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Take The Water To The Mountain by FieldsOfFire

I can see that you are a beginner so I will go easy on you here. The concept is here, the execution is only in your lack of experience....

Quick concept by Remidubois

After browsing through items to critique this one caught my attention. The piece has a very unique mood to it while embodying both old ...

Purple Sunset by Natan Estivallet by Natan-Estivallet

This piece has a lot going for it! The colors work together nicely and the composition is very well balanced. the textural relationship...

Like most of my posts, today I just want to get something off of my chest. While I was at a recent art show I ran into a number of my fellow artists, and as always we begin to talk about our ventures in the art world. One such friend (which will go nameless for various reasons) expressed to me the awkward displeasure of having someone recognize you, without you the artist knowing who  they are. This I find to be a common problem among artists as well as any other public figure. In fact , I was reminded of my time in Catholic Seminary, when parishioners would know who I was without me knowing who they are.  

From the artist’s (or other figure’s) perspective we are meeting fans. Based on the artist, this may be easier or harder for some to remember a name or face. Either way though, they know you, but you don’t know them.


For me, this happens a lot online as well. While I may enjoy the conversations with many of you from time to time, there are very few of “ye’ fans” who I will remember by name. On DeviantArt I’m lucky enough to recognize a user’s avatars, instead of their username. Youtube is just the same. I am of course operating on my best intentions, but sometimes I lose track of everyone.


So my point for today, is really a concern that I do wish more fans and patrons of the arts would recognize. Put simply, it’s that we (as artists) meet a lot of people, and can’t be expected to remember everyone. While it is very easy for a single person or a group to know one person, it is much harder for a single person to know all the members of a group. In regards to my seminary days...a church of people, will know a priest, deacon, or seminarian by name, but that person won’t  know the names of 500+ people.


In general, I ask that you don’t hold the artist accountable for knowing your name, wanting to be friends, or treating you with anything more than awkward respect they already give you. Please, it’s hard enough already.

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Ben Yockel
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Born, raised, and currently residing in the Pittsburgh, PA area I started painting when I was 10 and haven't looked back since. I'm now an emerging artist in the public market as a new member of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists. Although, my primary audience exists through Youtube.

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Zalcoti Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015   Digital Artist
Love your acrylic paint tutorials. Have to watch you for your art too!
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :D
Wasabishi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist

Eyy I knew I recognized you! From Sycra's channel xD But DAMN I DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE ALSO FROM PITTSBURGH!!!! How'd you even come across my page o 3o
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Saw you in the forums somewhere I believe. I tend to stalk the forums here for questions I can answer. Nice to know that one appearance I had on Sycra's channel made an impact. (I also interviewed him over on my channel if you haven't seen that yet).

Are you a Pittsburgh artist too?
Wasabishi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Haha yeah born and raised in Pittsburgh.. And yeah I was part of the stream. I was the one making comments about his hair
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Fun! nice to have a fellow yinzer here.
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PuNK-A-CaT Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday :D
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :D
everWinter Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Hi, stumbled across your page via browsing the general forums and then was confronted by your front page piece on "why do we stop" which intrigued me as I am also one of those that stopped for a number of years for a number of reasons and recently came back to learn (for realsies this time) hehe.  Then I checked out your you tube linked from your bio. Watched the intro and had a good chuckle when you blew in the cartridge, subbed straight away (Feorious).

Your gallery is amazing, I hope one day I can learn to create that kind of beauty and sense of adventure and wonderment.
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow you really discovered me out of the dust! Thanks so much for subbing and welcome to the community!
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