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You've Got Talent by KicsterAsh You've Got Talent by KicsterAsh
NOTICE: If you do not believe in God, then you don't need to read this. It is a general message to everyone and you can choose to ignore the part that mentions God if you wish. I am not trying to offend anyone, I am simply stating my personal belief. (This was also meant for a friend in particular.) I'm sorry if this offends you in any way, that was not the intention. I am not attempting to start an argument of any sort.

Downloadable version is flippin huge. Sorry about that.

This is for a certain few people I know who have been recently doing comparisons. With other artists. And totally pushing themselves down to the point that they feel their talent is worthless. I decided to make this for you guys and gals. For anyone who wants a bit of encouragement. If your not Christian and you complain about it, then you can ignore this message. I am Christian, I am Catholic, and I am dang proud of being so.

So here we go:

I am NOT only saying this because it's true, I am saying because I've been through the same thing. From Kindergarten to Grade Nine in school, I was the artist. I was admired for my drawing abilities. And as a kid, I felt dang proud of it.

Then came High School. In a new school. With more people. With more talented people. I had friends who were so artistic, they could draw anything they set their eyes on. Anything. That's when I began to realize that I wasn't the only kid out there who could draw, and I most certainly wasn't the best. Heck, I started feeling stupid about my gifts. I wanted to BE the best. I wanted to have something no one else had. And lo and behold, there were other kids who were better at it than I. It made me feel crummy. When I joined deviantart, IT WAS THE SAME PROBLEM. I couldn't draw manga, I couldn't draw HUMANS for Pete's Sake. I could only draw Sonic-looking characters. I felt... well, dumb. I couldn't seem to do the one thing everyone else could do. And I didn't even have a style.

When I got in university to be a librarian, people told me to become an animator. I drew in my textbooks, I drew in folders, I came up with stories that made people laugh and cry. I pulled my own experiences out of my memory and poured them into words and illustrations. I designed the Children's Section Storytime board at the library I worked at and the Librarian would take pictures of them. Kids would stop and squeal upon recognizing Spongebob or Astro Boy.

But I still compared myself to other artists.

My dad told me not to compare myself. I tried, but that's not an easy thing to do. Especially if your grandmother thinks that your character looks like a Demon and says it in front of a priest. I tried to live that advice, I prayed and I tried passing it on to others. It wasn't easy.

I got accepted into one of the country's most known art universities even though I felt I wouldn't measure up. I got scared because every day this year, I saw someone's work who was better than mine. And it made me feel worthless. I felt stupid to submit my work to art shows at the school because I felt like it was petty, it didn't belong with all the other amazing works.

Then at Christmas, my dad, the one guy who had more patience than anyone else, the one guy who listened to my long stories without complaint, the one guy who gave up his gift fro drawing to support his family, told me something that made me realize that I truly was unique and that I should compare myself to others:

"You're like a cartoon... That's pretty cool."

Dang straight it was. That's when I REALLY started to realize how much talent I had and how it's plain stupid to compare yourself to others. God gave me the talent of storytelling and drawing, and I love it. I still get competitive sometimes and even a bit jealous of others, but that's because I'm human. I'm working at it. But I've learned to never compare my stuff to others. Because somewhere in this big huge world, Someone is being inspired by what I do.

So here's my gift to you guys, especially to my closest friends: DON'T COMPARE YOURSELVES TO OTHERS. You have talent, you love to draw or write; that's why you're on DA right? So just do it because it's fun. Even if you're not good at it. We all have to start from somewhere. And you're not too old to learn how to draw. Stubborn, maybe, but not too old. Don't compare or wish to be like that person. Look at their art and use it as inspiration, as reference. I was fortunate enough to have teachers who encouraged me to draw if I couldn't concentrate in class. If I don't draw, then I'm thinking more about drawing than studying. Deviantart is filled with budding artists to professionals, so if you're here to draw for fun and you go compare yourself to someone who has had years of experience, or even if you let people in real life put you down, YOU WILL MISS OUT ON AN ADVENTURE. A darn big on at that. WHO CARES if someone is better at it than you are: God doesn't care. As long as you're drawing and you have fun doing it, then that's what matters to Him. He gave you that gift because He Loves you. Not because he wants us to compete or compare works with each other.

You've got talent: USE IT.

