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Life's A Chibi: An Artist's Mirror by o-kemono Life's A Chibi: An Artist's Mirror by o-kemono
While drawing this, I had many different meanings running through my head about this piece:

- How you feel
- Frustration
- Envy / Jealousy
- Art Block

While drawing this, I was feeling all of the above, so I was a bit torn on the whole meaning of this image. I decided to go with "How You Feel".

What you draw is a reflection of who you are as an artist, whether its for a commission or for yourself. When you feel confident about yourself, or if you are in a good mood and one with yourself, you create images, music and poetry based on how you feel. It turns out positive and vibrant.

When you feel terrible about yourself, hate yourself, depressed, miserable, etc, at that moment, you create something that reflects on those emotions. Even if you are happy and go lucky on the outside, you will still draw something sad and morbid in the end.

Your canvas is a mirror on how you feel. if you want to create wonderful pieces of work, you must be comfortable and confident about yourself.

This piece was also inspired by one of Charles Schulz Peanuts strips, dealing with a similar situation.

artwork 2013 Alex Cockburn
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Critique by Boopaw May 17, 2014, 1:54:04 PM
When I first saw this art, I was like "wow"! The words made perfect sense to me because it is true. The details in the animals were clear so I was able to know what they might feel about in that picture. I would like the background into two splits in opposite colours to express more of the feelings and to capture the watcher's eyes. I loved how the artist chose two animals of the different kind with different colours because to me, it represents different people with personalities. No two people are perfectly the same. In conclusion, I liked this.
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SquishyKin12 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Not as true
Thesonicfan21 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
This says the truth.
Nottm Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
I don't think this is entirely true
TorisChrusade Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So... What if I draw maps?
xenomega101 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
So true.
renamonloveranime Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That feel bro u.u
SephyTCD Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
weellllll... not necesarilly... you could be having an off day, or maybe you didn't have the ability to do whatever to begin with, not tryin to be a smartass but... I think its more of the concept of the picture that reflects the artist
Brilliant-Steampunk Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow. This is so true TT-TT on the inside i'm angry, jealous and unhappy. On the outside i'm go-lucky and my normal self. I always end up drawing something sad or bloody :(
blaze984 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is pretty accurate i mean most of my character designs are based on part of who i am or what i would like to be. For Instances my fursona Axel is shy and keeps to himself. While his twin sister is open and the life of the party and someone who i would like to be, Well except for being a girl i mean. I know this isn't the same thing but i do find that lately ive been drawing and writing my characters into tough situation with the cliche theme of someone jumping in to save them at the last minute. I mean It happens in all my stories lately. I didn't really realize it till now but i guess with how things are going in my life im just hoping for something covenant to come and help. but sadly life doesn't work like that.

Ive actually found that i can't really draw when im upset or angry, The inspiration just doesn't flow.
ProofMe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
this is very true yet don't forget that there are people who are simply empty, therefore they PICK an emotion to draw which allows them to create depressing things yet very very happy drawings too, maybe they even have a secret account for the other emotion 
Clarystar Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So true. Dang I guess I am all over the place then!
BlackRose-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Wow.. I guess that means Im mentally unstable..
jellybean828 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG. I have never felt anyone touch my heart like this. Can we be mates?
Kamalionify Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
I could never more approve
FishingJB Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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RedDiamondUmbreon Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay, this makes WAY too much sense. And it's totally true. I mean, why else would art therapy 
be an actual technique otherwise? XD

Good job. :3
AverageGuardLucas Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this actually made quite some impact on me. i notice all the time with proffesional, or either good artists that people feel bad about themselves. like ''i suck compared to you'' and not wanting to draw anymore. it makes me feel a bit sad. nonetheless, this is absolutely a great piece of art. even when keeping it simple
Katiecat26 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student
It's toatoly true :3
bigwolfepicart Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
whoaaaa im kinda cool off
Eagle9615 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I can completely relate to this.
Boopaw Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
BudCharles Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
"well...I'm fucked .__."

Me too. Thanks.
StarshineHaste Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

oh my god. 

I cant believe this.   Woaaaaaaaahhh

I just... wow   Thanks.

Dark6Caskerd Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
...story of my life...
Suriwox Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well...I'm fucked .__.
Minxxua Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
i really like this 
Suriwox Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kilkakon-totodile Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazingly cute and also a fun concept :)
caleas Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
I feel like fruit right now
RedlaSunShowers029 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

I totally agree. often I find myself drawing/writing about pain or anger when I feel upset. although overconfidence is no good. though sometimes under confidence makes you draw something beautifully sad.  for the long run, I agree. but also, like your poof drawing, you may draw something cute to cheer yourself up. the lioness has just gotta remember that.

but this is an amazing pic. keep rocking!

RedlaSunShowers029 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
this just keeps getting better- consider yourself watched!~
Katiria-the-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What can I say..I totally agree with you..
BlackRavenKuria Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so true, I really love your meaning and your art, they both go together as one perfectly. 
ShadowPoni Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   General Artist
Very true...
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ShawnSkunk Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
that's good.
Koushoku-jin Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:manhug: I can relate to this as well
CyberPikachu Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
OMG. This is how I feel sometimes!  :iconruncryplz: 
madkrayzydave Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Strangely i can relate to this.
silvanoir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Like some others have said, sometimes I draw what I want to feel, not what I'm feeling.  Sometimes the cute stuff ids because I'm happy, but sometimes hugging pictures and whatnot will be drawn to soothe myself.  But the really bloody dark pieces come from dark places always (usually frustration), for me, at least. 
KazukioRedpanda Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing~ this piece really touched me. ^^
IamETOH Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
aww a foxy ^^
ChrisTheKitty Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
awww soooo cute. :meow:
Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
...and, like a reflection, it can be warped or reversed. "Now I draw people smiling, dogs running, rainbows. They don't have meetings about rainbows."
RedeemerBobtail Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cute ^^ yet sad :( (Sad) 
arcadunato Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yuppers. and it also reflects you're mentality.
Girlfoxgirl Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Writer
Though not necessarily! I've gotten some weird looks when I created a fun dark piece, etc. One can even depict emotions one has never felt. Just the imagination of what it would be like to feel it or perhaps from descriptions others say of what they feel like. Same with writing. It can definitely be true, but some people assume it's always true. Especially when they forget that in writing (and this applies to art as well) one creates a character, and ability to create characters far different than anything the author identifies with is a skill. Especially if one can write a character they wholeheartedly disagree with, and yet paint them in a good light. (In my case, people thought I was homophobic because one of my characters was and he was a good guy who never was corrected in it, when in actuality I'm quite for gay rights, etc. ^^)

But I agree. It can affect your work sometimes. Often in a good way in that it helps you notice that you're feeling bad. Or someone else can and then help you, which is what it looks like your picture is saying. Etc.
Draco56 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Writer
Arrete de briser mon petit coeur fragile. ;_;
ICLHStudios Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
While I know what you're getting at, it's a something of an oversimplification to claim that positive emotions = positive art and dark emotions = dark art. I will often create very dark, depressing, and morbid stuff when I'm quite happy and in a good mood, or often when I'm depressed or upset I will make very upbeat and happy art in order to change how I feel. Because while the canvas can be used as a mirror for how I feel, it's missing the fact that art goes far beyond simple expression and has the power to change things. 

Besides, this is all forgetting that so often the art is what it is for the sake of the art rather than the artist. When I write a story it's not because I want the story to show how I feel, how I feel is inconsequential, it's because there is a good story and it deserves to exist; and if I draw a picture, it's not about representing what I'm feeling, it's about taking an image that needs to exist and getting it to do just that.
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