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Okay guys, I realize I'm not on DA that much anymore and seriously I'm on the verge of just quitting. Honestly, it's been fun but this site is getting more and more... petty... every day. I don't know if it's the site really or just artists in general. (Don't worry if I do vanish I also have a twitter and an instagram that stays decently active. Will post links at the end.)

On that note, I'm going to address something that has irked me for quite some time.


Is there a such thing as talent? Pff, how the hell do I know? And honestly, does it matter?

If someone says that you are so talented and you have a gift, should you be upset about it? NO! For fuck's sake grow the hell up and stop letting trivial bullshit bother you! I've seen this narcissistic, self-serving, overly-sensitive, prideful narrative go on for quite some time now. "There's no such thing as talent! This is hard work and I worked hard to get here! How dare you belittle MY hard work by suggesting that I JUST have talent! I, I, I, me, me, me." (And to think that these are usually the same people who stand on a soapbox and preach humility in art. Pff.)

As a fellow artist I want you to shut up for a second and think about something.

Did you really do it alone? Here's a quick rundown of the answers.

Did you do it alone if:

You got support from your family? No.
You got support from your friends? No.
You learned something from a fellow artist? No.
You learned something from a teacher? No.
Members of a community you joined critique and challenge you? No.

Sure, it was your drive and determination that helped to keep you on the path to greatness, but there are many people in your life that you likely owe a little bit of your journey to. People that supported and challenged you and helped you to do better art. My art is "self taught," as in, the only art classes I took were the mandatory ones in elementary school, I didn't go to college for it and I probably never will. Even so, I didn't get this far all on my own. I owe quite a bit of my color theory to another artist, who is also a good friend of mine. I owe my friends for the pep talks, I owe my husband for being supportive of my passion even if it isn't something he's really into himself. I owe a few other artists for good critiques (even if I didn't react well to them in the past at times.) I owe people for putting up with me when I hated myself and everything that I ever painted because I didn't feel like I could ever be good enough. Finally I owe myself for putting aside the time and having the patience to practice and the passion to continue rolling down the road and keep improving.

So stop robbing yourself of the chance to feel good when someone gives you a simple compliment. Let them marvel at your skills and think that your hard work is just so out of this world you HAD to have sold your soul to Satan to be THIS good. Take it for face value. This person who just told you that you have talent, or a gift, thinks that you are fucking amazing, and that is all there is to it.

So take the stick out, un-bunch your undies, pick up your pencil, (or tablet pen, or paintbrush, etc. so on and so forth) and keep on going. Allow yourself to enjoy a compliment and stop being such a negative Nancy.

Trust me, it does wonders for your blood pressure.


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Michele Altenkirch
Artist | Digital Art
United States
Hi! I'm an aspiring comic book colorist from Charlotte, NC and I've been on DA for quite some time. I enjoy all things related to classic cars, motorcycles, and a few other not so usual artist things. I currently work for Para USA and enjoy my day job though art will always be my first passion :D

I do like taking the occasional color job :D so don't be shy! I can be reached by DA note or at


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quiroz2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Happy Birthday! :cake:
SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks! :3 I'm getting old ;_;
GiovyLoCa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional General Artist
Happy birthday! :iconpinklilyplz:
SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
HeartandVoice Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks for the watch!
CicisArtandStuff Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the +watch! Your work is really cool! Yato (Your wish has been heard loud and clear) V1 
lilsmolfox Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Found you through AANI, you have such a unique style :) Looking forward to seeing more!
BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Thank you for supporting me for more than a year! I  have noted you a special gift which I hope you have liked for be-friending me AND staying on as friends on DA! All my watchers who keep the friendship alive get it as standard for being awesome and kick-tastic for being true and blue! 0w0 It is a huge honour to have such an awesomely talented artist watch my humble works and page!

 Alsoa gentle reminder ,
if you could be so kind, I have another journal entry Out of This World   which I think might interest you! Have a wonderful day and thanks again! 0v0
raiiha Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for watching me! :heart: 
Gnewi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconthankyouflowerplz: for the watch! As an admirer of your art, I am very honored! :love:
SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016   Digital Artist
Not a Problem! I actually thought I had watched you already and was surprised to see that I hadn't. You have some great stuff :3
Gnewi Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am so glad you think so! :heart:
JulijanaM Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch Michelle! :D I appreciate a lot your support and I hope you enjoy my future works as well! :D :hug:
modrawmanga Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016   Digital Artist
thank you for the watch, much much appreciated :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
ShiroiKoumori Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fave and watch!
Strawberry--Swing Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch, I really appreciate it!!! :hug: :heart:
teamoth Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav!
EyeballEarth Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch, and you art is awesome!
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
:love: Thank you for the favorites, it really means ever so much to me that you enjoy my artwork! I invite you to add me to your watch so that you can see all the future beaded and stitched pieces I have planned! :blowkiss: Just think of the sparkles... :squee:
CaribbeanRose9 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Just wishing you a happy birthday. :wave: :iconcakeplz: :airborne: :sing: :party:
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