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an artist's job is to make art by hibbary an artist's job is to make art by hibbary
I don't care if it's weird art, shitty art, art that I personally hate. An artist needs to make art that's right for them, despite the noise. Make art time personal time and keep working, no matter what.



This is not an anti-critique piece. Critique is good. Useful input is useful. It's up to the artist to decide what is and what isn't.

It's about blocking out the kind of distraction and negativity that derails the artistic process. What artists need to worry about most is making their art and to not get involved in all the BS. Absorb all the valid feedback and let the rest just bounce off.


Happy Christmas.



Edit: Thank you for the DD! I'm glad so many people found it to be cheering to them.

After getting some feedback, I'd like to elaborate a little bit on some of the thoughts I've had in response.

The first is that these people are not necessarily 'bad guys'. They represent forces that often cause an artist to become upset, reactive, wasteful of energy. (I picked the ones I see people becoming the most upset about on DeviantART and on the internet in general. I personally have no problem with people who copy my work, but some people do). The artist is the filter and it is the artist who decides how these people hurt or help their ability to make art. There will always be trolls, haters, critics, copiers, feedback both good and bad, and the artist must always express themselves in spite of this, to take in what is useful to them, let the rest go, and not get caught up in their own negativity. This ideal artist is not at war with a hostile environment but at peace with reality.

Secondly, I've made it into a print (as per requested) but am also allowing the full DL of the original drawing for anyone who wants to print it out and just hang it up in their work space as a little reminder.
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Given 2010-12-25
an artist's job is to make art by `hibbary

Hillary Luetkemeyer really nails it in this simple lineart work with a strong message. Do not miss out on her artist comment either. Read it. Take it to your heart and mind. Let noise be noise. What counts is what you create, your signal. ( Suggested by Heatherbeast and Featured by MidnightExigent )
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cherrycherry98 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so TRUE literally!!!!! I could count off so many of the people I know that will copy my art criticize it and try to steal my hand drawn art I always put up other peoples drawings and give them shout outs I never steal the art though thats just weird... and oww my head hurts ahhhhhh
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I1do2not3make4art Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
WoW!
That just life,something will and it can hurt u.
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cindywoo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
Wow, amazing message here. I agree with this so much. 
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Makasu18 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was meant to see this. That spoke right to my soul. Thank You so much!!!Thank you for the inspiration and motivation. You're right, an artist's job is to make art and at the same time we must learn to drown out the noise that comes with it...
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PYRASMUS Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
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Maximum993 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I have one edit. The critic needs to be highly valued. Don't depend on them, but a good critique is infinitely valuable to growth as an artist.
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Den999Zalgo Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Student Artist
This girl looks like me. I do not think it's weird.
I understand
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SwordlessLiink Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
this is so relatable :) 
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Jblask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very deep and and true message.I really think I needed this as do all artists. Thanks! :hug::D
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UkrainianVirus1991 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Student Artist
It represents what deviantart is like and school too
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barneyjones123 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This art is cosnidered meaningful and I respect it ,I will add that to favorites 
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TheEliBlog Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017  Professional General Artist
TRUEEEEELlama Emoji-21 (Speechless) [V1] 
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Alex7629 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017  Student Digital Artist
it is 100% right
just dont read what there say
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:iconmr-gipson:
Mr-Gipson Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
People just love to criticise my art and that's what I'm not used to... It makes me so MAD!
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Diamondblingbling Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This is just too perfect
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pipsgachafun2 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol i love the drama llama
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SaritaAngel20192 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D good
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Askthisdude Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017
IT happens mate
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InspiringEcho Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is like the most relatable thing I have ever seen
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Sm0l-Be4n Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is deep yet relatable.
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ThatRedNinja Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Student General Artist
Quite true. Very poetic.
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abbysketches145 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Student General Artist
0_0 no kidding on how acurate this is
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TimMcJimFromPL Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
It's awesome. :-)
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MamaAvri Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
T R U E
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CryptidDragon Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017
Ha! Drama Llama
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RoseMaylieGottschalk Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Student General Artist
Truth
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Sahid9 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shoot


That usually happens to me
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Star-Dust101 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO TRUE
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Shadowplush42 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017
This happens to me so much.







And I enjoy life that way :(
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Blackace70 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017
It's so accurate that it hurts. 
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Born-From-Ti3rra Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
...and make money
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:iconborn-from-ti3rra:
Born-From-Ti3rra Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
truth yes
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MarineAngel64Ketchup Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
This show a good message every artist should know.
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raythestinger Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This really brightens my day.
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Drew-Id Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
This is an image that should be shared with every creative person! I will share it on Facebook. Your comments are encouraging and not mean spirited. Thank you!
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Loukho Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think that criticis a bad thing .. at least if it's justified. It's part of an artist's improvment.
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atomicsnarl Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
Applause, applause, and good for you!

There's certainly a difference between constructive criticism and being bitchy.  The saddest ones are those who complain about what THEY would have drawn vs what the artist actually drew.  Que sera, sera....

Happy arting!
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TheRACOONIST Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Student Digital Artist
It's very nicely done, I like it.
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Tortive Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Fav if you agree!
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Zanzalur Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The critic the only person im waiting for, i need critique in order to continue on and make better art! 
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Remyfox819 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
That's right.
I had to deal with a troll recently, but I did not let him get to me.
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the-anything-network Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Student General Artist
i dealt with a couple copy cats in my life. So i humiliated them to crying point in public.
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aristides93 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Demiurge of Drawings is an amazing app if you want to draw something but don't know what.
play.google.com/store/apps/det…
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RainikaWerewolf13 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this :)
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ShinDongmin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
Respect!
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Deviant867 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017
very nice :D 
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NightFoxGangsters Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Student Artist
i love it, i would like to see how you can experiment with this, maybe have the background people in different poses or in different styles. maybe having the art thief being in stick figure [like it is now] maybe having the critic looking all clean and purfict looking. and maybe the censor BEING a censor thing. these are only sujestments that you can try out. you don't need to do them. 
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hibbary Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Professional General Artist
Anybody who wants to is welcome to do their own version :) 
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NightFoxGangsters Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Student Artist
:)
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Rosez123Starz Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You are cat
are I cat
beautiful the cat
the cat
way cat
you a cat
are we cat


Read first word down.
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