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Here's a checklist of 7 important traits to becoming a successful artist. It's not the 'ultimate top 7' but these are the questions I thought of first. Either way they are extremely beneficial questions to ask yourself.

1 Do you draw even when you don't feel like it? It's an essential skill to being a successful artist.

2 Do you know what motivates you? The more you know about what makes you tick, the more productive you can become.

3 Do you constantly fight past your comfort zone? It's the best way to evolve quickly.

4 Do you set aside some time at least once a week to work on your own stuff? Keep those creative juices flowing!

5 Are you passionate about the work that you do? Keeping the passion burning will lead you to bigger and better jobs. Everyone wants to work with passionate people.

6 Are you prepared for the opportunities you're waiting for? Prepare for the opportunity now and they will come sooner than you think.

7 Are you nice to others? The most important ingredient to becoming a successful artist is knowing how to get along with others. Be extra kind today :)

Sending out positive vibes to you all.
Bobby
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Missajayg Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
I read and favourited it back when i first started deviant art. Reading these questions have let me see how much progress i have made, and i'm reall proud of my self :D
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Tjdyo Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
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Inkjexion Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
i have all of this .
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Hencid Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
beautiful words
for me must put two more things in plus
8 don't became too su
9 respect the art in the nature and observe the things
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DarkCommencement Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I answered yes to five out of seven.
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I did pretty well!
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Inarigamer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i could only answer yes to two of those...im gonna figure the rest so i can say yes to them all now! =)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Good list......................I am definitely going to be successful!
Next year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
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BRAVINTO Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not going to be a successful artist XD
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Innerclick Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Number 8. Holding a grudge is letting someone live Rent free in your head This is the heard step it all ways will bite you in the a***.
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tamok Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
nice reminder! that's indeed the things I should bear in mind~!! thanks!
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asahikawa-arashi Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you. Really thank you. I need these words now so much!
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luckytrevor Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
well if i don't feel like drawing I'll do something that will give me ideas
for example: reading blogs some artists write, writing down ideas, everything that i do, even if it's not drawing, will hopefully help me out on any project i have at the time.
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Loisa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
thank you! n_n
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:iconskudo:
Skudo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
I've just copied this list, so I can refresh my memory!
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DoomSong8765 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
1 doesnt work for me :U If I dont want to draw then I wont because if I dont want to draw its because Im unmotivated cuz if Im in a bad mood all my drawings come out wrong C: And I cant be nice to anyone -shot-
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Kirdein Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
*grabs positive vibes * I think i can say i got these traits i hope i do find something out there for me
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Rusidian Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Thanks, really encouraging. Now, if you'll excuse me it's time to draw!
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HallowX Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I dig the positive words and self-reflecting questions.
Thanks for sharing, *imaginism.
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Dvandemon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I constantly try to work to put my nw ideas on paper
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zukos-stalker Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I'd like to add an eighth trait:
PATIENCE (:

art has taught me to be patient, and being patient has improved my art c:
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ISignRob Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is so true ;)
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woofwoofl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
All good things to keep in mind :)

As long as you're going to be connecting with people, any insight to how they function is always good to have, selves especially...

For me personally, I'll have to juggle tons of different projects, stepping on the gas for the ones that I'm inspired most on, taking a break from the ones that I'm hitting brick walls with, and shifting gears whenever it feels right... also has the nice side effect of helping me ride a comfortable, rewarding artistic autopilot out for as long as the results are solid without feeling rotten about it...

