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EDIT 2/13/14:

Due to a few concerns that I'm overgeneralizing through my use of the word ignorant, I wanted to amend some things: 

1. This journal was not written out of a pretentious attitude, in fact it's quite the opposite. I feel the need to share knowledge, and I do whenever I can. I could never be upset with those who truly do not know where to start when it comes to enriching their minds.

2. This journal is not about lording knowledge above those who do not yet possess it.

3. This journal is not about bashing someone for the barriers that can impede or prevent their desire or ability to absorb new information.

4. I do not encourage people to "just Google it," that is why resources are listed at the bottom.

5. If you would like to contribute a resource, please link it in your comments.

I’ve been hearing the phrase “I don’t know what ____ is” a lot as of late and it’s been a little irksome, and here’s why: we are currently living in an age of technology where you can quite literally learn the basics of just about anything through the Internet. What do you mean you don't know what ____ is?! 

Information is quite obviously right at our fingertips now, yet there are myriads of people who are simply not taking advantage of it.  If you live in an area with a library, or if you have home access to Internet, there is absolutely no reason you should close yourself off from learning about what you don’t know about. You've got no excuse to shrug your shoulders if there is something you've just now heard about. There is no reason to bury your head in the sandIf there is something that you know nothing about, and it sounds interesting to you, look it up! Please! It is for your benefit and betterment! It is for this very reason I highly admire self-taught artists! They’ve sought out information and applied it (quite literally so!).

I cannot stress enough how we as artists should never be caught lulled into a state of willful ignorance. Through reading criticisms of the fine art produced in the last 20 years by fellow deviants, I’ve come to this conclusion: we are not engaged with art as an academic subject nearly as much as we should be. Here’s the good news! All the information you will ever need is easily and readily available for your consumption. Did you know that the average time that a person spends looking at any given piece of art in a gallery is seven seconds? Seven seconds. Art is self referential, it demands of its audience, it requires time and thought. If there is an artist or artwork that you don’t understand, by all means: look them/it up! Learn about what the artist’s intentions were, learn about the artwork, learn about what it was made of and how that functions with the overall concept of the work. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you find out.

Here are some places you can find some FREE kick ass writings about art, artists, and art history:

artbabble.org

Theartwolf.com

Artistdaily.com

everypainterpaintshimself.com

artofimagination.org/art-essays

www.arttimesjournal.com

johnmcdonald.net.au/category/art-essays/

judychicago.com/author/essays.php

temporaryartreview.com/essays/

www.khanacademy.org/humanities…


& FREE books, scholarly writing, and essays:

publishing.cdlib.org/ucpresseb…

gutenberg.org

www.artandcommunity.com/csac/a…

www.bookslut.com/


& FREE videos about artists, tutorials, and artwork:

www.pbs.org/art21/

www.jerrysartarama.com/art-les…

www.artistsnetwork.com/online-…

urbanartvideos.com/

ceramicartsdaily.org/daily/vid…


& FREE podcasts about art, artists, and art history:

www.rubinmuseum.org/pages/load…

manpodcast.com/

www.incredibleart.org/links/bl…

itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/th…

itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mo…

arts.gov/podcasts


MOAR FREE resources!

conceptart.org

ctrlpaint.com

Well? What are you waiting for? Go for it!

It's time you start using that computer for things other than viewing pictures of cats!
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puddlefisher Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014   Digital Artist
I do not think it’s a reasonable expectation for anyone to accommodate their dialogue in catering for ‘’politically correct’’ terms on the off-chance that people might take offense. This is agreeable to me having since realised my initial interpretation of your article was a product of the same negative accentuation that I sought to discourage; not practicing what I preach. As such my approach in raising concern in the first place was in itself backhanded and not conducive for empowering others.

While the previously absent elaboration about your generalised statements accounted for my reasoning, I shouldn’t have ever chanced encouraging anyone to have thought as negatively about your article by sharing my opinion so broadly. I’m sorry for being a contributory force behind what you felt had to be an amendment by yourself; it doesn’t sit right with me to know that I instigated contamination of peoples’ critical thoughts that may have otherwise very well been appreciation for what sincerity there is about your article and its motive.

In hindsight, I have learned to arrange a cooling-off period before employing opinions (even if endeavouring to help others) when the reasoning is of particular personal significance. I cannot assume that my view is stated on behalf of others with low confidence because mental illness does not constitute uniformity in attitudes or values.

I should have been insightful enough to know that our species is more eccentric than to be as calculable and predicted, which was a conclusion I established in response to AnimeGirlMika in spite of suggesting the opposite in my initial response to her - because this now is based on the reflection every factor from the ordeal as a whole which makes me notice the extent of sheer recklessness of my approach.

