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Postby You » Wed Dec 25, 2013 6:49 pm

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Subject title: How do people around you react to your art?

Like your family and friends and other people you know. How do they react to your art or to your interest in art? Do they support you?


Postby Nysta » Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:40 pm

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Hm.. overall they do support me. My dad is the one that is least supportive(he thinks you can't make a living off of it or I'm not doing the right thing, something along those lines). My brother, his gf and my mother check up on whatever I've drawn pretty regularly. I think I couldn't really wish for more support, yet I still feel like I want some people from outside of that group to comment positively on what I do.. well I've got that like two times(lifetime) xD

Was this what you meant? And how about you?


Postby Idan » Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:38 pm

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Everybody is kind of supportive and wishes me luck in making my dreams come true and such things. And they are always like "aww, that's pretty!" or "wow, <myrealname>!" or "could you pleaaaase draw X for me?" when I feel that most of my works is aweful and not worth anybody's attention. But well, I have no reasons to complain, it's great that they don't say "you'd better go study law/medicine/whatsoever".
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Postby You » Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:02 pm

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@nysta yes that's it.
it's interesting to hear both your stories. My situatuion is a bit different. My parents don't want me to pursue fine art as a career(they think I should be an architect), and they make it very clear. My family only gets interested in my drawings when I'm doing a portrait or when I'm drawing still lives, they don't care when I draw from imagination. Actually when they see my imagination drawings they say stuff like "you only naked girls all the time" (they say that even when I draw guys). I feel like my youger sister wants to support me but she also cares only about my portaratis and still lives. Before she used to look at my imagination ones and she would always criticize on how I should study real anatomy and not from manga, how the girls I drew had silicon breasts but she's stopped doing that since 2 years ago. I don't usually talk about drawing with my friends but they are supportive, they do ask me for drawings rarely. I wish I had a friend who's into art.


Postby Nysta » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:02 pm

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Well.. I do only know people from the internet and I don't quite know if I should consider them friends or not xD So yeah, I know what you mean.


Postby virtueone » Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:12 pm

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I live in an area that doesn't really support art. Its very strange/ironic, because we are all bombarded by commercial artwork, yet most people around me don't "get it" - art is just something that "exists" - they don't realize how integral artists are in everything... movies, games, apparel, advertising, etc. My parents would often describe me to people as someone "creative who can draw good" but it was never taken seriously. I think its a shame that artists aren't better understood or more appreciated. I've shown drawings to people where their reaction is just, "Ok.", like they don't even understand what I'm showing them, it might as well be a random picture in a magazine or whatever, like I said, the art is just something that's "there". Know what I mean? That's just the broad impression I get from most folks around me, but fortunately I have received good feedback and support from some of my closest family and friends. :)


Postby AlphaPetra » Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:16 pm

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My parents support me in what I want to do, but they don't give a single crap about my drawings xD and about drawing in general actually, they really aren't interested in art/design/..
But I am very very very thankful to them because they let me do what I want to do, they support me in it, and they pay my school.
And my family (cousins, aunts and uncles) also supports me :)

Actually I have only 1 friend who is interested in what I do, and he's not even into art. While everybody in my class is baaaarely interested in it, don't work ... I'm pretty sure that if I asked "which artists/designers do you like ?" they couldn't even answer. That's pathetic (but that's not what we're talking about, sorry ^^')


Postby Ambiguity » Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:39 am

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I think my parents would be happy for me to do anything at my age lol, but yeah, they are quite supportive. I feel like everyone in general is being more genuine when they say they like something I've done now as opposed to past experiences, especially my mother, she seems more enthusiastic about her praise, and she'll flat out tell me when she thinks something looks wrong instead of just saying it looks good to spare my feelings like she used to. I don't really have anyone I'd consider a real friend or people I hang out with on a regular basis besides my family, so I can't comment on how non-relatives react to my work.


Postby Spacecookie » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:25 pm

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I usually get the positive statements about the art I produce, and yet people don't really see it as anything but frivolous calling it stuff like 'arty-farty', despite wanting me to draw their family pet or something...

I spend hours, and even days of my life producing a single portrait, and then people forget all the skill, time and energy it takes to draw that well. People seem quite conflicted, and don't seem to remember that they can't draw and produce anything like the stuff that I can, yet they still want me to produce things for free, while saying how pointless art is, and yet the picture I just drew of their dog is so wonderful, and they wish they could draw like that, etc... I'm sure a lot of people have the memory of a goldfish.

