Yes, it seems popular artists pay no attention to the beginners, like me. But so what? I don't know about you, but I ain't here to become popular. Although, it is nice sometimes when a few people pay attention to you.(Lol, you got a tablet at 15? I wish I could get one...)
Only problem is, I don't totally agree with the "Free Requests" part. I mean, if such a popular artist is open to free requests by all of her fans, then her life would be totally swarmed by making those requests, and she wouldn't have time to even deal with other aspects of her life.
Many artists out there, like me, believe that an artist should never work for free. We don't like the "starving artist" treatment, and thus, the solution is instead to make people "commission you": pay you to do an artwork for them. And, like those artists, I only accept free requests from the closest of friends and acquaintances
Well, I don't care about my views that much, but I do have a few fans who truly adore my artwork, and they make me feel great. In fact, I like it better, than being flooded with thousands of half-hearted attention-whoring comments and fake views.
Then again, I like how your strip brings forth the message. Popularity isn't all glitz and glamour: you actually have to carry a lot more weight on your shoulders.
However, this is only dA. There are worse sites you could possibly upload your art. Personally, dA is very light-hearted and safe enough from the malignant denizens of the internet. Judgmental people will always be a part of the Internet, but I've become numb towards them ever since, and nowadays I have greater freedom in drawing anything I want, not like when I started out where I only drew to gain Views, which, of course now, embarrasses me a little.
I would share this strip to a few big-name artists I've met in person, if you don't mind. They might relate this one to their own experiences.
You know, Cherry, I want to share with you one thing. When I just started to draw I couldn't even imagine I will have a tablet, or about putting my sketches on deviantart... I just drew everywhere and felt happy. But then one of my best friends found my sketchbook and started laughing over it. I was very embarrassed. She said my sketches were awful, that I need to start learning anatomy, that I don't even know how to draw people. These words hurt. It will sound stupid, but I burned my sketchbook will all drawings, cried for hours and felt depressed. Till my other friend came and told me one simple thing: all of artists must draw for themselves, not for anybody else and I still have a chance. It helped to concentrate, think and start drawing again.
Of course, this deviation is not exactly about me, but it still is awfully realistic. Tons of young artists comes to DA, hoping they could share their art with others, but... Happens a thing you perfectly displayed.
Thank you very much for this deviation, Cherry. Now I understand I am not the only one with that problem
Well this deviation is for and about everyone who can relate to it.
Now you listen to me. There will be people who will laugh at you, there will be people who are better than you and there will be people who are jealous of you. That's going to happen, there's no avoiding it. So what you do is keep working hard, and instead of feeling down because of the mean people, try to turn their negative words into positive, perhaps they were not to nice about it, but sometimes, haters actually point out real mistakes that you can learn from. And that's the best revenge you can get, learn from their attempts to hurt you.
Now, you're very young and you've got a long way ahead of you, I've got a long way ahead of me, we all do in a way. But the wonderful thing about art is that you never have to stop learning or improving. You don't just turn a certain age and stop improving. There is not limit to what you can learn to do. So keep at it.
And yes, draw to please yourself. You will find that there are people who happen to enjoy your art anyways.
I saw all of these people for about four years. School-bullying is awesome thing, right? I even thought about suicide, but drawing helped me. And now I am still working and moving forward, just because I wasn't weak enough. And hell yes, they were right. These people were right. I learned so much from them and tried to improve. You know what's the funniest thing is? Now those who bullied me cannot write a word dictation without me! Maybe that makes sense...
Yes, we all grow up and we all have a long way ahead. The most important is to go that way, not stop. Now I see - I can improve everywhere, and in art too. We all shouldn't give up, and, as Tumblr blogs says: "Haters gonna hate". Thank you so much, Cherry. For the deviation, for replying. Despite your popularity and number of watchers, you are still a human, not a proud b**ch.
And, i dare to upload my first sketch after watching your gallery. I wish you never stop drawing, never stop dreaming and never stop improving. Good luck.
I had a popular artist downgrade me just because my skill level wasn't comparable to theirs. But then with other popular artists their all nice and etc. It's good to know that someone draws attention to this issue, and has done the opposite of said artists. Though I think with experiencing that, it has taught me to be the better person, and treat others kindly. I'm glad to say I will never be like them.
Nice Cartoon - I On The Other Hand Don't Bother Myself With What People Think Of Me. As Long As I'm Doing What I Consider To Be Right And Treating/Respecting Others I Would Like To Be Respected And Treated It's All Good.
Well I've Probably Have A Lot More Years On Me Than You Do; And A Certain Age You Realize That Such Things Aren't Of Any Real Importance And That Those That Conduct Themselves In Such A Manner Have Yet To Reach A Certain Level Of Maturity So You Just Let Them Be.
I will have to strongly disagree that age makes a difference. I'm not a child either though, I'm a young adult and always quite mature for my age since I can remember.
And it's not even about "realizing" trust me that I know this very well, and I've known it for quite a while too, and I try to stick by what I think I need to do rather than what people think I should do, in fact, most of the time I do what I want, especially with my artwork. However, and this goes way deeper on a psychological level too, it's never easy on a person to receive such a hateful treatment, it's only human to feel bad about it. Now I as a person with a certain level of social anxiety, cannot help but to worry about what others think about me, even if I do realize that it shouldn't matter to me.
This comic strip however, talks about past experiences mainly, and its message is absolutely not that one should care about what others think because that is not the root of the problem to begin with, its real message, the real problem, is that people need to stop being judgmental.
You don't teach people to ignore abuse, you teach people to not abuse others.
Saw this on tumblr, just had to comment where it was originally created. I think the reason it went viral is because I think you spoke for a vast audience and well
you pretty much said something I've been thinking for a LONG time in comic form and for me I feel that deserves recognition.
You seem like one of those artists that does the work they do purely for the love of the craft and I find that very admirable...in a platonic way of course, nothing creepy. Just saying that anyone who puts forth that mentality has my vote of being a good person.
I understand. Right now, this is my second DA account. My first one, well, it was not what I wanted anymore. That account just became a please everyone else even if you don't really like what you are drawing. This account, however, is still going good with what I want to draw.
I love this so much. I try to be kind to newbies, which often end up being older than me, but I've ended up having them try to steal my style or art and characters and now I'm not sure whether I should try to befriend them or just treat them as normal people