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What is the force behind your art?
Some artists create because they have to. 
Either they are professionals with assignments or the have an inner urge that demands a response. Maybe it's a quest or a key question that drives them to discover hidden gems, then share them with the world.
It seems quite possible that some artists create because they DON'T have to.
Creating is an enjoyable pastime.  Making art is a response to your love for life.
you dance, drink wine, and let loose with friends.  Work is paying the bills so making art is a slash career or hobby to add to life's flavour.
What ever the reason,  keep making it. The more we create, the easier it flows.
When I got back from up north I did some art on Napkins. I highly recommend this exercise for the first type of artist I described.  Lofty aspirations and perfectionism can hurt the creative flow.  As a result you do less art and the art that you embark on takes forever to do, meanwhile your ideas live and die inside of you because they couldn't get out on time.
Napkin art reduce high expectations, and with minimal preparation, pen to paper happens effortlessly, so the pen keeps moving happily.  Now the flow goes from being a trickle to something with some force behind it.
Bigger projects are less intimidating when you have just banged out 20 small ones. 
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FadedPaper Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I do it to get myself to temporarily think maybe i'm not so crappy after all
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Edited May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i appreciate that kind of honesty. Again, I totally get it, I've been there a thousand times. thanks for piping in. 
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FadedPaper Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
:)
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artistickaya Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I guess what really drives me to make art, is my urge to get my thoughts and feelings out in another way than using words.
I'm not very good at screaming when everything becomes too much for me, and I have a tendency to bottle it all up. So art has become some sort of relief to me.
By trying to visualize what I am feeling, it becomes easier for me to cope with. :)
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N8grafica Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
emotional expression is a big one for me too. Art can capture things in a way that words might only capture in part, but there is no way I could produce art for every emotion I feel, so it gets pretty bottled up in me as well. We need to build up are emotional vocabulary because we live in a world of linguistics. 
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KabukiRabbit Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lately I have a self imposed one day rule. I was getting frustrated and finishing nothing by trying to be overly detailed and perfect. Now I pick something that sparks my inner creative fire and go with it...no matter if I have done the same thing before... if it is what I want to do then I do it again. I am alot more happy finishing things these days than not finishing and allowing them to languish either on my computer or the floor.
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N8grafica Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a one day rule... I think that's a great idea.
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Lola-in-the-Black Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
I don't have much skills, so I don't have really good control over pencils and I don't control what's going on the paper :D but drawing somehow makes me feel free and happy and forget the world.
I started having art blocks because of my perfectionism and too high ambitions, but lately I found an old notebook from high school (when I was drawing all the time) and I reminded myself all the feelings I had while drawing and now I feel it again.
I feel alive again when I draw. And feeling the power of creation, even if it's a stupid ugly doodle, is amazing. :)
And I have too vivid imagination, too many ideas - I wish I could draw some of them one day (when I'll draw better) just to share what I feel with the world. :)
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N8grafica Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing that. I hope you keep drawing. If you draw a ton and draw from life, the skills will get sharper. 
Im going to go draw at Starbucks now. 
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Lola-in-the-Black Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
I usually draw from photos or imagination, because I'm short-sighted and it feels more comfortable :D
Have fun drawing! :) And find some Starbucks inspiration :D
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N8grafica Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
somehow, I always find inspiration when I'm there. I'm already excited for my next idea
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kk1243 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love making creatures from books or fairytales come true.  It adds effects to the stories i like to read.    I like making things tat are MINE and not others. something i created myself. 
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N8grafica Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll keep a look out for your work. Tolkien calendars from the 80's really were a huge inspiration in wanting to read the books, but then also make art as well. I loved doing dragons back then.
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kk1243 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dragons used to be my favorite things to draw but then i decided to get out of my comfort zone and draw some other things like... cats..... :P
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N8grafica Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got a piece I'm trying to work out involving a dragon and a cat right now! When it's done and i get it up, let me know what you think.
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kk1243 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!     Got it ^-^
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