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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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SpiritFluffehHusky Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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wolfhey Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I'm an american ! I know how you feel. Im called "werid" for knowing alot about digital art . Why fo people have to dhun anything that might be the slightest bit different from what they do?!
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Panimated Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yeah, right? =P Silly people, it's an amazing thing if different people know stuff about different things!
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wolfhey Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Ah sorry for bad spelling I'm on the Ipod.
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ForgottenDreamsSF Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Just gonna comment on this :3
In my school art is USUALLY socially accepted- but the only problem is people still judge things like sports more important and hard than art. I doubt they're ever actually tried to draw something detailed with effort.
And for the artists- I was drawing animals and my friend was drawing anime- and there was this other girl (no one really likes 'cause she's really rude) who was drawing traced anime and dragons (Traced spyro screenshots) and everybody crowded around her even though she couldn't draw from memory like me and my friend -_-
She got such a huge ego from it- she actually was telling other people how *I* was tracing even though everything I draw at school is from memory. Yeah fortunately no one believed her >_>
Fortunately my friend group likes my art- but I can never get them to critique it xD

And if talking about Jersey Shore and the Kardashians is acceptable, why isn't real talent acceptable?
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bouquineuse Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
On the one hand, I know this...
When I ask somebody for example, if the anatomy of a animal drawn by me looks correct to a casual bystander, he often says "Yes, looks nice. BUT don't you want to do something for school/more important/ why don't you do...?"
And what I read here is mostly the same I feel and do. I avoid to show my friends my art because "drawing horses(/animals) is infantile" or "you really worked THIS long on a drawing?!". These are things I cannot deal with and so I stay quiet, go home, draw and submit my art dumps on dA :) I even fear I won't be taken serious when I just draw horses, but I really don't want to draw cars or landscapes (I suck at backgrounds...^^) xD

On the other hand I sometimes feel like I've been taken for a fool.
Imagine, me, little bouqui, sitting all day long at the pc to follow 20.000 tutorials about light and shadow, anatomy of various animals and digital art.
The next day I go to school and my friends can't understand why I was sitting there all day long. I had to learn this crap to draw it right! :rage: "Perhaps you should go outside a little more often"
Yes, let's get all in the park and try to draw a horse xD

But I see, I'm not alone^^
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Cinni-mon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I get this ALL the time. the worst part is i mostly get it from my mom and brother who are both artists themselves! my brothers always like, "you need to draw something cool like me (ex. graffiti and cars), stop drawing so many anime animals and tigers and stuff." and i'm all like dude i love animals and am good at drawing them plus i don't draw anime so deal with it.
most of my friends at school are very supportive of me because they too are artists in some form, though some don't get it they still will be supportive cause they are my friends.
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
haha, wow... I think the audience for graffiti/cars might be a bit bigger, and the general audience might be more accepting of it.. But, then again, so many people do it, so it's harder to get noticed! :)
Do you go to an art-school then? Since there's many artists I mean.. When I started on the media-school, it was such a relief because most of my classmates shared my interests, and were far more accepting :D
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Cinni-mon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no, i don't go to an art school. i'm actually still in high school, but we have a great art program/teacher. plus my dad is/was a graphic designer and my mom went to school for art as well, so i guess you could say paint flows in my veins instead of blood.
as for my school (it's a christian school) most people are excepting along with my friends who just happen to be artists them selves. one of my good friends Tori ([link])has an account here. She's a really good photographer though she likes to draw too.
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ArmadaPaw Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really true. When i show people an artwork, they exactly like that. Actual reaction from someone was: "Wow! So you sit at home drawing all day?" >.> It bothers me, because how is getting out of bed at six to go to play (or even watch!) soccer game any more impressive then drawing and painting from dusk 'till dawn.
I myself am in high school, and avoid showing my art to schoolfriends as much as possible, which i'm happy to do if people will react like this. But i'm starting to not care what they think, art is my passion and if it's not theirs, that's their problem.
I guess people consider athletics a more "cool" occupation then art. Whatever cool means.
I completely agree with you. This bothers me too.
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yes, exactly! Especially if you draw something "uncool" for example, a girl in my class kept drawing pin-up girls (she wasn't very skilled, honestly) but people were like "WOWCOOL" while when I drawed Simba or a dog or whatever they went "Why are you always drawing animals..?" No wonder people don't dare to be original!
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ArmadaPaw Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
School is a breeding ground for unoriginality!
I saw one of my classmates showing another a drawing he did of Osama Bin Laden (Don't ask me, i don't get it either!) One said, "Hey, isn't *she* a good drawer?" Indicating at me, and the other responded, "Nah, she just draws dogs and dragons."
Has someone made an official list of things that are "cool" and "Uncool" to draw?!!
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
woah, really!? Wow... Yeah, it's a pity some people are like that... Imagine how much creativity is lost because of people saying things like that!
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SkaieBlue Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so true. High five for making this... >.<
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
Glad you agree! *high fives back*
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SkaieBlue Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaaa... yeah! Only thing is, there are waaaaay more job options for us awesome artists then for those sports poeples, don't you think?
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yeah, that is true! :D
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Cherri-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
true dat!
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Aquiavel Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally! :D
i thought I was the only one who thought this way^^
It's so true though, just because you draw and wish to improve yourself artistically, certainly doesn't mean you don't have a life, it means you are passionate about your interests, but that's how everyone seems to see it><
And I think you should tell more people about shadowtainted in RL, it's totally amazing
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
It's good to know there's more of us! ("see society? It's not that uncommon!")
And thank you! I've been telling more people about it recently, and some people IRL are being really helpful and supportive! (While some get this glassy look in their eyes when I tell them about it, haha. The help I do get is really nice to have though, it's worth a couple weird looks :D )
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Aquiavel Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed it is!:D in your face society^^
I've tried to explain this to others too, and most of the time I realize about half way through that I've lost them><
I'm so glad you posted that^^
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Legend-Sky Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Drawing IS my life. This is important !!
and it is not EASY or fun at times ... but WE LOVE IT :D

