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Every day i hear how talented I am - I think this is a incorrect. I think that talent is confused with work. I do believe there is talent in every artist, but it is only 5%- you see when we were younger we all drew the same. As we got older, many people stopped trying to draw due to comments, lack of interest or what ever other reason they put there. The others that continued, like all things learned that it is 95% work, frustration, tears, anger, determination, persistence, practice, practice, practice, & more practice that allows them to create the artwork you see. Many people just grade the artist on the end result, in reality they missed the struggle and battle that truly defines the piece created. I enjoy the 5% talent I see around me yet I respect the 95% dedication that these great artist put out that makes their works fantastic. I believe anyone can learn to draw- they just have to want it bad enough. and that means that they are willing to show us by putting the effort in to it to make it work.

keep creating
  • Listening to: slacker radio
  • Reading: Jules Verne
  • Watching: cartoons
  • Eating: sorta of healthy
  • Drinking: water
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adambean Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist

I thought of this when I read this blog. Was a good read especially the tip about letting the myth of talent persist. I know that's frustrating but maybe it helps to have that perception.
travisJhanson Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome thanks-
giadrosich Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol. Yeah. It is, isn't it. As John Denver sang, "I'd play "Sally Goodin'" all day if I could, but the Lord and my wife wouldn't take it very good..." So, back to the art board! :D
travisJhanson Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol :)
yolkum Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i must agree
eaross Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well said! :)
Kyngdok Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I try to explain this to people all the time. Also, even if people do start in different places, they can always improve if they are dedicated and work at it. This is true for beginners and for professionals.
RoCueto Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Keep moving forward.

Before Steamboat Willie, Walt Disney was told he was a looser with no sense for cartooning and would never be published in a respectable newspaper. He didn't believe that, and moved forward into Snow White.
After Snow White, Walt Disney was told he was the most talented cartoonist in the world and that no-one would ever make something better than Snow White. He didn't believe that, and moved forward into Bambi.

As artists, even as commercial artists, it's never as much about the piece of the day, as it is about the journey.
woohooligan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
alexandergras Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Just last semester I learned that expertise is today considered to be the result of talent, practice, social support, and accident.

- talent: we are not all born the same, there are vast differences in the perceptive, cognitive and motor skills of newborn children, and they influence what these children will find easy and enjoy, and what they will find hard and try to avoid
- practice: people like to do what they are good at and will get better because of doing it (so while the 10.000 hour rule still applies, a person needs the motivation to endure those hours, and motivation is made by talent and support)
- social support: parents or other important people who care about you doing art create the emotional context for you to become and remain interested in creating art, and they provide the opportunities and tools that you need (instead of keeping their kids busy with other fun activities)
- accident: opportunities that present themselves to you (or don't), e.g. I stopped doing watercolors as a kid when the cheap brushes I had kept leaving their hair in my paintings, or (another example) I grew up in a place where there were no other young adults were interested in creating art (and the internet was not invented then)

Only if all four consituents play together, will a person be able to become an expert.
FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I feel so inspired now. Thank you. :)
tedbergeron Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
I totally agree. Talent is not something you are born with. Well some people have some natural abilities to start. But it Talent is something you develop. And it just takes work / practice.

That's good news for anyone that wanted to try something and thought they'd never be any good because they weren't born with it.
JonHrubesch Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I agree with this too. The 10,000 hrs theory. But you have to want to do it. You need to have that desire to spend that kind of time on it. Maybe even a bit of an obsession about it doesn't hurt either.

So I guess I'll say that you do good work.
bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional
I agree
adambean Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah the best analogy I have is axe swings cutting down a tree.
If you swing your axe 100 times and fell a huge tree is it the 100th swing or the 99 others that cut down the tree?
JARM13 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good analogy .
travisJhanson Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i like that
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