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coolalexia Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Is it a coincidence that I found this when I was busy hating and comparing my drawings? HAV - Edgar Allan Poe 

Thank you very much for this, it was very encouraging for me. Victory Dance  
HolyArtsAlchemist Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
MarrozTheCat Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is very inspiring, thank you for making it. :)
DawnDewdrop Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Artist
okay, wow, I just found this when I needed this sorta pep talk most, talk about wack but epic... thanks for posting this.
ZelgadisGW Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I have to say something about this deviation, It would be advice to stop using "God" in argumentation. It makes all you just said invalid in my eyes. I'll even poke fun at it: if the "God" is truly the one who created me this way, then he must really hate me for no other reason than a whim.
KicsterAsh Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This was made mainly for a friend. I am Christian, therefore I will put God's name in wherever I desire. I do not force people to have to believe in the same thing, and if you don't agree with it, then that's fine by me. But I will not remove "God" because I think it's important part of this message.
ZelgadisGW Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If that's for your friend, that's fine. But it was meant for further audience, then the argumentation in that deviation is pretty much invalid. That's all my point is about.

And of course, do as you please.
TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. :')
virtualNinja Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student General Artist
this made me smile even though I'm not Christian, and it's true in every respect :)
turtlearmageddon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
we all know what trolls and art thief's are, and this gave me courage to say this;
what if they are afraid to draw? what if they are surrounded by people "better" than them? what if they put others down because people put them down all the time? I'm not saying this gives them the right to be a jerk, but it also doesn't give us the right to be jerks back, I've seen people yell and scream at art thiefs to draw their own art but when they did, what did those same people do? all they did was make fun of it.
I know it's hard, but try to see their side of the story, try to be their friend because...
maybe that's all they need.
KicsterAsh Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Did I ever mention in this anywhere that you should yell at trolls or art thieves?
turtlearmageddon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh, sorry I didn't make it more clear, I meant to say that "you've got talent" is exactly what trolls and art thieves need to read :)
KicsterAsh Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
oh lol
yeah, that's another way of putting it :)
turtlearmageddon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yeah, sorry for the confusion.
IamNotcrazyYouare Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student
Huh, I thought I left a comment, but I guess I didn't. :XD:
That was very encouraging. :D
But still, I must say that I love to please others with art and writing, and I don't think that that makes someone a failure. :la:
HalyPooH Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Ash.
TheRealSugarBaby1 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
awesome so true and sooo amazing
MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is awesome! And so very true. Look at the parable of the talents: the metaphor for God didn't care if the guy had one talent or five, he just wanted him to use it! And what did he do when the other guys were more successful than he could ever have been with his one talent? He buried it. And God was displeased.

Even if you don't believe in God, it's still a shame to waste good or even potential talent just because you see someone better than you.

I build Star Trek models, and the Holy Grail for most of us Trekkie modelers is the Polar Lights 1:350 USS Enterprise Refit. This sucker is nearly three feet long (short an inch), and is an incredible challenge to not only build, but to paint as well and have it come out looking like, say, this: [link]

Seeing it built up this well usually results in a few guys saying that they'll never be able to get their Enterprise to look that awesome, so they don't even buy the kit, let alone start it.

But you're a modeler, right? So give it a try! I know it's a subject you love and are afraid to screw up, but you'll never know what your true potential is without trying in the first place.

Comparing yourself to others can be a good way to see the flaws in your technique, if you know how to recognize them, but never use it as an excuse not to try. It would be an injustice to your talents and a waste of God-given ability.
Junkie3333 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
I'm actually going to say thank you for this!
I'm always comparing my work to others.... :saddummy:
DAWN2356 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awww.... this is amazing its just truly touching.
RadiantCherryBlossom Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
:clap: i :love: it. so true. amazing
AmyNChan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconbravoplz: I really like this.
MillionDollarNinja Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
I've been thinking like that the last couple of days, I love to draw and write, but I've seen people better then me, who seem to do things in seconds that would take me hours to do, and frankly I felt I would never be good enough, that my little stories and drawing were just well, that they weren't good enough, but spotting this, and reading it a couple times helped me understand that I'm no less then someone else, the people I knew did have more experience, they had a gift that I thought I didn't have, but I see that's not it.
I'm just doing what I can in my style, sure I'm gonna feel like that at times, where I'm not good enough, but I'll have time to learn and explore, I have artist and writers I look up to, I'm still learning even if I feel I've learned what I could.
Thanks for making this, it helped a lot.
Celtyfoof Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
This made me want to start up my novel again, being a kid I often get discouraged not only by great writers but how some publishers/agents I found will not accept children. My mom always told me when I got discouraged that God gave me a gift and if I don't use it I'll lose it. You inspire me most as a person and I just thought I'd let you know that. Thank you for being you :D (I'm going to do some writing now and I apologize for this long comment)
alem22 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's amazing that I would stumble upon this today, of all days. I have been comparing myself more than normal today. I had a horrible day, I cannot imagine that comparing myself would make things any better. As I was reading this, it sent chills down my spine, and tears down my cheek. For the first time today, I'm not crying because I'm hurt, or sad. This is so powerful, is what I'm trying to say through this relatively long, ramble-y comment.
Krististina Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I cried D':
PhintasticParu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this was so inspirational ... u bought a spirit within me ...ALIVE !!!
imight be the one who is inspired by u ...
A-STAR61 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
A-*'s COMMENT: Good Evening, I'm glad to the ADMIN of this group, that I found a group where I may be able to show my talents ....

