loretthurr answered your question “I just saw someone post a long rant about how awful it is when people…”Only stupid people! Oh boy, I just wrote a big rant about this but it won’t fit here. In summation: there is no reason NOT to make art!
Will you post it on your Tumblr plz? So I can reblog?
Also, DAMN STRAIGHT. There is no reason not to make art and there is no shame in being an amateur with no desire to learn or a professional with mad skills or anything in between.
Yeah, art is for enjoyment! It doesn’t matter if you devote your life to it, or spend five minutes on it. It doesn’t matter if you earn your living from it or it costs you money. No criteria makes art less authentic or worthy. And this is coming from someone who does really want to spend the majority of her life trying to make technically “good” (THIS WORD IS SUBJECTIVE) art and trying to get paid for it. But that’s just me.
Art is most often a deeply personal experience. We do it for others but mostly it’s for us. So we should try to enjoy it! It’s hard enough making art with our normal self imposed pressures and self doubt. If I were to tack on, “I must make perfect art all the time” and “I must be the most successful and respected artist ever” then I would quit immediately. That is stupid. Those goals are unattainable. Besides, you can’t learn anything without failing over and over again.
In my opinion, the only reason someone needs to make art is whether or not they want to.
That was even longer than my original rant. I hope that made sense?