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Little thing called Talent

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 6:12 AM

Little thing called Talent

"My name is Marc, my emotional life is sensitive and my purse is empty, but they say I have talent."

Marc Chagall

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Eomticon: Butterfly

In general, talent means the skill that someone has quite naturally to do something that is hard, a high degree of ability that a person was born with. It's hard to argue that some people indeed have more of an inherited talent for arts than others. They are able to get to a certain level rather quickly and get a lot of praise along the way. However, relying on talent will only last for so long, there's a point to be reached when nothing but hard work gets you through.


"Talent is so loaded a word, so full to the brim with meanings, that an artist might be wise to forget about it altogether and just keep on working."

Eric Maisel


Are you one of those people, who draw a picture once a month and than send it to everyone to ask their opinion? Don't worry, we've all been there, that was pretty much my style since I was little, I wanted to hear praises from my mom but my efforts were minimal - why would I invest my time into drawing and painting when I obviously wasn't strikingly good at it? Looking back in time at this, it was a very wrong question to ask and a point missed. When the need for confirmation outbalances the will and joy to create, we're in trouble!


"Don't bother about whether or not you have it. Just assume that you do, and then forget about it. Talent is a word we use after someone has become accomplished. There is no way to detect it before the fact... or to predict when or if mastery will click into place."

Richard Schmind


Is it really the lack of talent or the lack of discipline, will and interest that's making us to abandon our creative attempts? Is the reason why you pick up your brush/camera/tablet every morning the desire to infill someone's expectations or rather your personal connection to this type of work? As suggested, loving what you do is often the most powerful magic that redirects your thoughts from talent talk to the right direction, towards the work itself. A person who loves to create never sees his efforts as a waste of time, no matter how bad the creations turn out, at start. 

Pink Butterfly Bullet

"Perhaps I have no talent, but all vanity aside – I do not believe that anyone makes an artistic attempt, no matter how small, without having a little – or there are many fools."

Paul Gaugin

Nomads IV by PabloJuradoRuiz

Butterfly-Firefly thingy

Do you still believe you have no artistic talent, whatsoever, but you love to paint, enjoy photography or craft?

It's this desire combined with persistence, systematic interest and learning that makes a successful artist. 

PS: This article contained an awful lot of butterflies. I thought they'd help to make the point catching butterfly 

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How do you perceive your own talents? How often do you compare yourself to others and with what result?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below :heart:


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I haven't done a critique in a while so please excuse me. :iconimsopervyplz:

:bulletpink: Good points :iconheplz:

I completely agree with this journal. Having talent and BEING talented are great, yes, but if you don't know where to apply that talent, or how to use it, then it's all for naught. A lot of people say that prodigies have talent, but those very same prodigies wouldn't know where they'd be if they hadn't practiced at what they did and realized that they were BORN for their tool of trade. It's like this... imagine Michael Jordan. Everyone who is anyone knows that he is extremely gifted at basketball. Everyone knows that he was one of the dream team and everyone knows the saying "It's not the shoes." Ever since he's held that orange basketball in his hands as a child and felt the thrill of the game he's dreamed of playing professionally, dribbling down the court, shooting free throws from the half point line and risking taking a three pointer shot, hoping to God it was nothing but net. Imagine that he and the Dream Team could EASILY win US the Gold in the Summer Olympics. Now imagine that very same Michael Jordan decided to give up half way through because he thought it was "too hard" and his father (bless his soul) CONVINCED him to play baseball for the rest of his natural born life. Or (God forbid) he decided to go into retail?

Not much use of his talent now is there? Talent is a double edged sword. Yes, you may have the talent and yes, you may be a prodigy, but everyone starts somewhere and you can't begin unless you practice. Unless you try, you'll never find out what you're good at.

I believe it's more a lack of "discipline" and "laziness" that makes people unable to see their potential, and unless they get off their asses and search for it, it will indeed be "wasted talent", because as said before "A person who loves to create [and do] never sees his efforts as a waste of time..."

