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What's your biggest pet peeve as an artist?

danlev Featured By Owner May 16, 2018
Overly-photoshopped portraits, giant watermarks, fake lens flairs, clients who want you to work for "exposure"...

What's something that really irritates you as an artist?


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Kurozakura-es69 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
Getting discredited by critics who see your work as that of some imaginary pervert, whom they hate. >:(
Ofnir-1 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Overly weathered builds. Bleh, especially overly weathered aircraft. 
novaprospektz Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Giant Watermark and Overly-photoshopped portrait is very irritated.
 "So, don't be careless"
MetalK9 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My biggest one would be the art of which artist are generally tolerant to his fatal flaws (not careful with his character formation, throw lines carelessly, etc).

In other words, a rushed picture to upload it to site quickly to get his dose of praise.

I know because I am guilty of this as well and realized how much of a snot I used to be back then. Although I stopped drawing for a while, if I ever come back I will pay a respect to my own crafts and prioritize quality.
StarSketchMEH Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
- When Drawing multiple charters, I draw one really good but the others look bad by comparison.
- Drawing hands and feet
- When artist's use giant, high opacity watermarks.  (especially the ones that have "do not steal" on it.)  It's really distracting.
- When a stranger asks me to draw them for free in real life, and i have to be nice and say yes.
- When my friends call my art "cringe" or "edgy" even though there are a lot of things out there that are much worse.
- Self entitled artists that accuse others of stealing their style, pose, charter, and other rediclous things.
- When artists view criticism as an attack.  and/or is very sensitive and has a fit over one person saying bad things about them or their art.

- Basically self entitled artists in general.

-This happens to me sometimes.  Is when someone posts commissions, or anything that relates to the artist drawing something for others.  I read the rules right after it's posted and I note or comment, and i completely get ignored.  Other people after me get theirs done, and the artist never replies to me.
I know if this sounds like i'm whining, and i i'm not that angry actually, but this happens to me many times for me to get peeved.
violet-rose111622 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018
when I do good on the right side but then the left side looks like something out of a horror movie
ghoulers777 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
- When i can't draw one thing (Like hands for example) properly but can draw everything else pretty nicely.
- When people get upset when i refuse to work for "exposure" or on "Passion projects."
- When i draw characters nicely but draw backgrounds horribly.
Also, when people argue with me when i refuse to listen to their Unsolicited, unhelpful "Advice" on how to improve my art.
HollyUnderwood Featured By Owner Edited Jun 10, 2018  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
well... when i did abstract work, the thing i hated most was people saying "i could do that"... but when it comes to the digital work, no1 says that.

thing is, most people don't know the abstract work is harder lol
Legacy-Galaxy Featured By Owner Edited Jun 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I miss a fill spot. It bugs me enough when the fill spot is tiny, only around one pixel, but when it's particularly large, for example, the entire exposed leg from the pants to the shoe... Oooooohhhh boy!!

Oh yes! Also, when someone assumes that someone is doing an old dance from long ago when she's just sitting on a bed, or, more jarringly, thinking that two characters stated to be siblings are in fact lovers!
miminaa-chan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you give me this drawing ? You have to draw something for me ! Let me see your sketchbook ! 
Vanna2005 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018  Student Artist
losing my tablet pen, losing my pencils, having art block, wanting to draw but body's not up to it, i can go on all day but these are my top.
GiveMeMusic Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Student Artist
Art block, happens every time I have days off and can actually make something. Rage 
scratzilla Featured By Owner May 30, 2018
Biggest Pev.. is when the art work is judged by the artist and not the art work. EG; if a photograph has a famous photographers name attached to it  it is automatically judged as an awesome piece of work.

