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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...

So I've decided to bring my blog posts back here to dA, in addition to on my site:…

I have something difficult to tell some of you. You’re NOT an artist, but guess what? That’s ok. You don’t have to be a professional, or enjoy working on stuff all the time. You don’t have to be part of the “in crowd.” You can just be a fan. Or a drawer, or a painter…without being an “artist.”


This is something that I see far too often. While I for one will encourage everyone giving them the honorary title of “artist,” some people are only going to be drawers/painters. The biggest distinction to make here is that there is a difference between “artist” and “craftsman” or “artisan.”


We all want to encourage each other, but it’s important to make the distinction between the imaginative creative mind and the technical skill of a good draftsman/craftsman. This isn’t to say though that those with technical skill cannot be trained to harness their inherent creativity, but it should be noted that creative thinking is easier for some than others. While, there is some debate on whether creativity is nature or nurture, I will be one to say that it’s a bit of both. Most artists you will talk to will talk about drawing and being creative from an early age. However, the nurturing and fostering of creativity can indeed be taught.


Earlier this year, Sarah Urist Green (wife to author and youtuber John Green), partnered with PBS Digital Studios to create a series of creative projects for less or seemingly not creative people. The concept was fostered by the “nerdfightaria” community from John and Hank Green’s channel “vlogbrothers,” as well as great use of social media to spread the word. While the series features successful artists creating revolutionary and remarkable creations, they also challenge the audience to unlock their creative juices in order to produce something of meaning and value (aka. Art).


But what does any of this mean for you? I don’t want to be someone who will crush your hopes and dreams, far from it in fact. Asking these big questions of yourself should and hopefully will help you grow as or into the artist you want to become. However technical skill should never be confused with the same creativity and drive that backs the working artists of today.


What are your thoughts on this? Can everyone become an artist, or is it harder than just learning to harness your creative side?  Share your thoughts in comments.

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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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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great gallery, your paintings are nice :)
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :D
SanderJansen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for faving! :)
Chargal4 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Hey, it's been awhile.
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
wow it sure has!
Chargal4 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
How is life?
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
pretty good, you?
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WalEck Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014   General Artist

........ :wave: ........ :handshake: ........ :party: ........ :airborne:

:cake: >>>> H A P P Y - B I R T H D A Y <<<< :ahoy:



CDemirkan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Hey there, How are u doing? Thanks for the fav:)
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
All well, love the piece, it reminded me of something I was trying to do a few months ago.
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