:bulletpurple: Constructive criticism :icondidyoujustplz:

But although I did agree with this journal I admit to pulling a TL;DR. I don't understand why, but the formatting bored me and I "skimmed" through it. Perhaps if you could try and get to the point quicker. Yes, they butterflies were pretty, and yes, I liked that you featured two generally EXCEPTIONAL artists, but I was trying to get to the ROOT of the journal (essentially, I was trying to get to the POINT of it all) and I found I had to go back and re-read quite a few things.

Other than that, I enjoyed reading this journal and I've found it's opened my eyes to the point that I now have a fairly different view of the word "talent" and what it means to many. Thank you. :3
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orselis Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Talent is an ability to do something you can't really do in a way that people belive you were born with it. Art is 1% talent and the rest is practice. Based on my very own experience - I was told I have no talent so I decided to paint. I was told I couldn't draw a straight line, didn't know perspective etc. - so I decided to paint. It was good decision. I don't have a talent to draw or paint but I have a talent to take paints and brushes and create what I like to see on the canvas. With time, I do it without thinking about techniques, proportions, perspective etc. I never had a 2 minutes drawing lesson and thought applying for art school was a waste of time. It's kind of anarchy that rules my life in art aspect - what people say is needed I say is not. I feel so damn proud of myself. And this is talent too.
A-n-t-e-n-o-r-A Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013   Digital Artist
I see talent as imagination and desire. The rest is work work work work work, until you hate doing it, but you are addicted to do it, because you actually love it.  
Talent is the word that combines those things, but i do believe no one is born with a skill, talent is desire for this skill and the creativity in how you use it - the skill itself is work.
Avoice Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013   General Artist
To add to this article,  I  think that success doesn't really come from talent, but from trail and error, long hours and not giving up.  I believe that people with less talent have much more ambition and are more acceptable to failure than a person with a lot of natural talent, who was sung praises from the beginning and are not used to the oncoming of criticism and struggle.  
Sellabe Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whatever 'talent' I have came purely out of hard work. I remind myself of this whenever I look at my first drawing that remains un-published till this very day. I look at it and think, "Wow, you've come so far, Sara! Remember just a few years ago nobody would've considered you an artist, but look at you now!" 

Obviously, I'm still far from my ideal art but my art is beginning to come to the point where I'm satisfied with most of it, and to be honest, I'm proud of myself.

And when it comes to comparing, I never compared my artwork to people who were... I suppose you can say worse than me? Despite art being subjectional--I always strive bettering myself by looking at someones art that looked like what I wanted mine to look like. And then I thought about how I could manage that and how I can improve.

But all in all, I don't exactly believe in 'talent'--talent is derived from hard work that shall pay off in years to come.
taliatheotaku Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even bother with the word while talking about myself. 
Personally, I am always talking about how talented people are, but I will only truly admire someone who works their hardest. I have seen artists who did nothing but five-minute doodles and sketched even though they were extremely talented, and it actually made me angry, for them to let the products of their previous hard work to get better by just not trying anymore.
But people who work hard to get better, who always put in 100% effort, I think they are the most talented.
I love all the butterflies, they're fabulous xxD
dauw Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice and motivational read. I hate the word talent, absolutely hate it. Not only do people use it wrong, i.e. they actually assume there is such a thing as people being born to do something and if you don't have talent you can't excel, but it also really cheapens the massive effort people put into getting good at any given trade. People say stupid things like "I can't draw a straight line, I have no talent"; no, you can't draw a straight line because you tried once and then you gave up. I stopped using the word altogether. I'll rather say skill and skilled, because that reflects better on the work needed to get good. As far as art goes, I think the best "talent" one can have is diligence and determination, or to quote Henry Rollins: "I didn't have talent, I had tenacity."
Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Enjoyed your article.  Maisel has it right, and those drawings are gorgeous. 

I don't know why I like drawing, I'm not particularly good at it, just OK. I just like doing it. 

However, I've had periods of months or years when I drew absolutely nothing, I didn't see the point. I was one of those kids who was interested in many things, but excelled at nothing; not sport, not dance, not social skills, not academics, not in languages and certainly not at art.  Hell, I failed art, both in theory and in practical.  I also failed maths. (Yet somehow scraped into college.) Not much had changed in adulthood. When your abilities don't match your aspirations and your quest for knowledge, it is jolly frustrating.  I almost flunked college.  It took me two extra years to scrape through (thank God for great professors!).  You have to dig in deep and know thyself well to get anywhere. 

