Top Ten Things Artists Are 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?

"Wait, are you just asking or ACTUALLY begging me to draw you? I can, of course. But, the thing is, I can't just cast a spell and "abracadabra there's your face on the paper". Art takes time, dedication, mind, techniques, and patience. So please, don't say this if you're just going to make a small talk to an artist because that's just annoyed our mind (sorry, no intention for being rude. But it's true). At least, say something like "I like your drawing" or "Keep up! ". It's really help us boost our mood when drawing.

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. - Supernatural

No, I don't want to draw you. Please understand this. Listen, if you want me to draw you, give me some cash, and a photo of yourself. I can barely draw realism, please DON'T assume I can just draw you perfectly. Please guys. Just. Stop. I enjoy drawing, let me enjoy it. If I agree to draw you, don't move either. With you bouncing all around, it's nearly impossible. So please guys. Just think before you ask. Especially if I barely know you.

When someone says can you draw me?
okay I guess
Also me:

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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. - keycha1n

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!

Art opens up thousands of careers these days. - Turkeyasylum

I hate this it pisses me off so much!

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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. - keycha1n

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

True for some but not for all - bobbythebrony

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

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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.

This is for all my anime and cartoonists. You know what I'm talking about. - keycha1n

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

My art is cartoony with bright colors. I don't like drawing realistically

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5 Can you teach me how to draw?

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. - keycha1n

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.

That is one of the most aggravating things that someone could possibly ask.

It takes time, mate. That’ll be $50 per session. - AlphaQ

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6 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. - PositronWildhawk

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. - keycha1n

So I should throw out the happy future years of my life, make my parents very unhappy, go get a cubicle office job and listen to people whine about how they can't do anything, get depression, and die unhappy.

Like beating you up? Okay… - AlphaQ

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7 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". - keycha1n

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. - ToptenPizza

I get this, but with guitar. If I tell them music is my dream, they just say "a lot of kids say that, just keep it as a hobby". It pisses me off - gemcloben

That's what my mom says to me about singing. I don't wanna be a doctor or something, I would want to do something I enjoy.

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8 Art is pointless

Then the creation of things is pointless too. Just like music and movies, a picture can move you. Speak to you. Tell a story. Make your jaw drop and fascinate you. Hardly pointless. - keycha1n

Hey buddy, you're surrounded by arts. - Delgia2k

It infurates me when people say that. It's like walking up to someone and saying "Yo, I don't work in your field of work and I don't know anything about how you work but, I just want to say that it's pointless and you're wasting your life away."

Art is my life aside from my dream of becoming a paleontologist posted by anyahbear 😊👧 please like

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9 I have a ___ who's a REALLY good artist.

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! - keycha1n

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.

10 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.

NOW DRAW ME FIVE CATS? LIKE THE Japanese KIND! KAWAII1! *draws Japanese bobcat (Which are fabulous by the way) * Please use the correct terminology if you know my shtick is realistic cats

"May I look through your art? " and then someone immediately snatches my sketchbook only to find all of the anatomy practice and vents. ( Excuse my English )

I really don't mind if someone asks me that. - IcetailofWishClan

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The Contenders

11 I can draw the same thing.

Then stop bugging me for free art

Why the heck are you bothering me then?

Sure you can - Songsta41

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

I draw the outline of a naked person, then I draw the clothes.

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)

Yeeess I get that a LOT. I'm just doing anatomy bro.

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?

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13 Is that anime?

No. Just because I draw anime a few times does not mean that I draw them all the time, my art is sort of on the realistic side. Also I hate when people can cleay see that it is a human face in real life and ask "Is that anime" NO FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS GREAT NO. How dumb can a person be?

Anime is a joke

Yes, it's a mistake.

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.

14 You're wasting you're potential by only drawing cartoons!
15 You're such a great drawer

Thanks for calling me a piece if furtinute

Thanks, I’m not even being sarcastic right now. - AlphaQ

16 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 “.

17 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 - Songsta41

18 Hey, you're an artist

This comes before someone asks you to do something that they and, especially you, do not want to do.

This happens to me a lot. And I really hate it.

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

€I’ll say the same thing to you and serve this lovely steak on a nice silver platter with a few ‘Go-****-yourself’ shrimps, sautéed with ‘slap across the face’ spiced wine”

20 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.

