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    Punch in yer face! Vent here!

    Maybe I'm just sounding off here, in fact I AM sounding off here, but I've been active on this forum for some time. Thank you to all you other artists out there. Damned if we aren't a little nation ourselves! I'm telling you though, where I live, people think my art is "Hell-Born" (look at my sketchpad and tell me what you think). I feel ill-equipped to handle this. Too much love for western art and not enough appreciation for different styles/concepts!

    What I'm asking is what is the worst thing anyone said about your art, and how did you handle it? Vent here, please! That's what we're here for!
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    "Wow, Emily . . . since when did you learn how to draw?"



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    "That's cuuuute" in a slightly nasal, well meaning condescending I don't approve of your art and don't know what else to say but feel oblligated to say somesomething so as not to offend you with my ignorance sort of way.

    "What is that?"

    "That's a cloud, right?"

    My usual response is just silence or a "yeah, right..."

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    hah you guys haven't experienced the kind of stuff you go through when working at a theme park... i did caricatures and it gave every local Nascar fan and Dirty Souf thug a reason to criticize and correct me. I had a woman tell me my artwork was "complete shit", others told me I was too young (21) to draw well, one guy told me I should goto a better art school... just tons and tons of that kind of stuff. almost daily. In that environment, people expect an oil painting or something because they're spending an extra $10 over the 30 or so it cost to get them in there. The thing is, I almost preferred the insulting comments over the praise, because I was never proud of the drawings I did there, and when people were nice it felt patronizing... like oregano's "that's cuuuuute" comment.

    good life experience though.

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    Cotron, oh, wow man. haha - You are one braaaave soul to have done that. I've *always* had a special place in heart for the poor saps that do those portraits You know there's a special section in Heaven just for you! LOL.

    My hat is off to you, seriously, for braving such a storm of unbridled criticism!

    Cheers,
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    Emily, I heard the same thing about two months ago from my grandmother.... We're real tight....


    Haha, I think I might have to agree with Oregano there, Cotron. I'd have been chopping balls off or something. Well, maybe not that extreme, but close.

    Man, everyone looks at my art and nods their head approvingly as I silently watch them holding it upside down. Shhhhhhh......
    He who asks is a fool for five minutes,
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    yeah i've gotten "that's cute" comments when trying to draw the most vile things i can, i just gotta scratch my head

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    Man no one knows. Forced responses are teh suck to any artist. I'd prefer a "that blows goats" to a forced approval.
    He who asks is a fool for five minutes,
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    "you're so talented, I could never do that/draw anything but stick people"

    because working your ass off has nothing to do with skills.

    to every no-talent ass-clown who merely "expresses themselves" for the reputation.
    I self-published a book on the fundamentals of drawing from life.

    http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-D...8951905&sr=8-1

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    OMFG!

    My pet hate is: "aw your so talented, arent you sooo clever!?!"
    That really fucks me off. So much so I wanna out my foot in their face.

    And: "Thats rrreally good, *false, arse licky praise, cant be bothered to type it all* You know, I did an art course too...."

    This came from a girl at work who talks far too much for her own good. Im sure she did an art course, back in high school, but its the patronising way she makes comments (repeating shit) and then adds the 'I did art too' at the end. Like that makes all the difference. I'll stop ranting. phew.

    oh, oh, oh - the best one I got the other night, whilst in a pub drawing...

    "Hi, are you an artist?"



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    basically every comment i get from my parents about my drawings. it's a punch in the face when they grin and say "that's really good" - it just always sounds like when your parents tell you, you're good looking. its just easy to see through pedagogical bullshit :/ ... cause i know, my drawings arent that good.

    i once got that emily-comment, too. from my art teacher at school.
    "since when did you learn how to draw?"

    *punch in teh throat!*

    like it's a sudden change. at once you know how to draw shit and before you werent able pull of anything proper...

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    i always find funny how my art seem beautiful to my family and how it suck to conceptart buddies
    I'm a manky artist, don't mess with me

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    that's one thing for why i hate people, they don't choose to say the correct things, they always choose to be dumbasses and say stupid shit to us.
    like this, "wow, your a good drawer" i feel like i'm being called furniture
    or "that's so good, i could never do that" people who say that are just stupid and always work half-assed or don't even try.
    Do you know the muffinman?

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    Once you understand what the word "stupid" means - age is no longer a valid excuse for being that way.

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    It's like people don't understand we ask for the poinion to ahieve a hgigher standard for ourselves. Best one came this morning, "What is THAT crap?" from a passerby in a local restaraunt. Wow.
    He who asks is a fool for five minutes,
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    "That's the best thing you've ever drawn in this class"

    Back when I was in AP Art at my school, The teacher and I had many differences of opinion about a whole lot of stuff. A lot of it had to do with the way that I generally didn't press down hard enough when I was shading dark values, and I eventually corrected that. (I had corrected it long before the time of the above quote) Now, I don't like most of my stuff that I did in that class, as the assignments were generally very weird and un-inspiring, and usually thought up on a whim on the teacher's part. For example, she went to an art convention and saw a work where student had taken a bunch of spoons, painted them on a small canvas, and then placed the canvas in the middle of a large board, wherupon she glued all of the spoons she had used to the board around the canvas. My art teacher saw that and decided that it was so awesome that everyone in her classes should the same kind thing with various other small objects. I don't know about you, but that just utterly failed to inspire me in the slightest. Anyway, there was the one still life involving taking a bunch of that wavy corrugated border material stuff, twisting it around, and gluing it down to a piece of boare, whereupon we drew it. Now, when I do still lifes, I draw the thing as it appears. I don't take an artistic liscense to make it look cooler, I draw it just the way it appears. And this stuff I was drawing had no dark values on it. I mean, none. There was a little medium darkness in places, but the thing was sitting on a table in a room with much florescent lighting. Not gonna have shadows. So I kept trying to turn the thing in, and the teacher told me that the values weren't dark enough. I pointed out that dark values were not present on the object. She contended that it didn't matter, the drawing had to look dynamic. I pointed out that a mass of twisted border material was not a dynamic object. She said...and this went on for awhile until I finally went over t my seat and put some cheesy, sloppy shadows on the thing, very quickly and not paying much attention to the actual object. When I was done, it looked nothing like the actual still life. I took it over to he and she then said the above quote. Burned me up. I dropped the class at the end of the semester. Never looked back.

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