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5 EXCUSES why you just can't do better!



You really want to, you've worked hard to develop the skills you have and you enjoy every minute of doing what you love. And besides, people say that your artworks are...nice. Cute. Doesn't that count for something? Sure it does, there is no reason to panic and pointlessly push yourself forward. Enjoy your coffee break!

Besides, even if you didn't like the current level as much, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it at the moment. So many unfortunate happenings stand right between you and your dream. Recognizing any of the following?



:bulletred: 1 - You don't have the time

You're right! After all, you are a human being, not a machine, waking up early every morning, heading to school/work, afterwards taking care of the household/kids/your homework, studying, you barely even finish all the tasks during the 24 hours that's been given to everyone.

On the other hand, is there absolutely no way to squeeze in one hour to practice? What about that two hour lunch you have with your friend just to talk through all the pointless news? How about cutting a few minutes out of your gaming/tv time? Think harder, you'll realize that our time is distributed amongst things we WANT to do.


:bulletred: 2 - You don't have enough money to buy proper supplies


Sure this is a valid point, I mean look at those artists and their work, they use such fancy paints and equipment that makes them achieve the best results without probably no work at all. Where would you get such material? Without such advantage, there is no point in trying.

On the other hand, have you seen those exceptionally awesome artists who work with nothing but pencil and paper? No the pencil is not magical, I'm sure you have one of those by your side right now. Pick it up, because this excuse has just expired.

:bulletred: 3 - You're not talented enough


Of course, famous artists were born with different hands and eyes like yours, you have absolutely no artistic talent swimming inside your veins. You tried your best but your subjects are stiff, coloring just wrong, better to give up now before you make a fool out of yourself.

On the other hand, you still can't be sure whether you have the talent. You won't know that when your mom gives you pencils at 3, you won't know when you're trying to paint at 20 for the first time in years. You might find out perhaps after months / years of continuous training and practice. Only that and nothing but that can release and show your talent. The questions is, do you WANT to find out?

:bulletred: 4 - Nobody supports nor likes your work


It gets rough when you're alone with what you do. You want to share your results but nobody seems to care, or - in a worse scenario - you meet the cruel reality of your family telling you that this is simply not your cup of tea. Have you ever had a sibling yell at you that you're just no good and should give it up right now? (I did :P) How can one proceed with no support?

On the other hand, good luck basing your decisions on other people's opinions and preferences. Even your family, even if you love them, they have their own hobbies and taste in arts. When you make your peace with this, you are a big step ahead with your work, and you will be doing it only for yourself - this is the best motivation and it lasts whole life.

:bulletred: 5 - There is too much competition


So you took the time to practice, obtained material that you can afford, risen above the talent rumors, made your peace with not having your family blessing and keep on making your artworks. However, it doesn't sell, there is no opportunity for exhibition right now, and online world is full of such brilliant artworks beyond compare. Too many great people around you, what's the point in trying?

On the other hand, THIS is exactly the point in trying harder. Competition hurts sometimes but it has one great side effect - motivation to beat it. If you never saw that brilliant illustration and so many people being excited about it, perhaps you would be on your coffee break again, thinking how you've mastered the craft already. And now you are working on yourself instead and that makes the tomorrow's YOU better.




"The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it."

Jordan Belfort




Which excuse keeps you away from your practice?  


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First off, you should think about being a paid modivational speaker. To be honest though haven't we heard this before? If not from you then from friends, family, or even ourselfs! Three of the five excuses here I've used to qui on myself. To that end, it's not EXTREMELY creative. To say the words that people dont point out or even want to hear does take a honest, brave person. (With a some degree of stupidity we all have in our Honor)

I must praise you on pointing out resolutions to the problems other than complaining and leaving more doubt in your readers' minds. You saw the problem we have as a group and targeted them when others wouldn't... I applaud you.
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solid32 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've passed for all this and now feel that I am my only limit, my works will go so far as I want to, I'm not proffesional, somedays can draw anything, took me much to bought my computer and still draw in paper, but all that will not stop me because I WANT to be a better artist.
Everybody have their own obstacles and only them will have the force to beat them!
I say it for experience, keep doing what you love and never give up!
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sarkiya Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student
Time is my biggest issue, but thanks for killing these demons!
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Hiland-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you... the last excuse is probably the most difficult for me to conquer....It has literally taken me years to find my niche to turn my talents into a source of income... it's still not great but it works... I think in addition to getting over what people think, one should also consider that adaptability and willingness to listen to what your audience is looking for.  It can go a long way to easing your inner angst... keep true to yourself yes, but don't stick your nose so far up in the air that no one can touch what you do and make it something they can relate to... :)  Art speaks, but sometimes as an artist you have to humble yourself and listen too.  When working for others to create their vision in your medium this skill is one that takes cultivation... and as much dedication as your technique.  I love the article...Thank you for the reminder....
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Mothedri Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to recognise I am too lazy and I use the no time excuse too often...I should try harder, I have to try harder! And I don' t mean just with drawing...
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
Great article, Jane. I think so many of us can definitely relate to this
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Anastasia122 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAh my practice is bother my free and study... 

