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People often get the sense of being ignored in the art-scene, especially here online. We all try so hard to get our foot in the door, it's like trying to stuff yourself in an overfull bus like a sardine in a can.
Sometimes you just want to socialize with other artists you admire and you seem to be talking into a brick wall or perhaps you've send your portfolio to a company over a dozen times and still don't even seem to get the smallest response or feedback. I will try and tell you WHY you get ignored and HOW you can get noticed instead.

I will go through the following cases of being ignored:
:bulletgreen: Your comment.
:bulletgreen: Your art.
:bulletgreen: Your Portfolio.

:bulletyellow: Do know, that even though being ignored feels very personal it's hardly ever personal at all! 

:bulletblue: Your comment(s) gets ignored.

It happens ever so often. You notice an artwork or a discussion and you weigh in with your opinion or admiration, perhaps even some feedback? There is a whole list of reasons why you can get ignored in such cases. 
- Is your comment simply reconfirming what someone else already said? Either just post: I agree with "name" or don't comment at all, unless you got something new to add.
- Is your comment shorter than 4 words? When someone gets dozens of comments, they often have to pick which ones to reply to and which ones not to. The most insightful ones will be the ones that get a reply.
- Is you comment a whole essay? Everyone appreciated nice long comments... perhaps up to 10 sentences. Beyond that is usually TMTR (To much to read). So keep it within boundaries.
- In case of feedback, are you giving reasons and suggestions on improvement, or just simply naming the mistakes? Feedback only works when you're nice about it and are able to explain why and how they can do better.

Here is some tips for approaching artists you admire with a comment or note in a way that will make them reply:
:bulletorange: Don't idolize them to much. This will make them uncomfortable. It also seems like you put yourself below them in some way. We're all equals.. and we like to communicate as such.
:bulletorange: When you ask them questions you are basically asking them to spend some time for you to help you out. So in that case make sure you have given them something beforehand that gets you in their good graces. You're more likely to get help or answers when they feel like you're not just person nr 100 who wants something from them. 
:bulletorange: While it's perfectly fine for you to approach them as equals. They are not you best pal's (yet) so try and be normal and be careful with friendly jokes. 
:bulletorange: Don't talk smack about other artists as a way of befriending someone. Not everybody likes each other out there, but these are no opening topics. Basically don't ever talk smack.

:bulletorange: How to compliment an artist so that you totally rock!
Every nice comment is appreciated such as: Nice work, Great lighting, Awesome colors etc.
The only reply (if you even get one) would be: thank you! :)
A comment that rocks is build out if 3 parts.
Part 1: The main praise: Nice work, Awesome work, great work etc.
Part 2: The explanation: Your anatomy skills are outstanding, your lighting is done incredible, your storytelling is really compelling etc.
Part 3: The question! (this will make you get a reply) How did you train to get this good? How do you approach setting up the lighting in your work? Do you make thumbnails before getting to such an image? etc

So a good example would be:
"Amazing creature design! I thought these were totally adorable in the movie, their personality is so cute and devious at the same time. Did you do a lot of different variation sketches before getting to this one? I would love to see it if you're allowed to show."

Maleficent: Wallerbog Concept by michaelkutsche

:bulletblue: Your art gets ignored.

There is such a vast amount of artwork online it's like little shells on a beach. When you see them all laying there, even though they're all different and unique, you can't seem to linger on any one of them, until you see that bigger one with he rare shape. This basically means your work need to be different from others so that you stand out more. different how?
- Different topic.
- Different technique or medium.
- Different style.
- Or simply outstanding skill.
If you art gets ignored it doesn't mean it's bad art it simply means it's not rare enough. Making something that's truly admirable is hard. People that make admirable artwork more than once or twice get lucky and usually stay quite popular even if other work they post is of less significance, they already conquered the eye of the beholder. 

So when you post your artwork you do this with certain expectations. Will people like it? (In my opinion you should always make your personal artwork so that you personally like it, if other people do as well it's only a bonus) By asking yourself these questions you can discover if perhaps there are ways to improve your work so that maybe other people can appreciate it as you do

:bulletorange: Is it pleasing for the eye? Colors that don't work well together or the wrong use of values can really throw people off. As well as unclear compositions or a wobbly technique. (This takes a lot of practice to don't be to hard on yourself if you cannot manage that yet).
:bulletorange: Is it something that's not seen this way before? Let say you painted a viking warrior. there are plenty of versions out there where they are posing with an ax or sword, or screaming while going berserk. Usually incredibly muscular and wearing a helmet with horns. This is pretty cliche and on get's noticed when done with outstanding skills or done by an already popular artist.
Give him a different outfit design, perhaps he's not that crazy muscular. Set him in a different scene, maybe he's resting while polishing a spear-tip while enemies lurk from a distance.
- Alter the design.
- alter the situation/storytelling.
This would be ace! 
:bulletorange: Paint-styles is like fashion. Every season has it's own popular style/technique and this shifts now and then. So either totally own this technique while it's still popular or deviate from it by doing something unique and different. Now that is pretty hard
:bulletorange: Well done fan art. this always wins :D Basta! :D (And this one from Diablo 3 rocks in particular! The storytelling is really cool and I love seeing these heroes in a "after combat" situation)

What did The Witch Doctor say? by Qrumzsjem

:bulletblue: Your portfolio get's ignored.