Thanks a lot
i-haz-a-doodle-plex Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student Filmographer
This is incredible. I couldn't agree more with the message, and I love how you put it so artistically: the background is beautiful. It really is the perfect thing to read when you're feeling depressed. C:
FontanaWorks Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your quite an inspiring person!
BUTTDANCER Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll admit that I don't really believe in a god but I agree with the message in this deviation. :3
KicsterAsh Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That's perfectly fine if you don't:aww: I don't intend to force you into believing.
BUTTDANCER Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
themonkeygirl1212 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Three things.

1) YOU'RE AN AMAZING ARTIST!!!!!! Well, you practice like EVERY DAY!!! So, it's kind of OBVIOUS that you'd end up to be a great artists.

2) You're right about comparing people to other people. It is kind of lame when you really think about it. I mean, why would you compare yourself to someone else just because you think they're better? I dunno, I guess it's only human.

3) Wait... that's it. Oh wow -_-"
SparkelDragon Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW. OMG. i'm specless, that rerly happens. I let the favorit speak for me.
RSEO Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, amazing...
zionj4160 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you so much i relay needed that to get like 200 pieces of art on my account
raynehkinz Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student Writer
Thank you so much <3 This really brought me up

You're amazing (:
Argofinkal Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Aww, this is so touching. It also looks perfect for a poster, to be exhibited so that other would understand.

This is exactly what I've been trying to do, submit my works to see if they can make someone at the least feel a little... something, whatever. Best if it's a smile, but sometimes I feel like doing something else.

Thank you for your kind words.
purplekatz93 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
These are truly inspiring words. I don't compare myself to others, but my mom does compare me to other people, always saying "you remind me of this person" and whatnot. Although I'm sure if this is a bad thing to others,but I hate it when she does that.I keep telling her to stop, but she doesn't. I'm my own person, not some random person that we don't even know. I'm gonna show her this and then maybe she'll finally understand how I feel about the whole situation.
Leneeh Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've someay compare mah work with someone else's BUT I've never felt like I was the worst artist or something.. contrary to this.. I felt lucky of being diferent! :heart:

Gosh! I love that part of me! :heart: I've never get upset of what others can have or do that I CERTAINLY CAN'T. I juts see mahself and say. Pff.. I can't do that.. but I can do this other thing that's interesting too! :heart: I think most of the people don't do that.. But like you say..

They've got talent :heart:

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH DEAR! And I love when you encourage people to do this kind of things! :dummy:
BerryTheStraw Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
I just want to say thank you.
My biggest dream is to be an animator, and for the longest time I kept comparing myself to other people, and I kept feeling depressed because of it. And you know what, because I always compared myself to others, I never got any better. I just kept saying to myself "what the point in trying, I'm not going anywhere." And I basically gave up on myself. But then I saw this, and it inspired me to keep going, and keep working at it. Now, I find that I am getting better. And now that I look back, I realize that I have improved, and I've improved a lot :) I also told my parents about my "dream" and they both support me on it :) Anywho, thank you again :)
RJMB Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
did you come you with this? this is very inspiring for me.thankyou for writing this. thank you thankyou thankyou!!!
DoDaDoDaDa Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
...Thank you for writing this. I can't tell you how many times I've compared myself to others and felt like my art was the worst art ever. I'm still trying to not compare my art to others, and this really helped. I will look at art and be inspired then feel bad about myself. This needed to be said/written to lift people up like me who only compare. Thank you again.
Arisa324 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Awesome, truly inspiring
instant :+fav:
Spazzeh-Katteh Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :heart:
migueruchan Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Te doy un gran aplauso por el mensaje :clap:
y por tomarte la molestia de contarnos un poco acerca de ti.
SkyDragonQueen Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Very insperational :D
Echoenigma Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
whoa...this really needed to be said...or written
MidnightAvatArtist8 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This, needs to be a DD. I applaud you on this fabulous writing, for every bit of it is true. :) I believe you are doing EXACTLY what you say to do in the poem. YOU have used God's gift for you superbly. :) Great job explaining that. :) WHY CAN'T I FAVE MORE THAN ONCE?!
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