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It is painful at times,
Seeing those born with skill and talent.

They paint such beautiful things, using the barest of material.
Entire worlds are spun at their fingertips, all from a dot of paint.

I think sometimes, of how nice it must be,
To be able to capture such beauty, within the borders of a page.
To spin a tale from but the smallest of phrases,
To create a fantastic adventure from a mundane experience.

It is painful indeed at times. When I am seated in this room,
Surrounded by the dull hum of failure and regret,
I ask myself, with eyes burning in the mirror,
Am I finally ready to give it all up?

'No!' I say

I will not let it end this way!
Not without a fight, not until I know that I am utterly broken.

The good lord may have blessed you with talent my friend,
He has given you everything that I could have ever desired...

But there is one thing that I have earned;
One little gift that remains my own.

You would not know of it,
Since you have never felt it,
And that is the pain of being a loser.





Piece 5 of the Creative Rush.

Sometimes you see the works of the other people and you're just mindblown at how incredible they are. It's even worse when they're basically the same age as you. I'm all like...screw that I'm not even on the same level.

It hurts, but I guess that's why we keep trying, even if we look uncool at present. I want to believe that even if I am a loser now, some day I will be recognised for my effort. It's hard and you just take the small bits of recognition as they come, but in the end that'll take you somewhere. It's all about how much you're willing to put in and how many times you're willing to put it down to pick up a distraction.

Overcoming talent isn't easy, but I'm definitely going to try simply so I can see what it feels like to really stand out there with the greats :3.

Anyway, since the speech is over, come like my facebook page: www.facebook.com/WordOfChen

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Given 2014-02-06
This is for the Average Artist by WordOfChen Suggester says, "Truly an inspiring piece of how an ''average artist'' perception when surrounded with others who they deem better and bigger than themselves." ( Suggested by Qihah and Featured by inknalcohol )
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Knight3000 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like that all the time. But it`s  even worse when you`re patronized so you don`t have to ask if your arts good or not.
I`m often told it`s 'improving', but I don't see it and it`s like I annoy people when I ask how to improve so I`m like "Why do I bother?"
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fableweaver55 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hi Chen! Just to let you know your wonderful work has been featured here: fableweaver55.deviantart.com/j…
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Dannny-Deviant Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icondogeplz: such poem

:icondogeplz: much love

10/10 :D
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JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I have always respected as well as envied actors, visual artists, musicians and singers much better than me. I've clung to writing as my art form because it is the one I can do most easily, the one that comes naturally to me. I feel like I could have developed any of those skills if I had started them earlier or used more discipline. It really does come down to dedication, choosing what talent we want to further develop. It's an investment. My fear is that I could invest in something that I end up not enjoying or being very good at. Writing feels safe for me, so that's what I'm sticking with (and spending money on in my college courses). Don't give up doing what makes you feel happy and accomplished!
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rOsso-mimi Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Inferiority has been bothering me for some time when bad things happen at the same time regarding "Do I really have the skill to draw?" And your poem just made me feel a bit better. And I know practice and hard work should do but... I still have these buts OTL Thank you anyways
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Gracefulimplosion Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I appreciate your candid eloquence. But I must highlight something. I am an artist who was born with talent, but I had to work and work and work and work to make it into skill. Nothing of worth is free and easy, and if you want to be the most BADASS artist you can be then just keep working. and work some more. then work. it'll happen if you want it enough. even though i love my work, i am seriously humbled by the mass of amazing artists out there. they make it look easy, but i doubt it is. Michaelangelo once said, 'If they knew how much work went into my mastery they wouldn't be so impressed.'
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CheshireCaine Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on getting a Daily Deviation!
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delta7Xx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
woah, nice work! saw it in someone i know's faves section. ok, know's isnt a word.
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Snapdragoon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
There is no such thing 'born with skill and talent'. 'Natural talent' is a myth and a load of bs. What people call 'talent' is actually ambition and drive. Every single good artist has had to work hard to be good. You won't get anywhere just wallowing in self pity and comparing yourself to others. Comparing yourself to others is poison, especially because you never know what they've actually been through, or how hard they worked to get there.
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ZelgadisGW Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would say talent does matter to some extend (and it goes nicely along with theory of evolution), thought it's obvious that hard work is required to back it up. But of course, we can never know what other people actually been through. Same goes for the author here, you or me. You know, after much angst, self-loathing, frustration amd work I still got nowhere (in area of drawing, I mean), and because of that I can relate to everything that is stated here. Please, do not understeminate what the author wrote here.
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DoubleLeggy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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NeroInu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Imperfection leads to the desire to improve.