Now this is one of the most annoying of all, especially if you rely on income through your art.
The same things apply here as they did with the reasons why your art get's ignored. But there is more.
:bulletorange: Is your portfolio showing to many different skills? (graphic design, concept art, illustration, 3D modeling, black belt karate and great swimmer etc. Simply adjust your portfolio depending on the client you send it too.
:bulletorange: Is your portfolio actually showing that you can bring something new to the table? If you have a concept art portfolio and you only show cliche things that look awesome but are not innovative companies are not likely going to hire you. concept art is not only about skill but mostly about ideas. Astonish them with your broad sense of imagination. 
:bulletorange: Always start with showing your best image. No text no nothing, just your best image. (Your CV should contain all the text. Portfolio should just be a few of your best images)

In fact here is a whole journal about making a good portfolio:
  Where to get started before you can apply for workThere is no such thing as suddenly knowing when you are ready to turn your
passion into your profession. But there is a way of measuring your chances on being
able to get work and eventually sustain a living from it.
Accepting commissions or freelance for low payment won't help you. You can think any penny counts, but it will lower the worth of your work and damage the market.
:bulletblue: How to measure that you are ready?
You probably have high goals, but they are usually not your first step. You must search out the clients who can be that first step. Often found in the card game industry, book cover illustrations and smaller game company's. 
Look at the artwork shown by a company such as the card game company: Fantasy Flight games. Compare your skills with the average of their artworks. If it matches yours, you will have a chance. However, keep in mind that those artworks had been done in a limited timeframe, usually within 12 hour

In the end, some people simply ignore you because of the lack of time or will to reply. This is yet again not something against you. Others simply don't see a reason why they would even have to reply (these are usually the people that don't really read the comments either but perhaps scroll through them a bit) they are not mean or evil, they simply have other priorities. :) (Like maybe making more art!)

Let me know if you have any questions or remarks. (Feel free to send me a Note about my grammar or English and I will gladly edit my mistakes.) 

All my other journals:
The 5 bullshit myths of concept art.Concept art is getting bigger and bigger. More people know what it is nowadays, it gets shown in the media more often and more books get released. This automatically results into more people wanting to become concept artists. So many artschools are now creating special courses all towards game art or concept art. (Game art can also include UI design, 3D modeling etc.).
Yet it is a fairly new thing to most people and the idea of "becoming a concept artist" has grown rapidly over such a short time that a lot of people who are new to it seem to get a lot of misguide info. I am going to try to list this misguided info and direct you to the correct info.
(Again I would always advise you to do your own research and form your own knowledge and not just simply agree with what you read online, not from anyone, not from me. Even though i'm right ;) .. ofcourse. :P *wink *wink )
  Are you on the right track? + Fuck Talent!Am I on the right track?
This is a thing people often wonder and think it's a complicated to find out, but it is actually pretty simple. It's a different question you need to ask yourself based on different topics.
As for: Fuck talent! You'll find it if you scroll down :P
:bulletblue: Topic 1: Am I on the right track to becoming a better artist?
Does your work from today, look closer to your initial goal than your work from last week? (this needs to be both in skill and idea.)
:bulletgreen: Good skills: Honing your technique, training you muscle memory, being more knowledgeable about your tools and art rules. With art rules I mean: Perspective, form, light, texture, composition.
:bulletgreen: Good ideas: Storytelling, characteristics, charm, emotion and design. Not just making things look polished but also convey something more, something that brings it to life and speaks to pe
How to win Art-contests! (+ Caldyra winners!)Let me start by saying how incredibly happy I am with all these amazing and inspiring entries! This definitely calls for doing another such contest soon!
Most of you have really tried their best and it shows! I couldn't have asked for better or more, choosing the winners among these was already aching my brains.
This journal will show the winners and the special mentions but also a bit about how to higher your changes on winning contests (maybe good for the next one).
This was my contest for those interested:

