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Life's A Chibi: Out Of Place by o-kemono Life's A Chibi: Out Of Place by o-kemono
This image has been stirring in my head for quite a while and I finally got the time and inspiration to draw this image. Took me a bit longer to do due to the detail in the image ( I think I spent a bit too much time on the small illustrations than the whole image ). But with the details in them compared to the one in the middle, I feel it works. When I was drawing this, I couldn't really describe the message behind it as clearly ( or as less whiny ) as the other Life's A Chibi illustrations. I was also in an "artistic-doubt" place during the time.

There are thousands of artists out there that could create amazing works of art - putting in details upon details into their piece, using advance tools and unique methods that transforms a piece into a one-of-a-kind work of art. They spend half their lives studying and improving their skills that they could now create a digital masterpiece that looks like it was done on canvas, or a painting that looks like it was taken by a digital camera. Art pieces like that instantly shine in the popular spot light. However there are those who have very little skill, a skill-road-block, or no skill and when they create something they believe is amazing, it is sometimes over shadowed by the more creative pieces or quickly gazed at before moving onto something more important.

Imagine an low, average artist, sitting in a room filled with other artists who are highly skilled in the advance art program or those who can afford to by the more expensive paints, and everyone is drawing. All the artists create illustrations that look realistic, highly detailed and complex while the one average artist can only do something what others might see it as simple. That artist might feel out of place with the others and no one really cares about a "n00b's" work compared to the next advance artist beside them. Having been there before in college and even in the real world, I can honestly say I felt small, insignificant and doubted my artwork. JEALOUSY, ENVY, and DISCARDED is how I felt. They called it "unfinished", "simple" and "no evidence of an artistic future" - words from some of my teachers and other artists. They didn't even have to say anything, but that feeling of giving me and my art the cold shoulder as they focus with someone with "real" talent or befriended someone with similar talents.

... But still, that didn't stop me from drawing what I want to draw.

Everyone's artwork should be appreciated and admired, no matter what skill level the artist is at. Each piece of art IS a piece of art, and everyone should treated as such. Everyone has their own voice. Some shout louder than others, but still that fainted voice shouldn't be silenced. DRAW what you want to draw, HOW you want to draw, WITH WHAT you want to draw. Draw what is in your heart and try not to compare your artwork to another. No skill, little skill, moderate skill or advance skill, if you can create something from your head onto a surface using any type of tool, you are an artist and no one else can tell you differently. If you created a piece of artwork that you feel shows that you are growing as an artist, treasure it.

artwork © 2016 Alex Cockburn
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FRIEND711 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Writer
that chiken looks very good too ;3
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MudkipPrime Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Daaaw don't be sad. After all your drawing is the cutest
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DiamondDashy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017
I want to hug that lil doggo <:3
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SomeGuyCamping Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a nice inspirational piece of work. I just started my own webcomic and I see all the others out there and sometimes feel like I don't have the talent to draw in a crowd. Now I know to treasure what art I make, because it's mine and I can always improve with practice.
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db1993 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 23, 2017
Me too. I have that feeling that I impress someone
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MmtorzOriginal Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing. I've really doubted myself and my artwork and how I create it. Some days, a few favorites or nice comments is enough to get my motivation back, sometimes I can't seem to get out of the 'Hole of Self-doubt'' in which I get stuck quite often. I really needed to read something like this, since this is one of those days.

Thank you so much for this
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DevTheJolteon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2017  New Deviant
Always True AF!
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Foux Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
You are always so wise and point out everything an artist can easily relate too. Also your style is still very charming. <3
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draggane Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
that's true ! I hate this feeling !
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SkekLa Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Professional General Artist
I have felt the same all my life! Some people realy seem to like what I do, yet I am aware that, having taught myself, I am not nearly at the level of other artists, and probably will never be! (I am already quite old and have no budget as to enter an art university these days) ...however, just like you, I keep drawing what I want, because I love to do it! Drawing is a huge part of life for me since it allows me to express myself way better than what I could with words or gestures. 
I will never stop drawing until I stop breathing, even tho I may never reach the skills I'd do anything to have! ^^
ALL art is god art in it's own style, way and content! Each piece contains the feelings, ideas and a bit of the soul of it's creator, and that , in my opinion, shoud be encouraged and appreciated! :hug:
I, for one, LOVED this piece and consider it emotion-filled and very sweet looking! well done, and well said, O-kemono! ^^
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niradol Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Student Digital Artist
My  art sucks........ and I don't care what people think hehe!!😀
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Fascmouse Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Just remember:  Michael Stipe had a job as a singer.  If he can make it in a job he's clearly unqualified to fill, that's proof that there's an audience for everybody!  :D
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SpringSeabastial Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. Everyone has their own style and it should be appreciated, no matter the artist's skill level.
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SirSkeetsAlot Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist
Pretty much the pain I'm feeling now. Already I'm now wanting to quit. Again....
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Seiya-Meteorite Featured By Owner Edited Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
I have felt this way sometimes, this explains it: seiya-meteorite.deviantart.com…

