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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 MidnightExigent )
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Luna-Hawke Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Absolutely love, love, LOVE THIS!!
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yurian-miku Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I think this art change my life in drawing. I know it's really simple but the message is soo strong. Thanks for the wonderful, simple piece of work!
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geekartist55 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This says so much in such a simple drawing. I absolutely love it!
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BurgerQueens Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
this is very very true. 
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:iconarmored-cross187:
Armored-Cross187 Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm surprised there are people like that on DA.

critics are necessary to grow, so I can't really ignore them...

but it all those others?
...really?
i thought we are all artists on this web site...haven't seen that many, but I guess you see more of them when you gain popularity.
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:iconlunabonnefoy:
LunaBonnefoy Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student Artist
Don't let haters get you down! YOU are YOU!😊
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:iconbuggynaut:
Buggynaut Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
My first two works were sort of copies if you count using them as an idea of what I was drawing but the rest is all me.
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shannonxnaruto Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So true! :iconfoxsighplz:
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:iconmoldymrwaffles:
MoldyMrWaffles Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just what i needed after someone asked if they could feature my art in a group called disgusting art 😌
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shannonxnaruto Featured By Owner Edited May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's harsh, they are probably just jealous (Just think of it that way) also, don't let people stop you from drawing what you like to draw! :iconfoxhappyplz:
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MoldyMrWaffles Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah the wierd part was I checked the group and some of the art in the group was really good :/

I beleive this is my first hater, but I've ben on diviant art for almost a year so that in my opinion is a good sign, and I don't think this hater is ganna bug me anytime soon. Thanks for the pep talk :3
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shannonxnaruto Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :D

That is weird, have their group been reported and taken down yet? 
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:iconmoldymrwaffles:
MoldyMrWaffles Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah although I feel like people have tried 
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shannonxnaruto Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, they'll probably be taken down at some point.
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PuzzledInGalaxy Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing Clap 
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KaldurxConner Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my gosh i love the expressions for each of them.
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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015   General Artist
True, true, and so very true.
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DracoDesigns Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is all too true in society alone. 
:heart: 
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kittysilva Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Drama llama!
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:iconjmk-prime:
JMK-Prime Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Waaaah! 
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:iconskyworthy:
skyworthy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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InsaneTownPrjct Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :v
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GrimmInHisNursery Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so glad someone get it. Art has always been a very personal experience for me and has helped me through some of the most depressing moments in my life. I'm gonna spread the word about this as much as possible now!
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VengefulPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Love This!!
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WolfRazen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its all part of the job. Everyone gets them, but most definitely artists. -_-
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gardevoir-prettiest Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
I HAVE REALLY BAD DRAWINGS

YET PEEPS LIKE THEM


WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT???????
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Phoenixmaster13 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No one likes my art... so this doesn't speak to me
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why do you draw a critic as if he were the bad guy?
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:iconhibbary:
hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
The answer is in the artist statement.
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see.
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LizDraws Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This speaks to me.:heart: It's so true.
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nibbobbin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love my shitty art! :heart:
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kourtaa Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
bonjour, un petit croquis pour projet bd!
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Marvsamune Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Copy cat = art thief ?
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:iconkittyriffic:
kittyriffic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A copy cat draws what you drew.
An art theif claims what you drew as their own.
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Marvsamune Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O Thanks i didn`t know
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KreksCarter Featured By Owner Edited Jan 5, 2015  Professional Photographer
Hi :wave:
I found this piece very inspiring and i shared it on my Facebook page..
I hope that's ok with you.I gave you all the credit.
If you're uncomfortable with the post,just tell me and i'll take it down :D

Here's the link: www.facebook.com/Kreks.Carter2…

Regards :bow:
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Swimminbird Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh how I love this illustration. Sooooo true. :D
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Gaikier Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Student Artist
The best kind of art there is. Simple, yet very detailed.
I love it.
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YoyoFang Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Drama Llama xD I'm gonna use that in real life!
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MrEldfuel Featured By Owner Edited Jan 4, 2015
This is too bold and impulsive to be true for anything. If you make art about controversial stuff like rape, incest, and mutilations, then you're bound to have criticism despite any good intentions - you can be as rational as you like but no matter the call, people will get offended. Thus, one has always to think what he's doing and the material he's publishing; otherwise, make art only for yourself and don't make it public. 

And yet, people should submit controversial stuff, people should challenge the medium, people should get in arguments and death-threats, since the beauty of failure is that we learn most things from it, not through success. Through it we keep doing the same thing and never change or improve anything. Failure is the best way to improve yourself. Therefore, I'd rather have one honest friend who'd criticize the hell out of me, than a thousand followers who post one-word, meaningless comments. 

As soon as you filter the good feedback from the bad, you create an illusion about the skill, talent you might posses. DeviantArt is full of crap artwork and only (maybe) 10% of the members posses real talent; everyone else (more or less) are artist wannabes. 

Also, hate that everyone portrays artists as hipster junkies. 
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FoxyAntho Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
For your last part : some don't born with natural talents, that's an evidence. All artists starts with crap artwork and then get better. DeviantArt could help for that.

I've also meet few people who drew because they love it, yeah of course they know they aren't real artists, maybe their drawing aren't really great, but that don't stop them.
If it can benefit or help some people, that's good, I would like to say.
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MrEldfuel Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
I wasn't addressing the fact of improvement, but rather the trend to mark all bad comments (criticism) as trolling, hating, or whining. Also, hard work (and luck) is what distinguishes the "talented" people - so if you think about it, nobody gets born with the ability to draw dynamic shapes, etc.; it's something a person acquires over time. 
If this site motivates a person to draw, then awesome; but if you get offended as soon as someone says something bad, then you'll never go beyond the level you currently have.  
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FoxyAntho Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Thanks for your reply.

Yeah, that's basically the purpose of comments, art can't be pleased by everyone, because of tastes and colors, all criticism are good to take.
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MrEldfuel Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
No problem, I love a juicy discussion. 
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DawnTheADHH1655 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The simplest of pieces always make the biggest impact.
Sort of like a drop of water can make a Tsunami, in a way.
Your picture here is one of those.
I may add that yes, I may copy ones work but only its form. It helps me grow in my own art style. A base or stepping stone, is how I take it personally. Please don't take it the wrong way.
And you are right, it's the artist choice in how to filter out the good from the bad.
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JOSHDILISI Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"copy cat" is a little but subjective to me. I personally take honor in being able to duplicate anothers art style. (mostly because i want to work in video games and mostly draw fanart.) But i also say its only honorable if you create something original with inspiration from anothers work. 
PS. Awesome picture by the way, i find it very meaningful and inspiring. :) 
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retnuah110 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Well its tue
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retnuah110 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
True
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Shikei000 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
for sure, this is how some people learn
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