How to win contests?!
The change on winning a contest always gets smaller based on the amount of people joining in, however this doesn't mean that your work will be diminished by the numbers.
Here is a list of tips and tricks to make sure that your work gets into the top 10 !
:bulletblue: Triple read the contest's description. Make sure you got every detail right.
In this case it was pretty important that the Skyworm loo
A big black hole called: Procrastination.Procrastination is an infinite cycle that becomes bigger and bigger the longer it's there and the time wasted being sucked into it is a dark matter of nothing.
:P hahah I figured this was the most dramatic way to put it, but yeah, it's real and it sucks.
For those who don't know what it means: Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.
We all suffer from procrastination. It is pretty innocent when you have it with household chores or packing your suitcase before you go on a holiday. 
But it becomes a serious problem when you do it with the important things in your life. I take it you're an artist if you're reading this and the biggest aim of being an artist is to be an even better one.
As shown in previous journals there are many
What do do as an artist in training.There are many ways to Rome they say. But I find most aspiring artists lost and asking me for guidance
and this is what I tell them.
Find out for yourself what you really want to do with art, there are so many different professions.
Graphic designer, Concept artist (mobile and high end), Illustrator of bookcovers, or card games.
Once you can make your pick, or at least pick 1 or 2 you must find the best work on the market in those fields. 
Find out what makes the best art of your favorite field the best art. What do they paint? How do they paint it? With knowing this you can find out about the things you need to study.
The most basic study aims are the following:
:bulletblue: Lighting.
What forms of light art there? And how does it influence things?
The book Color and Light by James Gurney will give you a lot of insight.
:bulletblue: Shapes.
How do you paint shapes? How do you light them the right way?
You will learn a l
Where to get started before you can apply for workThere is no such thing as suddenly knowing when you are ready to turn your
passion into your profession. But there is a way of measuring your chances on being
able to get work and eventually sustain a living from it.
Accepting commissions or freelance for low payment won't help you. You can think any penny counts, but it will lower the worth of your work and damage the market.
:bulletblue: How to measure that you are ready?
You probably have high goals, but they are usually not your first step. You must search out the clients who can be that first step. Often found in the card game industry, book cover illustrations and smaller game company's. 
Look at the artwork shown by a company such as the card game company: Fantasy Flight games. Compare your skills with the average of their artworks. If it matches yours, you will have a chance. However, keep in mind that those artworks had been done in a limited timeframe, usually within 12 hour
This is why you (and your art) get ignored.People often get the sense of being ignored in the art-scene, especially here online. We all try so hard to get our foot in the door, it's like trying to stuff yourself in an overfull bus like a sardine in a can.
Sometimes you just want to socialize with other artists you admire and you seem to be talking into a brick wall or perhaps you've send your portfolio to a company over a dozen times and still don't even seem to get the smallest response or feedback. I will try and tell you WHY you get ignored and HOW you can get noticed instead.
I will go through the following cases of being ignored:
:bulletgreen: Your comment.
:bulletgreen: Your art.
:bulletgreen: Your Portfolio.
:bulletyellow: Do know, that even though being ignored feels very personal it's hardly ever personal at all! 
:bulletblue: Your comment(s) gets ignored.
It happens ever so often. You notice an artwork or a discussion and you weigh in with your opinion or admiration, perhaps even some feedback? T
The problematic behavior of online artists.There is a bunch of things online artist do terribly wrong on a regular basis. Some of it might be directly aimed to you and some might be things you from others. 
:bulletblue: Way too little time spend on painting/practice.
:bulletblue: People making nit pick pointers.
:bulletblue: The extreme fuzz about labels and methods.
:bulletblue: Witch-hunting/ talking smack.
However I'd like to start with a totally opposite note:
This year I've also experienced great support from the art community for which I'm dearly grateful for.
:icontituslunter: got me an amazing birthday gift(video), made by him and fellow awesome artists:
And the support I've had this past week with the event of my sisters death has been incredibly helpful. (Thank you for all the donations, there are no more worries about money anymore thanks to you awesome people!)

:bulletred: (most of) You seem to spend way to li
Don't let the crap of the internet brainwash you.warning: This journal is my opinion and my view on things. I support open-mindedness and the possibility of anything.
The internet is full of it: People with strong opinions. Usually about 'how to do things' and 'how to absolutely not do things'.
Ask any given person this question: What is good art?
They will all give you a different answer and some of those answers are waaaay to specific for their own good.
Meaning they have a very specific view on what is good and see other work that does not meet up those qualifications as: bad, fake or cheating.
It is natural to have a preference toward certain topics or techniques when making art, but it's wrong to push those ideas upon others as a set of rules. (kinda like forcing someone into a religion)
Art should be a free medium for people to express themselves, even if this means their work goes against your standards or deems unpleasant for your taste.
(Child pornography, animal cruelty etc not included, there are limits to

The stuff that artists go through.There are so many pro's and con as to being an artist, professional or as a hobby. 
It feels nice to be able to express yourself through something you make and when that something turns out to be looking good we get this sense of accomplishment. 
Most of the time though there are bad feelings mixed with the good ones.
:bulletblue: Not being understood. Those moments where your friends or family does not understand that you have to desire to be alone and work on your art. Those copious amounts of hours you spend working and they wonder why you wouldn't rather be outside relaxing in the sun or hang out with your friends.
The only people who will ever fully understand this are other artists or simply very understandable people. It's important they they will eventually understand so there wont be any hurt feelings. Try to explain ti as calmly and rational as you can, perhaps with using examples in terms they would understand.

