Top 10 Things Artists Are Most Tired of Hearing

The fact of it is, people don't respect art as a real career. I have to deal with this all the time. People spitting over my dreams, telling me to give up, that art is useless and an impossible career, that I'll be homeless. And then I have to deal with thinking that I'm not talented enough, not working hard enough, not winning enough, not creative enough... Its tough out there for an artist.

NOTE: I realize art includes music, literature, films, etc. But for the sake of this list, I'm referring to visual and fine arts.
The Top Ten
1 Can you draw me?

Yes, I can draw you. But do I want to?
I mostly draw cats and animals along with the occasional patterns, and I'm still practicing with anatomy on humans. You see that I mostly draw animals and you want me to draw you a portrait? My classmates bother me so much because I'm trying to work and they kinda just... peer over my shoulder and whisper in my ear, "A cat can't be blue and have purple stripes! " Well my friends, that's my art style, not yours. I only draw my closest friends stuff because I know they won't claim it as their own. My classmates want me to draw them, but I don't want to. That's one of the major causes of my sarcastic and prickly personality.
Other artists out there, stay strong and if they keep on asking you...
"There's just one thing I'd want you to know.

I want to punch you in the face."

Yeah, I can draw you. I take commissions. Just telling you, it'll cost you. Because you know, that's how artists make money. They take commissions and you pay them for it in exchange. I'm not going to be wasting expensive paper and other materials just so I can get a simple thanks. Yeah, I appreciate that you like my art and that you want me to draw you out of any other artist out there, but I need to get new materials somehow. I may sound bitter, but it's the truth. Artists make a living by selling their art, not giving it away. Sorry about that, but it's how it is.

2 You're going to be poor.

Art is ridiculed all the time, because there's this twisted misconception that art is an impossible career where you'll end up under a highway in a box, or something. That's what I was told my whole life. And that's why I gave up when I was younger. But no, art is a real career. Especially in the age of technology. Open your minds people, art is not a ticket to homelessness like it once was.

Not anymore. Artist may not exactly be living in a nice mansion near a lake with a yacht or anything, but with the internet and all that, it's increasingly becoming easier. Plus, of course art is a job. Why wouldn't it be? People sell their art all the time!

No. You can sell your drawings and stuff to museums and art galleries and get lots of money for that.

3 Artists only get famous after they die.

And what will you be when you die? Will your office job get you famous and recognized, dead or alive? Exactly. I don't do art to get famous, but if I did, let me tell you, the quality would decrease dramatically.

Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali are good examples are why this isn't true.

Michael Jackosn was always popular. Even when he was still alive. People who say this are false.

4 Do you draw realistically?

This is basidcally me. I hear this all the time. "How come you can draw bodies and stuff but not realistic faces? " Well, here's the truth. Lemme just, you know, practice all the time for a long time with this stuff? I mean, really? I don't understand how people can have the nerve to insult and stuff on your art style or whatever, but they couldn't even draw a stick figure. Honestly guys. Chill.

My style is the style that's between anime and realistic, you know, smaller mouth, bigger, shinier eyes, smaller nose, complicated hair.

I can't draw realistically. I could draw cute cartoonish animals like bunnies, kittens, and puppies. I can draw my own OC, though. I suck at anything else.

5 Can you teach me how to draw?

No, because then you're just going to try to copy my art style and then get pissed when it doesn't look like an exact carbon copy of my work.

you can't just teach someone how to draw in 5 minutes, if you really want to draw then you have to actually put forth the initiative to practice for years and years to be able to do so. I've been drawing since I was 3 and I'm only just getting to a point where my art doesn't hurt to look at.

I can't. I've dealt with this question my entire life. Its simply practice and passion. No secret formula! Discover what methods and mediums work for you and simply draw. There's no other way besides grueling work and a fiery passion for art.

Hahaaaha. No. I'm not a teacher. You can't really teach someone in one basic lesson. You can give them tips. If you want me to teach you hand over some cash.

6 Art is pointless

No. Art is a good way to express yourself, and even let all your negative feelings out. I love music because it's motivating and calming. I love acting, because I can understand what it's like to be in the character's shoes. I love drawing because it makes me happy, and I can show my personality through it.

Shut up. Art is all around you. It's not just drawing, drawing, drawing. It's the houses in your neighborhood, the one you live in, the writing in your books, your own clothes, it's almost everything!

Art is one of the main things that move us. It's everywhere: movies, T.V. shows, dancing, music, etc. So if they think this is true they probably don't like any of the above. They are also very boring.

7 Maybe you should pursue something more realistic.

To this, I say, be realistic about your own speciality. I'm an aspiring scientist, and fact is, very few people get to the stage that I'm at now, despite having a long way to go. In the same way, it takes a lot of motivation and experience to be an artist of Joy's standards, and she's still progressing because she keeps grinding. Whether it's a hobby or a profession, people are successful in their fields because they have high aims, and however one rates success, the ratio between experts within the hierarchical degrees of success in a certain subject are approximately the same, regardless of how many people are in fact taking it.

So I should throw out my colored pencils (I would never, they're really expensive) and get a boring old cubicle job where I do nothing for eight hours, working for a boss who doesn't care about me, with coworkers who are bitter and mean?
I say, pursue something that makes you happy.

8 Art can be just a hobby.

Telling me to put art to the side is asking me to throw away what I love. I want to do art for my life, and I want to pursue it seriously. So stop acting as if my aspirations are a joke. This is what I want, it deserves more than being a simple "hobby".

