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Greetings all, and welcome to another dA discussion!

In my last journal, I asked how the people you know in your immediate reality feel about your art, if they even know about it, and how/if you can use your talents to affect the world around you. altermentality.deviantart.com/…

This question is related, but different: What keeps you drawing at all?

Here's my answer, and I suspect it will sound familiar to many of you: I just have to. I couldn't imagine myself not doing so.

Ever since I was a very small girl, I've been enraptured by cartoons and stylized video games. They were a world I could enter that seemed more fun, more adventurous, liberating, and where people's emotions (given the exaggerated nature of expressions) seemed more intense and true. I always wanted to create worlds and characters like that, and from a very early age I was practicing by reflecting what I already saw. That's right, I was always a fanartist, and some of my earliest stuff was doodles of SNES game heroes, and later on Pokemon and Spongebob in addition to all the animals and mythical creatures I loved to draw.

It helps that people occasionally praised me growing up for my above-average drawing ability - although "ability" is somewhat of a misnomer. I don't think I have any special inborn talent, and my constant struggles with this or that aspect of art offer proof. I've just been dedicated since I can remember, and it's a runaway train I can't stop. Anyway - it helps that I got occasionally praised, but people were far more apt to praise my good grades than my art. In fact, the older I got, the more adults in my life seemed to generally consider my drawing a superfluous diversion at best, a flat-out waste of time at worst.

But I didn't stop. Again, I tell you I could not. Drawing was too much a part of who I was and how I interacted with the world. As a young girl I was extremely outgoing, but after middle school or so I became intensely shy and reserved, something which I have gradually been growing back out of until the present day. Drawing was one of the main ways I took the colorful world that existed inside my head and showed people who I was, even if people on the internet were sometimes the only people who saw.

As I spoke of in my last journal, drawing has only become more and more important to me throughout the years. College convinced me that my brain was not cut out for academia after all, and I needed to focus on another way I could make an impact on the world. I once dreamed of enlightening people through scholarship, but now I dream of lightening people's moods with the happiness I can bring through my art. I continue to overcome the hurdles of discouragement that still pop up from time to time. In many things, from my social relations to art skill, I sometimes feel like I late bloomer. People younger than me often match or exceed my skill. But I try not to compare myself to others, but only to myself in the past, to see how much I've improved.

So what about you guys? Like I said, I'm sure many of you will have similar answers.  However, I have met people on this site who seemed to view drawing as somewhat of a chore that they felt they had to continue because they were good at it, or because it's what they've always done. For those people, I hope they regain their passion (or find something else that fulfills them), and for those who still have it, I hope it's never lost.
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Courtney Svatek
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A 22 year old small-town girl currently living in Houston, Texas. Everything I can do with art is completely self-taught. My main project is The Fourth, a story webcomic that I create with my boyfriend: www.thefourthcomic.com When I get the chance, I also like to do a smattering of video game fanart. If you like what you see, I do commissions for pretty cheap! (Look here: altermentality.deviantart.com/… )

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CencanMS Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the watch! :>
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IggySeymour Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi,I'm Ishi Koopa,pleased to meet you! :) :handshake:
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LostCrystal Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear Altermentality,
     Greetings! I hope I am not disturbing you, but I have a special proposal for you. I would like you to help in an anime series I am working on. This series will be based off the popular Nintendo game Super Paper Mario. I have noticed your love for said game and am surethat this idea may seem interesting. I'm Crystal, the anime's creator, script and story writer, and voice actor playing a totall of four voices. I would love your help. Anything can use help other than script (I already have a file). I hope and await your response in a prefered note. I'm sorry for being pushy if so, but I still hope for a new friend being you.
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SuperflatPsychosis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait, how am I not already watching you? I must rectify this at once!
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Altermentality Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thanks! Looks like I wasn't watching you either - I have no idea what's going on in my dA world XD
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SuperflatPsychosis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me neither, I'm afraid. The real world's been keeping me busy these days.

I still check in on your comic from time to time, though! Looks like Skarva and friends have a heck of a fight ahead of them; hopefully that Kraken isn't too well-armed.

:')
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Altermentality Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here! I'm getting back into dA though. I honestly do miss this place a lot.

Hey thanks! Yep, they certainly do, but for a guy who wants to challenge the gods, I hope he can take on a kraken at least.
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MortisFalx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
I hope your birthday was a merry one!
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ScurvySimon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!  Hope you've had a great day!

Hope to see you around here again sometime. =)
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aquanut Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday!! I hope you have a fantastic day! :D
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