People mistake something you're good at as your passion in life. Not always true.  You can be sodding rubbish at what you're passionate about, so you have to start with skint, just determination and a willingness to learn.

Talent is nothing if not watered with adversity, persistence, passion and yes, support. Paul Cezanne is a classic example.

If, however, you have no inborn ability, then you need to be a red star. Dim and dull though they are, they chug away for aeons. You may not improve much (sports and dance being more obvious examples), but your life and maybe other lives will be better for it.  Charlie Brown, anyone?

I would rather be a tiny red star than a big blue one; the one with the bright spark that blazes for a time before burning out, and explodes when it finally comes across something it cannot outwit, outshine, overcome or outmaneuver, or simply runs out of steam.
theresahelmer Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
99% hardwork + 1% talent is that sure win addition even when I am faced without that 1% talent on my side, I can still manage my ways around that "talented world" as long as I'm willing to give my 100% efforts.

And I do.
bezzercer Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i dont know if i have talent or not what i do i do beacuse i can (literaly some of the few things i have are scketchbook and mechanical pencil+leads) i dont realy care if you like it, its just something to do, i dont even know if i like drawing but its ive done for maybe a 20-30 percent of my life(including sleeping) though that may be a exageration i did doodle every spare second in school and all through out art class(i almost faild)id rathere creat stuff for personal use or to make othere things(if i ever get the equipment ill make stuff like costumes or visual novels)if i have true skill in "art" or some such perhaps i can make a lil bit of money(maybe just enough for half a hused game) i rambeling ? oh well i hope this fits here...
TheNinToaster Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its amazing how people tell me and other people: "OMG you're so talented" yet we dont believe it ourselves. It may be for the fact we believe we could do better and aspire to be like the big masters of art, who they might also believe, that they got no talent and aspire to be better. 

But this motivated me to keep working until I get my style to be joined with the great masters of DeviantArt. Love this article. <3 
adamexe20a Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
talent is a gift.... and you cant buy it with money or point.. or llama...
Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
At first glance, what you say seems cynical... Cynic 
But, frequently, here on dA: Points+Llamas+Favs = You'reSoTalented! ;)
adamexe20a Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well i guess we cant apply that rule here..

Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
No, it should not apply, but you know... business is business. :foolsmoney: 
KindCritic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student Writer

People say, "You're so talented!"

I say, "That's what they tell me."


KindCritic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student Writer

Shit! That sounded egotistical because I hit enter before I finished my sentence. What I meant to say was, yeah, I say that so it doesn't go to my head. 'You're talented' is short for 'hey I admire the work you've put into honing your skill'.


Not egotistical, I swear.

jswebb Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   Writer
Nice article here with some great advice. The topic reminds me greatly of a poem, "On Bitching," by Jeffrey Harrison. Hits a lot of the same points and reminds the poet (but really all artists) to

thank the gods to the end of your days
for the time they’ve granted you to spend
on making poems, even if they come to nothing.
Evildrfrog Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I don't think talent matters.

What was that?  Am I crazy?

I think that creativity and enjoying what you're doing is far more important than any amount of talent.  People with talent and nothing else become boring and meaningless, repeatedly doing similar work, bland work that nobody wants to look at because it's just so *similar*!

If you enjoy/have a passion for what you're doing and try to get the creative juices flowing, great skills will naturally come.
deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate not being able to properly execute a piece of work like I'd hoped, despite drawing at least 3 hours every day... it's very disheartening and truth be told I feel like I'm regressing rather than improving.
nicolft Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
vnv I can relate. It feels like I haven't improved at all..... :c Right now I'm all out of creativity; doing something as simple as writing a story takes a lot of will to begin, and there's an even smaller chance of me finishing. >_> It's so disheartening - sometimes to the point of becoming infuriating. I guess that we just have to remind ourselves that we're still young, and although there might be many people who are much more skilled than us, there are also people who might think of your art as the greatest. uvu So let's keep persisting, yeah? And remember that you're never alone~~~ ^^
Havkatt Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sometimes I'm provoked by people calling me talented, no matter how stupid it sounds.
Because I'm not, I worked for everything. And I am not saying those with talent aren't working to get good,
but they probably improve on a faster pace, and that is what talent is.
A hidden understanding of how to improve more efficient than others do.
Compared to how long I have been drawing seriously my skill is not really where it could be if I had talent.
That's also the reason some artists are at my level after seriously drawing for only a year.