  Overcome your unfair obstacles.We all have certain obstacles that gives us the feeling of: 'This is so unfair!.'
To me it's one of the most annoying feelings in the world because in general we don't really know how to deal with it. One little part of us says: 'Don't whine about it, you are just being jealous.' the other part of you tells you: 'If I didn't have this obstacle or disability I would rule the world!!'
So you bounce around anger, sadness, hopelessness and envy. 
If you were just sad about something or simply angry it would be a lot easier to deal with, you cry or you just vent a bit towards a friend. 
But how to deal with he feeling of unfairness? 

:bulletblue: There are many things that can form this unfair obstacle for you.
Physical obstacles such as: MS, Lyme disease, Arthritis, Color blindness, missing fingers?
Mental obstacles such as: Depression, being a procrastinator (yes I'm naming it because it's a mental blockade that keeps you fro
Fast lane to becoming a better artist.I often get this very question: How did you get this good this fast?

Now as I consider myself not being as good as people tell me, even struggling quite often with being an artist in general. 
I do know how to get better and how to reach it fast. I'm still growing as I go and it's the main thing that keeps me going.
You need to get into the right mindset and the rest will follow. With the rest I mean:
1. Willpower.
2. Endurance.
3. Positive energy.
4. The NEED to draw.
:bulletblue: Seeing growth in your work gives you the courage to work harder. You know that feeling when you're just about done with an image
and feel like this image is better than your last one, that great feeling. Use it!
:bulletblue: Do studies! Lots of them!! Make film shot studies, live object studies, master-painting studies. They will teach you a lot about composition, lighting, colors, shapes storytelling etc. 
You will hardly notice that you are learning thing
Why it's so important to unite as artists.We are with many though yet we are with few. We're all divided over little subgroups such as, fantasy illustrators, concept artists, comic book pencilers, photomanipers, techartists, anime drawers, realism sketchers etc. You might even find your place at multiple sections.
I found that the biggest united groups on Deviant Art are mostly evolved around fan art, such as Sonic, or My little pony. 
Observations aside, I think the good thing about those groups is that they serve for companionship. Being an artist all by yourself with no one to share/talk about/discuss your work with can feel rather lonely. And that lonely feeling is not encouraging at all. Most of us keep a lot of things taboo as well, like techniques or rates. If we were more openly with these the changes of being underpaid or missing out on a job because someone else does it for hardly any money at all will grow slimmer. People should know what they are worth and not be afraid to ask for it.
When I joined Deviant Art
Are you being honest with yourself?As part of becoming good at something you need to be able to reflect upon yourself. Judge your own abilities and work and consider the possibility that what ever you have been doing it wrong all along. Or perhaps you're actually being to hard on yourself and you're better than your conscious is telling you. (This is bad too because it leads to insecurities.)

Signs that you might overestimate your current skills.
Do you often feel these things when you look upon work from good artists?:
I can totally do this too.
This is not so hard, I can do this faster.
My work is way more interesting.
It's not fair that this person gets way more attention than I do.
Why am I not being recognized for my skills.
This other technique is cheating! (photo-bashing, using reference, filters, effects etc)
I don't need to draw and learn all day to become this good.
I spend 2 hours on a painting, Masterpiece!!
Signs that you might underestimate your skills.
Do you ofte
When someone brings your art down...Putting our art out there makes us very vulnerable, especially when you've made something close to your heart. Perhaps something of your own fantasy, a story, a fan fiction your passionate about?
As much as most of us really want to improve, we also simply want to make art because we love it and when we share it there is a slight hope there is someone out there who will love it too.
There are all kinds of ways other people can bring you down by saying something about your art, or by doing nothing at all! Perhaps YOU are even part of making someone feel down and you're not realizing it!

:bulletblue: The harsh critique.
This person might want to help you or simply likes to bring you down. In either case this person will write in length about your lack of technique, uniqueness and/or skill. 
:bulletred: Respond option: Thanks but no thanks! Tell this person you appreciate the time spend on their post, but you rather hear constructive c
How to deal with or get feedback.Getting feedback or critiques may be hard for people.
Some people want it really bad but can't seem to get it, at least not from the people he/she is hoping for.
And other get it all the time but feel a little attacked or bullied by it.
Pretty much anyone with eyes and some intelligence is able to spot mistakes or irregularities in someone's work. This person doesn't have to be more skilled than you. 
However, this person... might be wrong.... 
:bulletpurple: How do you judge a critique?
You initially made your artwork according to the knowledge you currently have. Leaving room for mistakes in the elements you're not trained or knowledgeable in. Or perhaps you think you know something and you are not aware that it's wrong.
When someone gives you feedback, even though it might feel incorrect. Take a little time to do some extra research on the matter. 
:bulletblue: You can ask others if they agree with someone's feedback.
:bulletblue: You can search online (with anat
So tired of not achieving what you want?So tired of not achieving what you want?