Maybe forgot about drawing and writing for a while... 

Good article.
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CrioArts Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Vyborne!
Velmi dolezite je, ze si okrem vypichnutia problemu, dala aj "riesenie", resp. pozitivny uhol pohladu.
Super.
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8Imagination8 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh.  I always use the first excuse...  I suppose it's because I procrastinate XD
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sun-lily Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist
I love this article! This isn't too harsh to bum me out instead it inspires. Thank you!
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AntiMach Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very clever title for getting the demotivated motivated. Nicely executed!  I really appreciated the time part, and the talent. Such words help so much.
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know how many times I've seen these bad excuses used :lol:
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FlamesofSugar Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Time to play!

"What about that two hour lunch you have with your friend just to talk through all the pointless news?"

My lunch is 45 minutes in a public school building where my friends and I listen to the rowdiness of 100+ other students rather than talking amongst ourselves because we have nothing to talk about.

"How about cutting a few minutes out of your gaming/tv time?"

Because I do more than just game, watch TV, and draw?

"...is there absolutely no way to squeeze in one hour to practice?"

Well, I suppose I could start waking up at 4:30 AM instead of 5:30.

..."have you seen those exceptionally awesome artists who work with nothing but pencil and paper? No the pencil is not magical, I'm sure you have one of those by your side right now. Pick it up, because this excuse has just expired."

Those artists also tend to have various kinds of pencils for specifics. And some people hate doing traditional drawing.

"...better to give up now before you make a fool out of yourself."

Yes, sometimes, it is.

"...you still can't be sure whether you have the talent."

About as sure as I can be that a bullet in my head will kill me.

"Have you ever had a sibling yell at you that you're just no good and should give it up right now?"

No, but she's chased after me with knives and said she hates me. Does that count?

"Even your family, even if you love them, they have their own hobbies and taste in arts."

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! No, but they have their own problems and taste in alcohol.

"...THIS is exactly the point in trying harder. Competition hurts sometimes but it has one great side effect - motivation to beat it."

As well as squashing everyone beneath you and just not giving two cents about anyone anymore. And that's only if you LIKE competition. I personally hate competing in anything. It brings out the worst in EVERYBODY.

Well, that was fun. Back my head games!
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Schwannie Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2014
I applaud you, old comment :iconclappingplz:
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Yrisz Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
These are all great excuses, good for you.

But just think, the time you spent on writing your excuses you could have very well spent on drawing or studying art.

(Unless you do not wish to be an artist, however if you do, you need the right mind set for it...as long as your putting excuses above actually trying you shouldn't expect to get anywhere in the world of art, it doesn't just happen overnight, it is hard work much like anything worth achieving)
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FlamesofSugar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you notice that I put "Time to play" at the top of my response?

That response was a joke. Well, half-a-joke. My life does not revolve around art alone. That's not healthy. I DO have other priorities, one of which involves recovering from depression, and if that and others are "excuses", well...

The time I spent writing that reply could've been spent anything else. That does not mean I don't practice drawing. I just don't treat it like a military duty.
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Yrisz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Okay...that's perfectly normal. Art is not your soul propose for living, for some it is. People are all very different, there are many uses for art and reasons to do it. Some are looking at it as a carrier and they have to be competitive and motivated.

