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    This thread has made me realize that I'm now in the twilight of my career.

    Oh well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashback View Post
    possibility is not certainty.

    I certainly don't need 8 hours of sleep.

    All I said is that it is possible to do it.
    Fair enough.

    I still agree with LordLouis' post regarding MindCandyMan's thread and how he was a unique example with certain "luxuries" that many people do not have.

    It's just not realistic for most people (at least those who work full time jobs) to have that much time to draw.

    At the end of the day though, you gotta make due with what you have and I think that 4-6 hours of drawing per day is still good enough to improve at a fast rate....at least that's what I got from Magic Man's sketchbook. Talk about a prodigy...he became pro 6 months after taking art seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenGwenevere View Post
    Again, he started early and drew a LOT. If you look at his early childhood drawings, they look like any childhood drawings. He started from square one like everyone else. It's not magic. It's called "practice".

    Also, frankly, in the grand scheme of things, that example is a rather mediocre painting, taking it by itself and not grading it by the artist's age... As are most of the examples of so-called "child prodigy" art given so far. It doesn't serve much purpose to look up to work that's mediocre but "so much better than me at age X!!!"

    Better to look at the best of the best and aim to be better than that.

    Or better still, aim to be better than you, wherever you're at now.

    And then practice.
    It was a rhetorical question. My point was exactly that it's utterly irrelevant how good someone else is at a certain age, and unless your income depends on it, the skill of other people in general should be irrelevant. If it matters, then people need to change their attitude or find something they actually enjoy doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rengin View Post

    Aren't there a lot of people who post their work both here and on DA? I kind of dislike this elitist generalization that everything and everyone on DA must be inferior to art posted here, since it might very well be posted at both websites. I do agree that the target audience of both websites differ, but the fact that the majority of DA likes to draw anime kittens doesn't mean that there aren't any serious artists on there. It's a place to show your work as much as any place on the internet, of not for harsh critique then maybe for the pick-me-up that everyone needs once in a while - and I have noticed that if you offer serious critique yourself, you attract the people who will do the same for you, regardless of the domain name.
    I was very clear in what I said and I stand by it. Holding up 15 year olds as prodigies is just ignorant and shows such a lack of art knowledge in general its laughable. So they are prodigies? Compared to what? Back it up with some facts and some proof you know what you are talking about and have an understanding of the art world in general.

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    I can enter the main page on Da right now and i´m sure the popular deviations would be some girls showing her cleavage or some cat picture with 12, 000 comments, so there´s that. Its a social network and social networks operate on different standards.

    And even if there´s kids with skill, who cares? thinking on those bases is just finding excuses to bruise your ego, no one´s here coming at you judging you because of your age

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDSart View Post
    I can enter the main page on Da right now and i´m sure the popular deviations would be some girls showing her cleavage or some cat picture with 12, 000 comments, so there´s that.
    Ponies. I guarantee that if you view the main page by "popular" you will get ponies. I guarantee that if you view by "newest", you will also get ponies.

    Miscategorized ponies.

    And yeah, sure, there's some good stuff buried on the site, but the overall site standards are about as low as you can get. So judging by who looks good compared to DA standards or judging by who's popular on DA is pretty naive.

    I have yet to find an "amazing fifteen year old prodigy" on DA who was truly amazing by real-world professional standards.

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    I worked a full time job and came home and painted for 8 hours a night. I painted all day on weekends for five years. If you want something you have to work for it. I got rid of my tv and quit playing games until I made it as an artist. If you believe you can do it, what's it to you to give something up for a few years?
    But see most people hedge their bets and allow outside things to decide for them. Its the easiest thing in the world is to not follow your dream, to sell short have a bunch of interests and not decide, and just fit in or care what other people think.You either have the courage of your convictions or you don't, and no one cares what you choose.

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    Thing about DA is there is a lot of kids who are really good at copying and/or using gimmicky tricks to make keeeewwwwl looking pictures. I've seen some blatantly fake drawings with thousands of favorites. You'll be much better off spending more time HERE than over there

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    You know what? Whatever you do, whoever you are, no matter how hard you work, there will always, always, always be people who are younger and better than you. And the older you get, the more of them there are going to be.

    So, what are you going to do about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    So, what are you going to do about it?
    Murder. Lots and lots of murder.

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    This isn't Highlander, Noah .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    This isn't Highlander, Noah .
    No? Guess I won't need this broadsword, then...

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    No, you don't have the slightest chance. Give it up.

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    Is this the answer you want to hear? If not then why are you asking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    This isn't Highlander, Noah .
    Don't listen to him, Noah. He's got zombie elephants.
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    umm, i personally like Sakimichan´s stuff.

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