I still hope that we can work towards a more healthy acquaintance… & that you may accept this sincerest apology. Nod 
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Dalal-N Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I put together a list of online art practice tools a few weeks ago. It's a short one, but maybe the group or someone reading this will find it useful. :)


Sadly, there are very few of these kinds of tools around. It's gone around tumblr over 1000 times and nobody's had any new links to add :(
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Mikaou Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(;゜Д゜) How did you know I looked at pictures of cats!

Thanks for the links!
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emdrenn Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
I love all the collection journals!!! -faves-
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Rasheedzee Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not so much people aren't aware of their lack of technical knowledge, it's that a lot of them have lived...interesting...high context(?) lives. Things that can't be taught from reading or research, they want to feel, not think, that you understand these things as well.

Trust me, they already KNOW that your intentions are good, but they also understand the darker side of the world, and by extension, human nature.

I know, if you're a person who loves to read, it may seem easy, but coming from another perspective, it's not so black and white

I really like our art, by the way.
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Dr-Pen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I better add this to my favorites before I forget about it. Thanks for these references!
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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
I was going to post up some of the youtube channels I have bookmarked...but then I realised there are too many...so I will just say, type Art, Art History or Art techniques into the search bar and you will be kept occupied for as long as you like. I have recently been refreshing my memory with documentaries on Modern art, Gainsborough and the Rococo to name just a few.

....go on, you know you want to ;)

Excellent article, love the clips...especially the Doctor :D
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SolidDreamz Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great journal, really hits the nail on the head. 

What if a person doesn't know what he or she wants to know? Is that considered ignorance? Or should that person learn every random bit of information that comes in the way, even though he or she doesn't have the interest or passion about it? Would it be easy for a person to just learn about something if they are not interested of what they are learning? People who are not interested in something are more likely to not know about the latest developments or not likely to be informed about it. Is that ignorance? Can you blame them for being that way? People can't be interested in absolutely everything. We are selective in what we put into our minds. If we let everything in, we'll go crazy.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't fault people for not having an immediate desire to learn things, I do however have an issue with those who decide to shrug their shoulders and not pick up a dictionary if they read a word they don't understand. There's a difference between not being fully aware what you could know, and completely ignoring what you could potentially know. 

Also, I don't think it's always a good idea to learn about things that don't interest you. If you're not interested in trains, why study them? If knowing about something will not benefit your pursuits in life, or personally enrich you, there's no need to chase after it. I clearly said if there is something that you find interesting and you know little to nothing about it, pursue more knowledge on the subject, it will be good for you. 

Aside from the innate laziness that we all possess as humans (:lol: I am a terrible procrastinator myself XD), the other reason I wrote this journal was to inform people who otherwise don't know how incredibly easy it is to access completely free scholarly essays and art resources :D 

Lastly, I don't advocate for learning about everything just because it so happens to be there (unless that is something you're interested in, and there are those out there who are ^ ^) It's all for enrichment of your mind, and learning about new stuff can give you the fuzzies inside too because it's validating sometimes. 
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
:thumbsup:
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KhalilK Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Solid words here. I guess failure in learning how _____ works and having some sort of knowledge is where I fell flat as an artist. I'll have to keep this in my favorites and check out these sites if I ever decide to draw again. Thanks.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope this info helps you along then! 
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this helpful article, Mellissa!!! :iconloveloveplz: You ROCK!!! :iconlainloveplz:
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
yesssss my thoughts exactly. Have I already said it ? I don't think so. Well. Yessss
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Emberguard Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014   General Artist
ctrlpaint.com would be useful to add to the list
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Tide-of-wisdom Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student General Artist
But I love cats 
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ZamberZT Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not only should we as "artists" but we as a civilization should all yearn to seek the what is out there, why, and how it works. (I should stop soon before I start to rant)
I have notice how social media and networking sites (such as facebook) Influence our lives and language- How we live and breathe. Though, i don't know if the internet should be the savior. Drop the TV- Let your kids roll around in the mud and don't give them everything. Sometimes its better to figure things out on your own. Yes, seek as much knowledge as possible but don't froget knowledge isn't everything.

Thats just my opinion- Well, rant. Sorry guys!

