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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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kourtaa Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
bonjour, un petit croquis pour projet bd!
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Marvsamune Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional 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  Professional Artist
O.O Thanks i didn`t know
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angelvein 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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:iconyoyofang:
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 1 day ago
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 1 day ago
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 1 day ago
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 1 day ago
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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Ani-Eimi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is such a simple yet beautiful piece. Thank you. :+fav: :heart:
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Momo1114 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so true ty alot to say it.
this made my day tyvm
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SteamBerry Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you're so right ! but never give up ;)
#1 
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lucak-desu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is sort of what happens when I'm drawing in the school livrary :3
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Fumseck73 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
They says that imitation is the best form of tribute. I think that may be true.
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LZbrothers Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Filmographer
Sometimes we get thrown off a little by things like this from time to time, which is kinda normal because there's always all walks of life that surrounds us, just gotta remember that you love art that really counts. Really look up to this piece!
-Zach
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CosmicSpaceOwl Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
haha i love the drama llama, so true though, and powerful, hate is for the observers not the artist, we don't care we just create from our hearts, all the arguing is for the critics and politicians, its a past time for them cause they can't understand true art, i love the work here
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XblackpaperstarX Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
true story
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RazorInk Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Immediately went on my bed room wall (my workspace)
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  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.
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dragonwings90 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the art thief XD
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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.
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nomsi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DRAMA LLAMA
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DarenaBorysova Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014   General Artist
cool
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dylan00378 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
there should have been a moderater and an art fan on that thing
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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 
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DrSketchenstein Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Preach the gospel nuff said
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Fail4Fun Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  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 !^^
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MikaylaLovesCats Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
So true.
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Livi7162 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2014
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 :(
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disney-mlp-forever Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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IWubChoco94 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So true...It's wonderful!
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SmilingAnna Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It looks like me and that's what I think about it C: 
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GhostNinjaART Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student General 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
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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. 
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misterballoonneko Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome 
but aren't art thief and copy cat basically the same?
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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. 
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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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hibbary Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
If the copycat asked for permission and the artist gave it, absolutely not. And if all the copycat is doing is incorporating another artist's artistic elements into their work, no, that isn't bad either and the artist is majorly overreacting if they flip out about it. There's a reason you can't copyright a style or a technique. Artist's riffing off of each other is where we get an artistic movement. We wouldn't have the impressionists if one guy had hoards of admirers attacking other painters for drawing inspiration from his work. 
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misterballoonneko Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i get it now
thx:) (Smile) 
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misterballoonneko Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
oh... i think i get it
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AndrewSuperdude Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Was wrong with Llama's?
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IWubChoco94 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Applause Clap Amazing.
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