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Do you believe in pure "art" talent? 

52%
263 deviants said No, I believe in hard work to get better at painting!
48%
242 deviants said Yes, some are just born with these awesome painting skills!

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lulles Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
a bit of both. i think some people are born with talent, but if they don't practice, talent won't get them anywhere.
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I agree!
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pearl4453 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There is a science behind it, to be sure. Hand eye coordination and a fascination with shape/color and even the ability to "see" (meaning the right side of your brain is dominant) is something you're born with. However, putting these traits to use it what makes you better. Anyone can acquire these attributes by working hard, but ones who have it originally have the advantage. If two people, one with these aforementioned traits and one without, worked on a composition, the one with the traits would get a better composition. However, if one with these traits originally (who did not practice much) and one with the traits gathered via experience (thus practiced a lot) battled, then the latter would win.

It's a mix, in the end. What you're born with and what you can get yourself determines the quality of your art.
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Madame-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I believe there is no such thing as PURE art talent...here's why.
Though some people are born with advantages. Let's say some were raised in a more liberal house hold where creativity was encouraged and the parents aren't prude and try to hide them from reality. Some people are also born with perfect eye sight, and don't have astigmatism or keratoconus like I do, which can cause some difficulty in perspective and proportions. Some people's brains are more wired to be better at observation at an early age and can become a more skilled artist earlier.
However, the world around us is the key to an artists's growth, what we see and learn as we use our tools to recreate something on paper.
In the end it comes down to how much effort it takes to learn to round yourself out as a good artist and always open yourself to never stop learning something new and strive to do your best. Taking people's feedback into consideration, and never using your emotions to get the best of you and push you in wrong directions. Artists like me, have to spend more time now learning what I could have learned a long time ago. I've had to re-evaluate my life and rebuild my foundations at a later age. This time I'm going to a prestigious art college for drawing, I'm also living on my own and I feel more free than I've ever been before, also much happier too.
Good luck to all artists out there. Do your best.
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emanrabiah Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
some are just born with these awesome painting skills!
coz .. sometimes we found a lot of people ,,, that they r workin hard but they can not create somthing different
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AlyciaAnimation Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I really believe that anyone can draw, but I think it comes easier to some people than others. Or maybe it's that the people that it comes easier to just have a greater motivation to learn and want to get better so they work that much harder. IDK XD
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Madame-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's a good way to put it. I like your answer. For some people it comes easier, but that doesn't mean that they're not going to have to work at it. There are people with no artistic past what so ever who can outshine those who have a higher creative intelligence, if that makes sense. All because they worked hard at learning the correct foundations for art. I say this because I'm currently taking an art foundations class and I've built up many bad art habits from the past because I didn't work from a foundation, but those who don't have the prior knowledge are like a blank slate and can build skills correctly. A solid foundation brings a solid artist to put it one way. Now I have to do double work by removing bad habits and building correct ones. lol
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Trancedeliquist Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No!
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Captain-Carrion Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
theres probably alot of people who can imagine amazing things, but its how much dedication you have and how willing you are to try new methods and move away from your comfort zone that makes you a good artist.
Theres no end to how good you can get, some people learn easier and are more comfortable with it but any "natural" talent is absorbed in your earlier years of life.
Ive always been very stubborn to not learn how to color and use depth and light and shadow etc. and ive only recently been trying to learn, i wish i would have a long time ago.
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
People are born with an ability to 'see', to be able to recreate the images in their mind....but it is also hard work! the practice and constantly trying to improve is so very important.
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Silver-Pheanix Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student General Artist
49% talent 51% hardwork
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Lady-Blueberry Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes i think it is everything in us... or it is not. Somebody knows how to draw
wonderful paintings without even learning.. yes, he can get better by learning.. at the
other hand a person who is trying to learn how to paint... this person will never
be as good as that one with the talent. there can be a skill but nothing else.. without
talent it will be just an empty paintings.. this is what i think.
i've seen this and.. i am not here to judge myself, it is up to people what they think,
maybe they like copying of celebrity pictures, maybe they have fun, but i dont think
it is a talent.. please.. xD
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Spikings Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
A bit of both. I think some people are born with the ability to see, observe, copy and from that, create their own versions of their imagination. Maybe it's just something in the brain that's just a little more developed than in others - but if you don't do anything with those abilities, then you won't become a talented artist. For example, there are probably many children in third-world poverty out there who could potentially make millions, but they won't ever get the chance to hone their skills, let alone anything else.
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Because they hardly even have food to eat... :(
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TheRedLetterDay Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Artist
People are born with creativity I think. You may be a talented artist to an extent - understand lines and shapes and shading, but what you do with your creativity, where you put your energy into, how you choose to portray your ideas...no one can teach you that.
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lunarsparks Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
It is both. I think you can see when a child has an aptitude for painting and in that sense it is part of their nature and natural talent. That's just the foundation. It is the interest of that child/individual that breeds the talent and takes it to further heights. It's not just hand to eye coordination alone. There has to be a passion for it. Just the act of painting doesn't make the finished product great, it's what the person puts into it.
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice way of looking at it! Passion is key to greatness (and great paintings), perhaps we could say?
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xMissPeepx Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I think some people are naturally good at it. They make me jealous -.-
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MyWorld1 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uh.. that's a little hard to answer... some people, yes, are born with a certain... artistic knowledge... but it takes practice with everyone to become good artest.
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes yes, I do agree, some are better at drawing and learns much quicker than others, and understand shape and shadow in a better way... But yes, practice is needed to achieve greatness I guess. One can't become better without it.
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MyWorld1 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup:)
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
10% talent, 90% hard work. That's all! ;p
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NeotericShaman Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I think people can be born with aptitudes, which would include artistic talent. Having an eye for colour, composition and the ability to be able to transmit it to a chosen medium can also be learnt.
As for hard work, that I am unsure about. I took 10 years away from any kind of painting because of a very negative situation during my art degree and when I returned I was much more skillful and my ability had radically improved. I spent the years on personal development and I think that contributed, but I think there is too much emphasis on "hard" work.
My creativity dries up whenever I try and do "hard" work. My work has to remain light and enjoyable otherwise I find it impossible to continue. I understand that a lot of time has to be spent to build up a body of work, but we are only making a rod for our backs by thinking it has to be difficult. I think many more people would be in touch with their creativity if we as artists didn't equate creating works of beauty with it being hard work. I think if we equated creativity with the joy it brings to us and to the people who see it, we could all be much greater. I for one produce much better work when I am enjoying the process!
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I guess people view "hard" work differently, many even negatively. Hard work in painting for me, for example, means simply to paint more and concentrate and study art more, and all that is so much fun!:) The simple amount of it can be seen as "working hard", not necessarily meaning that it's difficult.
Wow, u must be some wonderman:) Wonder if it happens to me also if I take a break say for one year? Would be a fun experiment, if I didn't love painting so much.
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vtas Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Some studies have shown that people need 10 years of constant practice to become a "master" at something they do. Anyone. I believe someone won the Nobel Prize for this theory. Apparently, it can even be applied to Einstein. Apparently, for poetry, it's a little less than 10 years, but supposedly, this theory can be applied across the board from playing chess to physics. In my personal opinion, raw talent doesn't mean a thing. You can get good at anything as long as you keep going, keep trying to improve. :D
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talulah-bell Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
I think that some people are born with more talent than others. I mean, there are people who work for years and years and still aren't that good at it after trying really hard. And then there are people who really don't have to try hard at all but are still very talented. But I don't think there's anyone who is fantastic without any work at all.
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jennis233 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
I think people are born with the ability to find balance, composition and color qualities, but they Learn how to apply those traits over a long period of trial and error :O
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3litza Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Interface Designer
there is no "you need both talent and hard work" option!
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nope.
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3litza Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Interface Designer
but there should be! because each one won't work out without the other :]
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adambean Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Even if someone is naturally talented, which I don't believe, they still are going to have to work exceptionally hard to produce a respectable body of work.
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Now that I agree with you on. It's interesting really how many people seem to think the other way round tho. I was actually really surprised by almost 40% saying that people are born with the skills. By the way. I forgot to answer your reply on the blogs. Thanks so much for being so kind and linking. All are really useful:) Hope we'll both get our blogs started soon:D
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BAproductions Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was sort of talented when I was around 11yo. Later I started developing my skills in a more focused manner. If I hadn't done that, I would still paint and draw like a talented 11yo I think.
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I believe I would too. Most normal people probably need to practice to get better, no matter if they're "talented" or not, or should I say, more artisticly inclined?
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BAproductions Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep. I think people may be born talented but that just gives them a head start. To get anywhere they still have to work their ass of.
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty much like that yes.
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Shiila Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
I'd say both. There are some rare people that never learn a thing and can wield a paintbrush like a god, others have to work really hard for it.
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CarolinaZanelli Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   Traditional Artist
I believe some people have a tendency to art, just as others are drawn to sports, speaking in public, math, words, etc.

