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5 ways to sabotage your career as an artist


Lazy Afternoon by MohaniRose





"Very few possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort.
If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass."


Fran Lebowitz






Relax  Wait for an inspiration


The mood is just not right today. Sure, you could pick up a pencil, sit down and push yourself to practice but the result would probably end up in a trash can. Waste of time, waste of material. Besides, the guy that commissioned you two months ago found a professional for the work already.



8-) (Cool)  Expect the success to happen quickly


A year or two, tops, that's all it takes to build a reputation. Being an artist isn't a job like any other, therefore you don't need to work on it every day. No need for a schedule or organization either. Get ready, holding on to this advice will soon work effectively and you will be on a search for a "real" job!



Juggle Constantly change your focus


Jack of all trades, master of none? Nonsense! It is recommended to shift your focus and methods of crafting at least as often as your mood changes. Remember, never stick with any medium long enough to start understanding its principle. The moment you suspect that you might be getting a level up at oil painting, it's time to write a sonnet!



I've got too much work to do. Never finish your work


Finishing your work means at least two things - you would have to publish it and find a topic for your next project. What a load of work! Besides, this one needs to be re-made, re-edited, it's far from perfect! But what if it's not worth the effort to continue? Just put it away and start a new piece...



Jark in a jar.  Isolate yourself from the art community

You are a creator, not a consumer! Writers write, they don't read. Painters don't buy another painter's works, they sell their own! You should definitely keep yourself at home. After all, meeting other artists is too risky, you might catch a flu...or an inspiration. That would make your sabotage plan much harder to complete!





"There is in every artist's studio a scrap heap of discarded works in which the artist's discipline prevailed against his imaginations."

Robert Brault





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punk-blue-me Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Lol! good (y)
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ViolentScreech Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great article! I'm incredibly guilty of number one ^^; I tend to argue with my muse quite a bit, and some days, drawing just doesn't feel right, so I give it a rest and pick it back up to try again the next day. 
Unless I'm making art for someone else, of course. I would hate to be on the receiving end of a commission by an artist that constantly procrastinates, so I always push myself a bit harder than I do when I'm only drawing for funsies :) When I'm drawing for others, I try to do my best work, and quickly. I certainly don't want to damage my reputation before I even start trying to get customers!
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RhynWilliams Featured By Owner May 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
a quick tip is to look at your old work and see if you can make something new from it because your line of thought back then is different from now, and going forwards doesn't always equal progression, because a good artist is and artist that keeps surprising him/herself, limiting your style can stop you from thinking creatively even if your work looks appealing 
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a good tip! Thank you for reading :)
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RhynWilliams Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
;) I'ts nothing
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner May 28, 2014   General Artist
I'm guilty of 2, but only in the fact that I've been working on my current project for 5 years already and it's wearing me down. But, I know realistically there is no magic number -- it could be today or another 3 years. It's frustrating, but you have to keep pushing on.

I have to laugh at #1. More times than not, I'm the commissioner who goes on to find a professional. I can't tell you how many times I love an artist's work, commission them, and then fall victim to the "I have no inspiration" thing...usually without a refund. :shifty:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading - and you know then what I'm talking about :)
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Thank you a lot for this article! :hug:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading :)
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jenifferlee Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is fantastic advice! I LOVE the first one.
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for reading :thumbsup:
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Rick-TinyWorlds Featured By Owner May 27, 2014   Photographer
I'm disagree partly on "Constantly Change you Focus".
Being active in art forms where my main focus isn't on, helps me to come up with ideas for the others.
(also when it comes to independent game developement with small studios it's key to be a jack of multiple trades)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree, I was referring to different kind of changing focus - you still need to spend significant amount on time doing your "main thing", otherwise you won't progress to the next level. While doing so, experimenting with various techniques can truly broaden your horizon significantly :)

Thank you for reading!
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AyanoHoshi Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
I've done the 5 and sighs i'm not so proud of it
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
No worries, things will pick up :)

