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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 )
NeonGalaxy142 Mar 19, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
more like, 99% NOT work...
hellz yeah
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!
MantaTheMisukitty Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If drawing was hard work for me, I probably wouldn't do it :o lol
sonamyloverxox 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 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 Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So true. Everyone in my art class thinks I was just born able to draw like I do -.-
Tsukimi-Kiwi 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.
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