Right now, I'm at a sticking point with the comics and I don't want to take any pictures, but I'm doing great musically (new stuff, not that wobbly old stuff in my "music from me and a drummer" link with too much dissonance and not enough mojo), working on perfecting a 100% rye sourdough bread, and diving into a bunch of books, literature, ideas, concepts, all across the board, trying to jam all of these ideas together into a harmonious whole all the while...
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Maiumaora Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am completely unmotivated OTL
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Cpt-Crandall Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh, and Rule # 8, save frequently! Just lost the family Christmas card due to breaker =(. I'm so stupid....
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AwesomeTheAmazing Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed! I always loss stuff on Photoshop and the Print Shop! They always close! :noes:
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JamGirl0808 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010   Digital Artist
I've got everything down but that first one >:I
That first one comes with maturity though. Maybe I'll get better as I get older and its the difference between me getting food that day? ;w;
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SwampFoxTheThird Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Thanks for the advice. :aww:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Number four is very important. I don't get more commissions than I can handle most of the time but when I do I'd at least want one day a week just spent doing one of my own pieces :nod:
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praseodym Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student General Artist
I agree with this article if you want to become a COMMERCIAL artist. Otherwise this is pretty much useless.
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BIGSHANEK Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Very nice read :D
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ciquitta Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Thank you!!!!!!:)
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SilentAndSullen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
4 devious rejections = 4 Snobby artists.

This is an excellent list! ;A; I'll make use of it! Thank you for sharing!
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PorcelainPoet Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
1. This is only talking to traditional artists, hence the mention of "drawing".

2. It targets people only interested in doing commercial related work, hence the mention of "bigger and better jobs".

3. It tells artists to push themselves to do art even when they don't feel like it, which usually creates shitty, half assed art. It's a fact.

So, I would imagine that's why people are rejecting it. Especially with how misleading the title is. Claiming that these are "7 traits for any artist". I've just pointed out why that is a contradiction.
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SilentAndSullen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. Wow. Drawing? really? So digital art is not drawing? That insanely rude. I 'Draw' on the computer AND paper. I just don't scan things.

2. I see that, HUMOR. My comment was mostly humorous. I don't get why people take me so seriously.
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PorcelainPoet Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Uhh I wasn't taking you seriously, I was just explaining why people were rejecting the article.
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praseodym Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student General Artist
I guess these people are aware of the fact that this list primarily helps you becoming an commercial artist.

It's certainly not bad if that is what you aim for, but to me this is just not right. I don't want to sell out my art.
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SilentAndSullen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But.....

Being a nice artist is irrelevant save for commercial artists...?
Huh... Now I know.
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praseodym Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Well someone else mentioned that e.g. Francis Bacon was quite, well not nice.

I'm not sure about Francis Bacon, but there are enough successful artists which are utterly arrogant which qualifies them as not nice, I guess.
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SilentAndSullen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. But doesn't that mean that less people gravitate towards you?
Also. I have no idea who Francis Bacon is, sorry. I'm not too literate towards artistic history.
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praseodym Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Don't worry, I don't know THAT much either.. he's a great artist though. And an important one.

Well, I don't think it's actually counterproductive to be nice in the art scene, but from what I have read, seen and heard it's not really one of the important things, I'd say it's even rather unimportant.
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SilentAndSullen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-shrugs- I tend to look at the person more than the art. So as an observer, I'd rather gravitate towards a decent artist that is nice than an amazing artist that is a complete asshole, but that's just me. I just can't bring myself to enjoy their amazing art or support them.

I think it's in human nature to gravitate towards pleasant people. That's what I mean.
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praseodym Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh, I wouldn't even rely on my own conception of human nature ;)
There are so many misconceptions about it.. but that's another topic.

But yes, you're right in the point that it's most probably more important to know what is important for ONESELF, in order to see people and art which one likes best.
I guess that's the most crucial thing to remember..

Never wanted to say it's a must that everyone likes art even if the artist isn't that much of a nice guy, just wanted to mention that it's not necessarily as important as stated in the article.
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Da-Blue-Monkey Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think one of those Artists just missed the thumbs up.
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Bellafibs Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh please don't bring that YouTube meme do dA! :crying:
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SwampFoxTheThird Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
SECONDED. Reject YouTube meme has been moved and seconded. We will now bring it to a vote. :B
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Grenac Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
It's sad when people forget about 7 :< It's one of the most important ones.
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nugod Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Thanks for the inspiration, it's just the kick in the pants I needed.
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Atverna Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I may be a writer, but these work just as well yo.
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GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
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foozicle Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
i've been wanting to just do random sketches daily...but it feels like i have no time and motivation lately. hmm, maybe if i do doodle, i'll like something and add onto it :D
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