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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 )
MikaylaLovesCats Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
So true.
Livi7162 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2014  New member
I feel the same so many people in my school enjoy my art but I somtimes see them try to copy my drawings I also draw some weird stuff from video games and all the haters come :(
disney-mlp-forever Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
IWubChoco94 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
So true...It's wonderful!
SmilingAnna Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
It looks like me and that's what I think about it C: 
GhostNinjaART Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) This is what I've been going through, and it helped. People have been making fun of my  "disproportionalized low-quality artwork"....cant i have an art style without people charging at me against it? This deviatation says YES ^^ Thank u for that
hibbary Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
So long as you don't plan on making art for a living (which takes a certain skill level) you go on making whatever kind of art you like. If they can't deal it's their problem. 
misterballoonneko Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
but aren't art thief and copy cat basically the same?
hibbary Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Not exactly. Some individuals can be accused of both but there are also some differences. An art thief claims your individual images as his own or reproduces your image in a way that is legally theft. The copycat redraws them or takes elements of them to incorporate into his own work and often gives credit. Some of the things the copycat does can legally be called theft (reproducing an exact image or exact elements of an image) but other things like taking stylistic choices, poses, using similar subject matter are not illegal and therefore not considered theft. A lot of the things that get people labeled as a copycat are normal learning behaviors and they don't deserve to be attacked by an overzealous artist and their followers. Real theft, on the other hand, is theft. 
misterballoonneko Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
but if the copy cat asked before doing it 
it's not that bad is it?
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