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?

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.

Don't move at all for three hours, then sure. This is by far the most common one. Especially annoying when I was younger and couldn't draw humans. I get the inclination, but just... don't say it. - keycha1n

No, I am NOT drawing you unless I feel like it, and even then, you probably won't get to see it. If you want me to draw you, pay me, and then I'll go about doing so, but I ain't handing it out for free. The stuff I use and the paper I draw on is a lot more expensive then you'd think... I just like drawing random things, but that doesn't mean I'm a 24/7 free art giver.

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2 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.

This isn't true. There are many famous artists who are still alive. - RockFashionista

True for some but not for all - bobbythebrony

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3 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

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

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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

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

I'll tell you how: practice, patience, and skill.

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.

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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.

You don't want people to be happy, do you?

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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

Art isn't just a hobby.. It can be your imagination.-Vestalis

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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 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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10 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.

The Newcomers

? Do you take criticism?

The Contenders

11 I can draw the same thing.

Sure you can - Songsta41

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

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.

Understandble, but still annoying. ESPIACIALLY IF I HAVE ALREADY DRAWN SOME CLOTHES (Sorry for my poor English)

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?

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 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.

15 You're such a great drawer

Thanks for calling me a piece if furtinute

16 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”

17 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.

18 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

19 Can you make me a tattoo?
20 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.

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1. Artists only get famous after they die.
2. Can you draw me?
3. You're going to be poor.
1. You're going to be poor.
2. Artists only get famous after they die.
3. Can you draw me?
1. Can you draw me?
2. Do you draw realistically?
3. You're going to be poor.



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