If you have anything else to say to me, feel free to contact me personally, as I believe we are getting slightly off topic.
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jelena-c Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Ok, the only thing not bringing me down is #3, because I believe talent doesn't have all that much to do with how much you can accomplish as an artist. Sure, you probably get an easier start and you learn things faster if you have talent, but all of that means nothing if you don't work, and work, and work.
The things bringing me down are everything else... So many times I wondered if anyone really cares about my paintings, since my friends don't seem too excited about it, and outside feedback is scarce. Nobody tells me they hate it, but not a lot of people tell me it's any good. So I'm not sure if I should keep trying or not, I just know I love painting and drawing, and other people's opinions can't stop me.
Of course, money really is an issue if you want to paint on, let's say, canvases. It is expensive, and unless you can sell some paintings, you can be stuck. But, until then, I'll just keep drawing with my pens and paper :)
Love your article :heart:
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Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Seriously?
I short glimpse on your front page in DA tells me you are a brilliant artist. :)
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jelena-c Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thank you, but I wish it was that simple :)
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Blindarcher01 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(I know, old comment.) The beginning is never fast no matter what level of talent you have, but at some point in time, it'll catch up to you and become worthwhile.
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Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
You are welcome. :)
And I know, it never is. ;)
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conceptualCNS Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
....this was like my personal Braveheart speech. THANK YOU
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naeloj Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
This is sadly so right.

You should add a point:

6. - You don't have fun drawing anything else than one pose/character/landscape/whatsoever

You only like to draw head because anatomy is way too difficult. So you just draw head. Well this is your hobby so you have to take pleasure in what you are doing. Draw only head.

In the other hand, if you completely stop drawing bodies because you find it not fun, you will never know how to draw it, and thus, you will never have fun while drawing it!

(No, I'm absolutely not talking about me)

Sometimes, those kind of reminder are good to make us remember than even Da Vinci started of nothing. Will and study are the best way to achieve greatness.

Thank you!
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DaveLopes Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I LOVE U XD
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
There are so many things that could get down an artist. But the most important thing is get up after every problem, and continue chasing that dream. I think all these problems make us stronger, they build our personalities and if not for them, everything would be so much easier, but at the same time the experience wouldn't be higher.
A good artist doesn't think about the competition in a bad way, a good artist embraces the competition, studies it, appreciates it, and then strive to become better. It's all in our head.
Insightful article, Jane! :heart:
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Ilman-Lintu Featured By Owner May 14, 2013   Photographer
the most powerful for me is number 4 in fact ^^; i know it's bullshit. but now that i am starting to enjoy what i can draw it gets easier and easier to overcome. (ive started 2 years ago and now i'm 24)
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DeeryDeerth Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I often lack of time, don't have the proper supplies, not many people are that impressed of my visual art and probably a bit of competition, too.

Lack of time? There will be summer here soon, and I will use a lot of it to practice and hone my skills. Lack of proper supplies? No problem, I can always combine with what I have! People who aren't impressed of my visual art? Their opinion. Competition? I'll beat 'em!

I had some kind of idea what to do earlier. But it wasn't enough. And this article has just helped me guide the way through.

This is an awesome article. :D
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DeeryDeerth Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I often lack of time, don't have the proper supplies, not many people are that impressed of my visual art and probably a bit of competition, too.

Lack of time? There will be summer here soon, and I will use a lot of it to practice and hone my skills. Lack of proper supplies? No problem, I can always combine with what I have! People who aren't impressed of my visual art? Their opinion. Competition? I'll beat 'em!

I had some kind of idea what to do earlier. But it wasn't enough. And this article has just helped me guide the way through.

This is an awesome article. :D
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zakkiya29 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An awesome article.Thankyou so much for sharing Jane !Another excuse people give is "I don't think I can draw as well as such and such a person " or rather comparison is an unnecessary evil!
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Catsofanime123 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My excuse is "I'm hungry" or "I'm too lazy and I can't do it" O.O"
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denahelmi Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is really helpful . thank you for sharing it I think I am #3 :( and I really like that quote it is so true _ The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it. ) :D
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pika Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So so so many people needs to read this and actually understand it and suck it all in and abuse it in practice! RAWR! I'm so tired of hearing the complains... (although to some people it seems to work like a charm in terms of reverse psychology on themselves...)

"QQ this, QQ that. QQ all the things."

Get some encouraging messages (over and over and over and over again different times all time.)

then:

"OH LOOK I DREW THIS!!! LOOK LOOK!"

Get appraises and shine like a sun for a few minutes.

RINSE AND REPEAT.


Yuck.
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yasmin7903 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Thank you, this actually helped alot!

I am mainly stuck with #1, 'having no time' and 'being too tired after work' and 'someday setting aside enough time', which of course never happens, especially since I spend the whole weekend socializing with friends and family and unwinding after a long week. But of course I can set aside 10 or 20 minutes at a time, maybe even more.

The other issue I am having is guilt, since I didn't draw much when I was younger and could've had the opportunity to study art. Instead I went studying another field alltogether but couldn't drop my dream either, so art is now about the equivalent of unmade homework, nagging in the background but I don't get to it.