Everyone has something they really want dearly, a career, to have a certain loved one, to be able to make certain things...
The most common one among us artist are:
- I want to be able to draw better
- I want to be able to draw like "this"person.
- I want to earn money with my drawing.
- I want to be able to draw what I imagine in my head.
- I want more people to appreciate my art.
- I want more feedback from artists I admire.
- I want more..
- I want better....
All this wanting.. dreaming of... hoping for.
How about doing it!! With these sort of "wants", it's a matter of DOING IT!
How? You ask?
There are many ways, but the usual and only answers to those desires are: 
- Spend the most time you have on drawing/painting.
- Go and ask people for help, it is okay to do so!
- Look at that amazing artwork and try and figure out how this person made it, perhaps he/she will tell you? Perhaps this person has made a video or tutoria
Avoid getting ripped off by a client.As a freelancer most of your business takes place online, which makes it really easy
for people to rip you off. How many times have we seen the following scenario's:
1- Someone offers a descent payment for your artwork but wants you to do an art-test first.
after the art-test you're being told you're not good enough. Later you find out that other people
got to do different art-test topics and also weren't good enough. The client clearly ripped people off to get free artwork.
2- Someone offers good money for your artwork. The sketch gets approved so you continue working. Right when it's done the total image suddenly becomes a great disappointment and the client ends up not paying you.
These were just 2 examples of situations that happen a lot to freelancers. There are many more like it.
:bulletblue: How to detect if a client is a bit fishy...
Does their email address look professional? Some legit people may use their Gmail address, with their real name or nickname, those are questionabl

The emotional shield that prevents hurt.Being an artist = Being sensitive.
We all know it. Making something and then showing it out there makes you very vulnerable, emotionally.
What if people think it's shit? What if they think it's weird... what will they think? Will that reflect on how they think of me as a person?
I know what some of you are thinking right now... 'You should care less about what people think of you or you art.'
In a sense you are right.. than again, you SHOULD care what people think of you and your art! They are your market and potential clients.
It's easier when you're already doing your dream job and couldn't care less for other potential directions... but most of us will always stay interested in new opportunities.
They= Everyone who see your personality and/or artwork.

Being an artist = Being lonely.
Artists of a certain type tent to stick together. Industry veterans seems to ignore the public eye and the internet fully. Some artists in the making clut
Being a miserable artist = being a bad artist.I recently felt it being one of the most important things, not just for an artist; being happy with what you do. No one wants to get up every morning thinking.. shit .. another work day. Of course there can be days, maybe even a full week of that, but the majority of your time you should be feeling content and happy even.
With that lack of love and enthusiasm it is most likely reflected into your work.

Now it's not always your own fault that your work doesn't make you happy and doesn't feed your creative monster. But it can be in these cases.
You make your OWN workday miserable when:
:bulletblue: If you don't speak your mind and stand up for your opinion and values.
:bulletblue: If you're not open minded regarding feedback and new techniques.
:buletblue: If you don't aim for improvement. (though aiming for perfecting all the time can be stressful)
:bulletblue: when you allow yourself to work under stressful circumstances for too long.
These are
Timing fucking matters.Time does a lot of things, it makes you older, it gets you to places, it never stops going forward. However you control when and how you use it!
Everyone makes choices on a daily bases, most of them are actually done with your auto-pilot function out of habit.

Most people usually sit in the same spot on the couch, chooses what to wear based on previously made combinations and so on, unless they consciously become aware of their action and might decide it's time for a change. It can be a small thing that makes people aware of their options
You can count that pretty much every person out there works like this and YOU often depend on THEIR choices.
My point of this journal is saying: Use this in your advantage!
Time can be compared to a diet. Eating to much bad stuff will make you unhealthy and feel bad, while eating healthy things will keep you going and feel good. So time can either make you feel stuck in one place, maybe even going backwards (ageing already does that for you) or
Things I learned at: The Industry Workshops 2014Holy shit amazeballs... this past weekend....
But let me start of by shortly telling you what the industry workshops actually were.
(The artwork in this journal are from some of the lecturers.)
:bulletblue: What is: #IW_14?
The Industry workshops took place last weekend August 29 to 31 2014, at 2 venues both located at Hoxton Square, London United Kingdom.
It was organized and hosted by a group of industry professionals in the fields of concept art, matte painting and illustration in film, games and freelance.
Let me name the people that profited the lectures and demo's from 10 in the morning to 8 in the evening, ending with a 1+ hour QA session as seen on the picture below.

(Not in the same order as the picture)
Alex Brady, Alex Heath, Alex Negea, Andrei Riabovitchev, Björn Hurri, Dave Neale, emrah elmasli, Jama Djurabeav, Jon McCoy, Jonas De Ro, Kan Muftic, Levi Peterffy, Mark tompkins, Nadia Mogile
When inspiration is far to be found...We all get these anoying times when we really want to make something cool, get inspired and work that magic. We see everyone around us (online) do it, but how come we are not?
So we look for ways to get inspired, we ask around, find these usual answers: go watch a film, listen to music.. take a walk...
But even when we do that, we still end up stuck most of the time.
Part of the solution is knowing WHY we get stuck and this is my theory.

