critique is much appreciated! :)

:) Thanks for taking a look at my page. I hope you like what you see. :)



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leothefox Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2018   General Artist
Thanks For The Llama Emote 
Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sabz0r Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Happy Birthday !! Hug Heart 
Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you! :D
diosrubra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
Merry Birthday :D :cake:
Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
VillainFace Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oh and thanks for that snazzy lil' watch you rocketed my way - the villain really appreciates that y'know! Nod 
Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, Sir :TipOfTheHat: 

Thank you for the :+devwatch: too!  I hope you like my future work :)
MarBallesterosArtist Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama! :)
Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problemo llama cancan 
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