Well, at least that's how I view talent.
Blakrana Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Good article. Certainly a breath of fresh of air with some of the attitudes I found growing up.

There's a book I've been working through, 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' by Betty Edwards, which does highlight how the notion of 'art is only for the talented' damages most people's ability to improve.

So far as comparative stuff goes, I prefer to look at other's people work as something else. I know I have great room for improvement, never having much in the way of an effective art education, but I'm putting myself to task to try and get through the exercises in the above mentioned book to improve myself.

I wouldn't say I have talent, per se, but I have so many ideas of -things- in my head that I can't put into words, my only recourse as I see it is to improve so I can put them to paper. Maybe some of the things I have in my head others may like, but for the time being? I just want to get good enough at drawing so I can sleep more easily at night.

Least, until the next idea strolls merrily along at three in the morning, insisting I must stop with the sleeping nonsense...
Sjiria Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I use this in a journal? :3

I relate, and I think this pretty much nails down my opinion on comparing and "talent", although I still have a habit of comparing and become disheartened ^^; Yet I haven't read that book it a book? your text doesn't say.. OWELL, I haven't checked it out yet. oO
There we go! 8D
Blakrana Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
"Drawing on the right side of the Brain" is a book, yes, written by Betty Edwards. Google it, and you'll want 'The New etc etc" and that'd be the version I'm using.

Beyond that, feel free to use it in a journal if it seems useful to you. Otherwise, stay positive and keep on trying. I'm sure your drawing skills are better than you give yourself credit for.

And if you ever want to discuss things in general, pretty much what I'm using my page for. Especially whilst my drawing hand is in a cast - -o
Sjiria Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thankies ! ^^
Sweetdemoness87 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I knew a girl who had all the talent in the world for this. She could draw wonderful things. But she didn't enjoy it. She thought it was nothing. and worthless. Now back then I thought she was crazy. But now I see why she was the way she was. She had other dreams and wants. She didn't want to be an "artist" she wanted to be something else. And I so badly wanted to be an artist. I thought she was crazy for not wanting it as badly as I did and do. 
I may not have the talent to paint or draw. But to me it really doesn't matter. I know I am some what good at it. And can convey my emotions very well through art. And that is good enough for me. 
Also I have recently started getting commissions. It is not as easy as I thought it would be. I am constantly worried that the person that I am doing this for will not like the painting/sketch and just throw it back in my face. How do you get past that feeling of dread while your working for someone else? 
MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! :wave:

Worries aren't easy things to eradicate. I'm no professional, nor do I know the extent of your problems, but I can offer some tips that might help:

:bulletblue: Clear communication
If you are certain that you know what your commissioner wants, and that you have samples of your artwork where the commissioner can easily see them, then there isn't much left to worry about. You know the details, and your commissioner has seen your style of art, so (s)he knows what (s)he is buying. If (s)he didn't like your style very much, (s)he wouldn't be paying for it! :)

:bulletblue: Remind yourself of your strong points
You sound quite worried about the quality of your work measuring up to the nebulous, unknown standards of your commissioner. It might help to write out a list of your strengths and put it where you can see it if the anxiety is dragging you down. Here's a start: you said you're talented at conveying emotions, and based on your icon, I can guess that you're quite skilled at using color as well.

I've found that it helps to collect praise you receive from others, too. Here's my trick for saving comments. :)

:bulletblue: Keep your old drawings
That way, you can see how much you've grown. If people liked your old and poorly drawn work, then imagine how much they must love your work as it is now! This would especially apply in a few years from now, when you look back on your current work, see how much worse it is than your new work, and say "People were eagerly paying for that!"