:bulletblue: ADT - Attention Deficit Trait.
'Experiencing an inner frenzy of distractability, impatience, difficulty in setting priorities, staying focused and managing time. Those are our biggest enemies as they all end up cluttering your head and keeping you from spending quality focused time on a singular topic.
Everything we do now a days is based around multitasking and it is giving us a constant overdose of information. Let me elaborate.
How many of you travel daily by public transport and don't look away
A simple guide on: Commissioning an Artist.It's often not as simple as one wants it to be when both artist and client want it to be: Cost efficient, time efficient and quality efficient.
I've often spend my time discussing the best way to handle commissions with clients and artist friends that I came to the conclusion that clarity and understanding is key.
I will divide the guidelines I work with based on 3 commission types.
:bulletblue: Character commissions.
:bulletblue: Book covers ( or illustrations)
:bulletblue: Concept art.
Reading all 3 parts will give you the full scope as a lot of it applies to one another as well.

:bulletgreen: Character commissions.
:bulletblue: 1. Reference board.
If you as a client have very specific characteristic features all set and done for your character it can be very useful for the artist if you'd make them a reference board of art and photos that portray these things.
:bulletblue: 2. Personality.
The artist does not wish for a life story of your cha
The Key to keeping yourself motivated properly.Let me start off with telling you what motivation is and why you need it.
A motivation is a reason behind doing something a certain way to work yourself up to a certain goal. Just having a goal but no understanding of how to get there, means you have no way to motivate yourself and your goal will be hard to reach. 
Therefore motivation is needed desperately in order to become truly good at something.
The motivation to eat is the feeling for hunger and the end goal of ending the hunger and feeling healthy and energized. This type of motivation is a feeling. 
Which brings me to: Intrinsic motivation and Extrinsic motivation.
Shortly explained:
Intrinsic motivation: Is a drive that comes from within the person itself. It's a self-desire to seek out new things and new challenges to see how far you can reach to observe and to gain knowledge. This person can enjoy the struggle towards a goal absent the reward. 
Extrinsic motivation: This is a motivatio

Thanks for all the comments! I will do my best to reply to most of them, even if it sometimes takes a while, reading these always cheers me up a lot! :D (Big Grin)

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Disclaimer: The artwork posted in my journals are not made by me but artists I admire. This is my way of sharing their incredibly work with the rest of you. All these journals are based on my personal experience and that of artist friends. English is my second language and I have dyslexia so do note I am prone to make mistakes. I write these journals to remind myself of the things I've learned.

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RuizARTS Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
People in here are assholes. They don't even respond to me in a very long time!
Timewap1 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
To be fair I think the old phrase "The eye of the beholder" rings true.

And apparently everyone gouged both of them out just enough that they are able to see a twisted image that they think they enjoy.

Fanart has more than proven this fact. Not so much as appreciating a piece but wanting more to satisfy their bottomless gullet for some drivel they saw on the internet, tv or in theaters. And when their interest has dried up, they move on. Like locus swarming from one fertile space to another.
I think my jaded outlook comes from the fact that now everyone and their dog can pretty much talk to everyone and provided overwhelming examples of my dwindling faith in humanity.

And it doesn't even end at art. We are just pumping out more and more easy to obtain communication and time sink devices that is just devolving everyone into powder keg, over sensitive pod people.


I do appreciate those who take any interest in what I am doing. I guess there's that.
...not that it's good least someone is happy.
Lolipopx4 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
"It's not rare enough"....
Tell that to most of the fanart on here.
feliciadaily42 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
A person who has favorited this piece of art - NutoneGoose - has doxxed a friend of mine on DA and I'm reaching out to you in case you know him or can ask him to stop.  

He let everyone know exactly how to go about getting her personal contact information in step-by-step instructions.  He let people know exactly what to search and where and what information they would find.  And he did this, knowing that she's already been the victim of doxxing and rape.

I apologize for the intrusion onto your art page and I will delete this as soon as NutoneGoose takes it down (I have no desire to humiliate him), but people are sending actionable threats to rape and murder someone I know and Deviantart is unlikely to take action for at least a few days.  He needs to take the information down.

Can you help?
KaraszKun Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I get that kind of issue alot. I've been busting my ass to make art to show them what I'm capable of while running a commission shop. But now it feels like they're not buying anything from me because of two reasons: Freeloaders and Fetish-Enthusiasts don't want to pay me.

Why do I even bother doing this anymore if I'm not making money for a living? I might as well close up shop and move on.
chocone Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
How to become popular on DA: PAYh!
JupiterGrace Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Advise ^_^ Hope to see more works and tips from you, Have a great Day
MamiyaLeaf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
just be a girl and post tits or stupid selfies lol, thats all it takes on da ^^ 
Astrall99 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Man that is true......
JupiterGrace Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to get mad at you, but yeah its so true XD what you said
androgydroid Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
truest words ever
SgtSigma Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2015
"Don't idolize them to much. This will make them uncomfortable."
You must be socializing with a different crowd of artists online or something because the people I've tended to meet online?  You fucking BETTER bow down and worship them or you're dead meat.  And the more skilled and more popular they are, the more butthurt and tyrannical they're gonna be about it.

