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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 )
AliceSacco Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
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.
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 2 days ago  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:
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