I hope your Ideas really get me into art again.
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Mashimoshi Featured By Owner May 14, 2013   General Artist
Wow when I first read the headline I thought this was going to be about limiting yourself xD But this is great! Lol I think I have a problem with all of them except for number 2. I don't buy a lot because I only want buy those things I really need. One big problem that I have right now is number 4. My dad supports me even if he doesn't say much (but he is going to let me apply for an art school). But I feel like I don't get support from others. I want to gain art buddies too and talk with them. Back in the days I used to have a lot of friends on DA, we made drawings to each other on our birthdays and we inspired each other, but nothing is the same anymore.
But I don't always want to depend on them, I want to draw and be able to do this on my own. Which I do, but it's just not enough.
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Lupina24 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This article is both an inspiration and a necessary swift kick in the ass. I love the presentation of the problem/excuses, facts, alternative perspectives, put downs and the jump start to say 'screw the excuses just do it!'
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading and your appreciative comment :thumbsup:
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abi-m Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
:happycry: this really cheers me up (and I'm sure to a lot of us) and make us see that most of the time we are the ones who give ourselves boundaries in a direct and constructive way, to be honest I tend to sink on most of these excuses when I feel down for different reasons, but now I'll remember that each one has its own solution (=
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:thumbsup:

Thank you for reading & your comment (:
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TheGasMaster4381 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very well said! It's kinda funny how we will make excuses not to try. I admit I am guilty of making these excuses at one time or another. It's like we either don't love what we do in art, or we are too scared to succeed. You did well by bringing the opposing view of each excuse into play because it gives us the opportunity to think about our excuses. I like how you promote art as a positive challenge to the reader because it can encourage artists to try harder and grow a love for their preferred medium. This article has certainly encouraged me as an artist :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course that success is scary, it brings a lot of responsibility and that terrifies the hell out of people, in general (: Thank you for reading & your comment :heart:
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TheGasMaster4381 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, and that responsibility potentially brings change in ones life when people are naturally afraid of change as well. Your welcome! thank you for your post because it was highly informative and fun to read :D
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DeathTheKidDTK Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
I thought this meant like physical education o_O AKA "PE" xD i'm so weird
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LivelovelifeEleni Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been with the NO TIME

and also the not correct materials
but honestly once you try and get yourself moving it is really hard to look back and stop I feel.
^ YOU GUYS <33 LISTEN TO THIS HELPFUL ADVICE IN THIS JOURNAL

YOU CAN DO IT! HOORAHHH! :DD <3333333
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for reading :thumbsup:

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Nightlyre Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
#5 is interesting. I met someone over the weekend at a convention who might've felt like we were in direct competition. The subjects of her work were very similar to mine, her style excellent. However, we both did about equally well, and talked a lot, sharing ideas and even coming up with thoughts on possible collaborations. Never once were we truly "competing", because both our work was unique, and people bought what they liked.

At this same convention, I had three major occasions to realize how much my artwork has touched the lives of people who I've seen at several events, in ways I never imagined possible. It was extremely humbling. I figure it like this, though... sure, there seem to be a lot of artists when you browse through a site like this, but how many artists are there truly in the world? There's nearly 7 BILLION people on this planet, and only a fraction of them ever develop artistically. That leaves a lot of people out there, and you almost can't help but inspire some of them. If your art touches the life of even one more person, isn't it worth it?

...this was meant to be my two cents, but I think it turned into about $1.50. :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree, inspiring is the best you can do. Thank you for your comment & reading the article :)

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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just another point to add in with the nobody supporting you bit- That alone can be motivation. I could throw a paintbrush at a wall and my dad would tell me it was beautiful and that he loves it (he's the most supportive person I know and it helps wonders) but at the same time, I could show my best piece of work to my mom and she would just shrug and give me a, "That's nice... now have you thought about getting a real job?"

My dad being supportive helps a lot, but my mom having no faith in my abilities helps too. Why? Because I'm determined as hell to prove her wrong. (and make my wonderful father proud in the process! Win win!)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed that can be a good motivation. Thank you for commenting :heart:
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for writing this and sharing it with us. It's easy to fall for discouragement when doing art, especially when it's just a hobby. I think I'll print it out and hang it next to my desk. Next time I feel like dropping art (I've lost count of how many times it's happened now), and I'll read through it again.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment, it made me realize that 6th common excuse is "art is just a hobby" (:

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