Offer constructive criticism at your own risk.
Timewap1 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Oh what are they going to do?

Type something and then ignore you? Pfft.
You need some new people to look up to.
sharknob Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so good article, I think I should read this 2 years ago since the first time I open my new account, anyway thanks for the inspiring words.  Best!
Nadia-Disney Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That was helpful!
UmbreVeon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I know people who don't use and art programs, bases, and keep their style no matter what.
how do they get 5k more pageviews in a month o-o
And I have around 2 watchers who will see art JUST LIKE MINE OR SOMEONE ELSE and copy it with no credit to the one who gave them the idea.

I think I might be saying the same thing as this guy.

oOEvensenOo 5 days ago  New Deviant
I see many people who draw like a child and use MS paint, and still get much feedback. You forgot something on the artwork ting. Many people get feedback by drawing fetish art. I don't use art as a compliment anymore.
oOEvensenOo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
I see many people who draw like a child and use MS paint, and still get much feedback. You forgot something on the artwork ting. Many people get feedback by drawing fetish art. I don't use art as a compliment anymore.
AeroMenn Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Can this be applied to fanfiction as well, or merely visual/graphic arts?)
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure. I don't know enough about the fanifction scene to be able to judge that. But you could test it! :D
AeroMenn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Okay, and it might help me improve with my writing (lately i'm dealing with a writer's block) :D
deer-o Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Student Photographer
I don't agree that art must be rare- because this is simply impossible. Everything has already been. Any style you choose, there're plenty people who are already doing it.
besides, making art is not a factory work. You paint what you feel, what you like, it doesn't make sense to try to be different than you are just to get noticed. 
kathrynslee Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I ain't have problem got ignored with my idols especially apofiss(hate him now but I understand him thanks to damaimikaz when we talk to one another). But I understand now. drawing ain't easy while viewing comments that's because I also encountered that one especially when you are soo intense finishing your work. Sometimes one watcher of mine already complained to me that I did not reply his comments and go angry like an angry hanabero. XD. my only hope is that please guys, I hope you understand drawing those kind of artworks ain't easy. and it's our job that to finish this artwork. and admire for those who want to be artists. it's not like we drew a kitten and it's done in an hour, Sometimes I also encountered my mentor that he took weeks just to finish one artwork. also, for ignoring artworks, well It's not like ignoring, lucky for you for those guys visiting your work rather than not visiting it. it's like I'm going on a shopping spree and just look at the nice outfit and leave immediately. and ignoring the portfolio, well that's stupid, but it depends. if your artwork is good as F***, then people will think who's this artist behind it, so people will look for the artist's portfolio. one more thing, if you don't want to get ignored, then IMPROVE your Drawing. face reality, everyone loves good artworks rather than ugly artworks. but you have time to improve and to give yourself time to correct mistakes and gain success. that's the reality of it. find uniqueness, and find way to impress your audience.
SummerLakes Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly my art is ignored because i'm unique, just like everybody else ;0;
ScalerWolfZark Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I personal feel like my art gets ignored because I do more traditional art than digital, I feel more people are more drawn to digital than anything else but that's from what I've experienced so far and that could very well change.
SummerLakes Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My art gets ignored because it sucks xD

Its probably because the camera quality could be bad or something similar
ScalerWolfZark Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I kind of doubt that because you can see them quite clearly but oh well :PWink/Razz Wink/Razz =P (Razz) Wink/Razz =P (Razz) Wink/Razz 
inexplicablysane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Smart, concise and useful.  I like that the points you make are sharp and actionable without crossing the line into being brutal or mean.  Finding that balance is no small trick, well done.
Ezza03 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
that was very helpful
ChrisDoesArts Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was great advice. I should try this for my art gallery and see what strikes.
32692010 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the reminder. There are times when it feels incredibly defeating when your hard work, at least by your own standard, doesn't receive acknowledgment. I know I sometimes still feel that way (especially because I want to improve but no one says how), but in order to pass it I just draw more XD. The more you lament about how little attention your art gets, the less time you're spending practicing and progressing to get to the point where your art won't be ignored. I also think the idea of ignored art is such a hot topic (this has over 1,000 comments after all) because art/creative work is a very personal thing and artists consider it a part of themselves. Ignored art is equated with the artist him/herself being ignored. What they need to understand is, although it is important, art is what they do. It's not who and what they are, and it's certainly not the determinant of their own worth. You can have greatly skilled artists who are entitled and arrogant and kind and humble mediocre artists and vice versa. One is not a better person than the other because of skill alone. Anyway, I'll be keeping this journal in mind for the future ^_^
ThunderGoku Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
It doesn't matter if I don't get comments on my art. I love my artwork, sure it may not be the best but knowing that's mine makes me very happy :)