21 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.

22 Can I look in your sketchbook?

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?

Anyone who touches my sketchbook is asking to get slapped.

23 Can you make me a tattoo?

Sure, I do tattoos too, and so does my cousin, he was the one who gave me the few tattoos. - AlphaQ

24 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

25 “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.

26 Can you color inside the lines on a coloring book

Hmm, nope. I can't draw, but it's almost impossible to color inside the lines with those huge crayons. - Merilille

Art is all about coloring outside them. - keycha1n

27 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.

28 You did that wrong, try doing this instead...

I don't think this should even be on the list... As an artist, you should always take the other person's opinion as a compliment or as something that could improve your drawings and/or paintings. Of course, it's not very nice if the person says that it is wrong but otherwise, suggest them to show you on another piece of paper. Teachers most likely won't say that but if they do, just tell them that it is not wrong, it is just different and only requires to be adjusted than replaced.

Well, even if I did mess up it doesn't mean that you get to tell me how to fix my mistakes. Also, maybe it's supposed to look like that. You don't know my style.

29 Stop drawing! It's distracting!

Stop talking to me! It's distracting!

I hear this from my English teacher way too often. I'm like, "Why can't I express my creativity when I'm completely caught up in other classes as well as yours? It'd be better than doing a whole lot of nothing."

Why can't teachers just be supportive of our love of art and not put us down by saying that it's distracting?

30 Do you take criticism?
31 Can you give me one of your drawings?

U mm...No thanks.Unless you gonna pay for them.I'm not going to put in all the detail and effort just to give it away because you want it.Print some out.If you ain't payin' me the NO.Dang..

32 Are you depressed?

Just because I'm drawing a crying eye does not mean I am depressed.

Okay I like draw draw gloomy things, but that does not mean I am depressed. I just like the way it looks okay!

I suck at coloring ok

33 Can I upload this to my Instagram?

No, this is my work so you are not allowed to that. But even when I give you permission please credit my name.

I once left my sketches on the desk and some students from other class just took their phones out...took the pictures and went :I - Ananya

34 For mandala artists: That's so easy to draw its just lines and patterns

I cannot draw mandala art too hard for me but I love it


35 Mrs. _ from church wants to know if you can do a painting for her

And it's usually something you don't normally do, in a style you don't normally do.

36 Draw better

People always tell me this when they don't like my style

37 Can you draw me this exact piece of artwork?

No, I can't do that, because that's plagiarism, and I can get arrested for that. I can get a new idea if you want, that would be fair.

38 Oh you can draw? I can draw better

Okay, go draw, then, and leave me alone. Go brag about it to the whole school while you're at it.

39 You are so good! Can you draw me please?

For the millionth time. I DON'T WANT TO DRAW YOU ERIC.

40 Oh, I'm sure you're good at makeup, dying hair and nail art too!


41 Make more drawings for me or I won't be your fan anymore

I don't think I've ever met a person with such poor social skills. But I don't want to jinx it... - keycha1n

Wait aren't you the kind of chick who will eventually claim my stuff is yours?

People like this are what I call self-entitled viewers.

42 You should think of a new career!
43 You're a pretentious, overrated douchebag.
44 That's original!
45 Why do I need to pay money for it?

Because it takes lots of time and hard work, and is definitely NOT easy

46 Can you draw me having sex with *Insert character name*?

This annoys me because I don't like to draw sexual stuff and if I do work up the courage to draw them this they will say stuff like "SHE ISN'T HAWT ENOUGH" or "You didn't draw me correctly".

47 So, what's the point??

Oh you know, just to entertain myself.. FFS I draw to make money, it may be expensive but its time and effort and what I like to do so if you have a problem then ignore me.

48 You and (Name of other Artist here) are the same!

N E V E R EVER EVER compare an artist to another. It's incredibly rude and disrespectful to them.

I've had this happen to me and I hate it with a passion. Please learn how to talk to an artist.

49 Hey you know *insert artist name* is a better artist than you?

I get this question often and it happens to try and make me jealous or even if I admit that they are better then me the conversation becomes awkward ;-;

50 Let's talk about pencils!
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