And that guy even went so far as to say my art was "cancer/shit", which it isn't, so I told him I was not going to deal with assholes like him and blocked him. At least I'm not like some people like Trent Morrison or Streetsweep237 (you do not want to know about those people).

I can't even draw with a digital art program, only by hand, and I can't even draw humans very well.
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Ask-X-Beat-Jsrf Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
thats how i feel
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Vasilivros Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016
"OH MY it SO relatable..."
...I hate things like this, they feel like made for the most common pleb just so they could go "this is so true, I like the creator so much" and then talk about inspiration and other stuff...

Yhhh
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mangafan18 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is exactly how I have felt many times. As a perfectionist, I became very upset if my artwork didn't meet my expectations, which was a problem because I had never drawn before. Only recently have I been able to overcome those feelings and am progressing, slowly but surely. This is nice art with a very relatable message.
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Botmus-Droidenox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel the same way, and perhaps I personally should stop pushing myself into the ground so much...
I need to get back to doing artwork more often and developing as a person and pursuing my aspirations with more fervor.
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mangafan18 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well I wish you the very best!
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sdale154 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Student Filmographer
I know that feeling all to well. Going at art school you feel like that a lot during class and we are looking at peoples homework. I sometimes wondering "why in the hell do I bother?" or "why can't I be that good? Why isn't my art getting better?" Many nights thinking about what I would lose if I quiet. But I keep going.  But it is a uphill battle though.
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mechaguy Featured By Owner Edited Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to be like this. But one thing I learned is that everyone is different, learns at different paces and are at different levels. Some are very popular and others aren't. Best thing you can do is stop comparing your art to others, they have their own art and you have your own. One question you have to ask yourself whenever you come to this part in your journey

"Do you draw because you enjoy it or do you draw to impress others?".

I may not be the best artist and I still have to improve, but I don't ever compare myself anymore to other artists, I just love to draw and enjoy it. Also, the teachers who told you those things probably were being a bit too harsh and think that art is only things of the 4 great Italian artists of the rennaissance. Plus keep drawing and ignore the "Critics".
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kinzokuoul Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It is exactly that! When I see most part of the professional artists on deviantard, I feel so lower has they. .and that makes me limit feel depressed Crying . But it is necessary to say to itself that can we put matter how long they have to progress, they were as us to become so! And we cross all by the! xD Everybody knows that but I repeat it: made what to like you because to like you make him! c:
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Siker-MiddleVampire Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This...Really Happen To Me Always :c
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Minda1 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this and the description you put. I have felt this before and still feel this way sometimes with my art. I still kept trying and have gone a long way but I still feel that not all my art is the best. I still wish I could go to an art school and learn more but there is so much I have to do in order to do so. Some people don't know that just because you aren't as good as them doesn't mean you can't be as creative as them. This is just so awesome of you to post.
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PGVinny Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I relate to this so much.... I've been working at trying to get better at art for years and I've never been quite able to compete with any of the other artists I see. My teachers in the past all told me to just give up since I'm not talented like the rest of their pupils, that my works have no place, and seeing them around me; I felt that they were right. But even so, I still draw every day in the hopes of becoming better and when I see an artist who's drawings arnt the best, I wish them luck, because one day, no matter how poor one is at the moment, they all have the chance to become great.
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VixenChan Featured By Owner May 18, 2016
'They called it "unfinished", "simple" and "no evidence of an artistic future" - words from some of my teachers ' My art teacher did this with everything did. My friends loved it and tried to keep me going yet I got punched down on so hard by my ART TEACHER in HIGHSCHOOL that I just set my sketch book down and all my art supplies down and never picked them up again
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pvre Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
this is so true for me. sometimes i get very jealous of others and their artwork and how many watchers they have... etc. one artist (wont say to protect the innocent) gets a whole lotta gifts from others and has a shitton of watchers in a very short amount of time since they joined da. i feel like i should block them, but at the same time i wont because i dont know them personally. 
sometimes i feel like my art is disgusting, but then i have to realize that i am young and many people of my age arent at my skill set yet. people tell me i should be more proud of my artwork, but of all honesty im 50/50 with it. i want to have my own art style, but many people prefer other art styles and that makes me envy them
i should take the time to realize that artists dont have to be perfect. as a matter of fact, there is no perfect especially with art 
people have many different art styles and its not the viewers job to tell them what they should and shouldnt be drawing 
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JERsain Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes it's hard, but there is no reason to envy anyone, like you said, everyone has their own art style, I have my style, you have your style, he has his style, she has her own style, they all have their own style, there's not reason to compare