In the end, it is endlessly comforting to know that I am where I am now because I led myself here.

And who knows, maybe, if I play my cards right, I'll have the will to bring myself much farther than what natural talent has taken other people to.
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Bonzai-Magic Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
nicely written and very relatable. Persevere my friend!  

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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow...  that is so amazing! I feel this way so often. thank you for writing this.
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jasaminia Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
-.- so true
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syinthetic Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
and i hate it, every day all over again :(
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TheOdious Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*Sniffles* 
I love this, sums up my feelings exactly. 
Bravo!
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SmellietLuvsTurtlez Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Nutella I would have given you a clap, but I couldn't find it. Here's some Nutella instead.
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ArtemisSunrise Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can totally agree with what you wrote.
Every day I see and meet people that seem to be better at everything.
Drawing,writing and even in school.
Then I really feel bad sometimes,I wish I had their talent,mind and creativity.
But in the end I can say everyone has something special,even if you don`t see it just yet.
The real art of life is finding your place in the world.
Something no one can take from you.

You are definitly a really talented writer judging from what I just read.
Keep up the good work and find your own way to be one of the best.
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neko-Alieth Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Artist
Thereīs an old saying... i canīt remember where i hear it:
"El trabajo duro supera al talento, cuando el talento no trabaja duro"

Im gonna try to translate ^^;  ..is somthing like..
Hard work is supperior to talent, when talent dosent work hard.


..
I dunno if im a bad/gut/great artist but i suffer for it. It is endeed very painfull to see someone who has it all and makes "i was bored" art and i go crash just to see it.
I have been unpopular and been called a looser far more that i can remember but the only, the only dammed thing that brakes me again and again is my art. Not to be able to put in papper the world that i imagine kills me.

People say to me..that i just have to chance to writing my ideas, and sell them to people that really know how to do them. But... my arts are like my babies  ono    I just dont want to give in ^ ^;    Plus im so damm stubborn
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RageQuitWithPocky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
i can relate to this feeling 
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Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Awww! Feels! :Heart:  Though I don’t think it’s exactly a matter of being good or bad, you’re just developing your own skill. There will never be another Chenbeard, just as there will never be another Neondragon, Yuumei, or Apofiss. I don’t like it when people; others or yourself, consider you to be a ‘loser’. If they have a problem with you, then that’s their own issue.  I hope you never let it get to you, I get the strong impression some times than you’re a lot better than you think you really are. And for the record, I think you’re work is awesome! it contains a sense of realness that not everyone can achieve, and you keep us all wondering what you’re going to create/do/write next. This poem was inspiring, attention-grabbing, and your poetic layout was really beautiful. The only thing I think that spoiled it for me a little bit was that last line..

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Chaos02 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It hurts even worse when they turn out to be younger than you...
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:iconneko-alieth:
neko-Alieth Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Artist
agreed!
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Jones996 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Moral of this poem:


NEVER EVER GIVE UP!!!!!


Amazing poem

Very,very,motivational!!!
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Smokenbliss Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
That's a beautiful poem..

I feel motivated now. :3
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hyperanimegirl4lyfe Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student
right in the feels man... RIGHT IN THE FEELZZZZ!!!!!! i have too many friends and classmates that say, "oh, i did this last night" or "i didn't even try" or "this is my first time using this/painting this"... honestly, i just stand there. but then again, as an artist (and all other artists) we all see our own mistakes and everyone else's success. i guess that's where being a perfectionist comes in :P we just gotta keep trying, step back, look at where we are instead of how much we have left :3 awesome dude. simply awesome :)
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Docwestink Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you  being at sixty plus years, these words ring true and no matter how old you are those feelings know no age and you can never feel what it 's like to "stand out there" until you understand you never were a "loser"wich is proven by your actions, the fact that you attempt to do makes you a winner The limelight is directed by whomever holds the lamp and never shines for more than a brief moment then on to the next one to light up keep your mind positive I have learned after over fourty years as a tattoo artist that nomatter what i draw some where  someone loves it and that is what it takes to be RECONIZED one persons acknowledgement. peace toyou . 
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Jones996 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
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BRAVO,GOOD SIR!!!! BRAVO!!!!!!

Couldn't've said it better myself!



