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As my Advanced Artist...Should you know your limitations or Be limited by NOTHING?

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illastrat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
How did my advanced artists get to their point in ability? I know my therapist said that I am not aware of my limitations. That was really humbling. Before she informed me I was the type that think I could do anything if I spent time doing it. Still do to a certain extent. But i think in art, me being aware of my limitations in the past few years has helped me accentuate my strengths. What do you think? When one thinks they are limited by nothing are they more ambitious? Even more, whats the point of knowing your limitations? Isn't that self-sabotaging? IDK, tell me what you think!

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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
You're traveling. You look on a map & you're at point A. You'd like to get to point B. I think art's a journey. I don't think it's so much about limitations as much as it's about knowing where you are. Artist's (well, except for the occasional prodigy) aren't born great. They develop. If I think my drawings suffer because my figure drawing skills are weak, I'd work on my figure drawing skills. If I'm in a rut- how do I get out of it?
My personal reality, as far as art's concerned, isn't about limitations...honestly....never thought about art in those terms...just if I'm dissatisfied with something, what can I do to make it better? I try to employ something new into my art as often as I can. It can be a tiny new something- a new brand of color pencil, try a different solvent, explore different imagery, explore the hell out of current imagery (how far can I take it?), try different mark making, go back to something that failed before but maybe I can approach it differently.
So, limitations. I'm going to say there are none. But you still have to figure out how to get from point A. to point B. If you're thinking I'll never be able to do that (oh, shit, this is going to sound like Yoda), then you're right. You never will be able to that- but it's that thought that's the limitation. If you try something once & give up. That's you're limitation.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's scientifically proven that people that think they're able to overcome limitations (whatever they might be at that point) are more often improving themselves than people that think their current skillset is fine.
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Mercury-Crowe Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like to be aware of my limitations. It gives me a goal to work to and past.
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Everyone has limitations, and as you said yourself, you have one too. But to an extent they can be overcome. It was going all philosophical and I was really liking your text, until I saw the thumb. 
Really humbling.
But keep behaving and you might as well be the salmon that makes it. :pat:

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:iconillastrat:
illastrat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol....you got jokes.
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Just keep swimming! \o\    

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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Please do not feed the the troll who believes he is past the Sturgeon's Law.
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Why are you asking, neither of these things applies to you.
You neither know what what your limits are, nor do you create in a fashion that is unbound by limitations.
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illastrat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
why am i asking?

so i won't end up painting shit like this...



and honestly i know exactly what my limitations are and i work to improve. We ALL have limitations. So you are right I am bound by my limitations. If i wasn't i would be God. I never say i am perfect. I am just critical. Theres a difference...

nuff said.
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Odomi2 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Could you please stop messing with other peopleīs work?
Itīs annoying, childlish and pointless...
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
If you know you are bound by limitations then why are you asking this question. You answered it right here yourself. Way to go illastrat.
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illastrat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
because i am curious what people have to say. this IS a forum. why do i have to have an agenda? grow up.
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
So you don't have an agenda, you don't have a purpose? This is coming from a person who said without meaning is meaningless. Yet, you just said you don't have to have a meaning to what you're saying. Way to go illastrat.
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Merlok1 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the awareness of our limitations is what created our whole culture and technology.
Without knowing them you couldn't improve in anything at all. Improving means to overcome limitations.
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illastrat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i agree
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
You can't work at overcoming limitations if you don't know that they exist.
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illastrat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i agree. but think you can't do something holds a person back as well.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
How about this? Let's say this guy does not know how to swim, but thinks it's easy. Think he's better off knowing that he has no experience and takes a few classes? What if the time comes so that he NEEDS to swim, but because of his lack of experience, he is in big trouble?

So far, I've tackled a few things as an artist without fully realizing how hard it is. It's humbling.
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illastrat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i am just different. If i see something that i can't do artistically i usually make an attempt to "study" and i do it. THat is the narrative of my artistic development. I am aware that some things are beyond my current grasp. But i don't think i am permanently hindered. I think thinking you cant EVER do certain things in art is what holds many people back. I don't think none of what i see artists do is beyond my grasp. If i can't do it currently, i work on it and soon i do it.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
I think that's a whole different idea. I thought this thread was about knowing about your current limitations. Whether they'll be overcome later on is kind of beside the point.
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illastrat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
its all about limitations. some people dwell on their limitations and never improve. Being HINDERED by what you can't do is succumbing to limitations, hence making you more limited.
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illastrat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
advanced artists are artists that are actually decent at the point of when art is subject.

But yeah, i agree with you. i use to be limited in thinking i can do anything artistically. but what i find is that i tend to push myself to be the best so if i see something that is obviously better than me i strive to top it. thats just me
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illastrat Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
an artist that has just started as oppose to one that has been doing it for 15 years have a big range in skill. I am talking to the artists that have been doing it for a while and are comfortable with their style. Ones that art looks decent.
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illastrat Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
honestly ...people say my art is not good. But they are not being sincere. You can tell alot of work and skill development has went into my shit. It make not be the best but you can tell i have talent. Even with your work you can see skill. At a certain point skill becomes subjective but you and anyone can tell if someone is talented. Personal taste aside.
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FIRSTxAIDxKIT Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I am not yours.
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illastrat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol
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FIRSTxAIDxKIT Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Really? That's the most thoughtful response that you have? I'm not surprised. :roll:
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