For work this good, you get a discount rate of $15(£10) per hour, b1&@=3s!!

This I charged £5 (friend's fee) per hour for, stopping at just gone 10 hours: ... y-66266285
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They were both appreciated, and I was thanked appropriately for :)


Postby marvel57 » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:50 pm

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Yeah-I'm surprised this topic came up at the same time I was feeling down. Similarly,i have zero contact locally with other artists. It takes comraderie and friendly competition for me to stay motivated, but have none. My son says I would have to spend about$550 to have a computer /camera /scanner to post on sycra easily,and it's hard to justify that cost. So, shat! :ugeek:


Postby hainoki » Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:07 pm

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Let's see... My ma and da are pretty supportive, they've bought me sketchbooks and a tablet so that I can pursue this, ma always seems to compliment my work, though she doesn't excactly see what I draw most of the time. Can't complain though, they aren't yelling at me to go to law school - which I'm grateful for, I wouldn't be able to stand such a "rules and regulations" sort of job like that. As for friends, they're all super supportive and love to see what I draw - mostly, I think, because the majority of my friends are deeply into anime and manga, I've also managed to get them into my original series so they love seeing drawings of my original characters and such. My best friend is a great artist as well and we often sort of teach and support each other in our art and such. We even, at one point, started a sort of non-serious comic/manga together which we worked on together for over a year, taking turns drawing sections of the comic and each other's characters. I've actually gotten a lot of artist ideas from her and my other friends, they are avidly involved in my creative process. I'm so thankful that my friends and family are so supportive, I'm luckier than most, I think.

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Postby RenRen » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:38 pm

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My mom is really supportive and is really proud of me, she shares everything I do on facebook. My boyfriend thinks everything I do is fine as well. Other people around me always want something for free or less, haha. But that's the case in every bussiness. "Free website plz" "Take a look at my wonky computer plz" "What, 100 for a painting, I can't afford that". That ticks me off.

But overall people support me.
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Postby Dream » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:00 pm

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Very few people have seen my art and practically no one commented anything about it. Of the few people that did none were particularly noticeable exceptions, just the usual "Wow, that's nice!" or "How great!" and such politeness. My parents seem to like it and consider it somewhat good but that's about it. Neithr my Professor or my classmates in art class made any particular comment aside from one guy saying it was awesome and another saying it was pretty okI make no particular effort to show anyone my art and don't see a reason to atm.

Overall people are supportive but mostly indifferent.
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Postby herasux » Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:45 am

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I've showed my mom my art a few times throughout the years as well as some friends and family. My mom says that I can draw and be an artist "later" as a secondary thing. I don't think she sees it as a "real job" or a "well paying" job, and would prefer it if I was doing something in the medical field and drawing on my own time. Any family members who see my little anime drawings think it's "good" and that I draw well, but I know that it's not really all that great.
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Postby Williham24 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:10 am

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It's quite interesting to read all your guys stories, because I'm in a weird situation. Thankfully my parents are pretty supportive (especially my mum, she wanted to go to art school, but her mum would t let her and made her go to do law), but I'm the only person in my family and extended family (so far) not to be doing/have done an academic subject ie law, medicine, science etc. My school also kinda sucks. It's not a specialist art college or anything, but no one in the senior management could give two shits about the art department, or supporting people who want to go to art school etc, they sort of just brush us under the rug, so to speak. So it's kinda weird. I'm the odd one out I my family, but I'm supported, but by my family, not the school.
As for what people say when they see it, my mums pretty good because she is sort of an artist (despite doing law), so she tells me when she thinks something's wrong, and she used to help me a lot, to be honest it's probably because of her I'm where I am now. The rest of my family seem to think I'm alright, although I'm not sure they really get what I m doing haha. People at school are also pretty positive. One of my art teachers doesn't really care unless you ask a question (and even then he often doesn't haha) but one of the others is really good because she tells you what's wrong etc. Luckily I have quite a lot of artist friends at school, so we all help each other out, but I don't really have any in my close friendship group, so unpeg of the time I don't really have anyone to talk about my art with
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Postby Phanto » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:24 am

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For me, it's been, sorta neutral and positive. My mother and father don't really mind, and they often seem surprised to see my drawings. I feel like part of that is from my older brother working on his music (I think he's redoing an EP at the moment). I have a small circle of friends that are able to help me progress through critique, one of which is an art student that's ahead of me in terms of education so we kinda work off of each other. Back in high school, my art teachers would compliment me and point out things I could do to improve, which was nice.

