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Contest entry: Brave Wing by xormak
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Great job on this one, you nailed the lighting in many aspects. I think that it would have been nice to have the clouds glow on the und...

BabsHood by xormak
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João Rocha
Not really an artist. Not really a programmer. Not really an engineer. Not really anything. Just a bit of everything.

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The Trouble with Aggron by MykeGreywolf
The Trouble with Aggron
... exploring only one of the possible issues raising from the presence of Pokémon in a real-life setting.

This took me two weeks to do because... well... I am a weird person who thinks too much and draws too little, that's why.
There are some points stated regarding the motivation for art creation that are very often repeated and, since they originate in some considerably influential artists and are usually illustrated with pretty, witty pictures, colorful metaphors and authoritative language, are frequently taken as fact by many people. I am writing this text because these points do not sit well with me at all, and I wish to give you my own, kind-of-alternative view on the nature of artistic motivation.

What Bothers Me

The issue is the definition of a "correct" motivation for art creation, one that consists in the obtainment of self-satisfaction from the very act of creating art, or from the appreciation of its concrete results (the artwork). This approach favors considering the "artist-artwork" pair as an isolated, self-feeding loop: the artist creates the artwork, obtains immediate satisfaction from it (whether from the act or the result, is indifferent), and that motivates them to create more art, and so on. In other words, the artist should create artwork for his own enjoyment. Motivations that depend on external factors are unreliable and lead to a path of self-destruction, frustration and misery, because those factors cannot be trusted to provide the artist with the required feedback to spur the artist towards more art creation. That kind of external gratification must be seen as an "extra" - something not part of the feedback loop.

Let me say that I believe that this argument, even though it superficially makes sense, doesn't hold water. People who advocate this stance seem to be unable to detach themselves from their personal points of view and understand a simple fact of human nature: different people can have different motivations for doing the same activity, and art is no exception. Some artists are able to self-motivate, and that's great! It is the most reliable and stable source of motivation, after all. Does this mean that they are right in telling people that relying on external motivations is "toxic" and that every artist should just do as they do? I don't think so. Does it mean that artists who are not able to motivate themselves should just abandon art creation because of this perceived "weakness"? Absolutely not.

What I Think

The human mind is an incredibly complex system inside which, on each of our waking moments, an imaginary investor makes a countless amount of bets. This investor permanently and (mostly) transparently weighs the costs, risks and potential benefits of each of our choices to determine which action we should take next. If we consider a single action, these factors vary from person to person, depending on life experience, environmental and even genetic factors. We all have different perceptions of what things will bring us greater benefits in terms of personal satisfaction, and there are often several different paths and algorithms that will bring people to similar perceptions of benefit.

Point is, we're all different in our motivations. Some people go to the gym because they enjoy the workout burn. Others specifically want to get in shape, or do it for the health benefits. Still others enjoy the social aspects of it, or want to look good for the beach. We can debate all we want on the objective merits of each one of these motivations, but subjectively speaking, it's perfectly pointless: as long as those people are not harming or bothering anyone and they're all working towards their own goals, we are no-one to say "you shouldn't be doing this for this reason because my reason is better".

The same applies to art creation. There are multiple reasons that spur a person to become an artist, and many of them may not even be associated with emotions and motivations that are considered "positive", in a traditional sense. Things like loneliness, envy, ambition or a thirst for acknowledgment and validation, are perceived as negative because they oftentimes are used to justify destructive action - both towards others and oneself.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

All of these feelings are great engines for motivation, because they place a target ahead of us - something visible (even if sometimes illusory) that we can point to, a beacon showing us the direction to go. That path doesn't have to be one that leads to a destructive finish - it's not about what drives you, it's about how you handle the ride.

It is true that all of these externally induced motivations can be volatile and fragile - much more so than pure self-motivation - but that is certainly not enough reason to invalidate them. As the old adage goes, "do whatever floats your boat". Artists who rely on external feedback for motivation are subjecting themselves to very fickle and unpredictable beasts indeed - and this facilitates the appearance of motivation's eternal nemesis: frustration. This is not to say that self-motivation is invulnerable to frustration, of course - it will still happen. Artists will get burn-out, and many times real life will conspire to cram a spanner in their self-sustained motivation loop.

Regardless of the solidity of your feedback sources and the probability of frustration popping up in your art creation process, one thing remains all-important: an artist must be able to develop strategies to avoid the onset of frustration. To be able to do so and to remain able to carry on creating despite any setbacks to your goals and motivations, constitutes what I consider to be an artist's most important quality: stubbornness. (you may want to call it perseverance instead, but I like the ambiguous connotation of being called stubborn better).

The destructive consequences of some motivations are caused precisely because of frustration taking over the feedback loop of some artists. Since creative methods don't seem to provide the results the artist wants, he ends up progressively slipping into a destructive mindset that deconstructs and devalues the progress he may have achieved by placing blame on his motivation sources and turning on them. However, as long as one is able to adequately manage their expectations and fend off frustration, this definitely does not have to be the case.

In the second part of this text, I will go over ideas of strategies that can be used to achieve this delicate motivational balance and provide a more stable path for artists to develop themselves with a mind to achieving their goals.
On Artistic Motivation - Part 1
The first part of a small essay covering my views on artistic motivation and suggestions to make it work for you, spurred by a certain kind of "impirational" articles that I often see pop up in my dA and Tumblr feeds, and that don't really sit well with me. Your opinions on this, whether you agree or disagree, are very welcome. :)
So, I guess this means that DeviantArt has officially turned into DeviantBook?
Trade: Rin by MykeGreywolf
Trade: Rin
My half of a trade with SilverMistMLP. I hope I got everything right and that she enjoys this. :)

It was a good opportunity to practice clothes shading and more flames! I'm usually not into the aesthetics of the macabre, but this was pretty fun.

The other half of this trade:
[AT] Princess Primavera Brighteyes Joie-de-Vivre by SilverMistMLP
Drawing another pony, yay! Join in and make me and xormak company! Free sketch requests in the end, energy allowing.…
  • Mood: Delighted

After I shared some of my slightly embarrassing karaoke adventures with the cool people in our Skype group chat, a very cool artist who doesn't wish to be named (and who really should stop trying to avoid getting credit) was kind enough to gift me this absolutely delightful drawing of my OC/ponysona, Fixer Upper, doing what nopony ever expects him to do (but that I/he immensely enjoy doing, despite a lack of talent, only refraining from doing it more often out of respect for eventual listeners' ears).

0nMde2z by MykeGreywolf

Enjoy it while listening to these little pearls:…

If you like singing, terribly or not, feel free to register on the above linked site and show off your recorded performances (I think you can record a couple of them for free) in the comments. Don't feel embarrassed, no-one is judging you. :)

Thank you so much, you-know-who, this really made my day. :)

  • Mood: Delighted

What do you prefer to see me do? 

47 deviants said Elaborate, detailed illustrations that can take me up to a week to create.
14 deviants said Simple drawings and sketches uploaded several times a week.



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TheThunderPony Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Luigi1970Aizzo Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the Llama

;3 Porta
MykeGreywolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
You're welcome! Llama are just part of the perks you get from watching my work. ;)
Luigi1970Aizzo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Grascia X3
Keep up your wonderful work!

GlitterGabbi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
MykeGreywolf Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
MoonlightsSong Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the llama! You have made my day ^.^
MykeGreywolf Featured By Owner Edited Oct 12, 2014
You watch me, you get nice things, like hugs and llamas! :hug:

Thank you very much for your interest in my work. :)
MoonlightsSong Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
You are so very welcome! Keep up the good work!
GlitterGabbi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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