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Talent is Earned

I get it. There are some people out there that do have some extreme capabilities right out of the womb, but this is targeted to those who are average joes, who think they can’t do things that a person with ‘Talent’ can.

Let’s start by defining the word ‘Talent’. According to it states

tal·ent  [tal-uhimageimagent]


1. a special natural ability or aptitude: a talent for drawing.

2. a capacity for achievement or success; ability: young men of talent.

3. a talented person: The cast includes many of the theater’s major talents.

4. a group of persons with special ability: an exhibition of water colors by the local talent.

5. Movies and  Television. professional actors collectively, especially star performers.

This definition, in my opinion, is misused when said to me. Because to me it implies that what I do, is specially natural to me and it comes easy. But the truth is, it did not come easy. I fucking worked for it.

I was the music kid when I was growing up. When I started to play guitar I was around 15 years old, and acquired a good skill at it by practicing day after day for 5-6 years. I deserved to be good at it, and I was. Then when that career path seemed grim I tried my hand at normal jobs, like retail, and even plumbing. Eventually I decided that I wanted to work in video games and went to an art school majoring in programming. That’s right programming. I had no portfolio for art, nor was I any good at it. I was just as good as any kid who can trace anime. Which I can do. But saw that art was a much more creative, and interesting path to go down. So I switched.

You see, once I decided that I wanted to be a concept artist, I became a concept artist. It didn’t matter that I was bad, being bad is only a reflection of my lack of training and knowledge. So what do you do, when you lack the training and knowledge. You go get it, and there is no easy way around it. It’s a grind, and always will be a grind.

So I began to grind. (not the dance)

I spent 10-12 hours a day painting, drawing, learning, studying, applying, teaching, and reaching towards my goal. One goddamn inch at a time. I did this for 1-2 years and landed my first few jobs in the industry.

And to this day I study like no other, and practice all the time. So I’m going on 7 years of practice and acquiring knowledge full time. So I deserve to be good. Everyone knows this, the problem is nobody does it. When it comes to health everyone knows that to lose weight you have to eat right and exercise, but they always look for the six pack abs program done in 2 weeks. It’s the same with art. You have to digest solid information and practice constantly to become an accomplish artist. No one is accountable for your abilities other than your self. Funny thing about excuses, they work. Excuses are a great way of getting away from working hard. To me, because something is hard to do, is no excuse not to do it. If this is what you want to do, start doing it.

When people ask what did I do to become the artist I am today, I answer with, “I studied and painted a lot for 7 years straight.” People already know this answer but yet that’s not the answer they are looking for.

You may think that it was easy for me to practice and study. Nope. I have failed on so many occasions and keep making mistakes to this day. The difference is I don’t care if my studies or my practice sucks. It’s supposed to, that’s why I do it. If it didn’t suck then I’m not learning or forcing myself to seek new and improved solutions to my problems. When I post stuff it’s the stuff that didn’t suck. I have 100x more images that are complete garbage. So don’t worry about being bad now, because it doesn’t last if you work for it.

To you it may look like magic, but to me, it’s so transparent. My talent, was earned. And yours can be too.

Good Luck,

  • Listening to: Music
  • Reading: Books
  • Watching: Movies
  • Playing: Games
  • Eating: Food
  • Drinking: Water



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Messenger-Of-Heaven Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is absolutely stunning. It inspires me to do more, to get better, and it gives me the motivation to do art.
Some of your art, to me, has a Frank Herbert's Dune feel to it.
DLPP Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018
Great gallery.
Peanutmonger Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Student Digital Artist
your works are insane ♥o♥ 
artistroll Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your arts art absolutely awesome, keep it up
+1 watch and llama
UNICORNSARECOOL23 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018  Professional General Artist
Spread the DA love around! 
(You can copy and paste this message on their userpage!) 
1- You can hug the person who hugged you! 
2- You -MUST- hug 10 other people, at least!
3- You should hug them in public! Paste it on their page! 
4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet) 
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away! 
Send this to all your friends, and me if I am one.
If you get 7 back you are loved! 
1-3 you’re a bad friend 
4-6 you’re an ok friend 
7-9 you’re a good friend 
10-& up you’re loved
Gurdim Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018
happy birthday! 
UnstableReactor Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Professional General Artist
Happy birthday!
MarineAngel64Ketchup Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!Cake for Shifteh 
HAVOC777 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018
Happy Birthday!Airborne:party: 
Fario-P Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Merry Christmas dA 2014 Present Happy Birthday! (F2U) dA Present 2.0 
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