Other than that I tend to get skipped over, and because I'm my own worst enemy, I tend to feel like I'm going at this whole thing alone. It's my own dang fault for being pretty wallflower-y though, so I'm trying to make more of an effort to get myself out there.
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Postby Argamenax » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:25 pm

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My family's reactions are usually ok. For my mother everything I draw looks perfect. I like when my father look at my drawings because he always try to read them an end with a lot of interpretatios and stories about the picture. My older brother is the only one who will say if something looks wrong for him or offer sugestions and I often take his ideas, and my little sister is very indifferent (nevertheless I'm trying to teach her).
The rest of my relatives rarely see my art, for them it seems like my drawing skills is choked by my violin playing (I don't blame them, violin is quite rare in my town).
At college (I just graduated in physics) my friends and professors also aknowledged me as an artist, but I never got any interesting reaction from anyone.

Although, everyone were really supportive to my art. My plans for this year was to teach physics in high school part time and draw on the rest of the day, but I kinda exchanged it for a really good opportunit of master's degree course.


Postby TheRainbowRose » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:32 pm

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My parents very much support my artistic side, especially with music (my family loves music and me and my brother are the only ones with any real skill in that area. When it comes to my visual art, they of course like it. Sometimes I feel like my mom is weary about it because I'm very good academically and she'd prefer me doing something relating to law, sciences, math, etc. But, it's become less potent nowadays.
What I don't like actually is that my family seems to like my art no matter what! I have some terrible art from two years ago and my mom wants to show it off all the time. For me now, it's very embarrassing and I really wish no one would see it. Also, I always want to share the art of people that inspire me, but everyone would rather oogle at my crappy old animu colored pencil drawings!
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Postby Mokuren » Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:23 pm

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I guess my family are pretty supportive. It feels as though their praise lacks something, i don't know. Their praises don't excite me. This might be because i am overly critical and focus on the mistakes so i ignore it to some degree. My brother kinda shrugs and says 'yeah it's alright', my sister likes to point out all of my flaws, my littler sister gets annoyed that she can never draw like me (so i avoid showing her) and my mum likes everything i do.

My stepdad didn't like me choosing a creative career and doesn't like the fact that me and two other siblings chose to study art. He said it's not normal for all the siblings to do the same thing.
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Postby Roger » Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:13 am

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It is hard to say at the moment. My mom will tell me that they are looking ok and I could get better but she also says it in a way she doesn't really mean it. I mean, its nice to hear it but without meaning behind it, idk, no point in saying it right?
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Postby marvel57 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:42 pm

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I think this forum , thanks to sycra and us, is our art community and as such fills the contact needs of artists for interaction with other like-minded individuals,,,,and that's a good thing :ugeek:


Postby Shiroi Akuma » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:05 pm

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My father bother me that I should search a job where I can draw.
So they are pretty supportive.
Although I don't want an art career.
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Postby Dream » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:20 am

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marvel57 wrote:I think this forum , thanks to sycra and us, is our art community and as such fills the contact needs of artists for interaction with other like-minded individuals,,,,and that's a good thing :ugeek:

Couldn't agree more.
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Postby fleur » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:56 pm

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It's interesting to hear what your guys' situation is!
When it comes to art, my family don't really understand it I guess. I'm expected to go into a good academic job so they've always considered it as a back-seat thing. They don't really praise my artwork, they're either indifferent or shocked. Not that they're not supportive of it as a hobby, it's just they've never really gone "wow thats great" or anything. Also, what I draw; the concepts seem weird to them? I don't know what they're expecting though.

As for the career thing and what my parents expect of me, I don't know myself whether I'd want to go into drawing and stuff.. thing is being so young is that I don't really know what I want to do yet, which is difficult because I don't know how much time to put into this sort of thing. For example, if I knew I wanted art as a career then I could draw all day everyday because I'd know where I'm heading if that makes sense?


Postby eev11 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:50 pm

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Most people around me just don't care, my brothers never even look at my drawings or ask about them, they barely ever get to see them.
My mom doesn't like the kind of art i make (she's religious) and my dad is quite supportive but pushes me to go to art school or something (and i'm not feeling that right now). I wouldn't say anyone is truly supportive.


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