Art should be judged on its merits and not how well known or famous the creator is .  Great art can go unnoticed or merited because the person who created it is not part of the "IN" crown/scene. 

same as for food ... because it is run by or visited by famous people the restaurant must be good.

any hows.. that my 2 cents worth on this topic.    just because you are not well known or famous your art could be just as wonderful as the best in the world , it just a matter of a name attached to it.
AndyVRenditions Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bad lighting. I have become so picky about the way that a piece is displayed by its lighting settings.. needs to have uniform brightness & contrast lol
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
There's one thing that rrrrreally irritates me as an artist; well, two, actually :grump:

The first one makes me feel bad for even saying it out loud :ashamed: but well, it is what it is :giggle: Anyway :blushes: I just have lots of discouraging feelings whenever I see one of those art pieces who get sold in the six figure range of prices, and all you see is something that looks as if a first grader put it together with some finger-painting technique :matteo: I can't wrap my head around that, and I try to put all jealousy aside, but it's not always possible :ashamed: :blushes:

The second thing :iconblankstareplz: is when my own family decides to "hire" me probono (note the quote marks on the word "hire" :stare:) ... And it's usually to design a logo with all their stationary variations :iconevestareplz: With like 3 or 4 FREE "corrections" ("corrections" usually involve changing their mind about what they wanted initially, and then keep changing their mind until their heart is content :matteo:) Angry

Yeah, I think that the second thing bothers me even more than the first one!!! :icontantrumplz: :giggle::iconhurrplz:
Orgunis Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Giant watermarks" *looks at deviantart's own watermark* No comments :lol:

I'd say people annoying me for requests but I'll go with 'realizing certain body parts are out of proportion way too late'
sockhiddenunderarook Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha. I’m too lazy to make my own watermark though :v 
Nic-Nacks-Art-Shack Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  New Deviant
Peeps wanting to be "friends" just to get free art

Also people requesting nsfw art on my clearly stated to be sfw streams Grump 
FlaccidPumpkin Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
- Not being able to find a reference of the pose you wanna draw
- People asking me for free art
- People thinking artists are born with artistic skill
- When programs bug out and you have no idea why
- Forgetting to save for 2 hours
- "Its muh style" 
Rosie-draws-art Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"do you take requests"
"can you draw ---" 
"can you draw {Character} with {certain fetish}?"
and when I reply w/ no they get all pissy
that is what my biggest pet peeve is.
wolfheart28 Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
People ranting at me saying my MLP art style is " Only for kids " and that I should " Grow up and do something that people would actually buy."

Hello? People do buy this stuff ya know!
undeadcrabstick Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
People telling me what is and isn't real art.
WoolenArale Featured By Owner May 25, 2018
Im not technically an artist yet, but I'll answer anyway.

When I don't use references.
When I use printer paper for watercolor
HoneyPhantomhive Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
when people watch me work... <.>
TO1963 Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not knowing what to draw
FlummyFlumOx Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Having 10 WIPs and creating more just for it to build up and eventually stress you out.
mhairigood Featured By Owner May 23, 2018
Definitely the clods who expect you to work for free or next to nothing.
Screw that nonsense.
X-TNT Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When my males look too girly.


Also when the muscle mans look like they have boobs.
Jei-Dinofelini Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
person 'Can you draw portraits of my whole family?'

me 'This will cost you about £50 per person'

person ; but we are friends! you should do it free for me!


I keep getting this everytime someone sees my art.

biggest of all is a fucking ART BLOCK

people don't belive me that I draw my art and i have to prove them everytime.... are you serious??? XD
TheCunningCondor Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Student Filmographer
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criinge Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
art block LMAO
PearlJelly Featured By Owner May 21, 2018
SMEARING Of liner pens
i have two a gray one that dosent smear but its gray and not as bold as a black one i have 
ViviannaArts Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Student Traditional Artist

Dummy: So Shelia is suppose to be a spin off of Merida from Brave right??

Me: No Disney just had there movie out first. I made Shelia 2 years!!! Before Brave came out. *rolls eyes*

Dummy: Ohhhh *cough cough* liar

QueenOfFeathers Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
(Person) "You're an artist?"

(Me) "Yes"

(Person) "Can you draw me?"

