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an artist's job is to make art by hibbary an artist's job is to make art by hibbary
I don't care if it's weird art, shitty art, art that I personally hate. An artist needs to make art that's right for them, despite the noise. Make art time personal time and keep working, no matter what.

This is not an anti-critique piece. Critique is good. Useful input is useful. It's up to the artist to decide what is and what isn't.

It's about blocking out the kind of distraction and negativity that derails the artistic process. What artists need to worry about most is making their art and to not get involved in all the BS. Absorb all the valid feedback and let the rest just bounce off.

Happy Christmas.

Edit: Thank you for the DD! I'm glad so many people found it to be cheering to them.

After getting some feedback, I'd like to elaborate a little bit on some of the thoughts I've had in response.

The first is that these people are not necessarily 'bad guys'. They represent forces that often cause an artist to become upset, reactive, wasteful of energy. (I picked the ones I see people becoming the most upset about on DeviantART and on the internet in general. I personally have no problem with people who copy my work, but some people do). The artist is the filter and it is the artist who decides how these people hurt or help their ability to make art. There will always be trolls, haters, critics, copiers, feedback both good and bad, and the artist must always express themselves in spite of this, to take in what is useful to them, let the rest go, and not get caught up in their own negativity. This ideal artist is not at war with a hostile environment but at peace with reality.

Secondly, I've made it into a print (as per requested) but am also allowing the full DL of the original drawing for anyone who wants to print it out and just hang it up in their work space as a little reminder.
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an artist's job is to make art by `hibbary

Hillary Luetkemeyer really nails it in this simple lineart work with a strong message. Do not miss out on her artist comment either. Read it. Take it to your heart and mind. Let noise be noise. What counts is what you create, your signal. ( Suggested by Heatherbeast and Featured by Thunderstatement )
Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed. When you add your drawing to your words, you make both a powerful statement, and a great piece of advice, and that statement is true in any art, drawn, written, or performed. Thanks for the fabulous expression of that truth.
dragonwings90 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the art thief XD
Thefluffierangers Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional Artist
That's what I do... I ignore the negative people and listen to the positive people.
nomsi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DarenaBorysova Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  New member  General Artist
dylan00378 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
there should have been a moderater and an art fan on that thing
candydollylove Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Baekhyun : Wiggle Baekhyun : Wiggle i like when people copy my art that means they like my drawings Clapping Clapping 
DrSketchenstein Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
Preach the gospel nuff said
Fail4Fun Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I get that I will be the number-gazilion-and-so to comment and fave this sweet piece, but I really like the message it conveys. How artists get obsessed with what the people around them can say or do is normal but sad. And that's a shame that some good artists always get so much hate or that they get their minds wrapped up in all the mess thrown at them !

Even though I'm not one to like trolls, at-thieves and copycats, I have no problem with the idea of meeting a critic or a "hater" (as many put...) and I try to remember that whatever happens, they're still humans like me before being any of those tropes.
And that the opinions & actions of others is not what my life should revolve around.

Anyway, I rambled too much, there...;
But thanks for the art !^^
MikaylaLovesCats Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
So true.
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