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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 )
CherubFeet Featured By Owner 5 days ago  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  New member 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:
NeonGalaxy142 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
more like, 99% NOT work...
StupidShepherdDog Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist
hellz yeah
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