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    Art and the internet

    I guess you could say that I am guilty of this too. It is easy to get distracted from what art really is, a way to express yourself.
    You see these popular artists and you envy them. Not only for their skill but for the attention they are getting. Take my advice and don't get carried away by trying to make your art perfect. Just do what makes you happy, in the long run this will make you a better artist. You will start to have more complex ideas and emotions you want to bring to life and you will naturally continue to get better and better because YOU want to. Not because you crave the attention of your fellow artists.

    /rant >_>;

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    Everyone desires some fame, even a small amount. In fact, the recognition from posting your work can keep your motivated.

    Although, sometimes it is better to just keep working, and not make posts on the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue
    Everyone desires some fame, even a small amount. In fact, the recognition from posting your work can keep your motivated.

    Although, sometimes it is better to just keep working, and not make posts on the forum.
    Yes everyone deserves fame that is not my point. The point is to not obsess over wanting attention and to do your own thing once in awhile.
    I'm not sure if you are trying to be rude with that last remark...

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    Not all people deserve fame, no.

    As for my comment, it refers to why I am posting and not working.

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    Fame comes cheap, if you buy it with dignity. This is the fundamental exchange that happens on... say... deviantart. So many are gripped by the siren call of selling out. Maintaining conceptual integrity and the will to push yourself beyond generic crowd-pleasers - the struggle to not become another cookie cutter animu clone when faced by the reality of absolute obscurity - that's the true challenge imposed by the internet upon artists.

    It really sucks to watch someone you previously respected as an individual - talented at articulating their own ideas - lose that and become a mere vessel for someone else's.

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    Respect doesn't buy food.
    + Fame MIGHT bring in some nice cash.
    = You do what you must to get by and enjoy the perks.


    It really sucks to watch someone you previously respected as an individual - talented at articulating their own ideas - lose that and become a mere vessel for someone else's.
    If your aim is to become a concept artist and you design the entire game/movie or alike completely yourself, you will always, and I do mean always be a vessel for someone else's ideas.
    You just get to implement some personal opinions here and there, some style and hope that they value your opinion enough to change their own idea.
    Perhaps in rare cases, they might give you a title and carte blanche after many years of work or with a very impressive portfolio.

    All that these people do is the same thing, but to a larger audience with larger pockets. So logic = 0.

    And for those wondering if I'm a sell out and make art for the purpose of selling to a large audience. No.

    Simply put: Unless you're a millionaire and don't need to work for money, you'll be a hypocrite with that kind of thinking.

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    Melancholie - You're making an assumption. I was talking about art in general, rather than concept art. In concept art it's a given that you're following someone else's brief. There's art, and then there's art as a profession.

    However I'm talking about people who start off pursuing their own path and end up an imitation of whoever is racking up the DTFs on DA. Or more generally, becoming an imitation of whatever franchise is occupying the Zeitgeist this month. These people number into the millions and cannot become concept artists a) because their work only gets as good as it needs to be to satisfy a fanbase with very low standards and/or b) because their style is so incredibly provincialised. They get their 15 minutes and then they lose it when the whole world gets sick of the saturation and moves on to the next big thing to idolise.

    I personally do not intend to become a concept artist - art is a purely recreational thing for me, at least at the moment. I do however find conceptart.org a particularly good place to learn because it's reasonably removed from such negative influences.

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    I have a somewhat different view on this. I feed off of looking at experienced and talented artist's work. I sometimes find myself bored with my work or with art in general, and usually I'll see something that's just so much better than what I've done. Then I go into a sort of weeklong frenzy trying to practice and create something that I feel is up to par with what I've seen and that I've learned something important from it. Staying and posting with the weekly competitions on this site help me with that, and I'd probably have a much harder time progressing in skill without it.

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