But there's also the capacity to learn something through study and practice.

And actually I think one can enhance the other. Someone with the "gift" for art obviously benefits from practice. But I also think that, when one studies something, one might discover a talent or capacity otherwise unknown.

For example, I started singing in a choir 3 years ago. Although I'm still learning (we always do), I discovered that I have this facility to learn music that I never even suspected I had.
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Skaera Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Based on the poll... I'd like to see someone 'born with skills' ...
Born with passion for art or creativity, maybe. But I really have yet to see anyone born with skill.
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I think people are born with a "need" to embrace art as we artists do: we must be born with the need to create, we must have some inherent ability to use our brains in creative ways, and we must have the will power or drive to continue into art.. but I think the skill involved with doing art is learned through practice. So... both?
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D-NA Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Option C please? ;P I believe some people are born with art talent, meaning they learn and understand art-related stuff faster than those not born with this particular talent. However, it's all hard work in the long run. You can be talented all you want if you're not working hard on expanding that talent.
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well then that's the first option for you;)
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Dilvish585 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
+1 to AirieFeristo, they are very rare met. My grandpa was one. He never was taught to draw & paint. But did read a lot of art study books and painted all his life till end. And did it really great.
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. That's some gift:)
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Dilvish585 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Indeed.
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AirieFeristo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, but EXTREMELY rare.
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Selenada Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm I think there are both actually, sorta. Everyone has to work towards it and for some it going to come easier and more natural and for the others it might come a bit harder and take a bit more time (like a growing flower, one will grow faster and other take it's time).
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very poetic:) I think like you too, really.
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