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What exactly makes a "real" artist? I see myself as a "wannabe" artist, and I read the term...

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Serafim 
Asked at 2009.12.18 03:41:23
..."real" artist the other day.

No right answers here, but if you would please offer "a seat of the pants" definition (in your own words, whatever pops into your mind) of a "real" artist, I would love to read it.

Is it based on talent?

Getting paid?

Passion?

Who enjoys the work?
answer Jack B, sinistral  Answered at 2009.12.18 03:41:23
A real artist is one who produces art, plain and simple.

One cannot measure an artist by success; how many paintings did Van Gogh sell in his lifetime?

One cannot measure an artist by critical acclaim; Delacroix's "Massacre At Chios" was villified in its day, as was Duchamp's "Nude Descending A Staircase", etc.

One cannot measure an artist on perception of talent; there is no strict definition of what constitutes talent.

The only definition I give to art is that it is a measure of communication. It is the communication of emotion. An artist is one who aspires to communicate emotion.

That's a real artist, and that is what you are, my friend.
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