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It happens often. I will go to my inbox and see a journal post or reply from some poor artist here at DA, saying that their parents (most often) or other loved ones think that art is a waste of time and there will never be any money in it.

It always echoes what I heard growing up. And it always made me angry.

You don't have to work in a factory or mill, and you don't have to have a high rise office to make money. There are millions of other jobs in this world that do pay - and pay well. Someone designs ketchup commercials. Someone paints Christmas cards. Someone, somewhere, molds model horses. (Kathleen Moody, anyone?) And guess what? They get paid for it.

I won't waggle a finger at anyone's parents. It's not my place. But it is infinitely sad to see those that are responsible for nurturing and development stifle what could be a great and talented artist.

As I've said many times, non-art folks just don't seem to understand, for the most part. I won't say all. Some do. Most don't. How many times have you run in to this? You spend hours and hours working on a gift for someone and they open it, and they get that characteristic "eww, I don't like this" frown for a moment and you get the vapid "thank you" from between clenched teeth? Shame on them, and I'll tell you why.

I love history. I study it all the time. I love the history channel. Do you know what it taught me? It taught me what endures and stands the test of time. What do we have left, today, of the ancient great civilizations? Well, we'd have a lot more of their literature if it weren't for an ancient fire, but we do have their literature, their teachings, relics, architecture, and - guess what? Art. It teaches us about their value and their culture, and it teaches us how they viewed the world. Historians consider it extremely important. They can trace the entire history of art back to stone-aged man. Written language only goes back as far as the hieratic, cuneiform and hieroglyphics. This tells us that as human beings, as a world and as culture, that art is far, far more important than some would like to believe. Pity them. They may love you and want what is best for you, but they have a lack of perspective most likely resulting in a lack of higher education - or they weren't listening in college Western Civilization, which is a fascinating course in any school.

Art is important, fellow artists. It is very, very important. It defines us and our society. It tells others what we listen to, what we think like, how we grow and how we perceive. It is a higher calling of a higher nature. We bring true emotion to our world, and we bring beauty, perspective, and thought. If you can get one person to think about something with one of your pieces, then you have achieved your calling.

We should be the harbingers of humanity, treated with respect and appreciation. But, as you already know, most often we are not. Consider this, then... I can almost guarantee that every artist here on DeviantArt has gone through the same thing at some point. We all understand. Here then, we are among our true peers, and those that know what it means to be an artist in today's world. Find comfort here, and whatever you do, don't stop drawing.

-Sherece
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hhorseACE Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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CircaColette Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the comforting words. Rest in Peace.
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Slayer-1412 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Too true... :happycry:
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simplytresca Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Only a pawful people care about my art: my Granny, my boyfriend, and two of my three friends. Everyone else, namely my dad, stopped caring moons ago.

There are so many people that I wish could see this.
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Too-Young-To-Fall Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Goodness... simply reading this has inspired me on so many levels; I so wish I could've had the chance to talk to you before you passed. I know we would have gotten along splendidly...
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Dragon2007 Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
It is so sad i wish you never got in that car accident you where such a nice person i will miss you so much.
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MuffinsAreFugly Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009   Digital Artist
Amazing and very well said. It's so true about the parents part :(
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ScaleBound Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
I totally agree with this, I had the same problems. Very great article, finally someone understands us. ^^
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sugabear Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I now work in a factory and have no time to pursue my real passion in life..Photography. I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks.
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arcadia-the-lich Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful words of inspiration.r.i.p :heart:
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Kovitlac Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the point you made about hieroglyphics and cuneiform not dating back as far as stone age art. I never thought about it like that before.

Thankfully, my mother is a graphic designer and my father, even though he's a math/science guy and couldn't draw a straight line with a ruler, still encourages me to be the artist I want to be.
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iv3rs0n-0003 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
I have never seen anybody talk about art , and its importance in that kind of way . :clap:
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timidhope Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
I hate how my parents encouraged me to draw all my life and they told me how good I was..

And then they tell me I was just wasting time... and that I was stupid... That I should stop. They told me how manga/anime was so stupid. I practiced other styles. But they insisted it was stupid..

I continue to draw... but art doesn't seem to have that same depth and emotion anymore... This is the kick in the head a lot of us would need.
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ceara Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm very lucky in that most of my family, particularly my parents, love art. They treasure every piece or art I've ever given them.
On the other hand, I've got a sister who once tried to stop me from doing art, saying that it was a maladaptive past-time. WTF? It was pretty crushing and mean.
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ArabianSpirit Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
Here, here! :heart:
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caiterprince Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:glomp: So right, meh dear. :nod: Very wonderful article. Inspiration for all.
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Spirit-of-Cavalia Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Well said!:clap: Very true.
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Mana16 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Great article, very true in many ways. I'm taking a gap year 2008 in order to decide to continue with art or take an English degree. Its a hard choice, my mum isn't too bad but my Dad and Uncle may think of it as a waste of time and money to take a degree art course. The problem is i get high grades in everything (except languages), would art be a waste of my academic achievements? I am good enough to pursue a career in art?
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DancesWithHorses Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
Those are questions that only you can answer... and ultimately, the choice of what you want to do with your life is entirely up to you. Do what you love and what you enjoy, and your academic achievements can only serve to help you in your chosen career.
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Dracofangxxx Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderfully beautiful "last" words... again, i hope you're happy... wherever you are... i hope you find peace in somewhere we cannot travel to quite yet. I would have loved to meet you and talk to you... you seemed like a great person that should never have died so soon... it is true, the good die young as it seems... it must mean that god missed you too much and couldn't stand being away from you. I hope if you ever meet my grandma that you become close to her... you remind me of her...
With lots of love and admiration for someone so strong...
-Shelby Chalker; lover, writer, artist
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Dragon2007 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
thse are her last words on here :blackrose: R.I.P.
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Zayda Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Student Writer
I read that one of the two genes that designate human intelligence so far isolated in our genome came around only with the origin of art and music (the other came about with language).

