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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde
     I have been on DeviantArt for a couple of years now, and when I first started here I felt very intimidated by all the amazing artists on this site. At some point, I wanted to do things just like them and copy their styles photography-wise (we are not talking about plagiarism here), so that I'd eventually improve and be noticed on this site. I soon realized that I was doing it wrong. This was when I started to work on having my own art style: something that would define me and not some other artist's work.
However, every now and then, I meet some deviants who feel the same way that I used to feel. People saying things like: "I want people to love my art and be popular here"; or "I should change my art style so that people would like my work more"; or "I should get the same gear as that artist so that I can take the same kind of photographs"; and so on and so forth.

So, here are some reasons why you should create your own art :) (Smile)

Because we are all different.

We all have different personalities, different opinions, points of view and different ways to see art. Some people will like your art, some people will not. But what matters is that you feel good about your art. 
That doesn't mean that you shouldn't be open to constructive criticism or feedback though. Personally, I think that they help you grow as an artist but you don't need to adhere to them. You are free to accept or reject them, and that's what makes you you
Furthermore, you can get the exact same tools or gear as the artist you admire and learn all their techniques, but your art will always be different from theirs. At most, it may be similar, but not identical.

Because it is about you, not your equipment.

No matter how many tools and/or gear you get and how expensive they may be, that won't necessarily make you a "good" artist.
You can get the latest camera with all the fancy lenses, or the latest tablet with the latest version of Photoshop, but that won't mean your work will be good or better. On top of that, it won't mean that more people will like your work. 
Of course, it helps. This is undeniable. However, it is not about what you have equipment-wise, but how much knowledge you have in your art field, how you envision things, the message that you want to convey and the feelings that you want to communicate through art. That, in fact, makes us all singular, different and interesting individuals.

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Because you will never please everyone.

No matter how hard you can try, you will always have people who will not like your art. And even if you're lucky enough to have a lot of people who enjoy your work, you will still have some people who will not like it, and they may even leave some nasty comment on your page and hurt your feelings. But once you come to terms with it, you start to not care about it, which keeps you from a lot of trouble and even boosts your creativity and confidence. :) (Smile)

Because copying someone's art style will not necessarily make you instantly popular.

No, it won't. You may even have some people telling you things like "your art reminds me of that artist's work", and make you understand how overrated your work is. 
You can copy someone's art style as hard as you can but it doesn't mean you will be as trendy as them. So, if you choose to copy someone's style anyway, I hope you have your ways to cope with that!

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Because it is too tiring to care about pageviews and favourites.

So, your photographs don't get many views and favourites, or you stopped making APN photographs to focus on photojournalism and the number of pageviews and favourites you receive have dropped considerably since then. Does this mean your photographs are not as good as before? Does it make them less interesting? I don't think so. They are just different from what you used to photograph but that doesn't necessarily mean they are necessarily are not as good. Perhaps they are in terms of quality but it doesn't mean that they're bad. Furthermore, you can always promote your work via groups or chatrooms so that they get more exposure and more recognition. You can also do some research in order to improve. 
On the contrary, just because an artist has, let's say, 1,000+ pageviews and 100+ favourites on their work, it doesn't mean their work "must be good" and that it "must" be better than yours. It just means they are more popular than you. However, popularity doesn't define their art skills. And even if they are, indeed, terribly talented, then you can use them as inspiration in order to help you find your own way of creating art. I am a dummy!


In conclusion....

