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So I'm probably going to regret this... But, How do you find out if your an artist or a hack? 

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OtakuAlice45 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I think perhaps a hack is more someone who wouldn't put much care or effort into what they're doing. I also think that you do have enough talent to be considered an artist, even if it is somewhat closer to starting artist compared to professionals out there, but the only way to progress is with hard work. 
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed. Did you see that thread on the forums called hack or artist? That's why I was asking on this poll. lol It would seem a lot of people feel unconfident to a point of cutting themselves down. Its kind of sad.
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OtakuAlice45 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I have not seen that, but I may check it out. I think many people push themselves so hard to try and improve that they feel like they aren't doing as well as they are and that can be kind of sad. I sometimes feel that way but then I realize that many of my friends and family members can hardly draw more than stick figures so...I guess perspective matters. That's why they say not to constantly compare your artwork to others'.
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Agree'd but I also think it helps to have a visual from other you admire too. I just posted a really old piece from like 98 or something. Just so people have perspective on where I started and know that their success won't be overnight either. I hope it inspires people to keep it up! Its pretty awful. lmao
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ParastarSarasva Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017
Bananas are yellow ?
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2017   General Artist
Um... what exactly do you want to know here? Might be a english problem ^^
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm a hack is someone who is a fake I guess? Someone you feel like doesn't meet qualifications to be something yet they pretend to meet them. Someone who may also steal work and claim credit from others. There are too many ways to define a hack. Everyone has there own personal definition of what they think a hack is. I'm still not very sure myself what one is. I see way too many opinions on this and I'm asking this in a poll to collect data mostly. I want to see if this is a subjective topic like art.
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Edited Dec 16, 2017   General Artist
Hm... well. I think - if you steal art, you definitely know you are a hack then :).

About being a hack or an artist... I think that's a hard point to be defined. Art is so much more than "just skill". You know - there are very skilled people, that just aren't really artists. They can copy a lot, but not make things up for themselves. On the other hand - there are artists with great ideas, but (yet) they lack the skill to get things down on paper/canvas/whatever.
In my opinion, an artist should also be skilled. I do not really like all those people today that, sorry for the upright saying, just make some blotches of paint on a canvas and call it art! I do believe that many of those lack some skill (though I'm not sure). If you have the skill, and know what you are doing - and then break out of certain rules, it's more okay for me to see those people as artists. Because they know what they are doing, and they know "the basics".

Another factor of "art" is society itself. There are several kinds of "art" that I do not relate to, or think "wtf - why?". But - knowing the cultural context I do see why those things are marked as art. Like someone putting empty cartonages upon each other and declaring those as an artwork (I forgot the name of the artist, but he's rather famous - that was in the 50s or 60s I think). It's something I would not pay an entry for, or even want to have a look at it. But - what he did "broke" the established rules of art, and thus broadened the whole field and what is possible. There are various examples for that - like impressionism or expressionism (they are somewhat close related in my head - it's a while since I read/learned about them). Those artworks were not part of the "mainstream", and if I remember correctly, they were "smiled upon" - something like that. But that kind of art changed the way people see art, and established a new kind of depicting things. And that's the reason I acknowledge them as art, and can appreciate what was done, even if I just shake my head on it or don't like it.
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You sound like me on the whole with Jackson Pollock. XD I think a 1st grader has more talent and imagination than he does. Yet he's hailed as a modern Da Vinci. ICk I hate his work. Seriously how is this art > www.jackson-pollock.org/images…
That is worth millions?! I kind of wonder if some of these people were desperate for cash and knowing the culture back then, knew that they could exploit art lovers and artist or "intelligent people" or high society or even hippies if they talked the talk and walked the walk. If so, touche to that on being an intelligent con artist.
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017   General Artist
I see what you mean ^^. Honestly - I also could never identify with the art of Jackson Pollock. And I never looked close enough on his life etc to understand why he got such a "big artist" - I also never tried to (I think I saw a movie about him once, but I don't remember much).
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ew I bet that movie was snorzville.
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017   General Artist
I have no idea anymore ^^. I'm not even sure if we saw it in school, or if it was somewhere on TV...
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
lol
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EdwardsOtherSide Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 I accept gracefully that I am a hack, but my work is about amusing and challenging myself, so this is no big deall
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I always loved your origami! I think art comes in many different forms. I tend to think of a hack as someone who steals art and takes credit for it or someone who pretends to be an artist but has nothing to show for it. I think honestly if you are working towards something then you should be counted as an artist. Origami is hard and I don't see myself attempting it but I do enjoy it! I am curious to hear other opinions on what they think a hack is though.
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EdwardsOtherSide Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words about my origami!

Hack - derivative art, lack of effort, someone who is more pretentious than talented (looking at you, Andy Warhol).  

There are plenty of artists I don't like but respect - most impressionists, and Marina Abramovic come to mind.

My favorite artists would include Mucha, Hokusai, and Rodin.

I am an amateur, and enjoy playing with many techniques, but don't have the time for serious art.
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime!

Lmao I agree and so does my husband. And Splatterfest-man... Jackson Pollock He literally shits on art in my opinion. People paid him millions for one of his "painting" which wasn't even the original painting he wiped the canvas and started over. All he does is chuck paint and splatters it randomly. That isn't art, in my opinion, a 5 year could do better.

I haven't heard of some of those. Although my art history is terribly rusty.

Rodin made the Thinking Man. I always liked that piece, don't hate me for this one but because when I was a little kid I thought it was a man sitting on a toilet thinking. XD I've seen it parodied that way as well. Still, I think its iconic.

Its still relaxing is it not? Isn't art about a personal journey to a degree? For you, it could be a hobby that helps you relax when you have free time? A way do decompress and stay mentally healthy? This is a good goal! For me it's about expression and mental sanity XD I need something or I'll go nuts. Depressed if I'm not doing what I love. I need something to come home to, to decompress. I often used art as a way to release negativity throughout the day, and Unlike my classmates growing up that cut themselves and drew scary pictures I took my anger and frustration and sadness and used it to inspire story like works or tried to make uplifting artworks. Not to say that I didn't experiment with macabre but that came more from a love of Tim Burtin.
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