Thank you for reading!
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
At least I can finally say I've successfully started to avoid point #3. But I still think it's a great way to learn what you really want to do and to make a better understanding of art in general.
Point #1 is still my biggest struggle, I don't think my art can be forced, but sometimes I seem to think I'm more tired than I actually am, so it really wouldn't hurt if I drew some anyway...
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment, we all struggle all the time but it's nice to talk about it sometimes :)
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, and realize what you might be doing wrong and how to change it.
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Rosvita1 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Great article and I'm guilty of number 3, I keep trying to specialise but I just love doing all art forms so much!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
In a way, experimenting with different media is really helpful, I was rather referring to switching focus too often and being left with no time to perfect one kind of craft.

Thank you for reading :)
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JCoolArts Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Filmographer
Unfortunately, absolutely all of those are true for me -_-
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's never too late ;)
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:iconjcoolarts:
JCoolArts Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Filmographer
lol I would need artistic therapy :P
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MafiaVamp Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Sadly, point 3 and 4 are true for me. Of course not in the way that I would be doing them deliberately, it just happens that way. ^^;
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for taking the time to read it :)
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MafiaVamp Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Of course! c:
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Top notch advice here :thumbsup:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:la:

Thanks for reading, dear!
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Xadrea Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow: you're welcome!
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Clamdiggy Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle:  Nice article.
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Stygma Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Always fun to read! :XD:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:la:
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MadManMallard Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The sarcasm is strong with this one. I am a dummy! 

This is very good advice, with a splash of overwhelming sarcasm; the best of both worlds!
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sarcasm can be of a great help ^^

Thx for reading ;)
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Thank you for this, it is very true :)
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for reading :)
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YorukoChikokoro Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very true. I say really the only time you should ever take a break that's like more than a day or even a few hours from art is if you are physically unable to create art. (like I am now -_- damn my stupid body, I have to lay down to relieve the pain...)

Sometimes I get a bit sad that I don't get a ton of views on a piece I think is amazing, but then I realize once again that I just need to work harder. I just need to keep experimenting with more complicated poses, spend more time on just one piece to add more details, etc. I know though that I always have 1 or 2 people that continuously give me great advice on if the anatomy looks good, or if the background looks good, etc.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I have a rule never to stop drawing for more than 3 days, once I'm over that border it only gets worse. The key is never to stop :)

Many thanks for reading!
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amurderofcrowws Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student General Artist
I do ALL those things. D: Time to change that I think.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:nod:
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Gumala Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thats a great piece. 
And the five ways are all so true.

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Sweetdemoness87 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
okay, i may not be understanding this fully. But you know i am no famous artist. I am just going to stick to what I am doing and hope it gets me somewhere. I don't plan on becoming the next Picasso, That shit will never happen. I just want people to see my work. To enjoy it and it to light up their worlds. I may never get paid to do what I do...yeah that sucks...but I love it and will continue to do it whether or not I get noticed for it. And yeah sure it would be nice to be appreciated. But that is not up to me. That's up to the person viewing it. 

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jane-beata Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Never say never, but that's a fine approach you got there, caring for what you do. Best of luck :heart:
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Sweetdemoness87 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Caring about what I do? I create art...you kinda HAVE to care. I am not trying to be mean. I am just saying. If you create art and you don't care about it. Its just a picture. With no meaning behind it, in my opinion, it isn't art. You putting your emotion into it is what makes it inspiring to others. Colors on a page mean nothing until you put thought and then form to them. 

Not saying you aren't this way. I am just saying of coarse I care about what I do. To me I wouldn't be an artist if I didn't. 
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Kaleoscope Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Jack of all trades as in subjects or jack of all trades as in media?
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a figure of speech, I meant I can do a lot of different things besides painting, not in terms of media.
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:iconkaleoscope:
Kaleoscope Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, thank you for clearing that up. It had me mega confused for a moment . xDD As I have heard that dabbling in each media/subject and becoming familiar with them (not necessarily masters) is one of the better things you could do.
Thanks once again. ^^
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Kokobutter Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder how many people have actually followed that advice...
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