:bulletblue: Remember that most people are nice
 "the person... will not like the painting/sketch and just throw it back in my face"
Only the world's most enormous jerk would do that. Somewhere around 98% of people would politely point out the problem (or decide it wasn't worth mentioning), and that's assuming that they didn't like it. If they are rude to you, it's their problem and not yours, and their attitude will come back to bite them when they're trying to do well in the workforce. Most people know how to act like decent human beings.

:bulletblue: See if you can figure out where your worries are coming from
This can help you address specific problems and figure out what exactly you're facing.

I hope this helped at least a little! :hug: Good luck!
Sweetdemoness87 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! 
This really did help. I didn't even think to do half the things on the list. I will def save this to remember it when I am feeling this way again. 
I have social anxiety disorder. So a lot of the time people scar me. I am trying to over come that. That is most likely were most of the issue is coming from. 

Thank you again!! 
To-Ka-Ro Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow- this really is a thought-provoking article. Very well written :)
I think more-so I have the natural talent of creativity and vision then technique (although I'm working on technique a lot).
I compare myself to other artists A LOT- sometimes I end up discouraged because I feel like I should have more discipline; sometimes I feel encouraged because of the confidence I can work to that point.
MoonKestrel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think talent can be a two-sided sword in a way. 
You do need a bit of talent to do things, sometimes no matter how hard you try it just doesn't work if you have no talent (I did this concerning sports, for years and years and years -more than 5 years of hard work-, and no matter how hard I trained and learned and loved it, I just didn't have the talent, and had to give it up, which nowadays I don't even care about it, but that's another story.). But in most things, talent is just how easy it is for you to do something, or how somebody sees you. 
As for my own talents, I think I'm good at telling stories, but I haven't settled into which way. I love drawing, but I also like writing and I'm trying to mix them now to work together, still working on developing that talent. And I'm good with learning stuff and knowing things.
I used to compare myself with others a lot, and it was very very bad for me. I mean, it was good because I could see what I was doing wrong, but I'd go to the point of feeling what I did was worthless and not good enough. And it turned into a vicious cycle that extended over my entire life, because people thought I had talent and I could do lots of things but as much as I tried, I ended up failing them at some point (probably the breaking point that I couldn't get past, not that I wasn't good or doing my best, but the fact that because I did well, they expected more and good wasn't enough any more, and they kept upping the standards they expected of me exponentially). I finally realized that it was very hurtful and bad for me to keep doing that, so I've been working on comparing myself less to others and others' standards (and to be less judging of people and myself, mostly myself, I'm my most harsh judge nowadays, aftermath of being judged for a lifetime by others). I turned the comparing into a learning experience, so instead of trying to find what I did wrong, I try to see what makes IT (whatever I'm comparing) likeable and special, and then I consider if I want that in my life/art or not. If I do, I try to find a way to adapt it to myself, if not, I just let it go (the best I can). Making myself take up the habit of drawing a bit daily and uploading it somewhere to account for it helped me also to focus on the learning bit.
Narikoh Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   General Artist
interesting article.. : )

.. I believe you don't necessarily need "artistic talent" to get very good at art..
"talent" is all about how easy it is for you to learn a certain skill..  so no matter how talented you may be, if you don't practice the skill you'll still be no good. ^-^

it kinda pisses me off when people give up on drawing before they even tried it, just because they think they got no 'talent'.. and that therefore it would be pointless to try...
but they're WRONG. 

You can't know your so-called "talents if you don't try working on it!!!   :/

:iconginsenseipointsuplz: NOW GET TO WORK!! :iconginsenseipointsuplz:

