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Stamp - Art is... by CelesJessa Stamp - Art is... by CelesJessa
Heh sorry about making another stamp. It always feels like I'm copping out of doing real work. I'm drawing, I promise! Just mostly for classes now, which steals from my casual drawing time.

Anyway, this is based on something art teachers have always said to me. "Art is 1% talent and 99% hard work".

I was partially inspired by reading some comments for Deviantart contests. Regardless of who won, there will always be some sort of comment saying "But I worked so HARD on mine." As if the winners, and every single other person who entered didn't. I am 100% confident that every single fantastic artist on deviant art (or elsewhere) puts a lot of hard work into their art. Nobody pops out of their mother, suddenly capable of drawing fantastic images (and if you did pop out of your mom like that, let me know).

Yes, some people might have a natural aptitude for figuring out how colors work well together, or how the human body looks, but talent without effort is worth nothing. It takes time, effort, blood, and tears to improve.

So this is for all of those artists who don't get the respect they deserve because people assume they were just given the ability by someone else. And it is for all of the artists who look at people who draw better than they do, and say "oh, I wish I could draw that well." You can, and you can draw better than that, you just have to have the drive and the passion.


Anyway, hope you all like it. Hope I don't offend anyone, I wasn't meaning to. Just kind of reiterating things art professors have said to me that have inspired me in hopes of inspiring others. And everyone keep up the good work on their art. =D

EDIT: Holy crap, never in a million years did I think I'd get a Daily Deviation on anything, then I wake up on a rainy and dreary morning to find this. I'm honored. Thank you everyone. :)

EDIT 2: Holy crap guys, I'm so honored by the amount of responses. For those of you who agree and were inspired by this, I'm glad that I was able to make something that meant something to someone. For those who don't agree, thank you for taking the time to look (and comment?) anyway. :) I'm always willing to listen to other opinions, after all, that's how you learn how to make your own opinions on your beliefs about something. /babble babble.

Anyway! For those of you who don't have subs who want to use this stamp anyway :iconerisama: was kind enough to make a plz version, so here you go!
So if you like it, be sure to thank :iconerisama: for the plz versions. :)

EDIT AGAIN: I just want to say another big thank you to everyone that liked it. Normally I like to try and go and respond to more messages than I did, and thank people for favorites, but I was totally blown away by the amount I got. (over 1,500 in one day) and I can't really sit at my computer all day and respond to people so... please know that I really appreciate every single favorite and comment and everything guys. <3
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Daily Deviation

Given 2009-08-18
Stamp - Art is... by *CelesJessa The suggestor says: "Even though the design of this stamp is very simple, the message it send is an important one: an artist is not made of talent alone. Someone who puts no effort into their art is letting any of their natural talent go to waste, and someone who has very little natural talent can easily surpass them with hard work and dedication. I think this stamp is a great shout to all of the artists who take their artWORK seriously be giving it plenty of time and effort." ( Suggested by The-Cute-Storm and Featured by DCZed )
solangedrawing Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true :| (Blank Stare) 
derpy-derp Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
true xD
WolfCreeker Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
It's true! I use to remember how hard I have to work to draw something amazing :3
AliceSacco Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
Unfortunately, according to recent study, hard work makes only 12% of artistic skills.…

"The evidence is quite clear that some people do reach an elite level of performance without copious practice, while other people fail to do sodespite copious practice,” wrote Brooke Macnamara, David Hambrick, and Frederick Oswald in Psychological Science. In fact, they calculated that, overall, the amount of deliberate practice in which someone engages explains only 12 percent of the variance in the quality of performance. Which means 88 percent is explained by other factors.
FacelessSoles Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can't agree with that
Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an exaggeration for sure because at least you acknowledge that talent does in fact exist. You still must work hard, yes, but I think you're going a tiny bit too far. Yes talent should not be the only thing to get you where you want to go and I agree but you are taking the loosy used connotation of the word when you should be looking at the denotation. But I dislike that people constantly disregard those who actually take the time to look at your work and compliment you just because they dared use the word "talent". That is less than modest and can potentially mess up business especially with these sensitive people today. But instead of pitting people against each other like this, I think what people commonly know about the tortiose and the hare story should be brought up instead of criticizing the mathematician for finding another method of figuring out the solution. :)
ImmortalMeganekko Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Crappy artists do NOT get better by going on to draw. They must have the proper lessons before they can start drawing.
GALAXIESx Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
I never had art lessons. You don't need art lessons to draw. I used to be pretty crappy when I drew, but I picked up a pencil and practiced. Sometimes practice can do more than lessons.
Liettore Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm afraid I must disagree. With art, most people learn by DOING, not by going to art class. What about self-taught artists? Practice is key in improving. Having someone tell you how to draw... well... it's not really creative anymore, is it?
ImmortalMeganekko Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2014
You are wrong. If a crappy artist went ahead and drew, the new piece would be just as bad as their previous art for they have no essentials to learning to draw yet.
Liettore Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose there is some truth in that, yes. But artists do learn more from their observations than from someone telling them what to do. 

