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Postby PineapplePants » Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:53 am

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

"What is that? What is it supposed to be?" is the quote I hear most often from my mom


Postby Melty Cat » Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:35 pm

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Usually it's something like "OK, how much do I owe you". Non-clients tend to be all "draw me", or "oh I loved that guy in the thing" if it's fan art.

However, my family already knows that I do a lot of NSFW art and even my own mother is at peace with it.

Me one the phone with her: "Ay up."

Her: "Up to much?"

Me: "Just creating porn as always."

Her: "As always."

I can even leave up hentai sites that I'm submitting to when she visits without any weirdness. We tend to have a snicker at the stuff on it, to be honest.


Postby laurenhiya21 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:45 am

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I have gotten a few comments in my drawing class like "Wow, that's really good!" (especially when it's in response to my fabric stuff).

Other than that, I don't really get much feedback since I don't really show it off to many people irl haha.


Postby aikoonodera » Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:07 pm

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Everyone that matters is either supportive and neutral leaning towards positive, although my grandmother and my teachers from in high school REALLY wanted me in Psychology or Law.

My mother, however, is not very. She's one of the people that doesn't matter; she's been abusive all my life, so I'm inclined to discount her opinion. The reason she's not very supportive is because she thinks she's a better artist then me.
That's not an exaggeration; she's not super mentally well. Not in a "I need to be caring for her" way; more in a "pathological liar, views reality as 'whatever makes me look the best', permanent maturity level of a bratty preteen". I grew older then her, mentally, when she was still raising me. It wasn't pleasant.

Anyway, it's not that bad. My dad, who also is a little mentally unwell but due to repeat concussions and is still fairly high functioning, is incredibly supportive. He's always been an awesome parent.
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Postby LouIT » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:03 am

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I get the most interesting reactions from my figure drawing. My family is way conservative.


Postby DarkLored123 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:52 am

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I don't have more than 4 friends and people I talk to regularly aren't always considered as a friend to me, but I did show some of my drawings to my friend and he liked it but was honest with the critique, my parents however support it as a hobby and say that I draw nice but they really want me to go to the medical field which is kind of frustrating to deal with at times. I do plan to go to the medical field however so I can support my future plans and make my dream come true financially :)


Postby AlanDjayce » Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:50 pm

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Ambiguity wrote:
azarga wrote:Initially almost everyone was quite negative about my interest in drawing, because it is... in general "for women".

Lol, that's a new one. I thought it was traditionally just "for men", hasn't anyone seen Big Eyes?

I think it's, but on the same way cooking is.
Common sense says it's a "woman thing" to anything remotly related to self-expression, but the moment it becomes a profession, then it's a man area.

Like that scene when the husband puts her paintings on the same level as their children doodles to separate the art he gets credit as "real art" and the art she gets credit as something lesser.


Postby AlanDjayce » Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:19 pm

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Mostly positive.
My mother didn't liked much when my art was Anime oriented, nowadays she is quite fond of it, asking drawings and stuff.

My father used to aks me a lot what where my intentions where with art and how would achieve that all the time.
I guess that fear every parent has that their child will never leave their house or something.
It stopped recently when i was accepted on a college. I will be a teacher if all things work out and teachers are rare and far between on Brazil right now - Most people with acess to higher education want something that gives money - so it's mostly certain that i will have a job.

My friends are cool with it. Most of them like comics so they are "hey, that's nice man" when the subject comes up.

People outside of my imediate family however seems bumed out that this is what i choose. I was that smart kid that grew up to be average, so they believe i could do better financeraly than being a artist. Or a teacher.

But as i said, mostly positive.


Postby blankheART » Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:48 am

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well for my family they are quite supportive though they don't really see what i draw a lot , my dad see it only when he is passing on my room and others dont see it unless i show them , for friends and other people , if they can't draw then they think i'm talented XD and very very good , though im not that good hahahaha


Postby Xiphor » Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:25 pm

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Hmmm...well for one my brother thinks its kinda stupid that im not doing too many finished pieces and that all these small sketches im doing arent getting anywhere. My parents...are indifferent? They are kinda reluctant about me pursuing it since its so competitive and all the stories of starving artists and not finding jobs. So they want me to have a backup plan just in case, which im doing. Friends...well...most of my friends dont draw and the ones that do only do fanart. Also they dont really see much of my art, actually most people dont see my art at all except on here. But idk, they are kinda indifferent whenever they do see my art. Some really close friends do see it, like the recent character design i did for Xiphor(a character of mine) got a pretty nice reaction since they liked the clothing design he had.


Postby KngReingay » Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:45 am

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Usually my friends love it and think I should do it professionally and stuff. I know i'm no where near a pros level but compared to their own skill they say that. They're supportive af though which is great and is what made me actualy try and go for the pro thing. Baby steps for now though.


Postby Seorabol » Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:01 pm

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I'm in a unique situation since part of my family has successful careers in art. My dad is a landscape architect and my grandmom is a painter and teaches classes sometimes. So my family doesn't believe that art isn't a well-paying job or can't be successful because we have such strong examples. My family has always liked my art and are never hesitant to get me pens or paints that I need. They like what I do, especially my dad. Every time I show them something it's basically "Wow, you're getting even better!" or "Wow, that one turned out great." My grandmom is more objective towards my art and will give me tips on anatomy and construction more often. She also really, really wants to teach me color theory. I haven't discussed art school or anything with my parents, but I know they're pretty resistant to me going to school out of state, which is what I want most of all. I'd really like to meet new people and better artists. Also they seem to push me towards science and math more, since that's what I like and obsess over, but I feel like going into a science field is too structured and objective for me. I need to be creative. I'm still young, though. There's probably jobs I haven't even heard of that are perfect for me.
People around me, like friends and teachers, seem to like what I'm doing. I get a few passing comments every day and my parents are often asking me to show my sketches to their friends. It's a bit embarrassing really.
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Postby NateTheSugoi » Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:38 pm

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My family supports me in my decision to pursue art (animation specifically) which is a huge relief to be honest. My dad was actually the one to be like, "Just do it!" The way he phrased it was something like, "It's not like you're gonna go do drugs or something. It's a cool career and you've worked hard to get this far so you should just go for it." I don't have many irl friends, I think 1 does art sometimes...
Outside of family and friends, I drew some crappy cars and aircraft for some kids the other day. Their reactions honestly make it all worthwhile. As soon as you start to put marks down, they stare in amazement and can't look away. It was just simple trucks and whatnot yet to them it was like I was working some magic. They even went and got crayons and paper and started to draw too :D I'll take that any day.


Postby Josephcow » Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:38 pm

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People will look at my art and say 'that's good!' or 'i like it!' or 'youre a good artist.' and then look away. So people think I am a technically good artist, and yet I know I am not. Someday I hope I can make works that actually grab people's attention, things that people will fall in love with looking at. Until then, I feel like i'm stuck with people just thinking 'better than I could do, so not going to criticize'. especially my classmates.

Anyone else in this awkward position?


Postby Shishi02 » Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:52 am

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My parents doesn't support my anime style even before I realised my art doesn't follow the fundamentals. They prefer realistic or my own style. My friends however support whatever the style I have.

I wanted my arts to support the plots that I am making for novel/manga. I cannot see the future since I stopped imagining things but I am excited that I am on the right path and one day my plots will catch up with me.

About giving my Skype friends giving honest feedback on their art... I actually don't know. People say oh it's good art but never told me what's wrong is just wrong right? But I don't know how to speak it. Maybe I need to do one on one talk with them and ask if they want my help to improve or not.


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