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Readers Respond: Calling Yourself An Artist

Responses: 33


Do you introduce yourself as an artist, illustrator or designer? Or perhaps a printmaker, cartoonist or animator? Do the 'titles' we attach to the arts and art skills limit you? At some point most of us find a label we are comfortable with, and sometimes that label changes, too. What label are you using? Did you choose it, or did it just happen?

Can i be a artist?

i can draw cartoons with my own imagination.Some people also like my work. i am doing my carrer in animation. i want to b famous.

i am an artist

nice to all artist out there.. just do what you love and love what you do.'
—Guest medelyn

Why not?

I take my time finding it, that's what artists do..
—Guest Nyagah

I am an artist

I certainly believe in myself and I enjoy every second I put in to draw. I call myself an artist, not because my friends have said I look like one and have liked some of my works, but because I have always aspired to become one. I love what I do, and I actually take the time to create art, so why not call myself one. I am an Artist.
—Guest Faridah


I call myself an artist. People react weirdly to this, it is either are you able to sell any of your work? or okay but what is your profession?

i don't know why...

I want to be an artist but i don't feel like i am..Many people that surrounds me said that i am so good in art and drawing especially in portraits..But i really don't know why i can't even see that my works are beautiful..And whenever i think that my work is so ugly...others think that it is so beautiful...It is gorgeous for them...but for me....it is only a junk...maybe thats why i'm still confused of myself if i am really an artist or not...
—Guest lyff

We were all born to be one

As far as I'm concerned, everyone is an artist. We all doodle, perform, act, or express ourselves in one way or another. It's a matter of how often we do, or think like one.
—Guest Paul Ming Tanner

Am I an Artist?

I may be only 11 years old, but I think of myself as an artist. I draw comics, scenes, people, animals, you name it. They never come out the way I want it to, but you know what? I'm okay with it. My idea was expressed as much as I could make it too, and I'm happy with it. I may be just an amateur, but I am surely an artist.
—Guest Chiblets


it is a human characteristic to make art in every form...we just gotta do it. the money problem leads to marketing leads to professionalism...a good thing for many geniuses not so good for others. name and fame is a burden as much as a pleasure."
—Guest dllong


I was hesitant to call myself an artist but after being awarded 1st place three times for my oil paintings, I finally felt confident enough to call myself one.

I am a ceramist and new and emerging art

I have Dip of Ceramics and I call myself a potter also studying Visual Arts at Uni and I call myself new and emerging artist
—Guest charmad

Why not?

Reading over the responses, I notice some fear in calling yourself an artist. Why not? It seems we are afraid to id ourselves as artist as though this was some shameful brand. After many, many years, I do call myself an artist. This does rather embarass my husband. And he always gives me a dirty look. He still insists that I am just a housewife. (although I have always worked and designed heavy equipment for years) But idenifiying yourself as an artist is like saying "I am weird, watch out for me" No so. Most of the artists I know are rather ordinary people with extra ordinary gifts.

still iam amteur to be called an artist

describing myself as an artist could be a little difficult for me , i do draw well but not that perfect to b called an artist as i still consider myself as a learner and i have my entire life to learn things .But seein other people's execellent work doesnt make me look like an artist in front of them. When i am too emotional my piece of art really comes out and that makes me call myself creative than an artist .
—Guest nimra

calling yourself an artist

I am an artist because I create something unique. To give a smile to myself and others; to amuse and mystify. To create a sense of balance, harmony and order in a chaotic world. To reveal things that couldn't be seen in any other way. To be good to my gift-If I don't create these paintings, nobody is going to do them for me.
—Guest rosalie

I'm a...What Am I Again?

Over the years, I've had many ups and downs when considering if I just want drawing to be a hobby or not. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. The worse thing is I'm not even following my own advice: to not care what others think about your work, and also not to become daunted or intimidated, believing your work is amateur. (http://drawsketch.about.com/u/sty/moredrawingtopics/realartist/An-Artist-Since-Childhood.htm). My siblings tell me to take pride in what I do, that becomoing intimidated is limiting myself from doing something great, but I just don't know where to turn to for inspiration. I think it's because I have problems with proportion, and the fact that I haven't had any formal art classes. I feel stuck.

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