   It is all about confidence and feeling comfortable enough with yourself to do what you want to do and not what others want you to do, even if that means being less popular that you want to be. 
Of course, that shouldn't make one stubborn and reluctant to any suggestions/feedback/constructive criticism since they can actually help you improve your art skills. And sure, it helps if you can have some inspiration and do some research. But what is most important is to always look at art through your own eyes in order to create your own work - a work that defines you... which is, after all, the true meaning of art. How dull would the world be if all art looked the same? =p (Razz)

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:bulletpurple: 1. Everyone was born equal
More-less, this is true, some people are born more challenged than others but we all possess skills and ability to learn. It is possible to build something out of nothing if we really want to. It all comes down to our preferences and decisions.
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:bulletpurple: 2. Overcoming your fears
By constantly challenging yourself, you can get rid of fears that used to follow you. You will no longer be worried, you'll know you can count on yourself.
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    There are quite a few ways to get your work out into the big bad world of deviantART - it's just finding your niche and getting into it. Three common ways to show off your art are: groups, forums & chat. :lahigh: 
Chat:

    :#sharezone: is a great chat to share your artwork in at anytime of the day and almost always has quite a few people in it. Many groups and other deviants also host chats for various reasons: general chat, critique, games, etc. The problem with chats is not everybody is on the same time zone, so it can be hard to corr
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Before we begin, let’s take a look at what DeviantArt designed the critique system to be:
“Critique is designed to be a thorough evaluation of a Deviation on a number of different qualities. It is intentionally designed to inspire thoughtful and constructive feedback from committed Artists and Enthusiasts to fellow Artists requesting meaningful responses to their artwork.” ( :faq95: )
Generally speaking, a critique is not intended t
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Seems easy, right?
Not so much.
Writing an artist's statement can be quite tricky! It can be very difficult to put what you do and why down on paper without it sounding either convoluted or over simplified. In either case, the audience might have trouble understanding the statement.
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Okay let's start!
1. Make an OC
OCs, or original characters, are a great source of inspiration. If you have none, make one! It's super fun to design your own character, especially since it's original so you can go crazy with it! Think up a personality for your OC, as well as their hobbies and interests, and even a back story, so that they seem real. Whenever you're out of ideas to draw, you can draw your OC. If your OC is well-developed, you might even develop a loving for them and long to draw them all the time :meow:.
2. Make Adoptables
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ART BLOCK!!
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  Surprise! Let's talk about Feedback Taboos!Hello, everyone! :wave:
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"What are these so called 'Feedback Taboos?" you are asking.
Giving Feedback on amazing artworks that don't need improvement
Giving Feedback on an art form you're not familiar with
Giving Feedback on Articles And Tutorials
   Why are they considered taboos? Because they may seem 1. too hard to do, 2. too far-fetched, or 3. just outright pointless. Sure, not doing these taboos does not seem like a big deal, but it is. They are all helpful in a whole, yet rarely done, if not done at all. Feedback, as long as it's constructive and helpful, is good, regardless of the submission it was made on. :)
 
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Your Ego:

The fact is, a lot of us have strong egos. If you have a strong ego, when someone criticizes the way you've done something, you're likely to disagree with them and dismiss their critique. If you have a strong ego, a lot of what other people say about your art goes over your head, and you tend to simply ignore it in the end. Overall, you tend to believe the way you did something was perfectly fine, and you might even look down on others who critici
 