Would you mind telling me what exactly you mean by "crappy" artist?
ImmortalMeganekko Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Crappy like this:
Liettore Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. Well, people who draw things like that are the people who really aren't going to try to improve. I hope that makes sense.
DHackWings Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Liettore i agree with you, i am artist myself, i did learn myself to draw, and look what i can draw now.
i say EVERYBODY can draw, but everybody has to begin with the "no-talent" phase, but hey just like you say ,they just have to practice and then they can draw better and better each time ^^

and it is true what you say that artists do learn more from observation xD i do that all the time C:
artMAKERportrait Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. It annoys me when people say "Wow you're so talented." NO, I'm not. I've just been drawing for years, working my ass off and pushing outside my boundaries. Talent has very little to do with it.
CherubFeet Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a bit of an exaggeration, but the central point is pretty much true.

Passion is also important, as it is what often motivates hard work.
kaciekk Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is 10% luck, 20% skill,
15% concentrated power of will.
5% pleasure, 50%  pain,
And 100% reason to remember the name!
WaterLillyHearts Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just had this conversation with someone last night! I use a mouse for my art, it's not talent, it was 3 years of practicing every chance I got. And when I couldn't practice with it, I was practicing traditionally. I'm not talented in art, I worked my butt off for it. It's a skill. Something I practiced over and over to get to where I am at, and I will keep practicing and keep getting better.
mydragonzeatyou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I do love this and im using also, HOW THE HELL DO U ANIMATE STAMPS?!
Hermy-one Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Imo its 80% creativity and inspiration (which I often lack so it is most important to me). But I have always told people ANYBODY can draw especially realistic, you sit down, listen to music, be patient and draw.
TealXUltimate Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Nah, the 1% is insanity. 
SuperSaiyanBunny Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate when my friends say "You can draw, you're so lucky!" "Wow I wish I could draw like you." "Drawing must be nice." "I suck at drawing." Okay, I hate to inform you, but I didn't pop out of my mom's womb like , "TA DAA! I'm Picasso!" Some may be more gifted in the art area or are quicker to learn it than others, but it still requires continual practise. Don't give me that "I can't draw" crap. Pick up a pencil and start! If you take your time, you can realise you have a lot more artistic potential than you thought!
Ronerk Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True :clap:
CommanderFandomFluff Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
more like, 99% NOT work...
StupidShepherdDog Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist
hellz yeah
Tasorius2 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Not always.
GameluvingWolf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you also know if the talent percent goes up the hardwork percentage goes down a little bit.
(hard work = more like time, in this case though)

But also, hardwork increases your talent so it comes to this saying, :meow: practice makes it perfect!
xxxThePinkKittenxxx Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
True story. :iconawkwardplz:
MantaTheMisukitty Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If drawing was hard work for me, I probably wouldn't do it :o lol
sonamyloverxox Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What the stamp means is that you worked hard to get to how you draw today, you didn't wake up one morning or was born good at drawing. :meow:
MantaTheMisukitty Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well.. I've just drawn a lot. Sure it has been hard at times, but I've just drawn for fun. It's a hobby, I don't feel like I've worked hard :shrug: I can't explain :XD:
DeadButAlive307 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So true. Everyone in my art class thinks I was just born able to draw like I do -.-
beestinqs Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true. My old artwork was about 1% talent and 5% work. Ugh, I shiver to think about the horrors I spawned on paper back then.
animaljamlover101 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Some one send llama badge!! I'm running a competition with my friends to see who will get more badges :O (Eek)
beestinqs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd rather give llamas on my own accord, thank you. So please don't beg or ask me.
animaljamlover101 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Just asking, not begging -.-
Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
For those who can't hopelessly match up to Sailor Jupiter.
Tenma-Yuuki Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed! :)
ArtAghedaTodd Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
This is the most true thing in the world of art :') :squee:
ShinyDratini Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like when artist are 99% talent and 1% hard work... But reverse ones are very good ^^
arnesiia Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist
ColdFushion Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So true !)
Dragonmaster62835 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank God! That means I only need 0.9 % of that talent and 90% of hard work and practise and I will make great art! :D
There is also: "Genious is 1% talent and 99% hard work" I agree with both. :D
BorzoiBones Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so true. I love what you said in your comment especially. Talent without effort is nothing, and I love that line so much.
ShimiArt Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Sooo true <3
Painmistress Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so true. To be good at something, you normally have to put effort into it.
RedHoozuki Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
jep ^^
AikoYoshida Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Phonenix-the-wolf Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
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