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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 )
ArtRock15 3 days ago  New member Student Traditional Artist
yes, you know its gotta be Wild !Lonely 
ArtRock15 Apr 9, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
art theft is the worst thing you can get!
I'm no artist, but I deeply agree with this.
Simple, yet motivating. Great work!
Zee126 Apr 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I totally agree with this!
TheDagmar Mar 23, 2014  New member Hobbyist
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LosLobos21 Feb 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
an awesome person for an awesome comment

PichuYang Feb 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Something that I unavoidable in life is the critique.
Before that I always tend to give critique to hope that the art goes better, but it might make them feel desperated instead, since not all people like being advised or felt like doing something worse.
Now I tend to not give critique, only if they are my friends or want to get better, or may be giving critique in more friendly manner.

I actually really felt unhappy if someone give critique to my work, but currently only 1 friend did that to me.
But if the critique given in a sentence that agree by 2 people, it is a effective critique that gives improvement.

By the way this picture done in lineart manner gives some special feeling to the viewer, instead of everything goes colourful and wonderfully, and guide people back to something "forgotten" - "what is an artist's job"
thank you so much this inspired me sooo much for what i want not others and this is our world we gotta focus on our drawings and stuff ^^
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