*runs away and hides in corner*
Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, that's what I tell everyone. But in this world negativeness is winning, and it won't move back unless people learns this. However, the world we live in doesn't teach us this. What a stupid world. :P
mazoneko Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Talent is a pursued interest. In other words, anything that you're willing to practise, you can do." - Bob Ross
Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Talent is the natural inclination of a person to do well in a certain activity. But the artistic talent is something different: artistic talent is the natural inclination that an artist has to arouse emotions in people. The art involves all the senses, but also manages to go over and touch points deep in the psyche. So, who manages to create something that is able to go beyond the human senses and arouse deep emotions in those who see/taste/feel/touch that work, is a true artist.
The artist must be able to "transcend" the real, with his art he must go beyond the reality and habit, and he should not be confined to mere copying. Imitation is a tribute that mediocrity pays to the talent. Who copies the real or the style of other works may have talent, but not an artistic talent. He is a talented craftsman and nothing more.
It should also add that artistic talent is often related to aspects of psychology and personality and it can also run out. This has happened to many artists who, at some point in their career, they have lost their creative ability and have been reduced to repeat/to copy themselves, although they have continued to have a great technical talent. But they no longer had any artistic talent.

But having said all this, I wonder:
Does anyone think that great artists would spend their days wondering if they had any talent? :D
MoonKestrel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh and I agree about artists being caged into technical talent and repeating themselves and lacking artistic talent.
Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
All this makes me think of Michelangelo Buonarroti. When he was commissioned by the Pope to paint the Sistine Chapel, he said he was a sculptor and therefore would not have been able to paint frescoes. This means that he was aware of not having technical talent, that is, technical skills, to paint, and at the beginning of the work he had to consult with experts in fresco. But Michelangelo had a huge artistic talent and so he created one of the most important works of art of all time, undertaking of colossal dimensions and with a technique to him not congenial.
MoonKestrel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True, the thing is being able to convey the idea, rather than to "sell" (in terms of $) or to be the best at a certain medium :)
MoonKestrel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think they might have at some time, in the end, they're human. And if you look at great painters and such, most of them weren't great until they died (kinda harsh on them). But then again, I guess the thing was they didn't let that "talent" questioning kill their real talent.
Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I agree with you :)
arbhin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   Artist
singing: ~~This thing, called 'talent', I just, can't handle it. This thing, called 'talent', I jsut get round to it I ain't ready! Crazy little thing called Talent'. 
Anyway I think Talent is up to others to decide. And some people might say one has it, while others say the same artist is not worth anything. Who will decide and who will judge? After all its just a matter of opinion I guess. 

I heard people saying the same of me, but as I look back at my work (if you can name it that) I don't think I have. 
AmabilisDG Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I throw Llama at the screen and nothing happen. 
PetaloMaM Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
If you do it enough times, you will develop llama throwing talent
AmabilisDG Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Thanks for Llama.
Umbravita Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Funnily enough, I don't actually love drawing. I don't even like it sometimes; I'm just indifferent. I enjoy seeing how far I've come more than the actual process of drawing, and I enjoy working hard on it for the sake of hard work itself, not for the sake of drawing. I don't love drawing; I love working at a problem, and my skill is a problem. Being unable to draw something is a problem. So I love drawing the same thing over and over until it clicks and I get a rush of accomplishment.

It's the reason why I barely finish (or even start) any work; I'm some weirdo who'd rather do drawing studies than actually draw something from my head. It's mindless, it's meditative and calming and I can just zone into it. Art's never been about expression for me, just self improvement and mastery.

I do, however, love to write. Fanfic only, for some reason -- I'm terrible at original fiction because I need something to work with, I don't like building from scratch because there's no mysteries to solve. Where I have to drag myself to draw, I'll write for the sake of writing, but I'm not interested in really investing in my writing. If I had to choose between writing all day and drawing all day, I'd enjoy myself far more writing, but for some reason I just prefer to draw.

I guess I'm really weird that way.
Doofiesaurus Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel my drawing style is kinda non-existent, because the only stuff I really do is copying pictures, but then at the same time, don't people learn from looking at other people's work?
jane-beata Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The fact that you realize it should push you forward sooner or later :)
Doofiesaurus Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess so. I've always thought about creating my own characters, but the thought genuinely terrifies me because I don't feel I have a developed enough style and I wouldn't know where to start! :(
Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Style is something that comes naturally, working hard, fearless... but after.
Also, the style does not always have a lot of importance in art, because it often becomes the cage for the artist who has been without ideas. :)
Doofiesaurus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, that's interesting actually, never really thought about it like that... Thank you :)
Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
You're welcome :)
You can see for more about style in art here ->… |…
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