(One of the main Reasons why the elderly should be respected)
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GiangTien Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is seriously a good piece to read when I need inspiration.. XD I mean, I absolutely have no talent what-so-ever. My writing is juvenile, and my drawings suck. XD But hey, practice makes perfect, right?
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dovepaw2 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Aww thank you this made me happy :D
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runty Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful and empowering words. :heart: I absolutely needed to read something like this right now, it's very encouraging!
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DawnPaladin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
People are born with talent, and that makes it easier, but nobody's born with skill. All those people you see making awesome stuff? They worked hard to get it that way. Nothing's stopping you from doing the same.
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Xbeing Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was a very nice piece, but I kinda just wanna have a say...my older sister is better than me at everything from school work to social life, except for art. I'm not saying I'm one of the great people, but I'm sure other artist suffer too. There's more to the picture than drawing and painting. What made them draw what they drew? Some things I've seen are pretty dark, and someone doesn't just come up with that stuff... This is just my say though, but I really did like your post, it's just that last bit that caught my thoughts. But some artists, ares all they have, weather it's good or not. Keep writing though :) it's nice.
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Xbeing Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Art is all they have *
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sanddemon12 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Oh my gosh, I know the feeling. Sometimes I find people younger than me who are friggin' little artists ._. And I've been drawing since I was five >_< 
This totally lifted mah spirits though :3 I shall keep tryin'! :la:
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LilyValley22 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
There really isnt a good or bad in real art, your image just needs to convey what you are saying. Who cares what people think of it afterwards really, our whole thrill as artists is really the creation of the image. Then a good stare at it in critique. If a flaw really annoys you fix it, if it dos'nt then don't. Art is not a job. Art is one of the vital things that seperate us from every other species, Art, music, and the written language. So cheer up guys we have hit the creative jackpot here ! We the creatives ones are indeed gifted. So stop worrying and get back to fun!

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XeonPhoenix Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist
This was simply amazing and beautiful. I defiantly felt like I could connect to it. 
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ZelgadisGW Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. This is quite inspirational.
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headphonefreak21 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this so much. :saddummy: cause there really are times when I want to give up. 
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Unseenivy253 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   General Artist
I totally get this. This isn't even just with art too, it's like this with anything you pursue. The trick really is being to stubborn to quit XD
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Roew Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student
I feel that (at least for me) I will never be good enough as an artist, because there are people still better than I am..
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ShadowAuroraz Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice point here ^^ I wish I could be super good heh
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Sholya-art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
First of all: congrats for the DD! :clap: It's not really often I check the written deviations (shame on me I know :P ) but when I saw the thumbnail of your work in the daily deviation section I knew I had to read it. :nod:
Incredible how you summed up my feelings about my stuff in your poem! :wow:
Even though I couldn't give up art for good ever, I'm too in love with drawing and bringing my ideas into life, many times I feel desperate (even giving up making anything for months) about I will never reach the level of others' ever. I am not envious (okay, sometimes a bit jealous :P ), please don't get me wrong, I am really glad those people could achieve that professionalism they possess, also becoming others' inspiration when they show us those wonderful bits of their world.
I only wish one day I'd become as good as the standards I set to myself. :) Self criticism even though is necessary but also can be a b... not a nice thing. :S 
But the positive feedback from others, looking back to our old works and see the improvement, see that you can draw/paint/make what you couldn't even a month ago, and even though it's more difficult if you are not incredibly talented but when you can actually see the results of the so hard work... Those things can be really encouraging and in my case can make me continue. :nod:
Thank you for your words and for make the opportunity to express my feeling about these things to happen. :hug:
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snowysylva Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am glad this got featured, because I think it is something which does not get said very often, and you definitely nailed it. Inspiring! :)
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Darkdragonwolf52 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Writer
Heh, at least you have the drive to keep going. I've all but lost my will to keep going.
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ironic and inspiring at the same time.
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rhealha13 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Fact of Life: every artist thinks that there are lots of artists are better than they are (unless they have a cripplingly large ego). This is because art is subjective and at a certain level there are so many variations in style that artists will see a style that is different than their own and that they like  and will come to the conclusion that the other artist is "better" than they are. The trick is to take other people's art that you like and find all the things you can learn from it.
I am a firm believer that anyone who can write can learn to draw. It's just a question of figuring out which lines go where. Some people will be more creative with their styles than others, but anatomy/sketching is a 100% learned skill.
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kitsunemimichan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exactly what I needed to hear right now. Thank you :hug:
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Cestarian Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bullshit. Talent had nothing to do with it and neither did "The Lord"

It's all just practice and hard work. All of the most "talented" artists I've seen discuss the subject claim that talent had nothing to do with it, it's a skill that must be learned through rigorous exercising and practice. That is all. Anyone who has a hand and a functional brain can do it, including you and me.

But kudos for never giving up I guess, that's the first step towards success.
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