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Aryiea Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
Thanks for featuring me, dear! I know it was a while ago, but I'm back now and it's definitely appreciated! :la:
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
You're welcome!
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JaedynOfPyrrhia Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Student General Artist
thank youuu this made me feel really good.
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016
Oh, you're welcome =)
I'm glad to know that it made you feel better.
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BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this, *faved* I get some ideas of my own, to "mix it up" a little...but problem is, nothing is "original" anymore. We all can do our own variations, but I came to the realization that if I've thought of it, it's been done. :(  I'd say don't let that stop you. I'm not going to let it bug ME. 
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Of course nothing is "original" anymore, but that shouldn't prevent us from keep on making art and try to find which style defines us the most, and try to make something out of it with our own personal addition. Because otherwise, there'd be no art anymore. ;)
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BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Your answer rocks. Just so you know :D
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
Ahah, I don't think it does, but thanks =p
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kesbet Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the most informative article / journal I've ever read! I will come back to it over and over, whenever feel bad and depressed because 'my art is not so good / popular as X'.
Thank you kindly for this text!
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Thank you so much! I'm glad I could help somehow :)
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kesbet Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent points in this article :clap:
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Thank you so much!
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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maxnort Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016   Writer
I had lived well into my adulthood before I realized that not everyone was driven to produce art of some type.  I am still discovering what that means both for them and for me.
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
True. Good luck with that ;)
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Leochi Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
Excellent points made!
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Thank you so much!
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Jenocider Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
*After reading this, it fills you with DETERMINATION to go on and draw*
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
There is only one YOU........make the most of it........do your own thing. Popular means agreeing with everything?
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Making "popular art" isn't about agreeing with everything in my opinion, it is about wanting to be noticed and working on having your art liked by the majority of people. In other words, it is about wanting to agree with the majority of ppl. Doesn't mean that they genuinely do all the time.
But if they happen to make some art that they do enjoy making and that by the same occasion a lot of ppl seem to like it, then it is all good I guess. They just have to make art for the right reasons imo.
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
Of course ALL artists want to be noticed for their work......................I agree. :wave:
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016
:aww:
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Major-Link Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is something I feel like I should take more seriously. If you look at my gallery, you can see that I'm improving every bit as I go on.
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
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xNeonMariex Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like this is something everyone should see. I've had countless times where I start doubting myself cause people around me get more hits or views or whatever. But then I come to realize, damnit, I'm doing this for my own fun, and I'm putting all of this time and effort and being able to call this my own creation. I've been drawing basically since grade school, so it's a huge part of my life. Stuff like this helps me remember that, and that I shouldn't get discouraged over something petty like how many views I get. All of this is very well aid, hats off to you.
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Thank you so much! I am glad that this article helped you :)
I think that it is important to not be afraid to remain open minded and to not hesitate to make some research on how to improve our artistic skills. That would mean ask for feedbacks, read tutorials or articles, talk to other artists and share tips etc, look at the other artists' work. Of course, we are free to accept them or not.
One can always promote our work via social media or dA groups :)
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xNeonMariex Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, believe me, I agree. Before, I was extremely close-minded about that type of stuff, but now I try to appreciate any critique people have to offer. And I feel it has definitely helped me improve my skills as well. And yea, there is a lot of ways to promote yourself now, I feel like everyone should at least try.
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
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blexxer Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I needed to read this today! I am new here and on other site that focuses on 3D models. As a beginner, it can be depressing and I have found myself comparing my creations to those of people who have done theirs for years as professionals... Which is futile! Also found myself thinking if I should move towards photorealism, but why should I? Just because everyone else does it? I prefer cartoonish style, and art over remodeling the real world objects "just as they are" :) So sticking with that path, developing my own style while developing my skills! Thank you for a good read, it lifted my spirits and I feel like going back to work on a new piece again.
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Thank you!
One can change their art style, as long as they are doing it for the right reasons, and solely because they truly want to.
Now, we can always educate ourselves by reading articles and tutorials, ask for critiques, basically document ourselves in order to improve our artistic skills, it never hurts to do that ;)
And then we can always promote our work via social media or via dA groups in here :)
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ToxicPhantomSan Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I find it amazing when people get popular over doing nothing but fanart rather than original art then again when someone does original art themselves they don't get noticed for doing original art. For example, Bleedman he's popular cause all he has ever done is fanart of his favorite TV shows while others has asked him to do some original stuff. Any tips on avoiding what Bleedman does to get noticed for original art?
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I think that it is a bit reducing to say that some artists "just" do fanart. It is still some work, whether we like the work or not. Now, there are different ways to do fanart: either you reproduce it identically, or you can add your own style to it :) Many artists do fanart, like the comic artist J-Scott-Campbell sometimes despite having his original works, but he adds his own style to it.
And yes, sometimes some artists are more noticed for their fanart rather than for their original work, but that isn't the case for all of them. I personally prefer doing fanart for traditional work rather than original works, but only because I never really tried doing my own work for that. And I'm fine with it. And the only advice I could give it keep practicing, educate yourself by reading tutorials or articles, look for different artworks with different styles, ask questions, ask for feedbacks, promote your work in dA groups, social media etc
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ToxicPhantomSan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I noticed that Sakimichan & Bleedman have stopped selling their prints on here for whatever reason. Maybe cause they live off of Patreon now that they're living off of their commissions which I think is amazing & their prices are actually reasonable.
He has a pretty unique gallery so, I decided to follow him thanks for linking him to me.
I'll just work harder on my original art & fan art not for the sake of attention but, for critiques & helpful feedback. I can't afford art class or/ school so DA is my only hope for improvement. Say do you do critiques by any chance? :o