Kudos to you.
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deejaybunny12 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Well said :nod:
If you think art doesn't pay...then look up how much money a senior artist at Hallmark makes :giggle:

PS: History Channel rules (I had to put that in) =D Modern Marvels, anyone?
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zerocomplex Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Professional Photographer
Art should not be the messanger though, imagination is what shapes society, not a title and canvas. Sometimes words seem to bog down what is really missing or needed.

Nice to read this article. :)
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Dreamingdreams Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with you. It is wrong for them to view life like that. And I know a lot of them that view art and everything like that.
But as long as you are happy doing what you are doing should be the most important thing to them. But all they think is you will strave and it's not worth it. When infact it really is important that we at least try to do what we love. Yeah we might have to find another side job to support us. But as long as we still get to do what we love is the main thing. And who knows we might become famous or do something really amazing. They can never tell.
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Horsesnhurricanes Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Awesome! You submitted it!! :w00t:
I agree with everything, and shall :+fav: this article :nod:

Just remember what happened to Hitler...
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VisionizedArt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007   Digital Artist
I couldnt agree with you more!, altough im just starting, i wanna go to an art school, another reason why your right, howcome a whole artschool if it doesnt have any money in it >.<, Ok my point being, you are just right!
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WolvenYoukai Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true, half my family says "Don't waste your life on such poor costs as art."
and the other half says "You do as you choose Amy, its your life."

...it does get frustrating also when no one believes you could do anything in a musical career to.... *cries*
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Dragon2007 Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Are you kidding me i picked a guitar one day and now look i am in a death metal band and also creating my own album art do what YOU want do not let anybody talk down to you ;o)
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WolvenYoukai Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks
I'm going my way.
Now the only problem is finding people to start a band ;)
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Dragon2007 Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
This is simple if you have a myspace advertising its how i got mine all started up :D and then we became really good friends with a band called dethklok ;o)
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WolvenYoukai Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats awesome
Once I get my life into shape, with school and stuff.
I'll probably advertise like ya said.
It'd be pretty awesome.
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Queen-Duck Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
What kind of music?

Music is still a passion of mine, though I don't get to play as often as I'd like:(
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WolvenYoukai Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Jrock, heavey metal
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Queen-Duck Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome:)
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thetani Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Student General Artist
Nice article, it resonates.
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YOB Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
one of the saddest times in my life was when an admired art teacher told me that I cannot draw, that my lines weren’t strong enough and that I didn’t shadow enough, it hurt me deeply that someone who I thought at that point in my life was the greatest artist out, told me I sucked at something I love.
A good friend of mine suggested that we swap an art project and see what happens, and while I got my normal 22% on my test my friend got a nice round 100% and a pat on the back, we never mentioned it to the teacher but the entire class knew.

As a result for a long time after that I had no confidence in my art or myself, and it’s only just lately that I'm beginning to regain confidence to believe that I can draw anything. :D
anybody who pushes any kind of talent down needs a serious talking to, to tell a child who see's adults as the answer to everything and takes in words like the gospel. That they are, stupid, lacking in talent, or any other stupid thing like that can have serious affects on the mental growth, we as people spend more time at school growing up then we do growing up at home.
It’s taken a very long time to outgrow what happened to me at school.
Without art there is no culture, no growth, and overall boring look to our books and world :D
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PhantomWolf-Link Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
You rock dude. Totally took the words out of my mouth.

Yah, my parents think its 'cool' when I do a piece of art, but I can tell they don't really appreciate it for what it is.

My dad is always telling me not to get to attatched to dA, but I can't help it! Everyone here understands me as an artist because they're all artists too! I love seeing comments from people who like my art, and I love commenting on other people's art.

Ok, so my art isn't the as good as you, or the one artist I totally idolize (*PearlEden), but still! It's my art, and I love it the way it is.
So, thank you so much for posting this newsletter, because it will show the people on dA that only look at our art that we are not just doodlists that love to paint by number.

~PhantomWolf
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Herald-Mage-Robin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Wonderful article, if a bit arrogant. But then, I understand.

Here's a little anecdote of mine on the subject (or it would be little if I didn't enjoy writing so much): My father and his mother are both talented artists, but neither one was ever able to make much profit off of their work. Though my father encouraged my artistic side, he advised me not to view art as a profession. I turned to other interests instead - science and animal care - but I was very uncertain. Sure, those choices fascinated me, but I honestly had very little confidence in my own potential in those areas. My skills lay in story-telling and art.

After we graduated from college together, my best friend - who had started out uninterested in art but learned to love it and catch up with my own level of skill very quickly - enrolled in the Art Institute of Portland, choosing to major in animation.
This left me even more uncertain about my own choices, until one day almost a year later, my father witnessed me working on a piece of art in photoshop. Suddenly, he said, "you know, maybe you should seek a profession in art after all..."
He likes to describe the way my face lit up when I turned to look at him.
I am now reaching the end of my first term at the Art Institute, living in the same apartment as my best friend. We are both very excited by the direction our lives are going right now.
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ArtbySandiJohnson Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
not arrogant, just strong and sure...and a little outraged
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Herald-Mage-Robin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Fair enough. It wasn't really an accusation. I'd be a hypocrite if I'd meant it as a real criticism. ^_~
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ArtbySandiJohnson Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I didn't really think you meant it as an accusation, as that it wasn't quite the word you were searching for....she has some neat comments
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Lynne-Abley-Burton Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
You are so right Sherece - well said x
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MichiTheThird Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
*sniffle* T-T You're so right! Thanks for the reminder. Helps me keep my head held high.
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