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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