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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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Given 2010-12-25
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 )
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Random-Stuff-On-dA Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  New member
This picture send a really awesome message.  I'm faving this because of it.
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thearist2013 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Photographer
nice job
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JonFortu10 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:happybounce:  :happybounce:  :happybounce:  This is lovely, a true representation of us artists.
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cat11144 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I lolled at the drama llama 
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Deyanel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Damn, so true ;-;
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meteos1982 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Muito bom, demonstrou bem como certas pessoas atrapalham aqueles que querem apreciar a arte.
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Lady1724wolf Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Gives me my inspiration back:) I just shown a piece I'm working on to some people, like a few minutes ago there was only one person that. Said it was amazing so far, the rest put forth their hate, so I calmly and quietly got on my DA acct and pulled this up and showed them my humble response:) I love this!
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MagicalPonyLlama Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  New member Student General Artist
This is beautiful <3
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MoonOfMind Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
this is outstandingly true to life
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