So, people who think like that. Just do not LOVE art as much as artists themselves do.
And it is true that some artists are a little too busy .....

.ART NEEDS TIME.

Time to dream
Time to think
Time to explore
Time to create :heart:
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yes, yes I couldn't agree more :D
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SeekeroftheLeviathan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! Yeah, I feel the same way. I'm a writer, but whenever I say I am they're all like, "Oh cool, I used to write, but now I'm too busy." And I'm all >.<" Cool story, bro. I'm busy too, I just make time to do what I LOVE.
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hahah, yeah, I've heard that one too... >_> haha
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KhawlaAlAli Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this is so true O_O
I stopped showing people what I draw too because of their narrow-minded opinion of what I like ( no life , too much free time, nothing to do)
sometimes they even make fun of it as a silly thing to do I always thought their just jealous
that's why we are here in an art community where all of us understand each other :D
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yes! Exactly, it's too bad... I don't know what I would have done without deviantArt! Probably not anything art-related =P (Thanks internet! :la: )
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Wild-Hearts Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehe, this made me smile :D I've never had it said to me, but I'm sure a few have thought it... ;)
Funny thing is, I enjoy going to the Gym to run on the spot, reading about celebrities lives, and all those 'normal' things as much as the next person - but they don't compaire to the satisfied feeling you get when you're genuinly proud of something you've created :P Art makes us unique, because every piece of art anyone ever created is completely unique in some way or another. I'm happy to say I've got a lot of support from my family and friends for my art...Well most atleast! My Father thinks I'm wasting my time drawing!
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yeah, exactly! You can read so much about the creator in the art they make. It's like you see into their brain through their drawing/painting/music. That's pretty unique! I'm pretty sure you can't get that after being at the gym or reading about celebrities =P (although some sport-nuts will probably not agree, haha.)
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TrollcreaK Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
You dear, you are a GENIUS.
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
Why, thank you! *bows* :D
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ayeletshemtov Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student
I can really relate to that . I hate it whene people say "go get a life" and stuff TT.TT
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yeah, silly mean people :C
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ayeletshemtov Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student
yeah, only it was one of my best friends who said that :cry:
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Ekc6 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I agree!!!!! I draw cause I love to do it and so what if I spend a lot of time on it that is the only way I improve
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yes! Exactly :D
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Ekc6 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Haha yusss
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FaceOfTheWild Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh thank goodness! I'm not the only one! I hate it how people judge us like that for using our time to do something we enjoy! Ahmen to you, my friend. Ahmen!
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Panimated Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yay! It's good to know there's more of us :) Some people are just evil sometimes.. haha, it's sad =P
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FaceOfTheWild Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It truly is ^^
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