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How to feel miserable as an Artist

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 13, 2013, 5:24 AM




I found this on another deviants journal and have to sya I agree totally.

How to feel miserable as an artist (or what not to do)

1. Constantly compare yourself to other artists.
2. Talk to your family about what you do and expect them to cheer you on.
3. Base the success of your entire career on one project.
4. Stick with what you know.
5. Undervalue your expertise.
6. Let money dictate what you do.
7. Bow to societal pressures.
8. Only do work that your family would love.
9. Do whatever the client/customer/gallery owner/patron/investor asks.
10. Set unachievable/overwhelming goals.To be accomplished by tomorrow.



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MiusEmpire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
trueeeee < 3 my family will only support me the day i get success meaning the day i get an actual job there can provide enough money to live off.

doesnt matter what i can earn online, or what i can earn IRL by selling privately.

doesnt matter it something i love and something i've done pretty much my entire life.

They find it stupid that i have paid 515 USD on a tablet [became that expensive because i had to get it shipped to my country and also had to pay tax of the shipment]
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oakhollowd Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hear hear!
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ValiantShadow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Not all families shoot you down. Mine is very, very supportive of what I do, and I don't think I would be the artist I am today without their support and critique.
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BangGoesReality Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm making money from it* bad dA
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ValiantShadow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah...I can't actually make money legally due to the restrictions I have on photoshop, and I'm not good enough yet to take actual commissions.
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BangGoesReality Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Must say mine are only supportive as long as I'm making money from it :P otherwise it's a waste of time xD
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ValiantShadow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Each family is different. Right now I've made about...0 dollars, but I'm still improving as an artist, and at least they recognize that.
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BangGoesReality Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeeds :] Nice when everything isnt about money.
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ValiantShadow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah....It probably helps that I'm not even like in college yet....yup...no room or board needed yet, so money isn't that much of a trouble right now. It will if I ever move out though (which I will want to do.)
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BangGoesReality Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahh right yeah you're still a kid xD I've been doing commission work for 4/5 years now xD
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ValiantShadow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow....that's really cool.

You are definitely an amazing artist; I could see you making a living off artwork prints and commissions in and of itself.
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sparkpaw Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I disagree with #4... but then again, I can see what is meant by it. So I pretty much agree. :D
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ANIMALGIRL1869 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
wow..its amazing to see how many of those there are. i have done a couple of those...lol..
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BlackMare234 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   General Artist
i believe i'm guilty of 1,2 and 10 O.o ...wow,thanks for putting this up,this'll remind me what Not to do,lol
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naomih91 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agree aswell apart from 2, whenever im around family they always want to show everyone my work..it does get annoying but its the only thing they praise me for so xD
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ShapeShifter314 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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LaughingHeron Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true!

I am blessed with a very supportive family (my sister is a writer and my mom paints) so they are always very supportive of my art.

10. That is the one I am most guilty of. I might have to borrow some of these to put in my studio to remind myself what not to do.
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TissueCreations Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I disagree on point 2. When i show my mom she always says its pretty. An di know she means it so thats good for non-miserability. Agree with the others :la:
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MissStylish Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
true that you should add being a perfectionist to that list.
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Kasheerah Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed.
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bubbIies Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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CyrillicConsortium Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly.
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Hestenlover Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Yup, completely agree!
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