Karis1311 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2015  Student Artist
I get ignored, with my comments, I never get comments on my art
General-Gray-Sama Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My comments are barely ignored, but, my art is ignored. So this helps a lot! :D
I only thought it was because I wasn't good enough at first but, I guess it's just
not as unique as some others. This makes me want to work harder! But I still
feel like it's something else that's making my at get ignored... :c
Soloeus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student General Artist
This is sound advice - however none of this will get you "in the feed" - and 100,000 likes does not mean a single sale. Even amazing pieces can sit for decades before someone decides there is value in it. What I do like about this piece, it that it gives some common reasons about why people are ignored and ignore each other. It might help the reader of this article if the section "why your art gets ignored" were cleaned up just a little bit.

illy2002 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015   Artist
this didn't help, this made me want to kill myself and disappear instead, art is the only thing that im actually decent at cause everything else i suck at, and there's no way i can become popular or improve, my art is shit and im gonna have to deal with it.
Lolipopx4 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I know this is a few months old, but I'd just like to be the first to say that you guys totally got trolled mad hard.
whiskrs Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
Let me just start off with this: never say that a piece of artwork/literature/anything that someone put effort into made you want to kill yourself. That is childish, disgusting, triggering, and flat out rude.
Secondly, whether you say you can or you can't - you are absolutely right. Stop wallowing in self-pity and keep trying. The mindset you have right now will never get you to the top. Ever. So ditch the pity party, smear some war paint on your face, and power through it. If you think you won't ever become popular, you never will.
illy2002 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015   Artist
nope. i quited and wanna kill myself.
whiskrs Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
Then see a fucking psychologist.
It's kind of sad that you hate your friends and family so much that you want to commit suicide over not getting enough popularity with your artwork. Do you know how weak that sounds? You're "not good enough" at drawing so you literally end your life? That's ridiculous. I'm not sugarcoating this because this is serious.
illy2002 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015   Artist
you make me wanna kill myself. see my profile? its as shitty as me.
NyatoRuski Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, I'm sure it's not my place to say this, but you really shouldn't say such rude things to someone who's trying to tell you to never give up hope. First off, suicide is never the answer. I don't care what your situation is, there is always something good that can come out of it. Second, you shouldn't just threaten to kill yourself around complete strangers. Talk to somebody you know and trust about it if it's really that much of an issue. A lot of people won't take you seriously if you say things like this on the internet because they might assume that you're just trying to get their attention with the shock factor of "Oh my god, this person is threatening to kill themself". Third, like the creator of this journal said, suicide is basically the coward's way out. It's weak. And no, I'm not just being a b*tch by saying this, I know from personal experience. I almost killed myself a couple of years back, and trust me, it would hurt a lot of people. Hell, even self-harm hurts them because they often feel like they are not doing enough to help you. But if you're just an internet troll that's doing this for attention, then shame on you. Suicide is serious, and never the answer.
illy2002 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015   Artist
blame :iconakuoreo: shes the reason im acting like this
whiskrs Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
your profile says "I don't care about pageviews!" but it also says "I hate :iconakuoreo: im not popular" like a hundred times.
whiskrs Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
No, you're the reason you're acting like that. You are an individual human being and you cannot blame your actions on others.
Is AkuOreo holding you at gunpoint and forcing you to type what you're typing? Is she literally in your mind controlling you?
Is she on your account typing things? Is she actually just you on a different account?
Because if not, then you have no reason to blame your ridiculous comments on her.
YOU said those awful things, YOU are the one at fault. 
If you really are affected that much by others that you do whatever they tell you to do, OR you are so weak that you let what other people
say get to you to the point that you are suicidal, you need to get off the internet and see a psychologist. 
You just told me that I make you want to kill yourself. But am I going to let that get to me? Am I going to tell people they make me want
to kill myself because YOU upset me by saying that? Absolutely fucking not. If what you said DID affect me or my self esteem, I would get
off my social media and calm down. I would take a nap or get some ice water or talk to a professional.
You should try one of those.
NyatoRuski Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, well, if you're jealous of her skill (I'm going to assume that at this point) instead of hating yourself for not being at her level, use it as a goal. Everyone has to start somewhere, whether it be stick figures or simple phrases like "I like cats" (in the case of writers that is). When you always compare yourself to other people of which you believe to be better, you're left with feelings of regret and self-loathing, correct? Instead, admire their work, use them as an example. Once you stop comparing and start working towards reasonable goals (such as drawing a coffee mug and trying to shade it, rather than creating some exquisite dragon in half an hour) life will appear a lot brighter.
DE4DLYSNIP3RZ Featured By Owner Edited Aug 4, 2015
"It's not rare enough. Making something that's truly admirable is hard."

Great, that hurts my feelings even more. So it's not ignored, it's simply not good and nobody should admire it. Wonderful.
whiskrs Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
That is absolutely NOT what this guide said at all.
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