In short I agree with you to an extent. Thanks for the links! i was in need of some help myself! I was just kind of wandering the deviant halls looking for inspiration and new things to try.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I totally agree with what you're saying, Internet culture does influence our daily lives, but the information I was talking about getting is unaffected by the proverbial internet meme. Scholarly research is (thankfully) devoid of the trappings of the shallowness of the monster that is the internet :giggle: And yes, knowledge does certainly need to put to practical use eventually!
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Cassy-Blue Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014   General Artist
How about spending a good hour or so in your library reading the art books? There's some good stuff ;). That's usually the first place I turn when I want art information lol.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I LOVE big ole artbooks! There's some difficulty to their availability though depending on well the individual libraries are stocked (and funded) though :)
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Cassy-Blue Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014   General Artist
Yeah, that's the only problem. But if you get to know the librarians well, they'll sometimes take your suggestions for book orders. There was a time that if I wanted a book, the librarians would order it since they knew me very well. I have three library cards to three different library systems. My university library is crap for art instruction books, but has a huge selection of art history type books. So if I want art instruction I usually check something out from one of the two home library systems.
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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Have you tried your local charity shops and junk shops? Art books are often very low priced, I have filled half my library this way ;) 

Just a few of the titles I have found this way....

The Age Of The Renaissance, Costume In Detail, Handspinning, Symbols, Signs and Sigils, The Complete Book Of Papercraft, Crafts For The Spirit, The First Civilisations, Canaletto, Life Drawing Class, Spirit of the Age (Architecture)...

...and this is just one shelf on my bookcase. I don't think any of them cost more than 2 or so. 

You might not pass an art history exam if they are not up to date, but it gives you a starting point and examples of work from the period/artist from which you can develop further personal investigations.
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Cassy-Blue Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014   General Artist

Yep, I do frequent used book stores, thrift stores, and goodwill :). There is an excellent used bookstore back home that I usually go to when I'm at home that the books are usually 5 bucks and under and it supports my public library. I've bought most my cds, fiction, and art books from there (dover type titles about motifs or dk instructional books. I've bought a few national geographic photography collections too that originally were like 50 bucks for 7.). I have to be careful about buying too many books lol. I usually go and say I'm gonna browse and I come home with 5 more books than I had before.

 

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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
hehe sounds like me ;) I don't live in a house, I live in a library, there are books everywhere at the moment as I have yet to get shelves up for them :) 
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Cassy-Blue Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014   General Artist
At any given time my dorm room floor has piles of books.
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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D 
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Dkroc Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
TRUE!
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art4life217 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Quite true! I'm glad someone else realized this! 
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Fnaf-Clara-Cockatiel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Artist
lol David up there XD 
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BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Heh.  A fair point.

On the other hand, let's not use this as an excuse to be dismissive of people.  If someone asks you something (non-personal, of course), why not answer their question to the best of your ability?  You might help that artist out and develop further, and they'll be grateful that you saved them time and money.  If you can't answer, point them toward people or places where they can find out.  Just going, "Google it!" is not always helpful, and sometimes feels a bit jerkish.  You can't always help how people are going to react to you, but you can at least minimize the chances of offending or hurting them.

However, if the person seems to be willfully ignorant, or just seems to be whining, it may be best either to ignore them or insist they go Google it.  Some people just want attention or to ruin your day.  Teach them you're not an easy victim, even if it means doing something you'll never like: blocking and/or banning them.

In short, be courteous and helpful to all, except those who cannot or will not return your courtesy.  Life's too short to suffer fools and trolls.  (Except the ones you can trust to never take it too far.)
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
No, I would never say "just" Google, that's never helpful :lol: I used to work at a library, and simply pointing to the area that a person looking for a book needed to go to was never enough, I had to walk them over, explain the section and pull out a similar book before allowing them to browse on their own. That is why I added the links at the bottom of the journal section :)
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BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
*nods* A good start, yeah. =) And if they have any other questions, they just find you again!
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eleysegottman Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014   General Artist
I agree, to a point. If they've asked someone over dA though, my first question is why didn't they google it?
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Emberguard Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014   General Artist
Sometimes that's the case where they simply haven't googled it, but for the most part when I ask a question it's because I've tried searching for it either through google or any other sources I can think of and have not found what I'm looking for and so am hoping someone else is able to find what I cannot.
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BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Perhaps people are lazy by nature?  Still, sometimes they just don't think of it... and sometimes?  Sometimes Google is less-than-helpful if your "Google Fu" isn't strong.  Besides, I support people asking and answering questions about any art or trade. =3 It's how we learn and pass on tips and tricks to those less skilled or experienced.

To be frank, sometimes even the worst that DA has to offer is far more informative than Google.  Even if it means learning who to avoid. =P
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Mevrona Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014   General Artist
I'd add conceptart.org to this list. They've recently begun a series of "level up" videos that teach basic art skills and provide assignments. Finished assignments are promised to receive critique.
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Tanelval Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But what if I like viewing pictures of cats?
Ok, just kidding (not really), but you're actually right. Guess I have to keep this one close.
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SarahArsalan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are right and thank you for this article, some of the links you put were really useful for me :) (Smile) 
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fifi-kawaii Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you those are some good advice :)
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irthepwn Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice article! Can't wait to check some of these out later, thanks! :D
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Good article. Tweeted.
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