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Something that always annoyed me by Panimated Something that always annoyed me by Panimated
This is just a thing that always bugged me... and I think more people can relate, no?
I choose to spend my spare-time drawing, working on my art. Some other person choose to spend their time working on their physique or practice a sport.
I played football (or SOCCER as you silly Americans say) for about ten years, and I was never told I had way too little to do. While I've been drawing my entire life and from time to time I was asked "don't you have better things to do?"

And not just artists... If you're enthusiastic (and know "too much") about certain things, computers, biology, math, robotics, you're often told such things. Also you're often called a nerd or a geek.

I guess it's because they don't understand why we like it so much. Too bad for them!
It's just when I was younger, as I was told things like this I started to avoid showing people my art. Now I don't care much what people think, but I avoid uploading everything I draw on facebook... And I have hardly told anyone in real life about my lion-filled animation project "The Shadowtainted".

...it's sad how some interests are more socially acceptable and some are considered weird. I personally think it's weird how people go to gyms to lift things, or read about a celebrity's personal life, but I don't go telling them they should go get a life.

Haaha, I sound like such a victim... Really, I don't care for people who say things like that, they are clearly just narrow-minded (or maybe intimidated/jealous? #psychology ) and not worthy of our euphoric, enthusiastic, nerdy awesomeness.
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Sylvanimus Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOSH, YES! (sorry for the outburst) I completely agree with you! People always say I have too much spare time on my hands, but I guess that's a good thing!I am a dummy! 
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Panimated Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
Yeah! We are the ones using our spare-time to be creative, amirite? :XD: 
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Sylvanimus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup. Being creative and having fun doing what we love. I don't see a problem with that. :) (Smile) 
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Veganotron Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
I agree. :nod: It's annoying that doing sports is so well thought of nowadays while being an artist (or a writer, avid reader, etc.) is often seen as... well, good for you, as long as you don't "waste" too much time on it. :roll: Doing SOME exercise may indeed be important to stay healthy, but being an athlete in your spare time is just a matter of personal preference and should not be the only respectable activity to spend time on. Personally, I never understood what was so interesting about running to nowhere or chasing a ball for hours, when you could be learning about something new or improving your skills to actually create something (and maybe even sell your own products)... :O_o: Anyway, whenever I'm being called a nerd, I take it as a compliment because it means that people think I use my brain. =p
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Panimated Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
It is, right? I played football (soccer, in case you're american) pretty much my whole childhood.. it was fun, but I really felt that art gave me more on, uhm- the intellectual level...
I totally agree, I love being called a nerd! Nerd is just another word for "someone who's eccentric about something", that's how I see it. Which is definitely a good thing! :D
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Veganotron Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Absolutely! It's great that you grew up doing both (playing a sport you liked AND drawing). I think diversity is best. :)
As for me, I might actually have enjoyed playing sports a bit more if I'd had more friends and wasn't so introverted. I still played outside a lot, climbing trees and building igloos, but I usually had even more fun drawing and reading books. (I used to have plenty of time for that, but being rather busy now, my drawing skills haven't improved much in the last decade. :depressed: )
But when I can find a minute, I still choose to stay inside and do geeky stuff over jogging or partying. :psychotic:
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Panimated Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh beans, I despise jogging! Sports can be fun, but just training for the sake of training.. I don't know, I just get bored to death every time I've had to do it. I guess I'm addicted to some kind of constant mental stimuli xD
Yeah, I agree, reading, drawing, doing "nerdy" stuff just feels very rewarding!
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Veganotron Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Same for me. I need to either enjoy doing something so that it won't really feel like training, or to have a specific practical reason for doing it, otherwise I just lack the motivation to do more than necessary. It just seems more important to exercise my brain, when I think of all I still have to learn and to improve... :XD: And I agree that it also feels more rewarding, especially when you can see the concrete results of the drawing you've been working on while it's finally taking shape before your eyes. :)
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SpiritFluffehHusky Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
people always do this to me they ask "Do you only draw little animals?" so i respond "Do atheletes run on a treadmill and get nowhere."
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Panimated Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
haha, nice xD
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