I like art, such as singing, acting, writing (I've written a few books but never showed anybody), drawing, etc and there isn't anything I want as a career. So, no, it won't be just a hobby.

But I want to do it for a living. I've always been into singing, drawing and acting. Not being an accountant or whatever job YOU want me to aim for.

9 Ewwwwww is he/she naked!?!!!!!!!!

I'd assume you've never seen the full process of drawing before. There is something called "guidelines". They're supposed to make it easier to draw characters. After the guidelines are done, you can add the hair, eyes outfit and whatever else.

Ah ya dude, I practice anatomy. What's the ew for? " I have a body? " seriously. How else am I supposed to make people anatomically correct if I don't practice.
It's the human body. That is what we look like. A bit of a perv are we?

I'm sorry if this is disturbing to you, but in art, ya have to learn how to draw boobs, and those male and female bits. Sorry. B)

10 I can draw the same thing.

Why the heck are you bothering me then?

The Contenders
11 I have a ___ who's a REALLY good artist.

I hate it when people say that /so much./ Artists don't like to see artists that are better them. Some can handle it, but from my own experience, it can be very disheartening to see others much better than you. It's just one of those things. The other people are doing great, but its just hard on artists to look at others art.

I will tell you right now, artists hate meeting people more talented than them. I always thought I was just a jealous person, but I haven't met a single artist who disagreed. So no, I don't want to see the person whose amazing and a national art champion. I don't need any help lowering my self-esteem!

"Well at least I'm better than you".

12 Cool! Can I see?

Oh sweet everything. This! /This./ I've had my notebooks stolen by teachers and other students. Guys, I appreciate the interest and all but, I have personal stuff in there. You don't know what you're going to find in there. Anatomy practice is a thing. You don't know what else is hidden among the pages, that I don't want people seeing either.

It's fine if they wait for an answer but if they just take my sketchbook before I respond I will hate them. I feel like people who get mad at people who ask politely are just being rude.

Goodness, I despise it when people ask to look through my art! I promise you, you will only see the weird, terrible things I draw when inspiration doesn't quite work out right, and its embarrassing! Stahppp!

13 Is that anime?

I got mad when someone asked me this so I asked them to show me of an example of how it looked like anime and they called me over sensative and stormed off.

Yes, it's a mistake.

Anime is a joke

14 I think __would inspire you.

Okay, I get it. Just because I can do it myself does not mean I want to see other people who do it. Can I just skip the autobiography of (famous/negligible artist name), or do I need to act inspired?

Why not? They give you ideas and ways to improve. If you care about being the best artist you can be, you should capitalize on every opportunity you get

15 You're such a great drawer

Thanks, I'm not even being sarcastic right now.

I am not a furniture

16 You're wasting you're potential by only drawing cartoons!

No, I'm not. Drawing cartoons can be hard too. Not all cartoons are simple designed characters like Mickey Mouse. Some cartoon characters are pretty difficult to draw because of the complex design.

Maybe cartooning is what I want to do in life Karen. So please, respect my drip and let me to continue to make characters for my imaginary show.

I like drawing cartoons, okay?

17 I want you to draw me ________ right now!

No, I don't want to, because this compels me to meet your standards which are not the same as mine. I am not a mind reader and therefore can not and will not make you a request.

Do it yourself

18 “I can’t even draw a stick figure!”

I KNOW you can draw a stick figure. Don't tell me you can't, you're just not trying. You try to be flattering but frankly it's just annoying. Saying this is not a compliment.

That's so annoying. It's always either you can and are such saying that to try and "boost me up", exaggerating greatly, or not even trying to draw.

, I get this all the time and it gets so annoying.

19 Drawing anime and cartoons are for kids. Try something more artistic and original

I just hate it when they ask me to draw like Picasso or try to make me draw nature or real people just because they think manga is for kids. I'm not drawing for them anyway, I'm doing it because I enjoy it.

Artist can draws whatever they want,
not eyeryone has same artstyles like Sakimichan or other artist who's can draws realistic.

20 Try doing something that actually contributes to society and makes the world a slightly better place.

Am I the president now?

21 That looks weird!

Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's weird. Every art is art, not bad art nor good art. It's all art and it doesn't matter what you think?

Ok, just because I didn't draw it the way YOU like it, that doesn't mean you can say it's weird. Go draw Somthing you like if you think mine's so weird.

22 Is that you?

I had made many self portraits and some people have the nerve to say: "Is that you? ". No! It's Madonna! They are so rude. Oh, and then,? when I reply yes it's me, they say: "It doesn't look like you ".

23 Digital art is not real art

If you think digital art is not real art, you can go shove your head down a toilet to refresh your brain please

24 Can I look in your sketchbook?

With all due respect, my sketchbook is the equivalent of a diary, not a blog. That's not to say I won't share some of my sketches, but for the most part, I just don't want to.

Just a quick side note, I DO feel confident about my art. It's just that sometimes, I feel awkward sharing my drawings with certain people. Friends are an exception, though.

For those of you who ALWAYS carry a sketchbook, You will probably hear people asking you what you'r drawing or if they can look in you'r sketchbook, they should understand that you can't answer 50 questions at once!

Person: can I see your sketchbook?
Me: you asking for a death wish?

25 So, what is it?

Ummm I don't know, a face... IT IS ART it can be whatever you want because its an abstract drawing and art doesn't need a meaning to it even if it is just a blob of paint

It's ART, what else could it be?

by the way some people literally look at my painting and go "what is that?" Like in a rude tone.

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