There is also the issue of watchers, the watchers represent people who like amd follow your job, sometimes you want to have many watchers, but sometimes no one realizes that no matter how many people like what you do, what matters is that your own work likes you
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Numbsoul Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Right in the feels!!
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Maddie-rose17 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student General Artist
i feel like that alot...... especially with chibis.....
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Hildron101010 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lotsa feels
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CrazyHorseLover345 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that feeling all too well. When I first joined DA, I felt I had little to no artistic talent. Since then I've improved and met truly awesome people who've helped me get to where I am. I often find it difficult to motivate myself, and when I am motivated? I'm often just lying on my bed with my laptop far out of reach, too caught up with my thoughts to try and write them down. Either that or I misplaced my USB somewhere which contains all my work, both artwork and stories
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Koushoku-jin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsupertighthugplz:   I can relate to this -- this one really sent me on a short Feels trip... Really Sad 
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KendallCollins Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so true.

I've had that problem not matter where I go, so I think you nailed the subject very well.
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LyhliTheLuminescent Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work, and this accurately captures my feelings as well. =D
I wanna hug that little brown puppy
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lil-puppy23 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
I feel like this is why many people resort to tracing...
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Bladespeedy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I love this and as well as gave me a little more umph when it comes to my own.~ Thank you very much for this.~
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Darkieneko Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And you know what to do? Keep F** going on your own. Do not compare yourself to others youst do what you do and master it. KEEP GOING! KEEP FIGHTING! 
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Kilo60 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It never ends. :facepalm:
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B15works Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with you, thank you so much for your encouraging words! Hug 

I've been drawing my whole life (two+ decades), and I've taught myself everything I know.
I've done some horrible art, and some good art, but overall I usually come away feeling like no-one really cares or really notices.  But I've kept drawing, no matter what people say, or more likely, when they don't say anything at all. 
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Gnoll-El Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016
You are what you do and you will only get better at it by doing it more.  So get to it.
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Keyotea Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
With this I do agree
Some start at age three
When others start older
Need help to get bolder
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Sony-Shock Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Student General Artist
This was so in time for me! This weekend I am participating in an Artist Alley, and literally everyone draws more detailed and impressively than me! It's intimidating~
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Snakely-Alpha Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the advice.
I mean, sometimes I really want to stop. Many drawings I do normally aren't finished, probably because of better people, and like you said, I feel shaded and insignificant by presencing stupendous artworks or even people like you. You're so magnificent, plus your thoughts around your art make you somebody a lot better than many people I've met.
Differently from others artworks, I feel a little more comfortable when "reading" yours. The feeling is different, it's not the same from what we usually see around. I don't know how to say that. Maybe if I say it feels in the soul?
People like you makes difference. You probably already know that, but I just want to make it sure.
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pickledshoe Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Student General Artist
amen 
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AshHavynn Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hoo, hittin close to home with this one. The important thing is to always keep making new work, kinda like you said. But even "good" artists need to be reminded of this.
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thetadica Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016
That is how I feel every time I open deviantart...
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TripplePoint Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, that is so true it hurts
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silvanoir Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist
It's very frustrating whenever I see 15 yr olds who are way better at art than me.
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