(Me) "Sure"

(Me) *draws in my style*

(Person) *sees drawing*

(Person) "I though you said you were an artist"

(Me) "But I am an artist

(Person) "But it's not R-E-A-L-I-S-T-I-C"

(Me) :stare:
HunnyLemon Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist

QueenOfFeathers Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I just don't get these people No, I disagree! 
Kumaow Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
"Do you do RT deals?"
TheBlackDude Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Any art piece that ruins my barely existing innocent childhood
ColorfullyMonotone Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Student General Artist
When your pirated drawing program starts bugging out for no reason.
When your wrist punishes you for drawing too much.
When you can't find a good reference picture and the pose is too complex to take it yourself.
Jei-Dinofelini Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
G0kusaishiki Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
When I can't draw the other goddamn eye. 
LennyThynn Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Student General Artist
"You draw so well, you should become an artist!"

"Becoming an artist means you won't have any money, train to be an accountant or something so you won't starve."

"Drawing is part of your identity, don't give up on it."

Alone those statements are okay, I don't mind the first, the second is probably a good idea, and the third is very true, but from the same person? Mixed signals while growing up was strong u_u So you think I have a gift, but you don't want me to use it? *sighs*

Other than that, people who are friendly and talk with me only to request art, and back off and never talk to me again as soon as I say I don't usually take requests, and people who repost stuff or use it in videos/posters/anything without permission and/or without credit. I don't use a CC license by default, people, most of my stuff isn't free to use :I

phydeau Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Didj Featured By Owner May 18, 2018
- People who ask requests of me that is obviously fetish stuff. Especially when it is focused on underage characters.
- People who ask me why I joined the military instead of making a living as a professional artist.
- People pressuring me to write them into my stories as a main character.
- People who look at my artwork and call it "anime".
Daphne-Brown Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably when people ask for random requests. I got that once and I told them I'd do it for 10 points. They agreed but I'm not too sure if the next person to do that will be so cooperative
Drawing-Diversions Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Student General Artist
Making reasonably good sketches, with grayscale shading even, but then completely failing at the coloring.

Also, spending way too long on linework.
MoxyChann Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Student Digital Artist
people who ask for critique on a traditional sketch and the photo they take of the drawing is bad quality or angled XD 
Rainbowz4 Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I have way too many, but here are some of my pet peeves to satisfy you uh... sir. Or madam.

Traditional Art -
  • Low quality paper. My minimum is 105 lb.
  • Low quality watercolors.
  • Forgetting to put extra papers under my painting and getting everything dirty and messy.
  • People looking trough my sketchbook just after eating.
  • Smudging with fingers and calling it shading. I am okay with it when a beginner does it since then it is understandable. But when people use the excuse of being "too lazy" I get absolutely pissed. If you are too lazy to learn an essential part of your job, you might as well just quit right then and there. And this isn't limited to art. I've had arguments with bus drivers, teachers, cooks and loads more before. 
Digital Art -
  • When my Art Program, Tablet and dllhost.exe don't get along.
  • Getting all proportions right on my Traditional Sketches, but none on Digital.
  • Same with digitally Shading Tentacles.
  • And hair.
  • Basically getting anything I got Traditionally right wrong on Digital.
  • Air and softbrush Line-art.
  • Opaque patches of black labelled as "shading" that burn the eyes of any and every human alive.
  • When people expect you to pay 3000+ Euros for an animation software.
  • When my editing or animation software cannot go up to 4k.
  • When my CPU cannot handle 4k videos.
  • Shot versus shot.
Animation Memes -
  • Animation memes that are literally 3 or 4 pictures just floating around, with no actual movement.
  • Still and Stiff camera angles.
  • Bad sound and unnecessary static.
  • FAKE TYPE Animation Memes (Not only because I am High-key obsessed with them and have very high standards towards animation memes in general, but mainly because every FAKE TYPE Animation I've seen so far was of low quality). 
  • Memes abusing special effects.
  • Furries. Not all of them, just the ones animated by people who don't even know how general anatomy works.
S0ul-B0und-Sp1riX Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I get super peeved when:

People call me a "drawer"
People say I am talented
People say my prices are "too high"
People ask "Did you draw that?"
People watch me draw
People question my art
Shesvii Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
When people say prices are too high then they should move on.

And yeah... I also don't like when people watch me draw.
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