“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
PE: 5 reasons to believe in yourselfSuccess is not a measure of how much money you earn or how popular you are, rather, it is being able to find your passion - one that makes you happy and ultimately, one that you would be happy to leave as your legacy. To make a step forward to reach your dream takes smarts and guts but why couldn't you? Here is five reasons why you can.
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.
"Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent."
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.
"If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right."
Sharing Your Art: Chat, Forums + Groups So you've submitted your work to deviantART and now... wait, what now? This is a question many deviants find themselves wondering. Again for many of us, hundreds of our fellow deviants aren't flocking to our galleries. So - what exactly can we do to bring them to us?
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.
:#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
The Art of Critiquing
You are probably (hopefully!) already aware that DeviantArt allows users to comment on each other's deviations. What you may or may not have noticed is that DA also has a handy feature called Critiques. Critiques are a Core Member feature that allows users to leave in-depth observations of your work in addition to a ratings system. A critique allows the artist to receive specific comments about their work.
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
Writing An Artist's StatementCommunity Week
An artist's statement is simply the artist's written description of their own work. It is a verbal representation of the work that the artist does and it is meant to help the viewer glean understanding of it. It aims to inform and connect the viewer with the art. Often gallery owners and teachers will ask for an artist's statement, and it's possible you'll even want to put one up on your website. In any case, you'll most likely need to write one.
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.
Example: "The apotropaic quality of the conjoining lines are juxtaposed against the atramentous backdrop in a way such as to give definition to not only the achromatic benevolence of the lines themselves, but to the crepuscular middle ground, with
How to get InspiredCommunity Week
Have you ever had one of those times when you really feel like drawing but had no idea what to draw? Or have you ever had an artblock you've desperately wanted to get rid of? Art is super fun, but it sucks when you just can't draw when you really want to. Here are a few of mine and a few other artists' tips to get inspired, and hopefully it'll help you!
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 .
2. Make Adoptables
PE: Your Worst Enemy
Courtesy of ResoluteAssassin
Yeah... I guess you've heard of him...
And even if you haven't...
There was at least one time where you had him coming your way...
And he comes back over and over...
This is the most common name given to that certain time where artists just sit there and become unproductive against their own will. Yes... against their own will! Artists have art block and writers have writer's block... it's still the same thing, though. It must be avoided at all costs, but once it arrives, it doesn't leave until it is satisfied of seeing your misery. Minutes... Days... Weeks... Even up to months! Art block claims the productivity of thousands of artist at any given moment and there's no escaping its ensnaring tentacles.
Oh yes... search up "art block" on deviantART and you'll find some rage comics. I picked a few favorites for me to share that actually go hand-in-hand with this article! ^__^
Surprise! Let's talk about Feedback Taboos!Hello, everyone!
Surprise, surprise! I'm PizzaPotatoNBacon, and I'm using this tasty article labeled as "Small Surprise #2" to cover an equally surprising topic. A topic so surprising yet so indulging, you'll have no idea why they let an insane person like me write it. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to "Feedback Taboos"!
"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.
Art Critiques: Sometimes it's best to say noCommunity Week
Art critiques are a huge part of being a member of the DeviantArt community. Premium members have the option to use the "request critiques" option on their deviation uploads, and all of us have the ability to simply vocalize our desire for critiques by asking for them in various ways (groups, journals, etc). However, as artists, many of us have strong egos or are sensitive to harsh words. The aim of this article is to explain that it is perfectly okay to decline critiques or not want them in general.
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