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PE: Its For Who Its For!

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 6:06 AM

At the time that I wrote this article, it was the day after I found out that someone had said some very mean things against my art and me as a person that was posted very viral onto tumblr for over a 12,000 people to see. While I tried not to let it phase me much, it did get me thinking about a talk I once heard titled "Its for who it's for, it's not for who it's not for!". Ironically the next morning that was the talk I was listening to on my iPod as part of my daily dose of success principle CD listening. Background over, let's get to the point shall we?

The talk was basically by a best selling author who discovered his book rated on a site, I believe was called, or something along those lines. He was talking about how he had all 5's, a few 4's and 1 big fat 1, on a scale of 1-5. He drew something out that really struck home with me and I'd love to share it here. It looked like this:

Its For Who Its For 1 by AJ333
He said that's the curve of likeability of his book. Then he drew another similar picture:
Its For Who Its For 2 by AJ333
The first main point is that he'd rather have a curve like the first example than a curve like the second. He continued to explain his point that his book was for the people who rated it 5 and that he wouldn't spend his next book trying to win over that person who voted 1. If he spent all his time obsessing over that one little person who didn't like or get his book then he'd be letting down the few hundred people that gave him a 5 and his curve would quickly invert.

Basically this is a really great point. You will never, ever, ever have 100% of the population liking you. Statistically, whatever you stand for the most passionately in life (apple pie, cats, politics, favorite color, etc) someone in your hometown even will oppose that which you love just as passionately. If you spend all your time trying to please those couple of negative people you'll never be happy and you'll loose all support all together.

Anyone who does anything should expect opposition of some sort or critics. A great example of this is that once I posted an article here. It got tons of favorites, views, kind comments etc except for one very long, trolling comment that was kinda silly to have been posted because it made the person look really bad as well as uninformed.  For every mile of good feedback you get you'll get at least an inch negative, almost guaranteed every time.

So how does this relate to your art? I see a lot of people around that they have a bad day, someone posts something slightly rude or mean and they go all bezerk, post hate journals, spam the person or deactivate their account over it. Deviant art gave us a 'hide comment' button for a reason. If it was just trolling or an overly rude critique you can just hide it and ignore it. The picture is for who it's for, and not for who it's not for.

The fact is there are people out there who just want to be plain mean for no reason other than to cause drama. The more people you deal with the more drama and with a site like dA there's lots of people. As I once heard quoted "The more animals in the barn yard, the more doo-doo to deal with." and this is so true when it comes to big groups of people. So really the main point is you can't let these random trolls, negative nellies or other sadness bringing people bring you down.

You don't know if they were just having a bad day and that comment came out wrong. You don't know if they said that just to crawl under your skin because they have no self confidence. You don't know that their cat didn't just die or something. Nothing justifies being a jerk on the internet but at least maybe give them the benefit of the doubt, hide the comment and forget the whole thing ever happened.

So next time you decide you want to quit art or delete your account or never draw again consider this article. Your art work is for the people that like it, not for the people who won't. Focus on the support you do have, however small, and ignore those meanies that 99% of the time just want to cause a problem for the fun of it.

Remember this quote: "When I saw someone had attacked my art online I was happy because it meant I was finally doing enough right for someone to take notice and get envious."  If you're on the right path you will get critics. Part of growth is how you deal with them and if you can deal with them the right way it'll grow you as a person too.

Now for a feature of some very diverse art works that are 'for who they're for':

2464-1 by BeeblebroxZ

Moth and the Flame 1 by StressedJennyPaths of Prestige by BelibrHogosha no Ou by pancake-waddle
--SOLD--Poseable Fantasy Dream Walker Wolf by Wood-Splitter-Lee
Beginn des Fruhlings by shingaLyssa: Disturb At Your Own Risk by mictonesThe last sound from Earth by AquaSixio

tools by marcusjehrlander

Gem by Pikishifacade xxv by ChristianRudatColor Capture by JeanFan
Vorpal Blade by Kazekyn
When the Rain Comes by DemonMathielMuddy Soul by oO-Rein-OoSummer of Love by AljoschaThielen

Minish Cap Link Charm by GrandmaThunderpants

Half Remembered Dreams by mikesblenderDream of Summer by Starlit-SorceressThey said mermaids were just fairytales by LaurenGibson
a long long adventure with hobbit by breathing2004
Firebreathing Fox by SilentReaperThe colors of music by AuroraWienholdone last kiss before dying by proxi-mity

Obsession by Retaediamrem

Asmodeus by KinsaraMr.Blue Bird by EbineylandJulia by fotomartinez
engraving in the femur of the cow 3 by manuroartis
Evolve by DeereWhen Vikings invade space by DrgibbsAchilles Tang Dress by sketchtastrophe

Orange Cakes by claremanson

emily by jeiko-chan2011: The WIP Year by JuneJenssenDo You Hear the People Sing? by alicexz
City Street by SquirrelGirl15
Oh Lilium-Glazed Ceramic Pot by SoraTheDemonSolar Flare by applePAI..::*Eternity*::.. For Sale! by Roses-to-Ashes

Emerald Ceramic by carlosmonteiro

Comb 'Kraken' by WhiteSquawThe Caliph's Cradle by wannywanwanKeep Smiling by Kara-a
MtG: Gift of Orzhova by algenpfleger
Radiance by IsacGoulartUntitled by SalvadorDewaldGotta Get Stung By Idea Bee by goRillA-iNK

Fashion Beauty Makeup by MarissaMakeup

400 by THE-LM7Ashland by SickbrushArmor of Panels - Detail by Lynfir
Self Rescuing Maiden by dignitarium
Pencil carving 5 : Burning candle.. by preethi524Mint Chocolate and Charcoal Skies by TagFoxVendel Helm with Pressblech: Front View by royaloakarmoury

Cardboard views by MaboroshiTira

Fall-ing Leaf by LadyTinuzDeathly by Cosmic-EmpressAndromeda by imorawetz
Pink by Norm27
Little Sparrow LWP by ApofissAutumn Needle Lace Necklace by Wabbit-t3hJune May by NadiaSK

Horsehead Eolin Full View by chadparker42

Candles by IsacGoulartFighting Bettas...leather mask by merimaskRAGE QUIT by wannywanwan
Chainmaille Beer Stein by ChainedBeauty
Chibi Commission for Jorik-Spiritwolves by WingedGenesis5Mary Poppins by KatikutTasty milk breakfast by NastyaTulupova

This is the New Place by Momo-Deary

Thanks for checking this out!


Ever get critics? Ever have 100 positive comments and yet you get thrown by that 1 negative troll? This is the article for you!
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CorSecAgent Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of the pieces you highlighted here, these caught my eye the most -

Andromeda by :iconimorawetz: (for the solid technique)

Fashion Beauty Makeup by :iconmarissamakeup: (for the whimsy and expert blending)

Radiance by :iconisacgoulart: (for the light and color)

facade xxv by :iconchristianrudat: (for the color and geometry)

2464-1 by :iconbeeblebroxz: (again, for the color and geometry)
AJ333 Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you found some new pieces to enjoy :la:
Even that one negative review shows you someone cares enough to say something. It really hard when no one says anything. 
AJ333 Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed :)
MissLunaRose Feb 13, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for this. :heart:
AJ333 Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome, glad you liked it :meow:
ShadowRiverlark Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful article. I really need words like these sometimes. ^^

You also featured some artists I already love! :giggle:
AJ333 Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you liked it :heart:
Magical525 Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
An awesome article! This is getting added to my fav folder with things artists need to know :)
AJ333 Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it :D
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