I tend to use, Tumblr, Pixiv, & Pinterest to find lots of art tutorials on drawing many different things especially for human anatomy & landscapes w/ perspective. The thing that bothers me most is drawing landscapes & perspective they're the hardest when it comes to art. Markiplier - Confused 
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
I'm sorry but I don't do critiques :/
However, you can always check out the group projecteducate for interesting articles per art category and ProjectComment for discussions and critiques on your work :)
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ToxicPhantomSan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Ah okay, thank you for letting me know.
It's just that it's hard to ask for comments or critiques these days. XD
I'm in those groups so, I'll read what they have to say for getting critiques in art.

Btw, I got a weird question to ask of you.
Can you get banned from this website if too many random people block you for whatever reason? Cause, I have a friend who's really nice but, she's been blocked by so many people lately she's afraid that she's gonna get banned from this site. Her account is her prized jewel that she doesn't want to loose.
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
No, she won't be banned from the site for that :)
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ToxicPhantomSan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Ah okay that's good. I'm glad she didn't either way. >_<;
I'll tell her that she won't get banned just for getting blocked by a few people I mean, that would be a stupid rule if it ever existed. X3
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Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016   Digital Artist
I don't know who that person is, but I must say I disagree with you about fanart. You can still create something original, using already copyrighted characters: think in terms of composition, movement, colour palette, textures, and so on... There's a lot to do here, and in the end the characters are painted in your own way :)
Now, it is true that some people, especially on social media, use the alreay existent love for certain characters to gain more popularity. But that, too, depends on what you're trying to achieve: do you want to become better, an artist you could have admired a few years ago? Or do you want to get as many followers as you can?
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ToxicPhantomSan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You do have a slight point.
I guess I'm looking too deep into this subject.
Btw, Bleedman's icon is on my front page if you want to check him out? I still follow him don't get me wrong still love his fanart & original characters.

As for me I'm gonna do a bit of both original artwork & fanart I just don't want to get stuck on one genre of art. Ya dig?XD
As for followers I don't mind getting followers I just don't want to get too popular to where I can't answer a buttload of messages. :P
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Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you for conceding me a slight point :D
And good luck on your artistic journey! I hope you'll have fun, whatever you decide to draw ^^
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ToxicPhantomSan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome. I like hearing other people's opinions on topics like this one.
Thank you. I plan on posting more art in the future with lots of details in it hopefully one day I'll get noticed & get more critiques on my stuff. ^///^; & same goes for you.^_~
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ChameleonCove Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
What I would like to add on #4 is that even when you copy someone else's style, you can still add you own flair to it. :)
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
:nod: :highfive:
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pulbern Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This was great! I love using "shitty" cameras to make art (my phone and disposable cameras). :love:
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Eh, especially because you have a great eye ;)
And thank you!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
The most important lens is the one behind the camera.
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
;)
You got it right
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barananduen Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016   General Artist
YES! YES! YES! I said "yes!" so much during this article, that I sounded like a Herbal Essences commercial.
Excellent article! :clap: :clap: People need to see this.
And it applies to any medium, not just photography.
Fantastic journal! It had to be said again, so there you go!
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