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Are the arts, or the making of art, a pathway to getting you through tough times?

80,235 deviants said Yes
12,119 deviants said No
3,248 deviants said Other (please comment)

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SpireEx Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not always....I can say very seldom, instead.
CreatorofExistance Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
I voted other, because it only is that sometimes...
kuundere Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
I voted no, because I don't think drawing will solve your problems or help them. Coming from my point of view, the problem won't go away just because you drew a daisy or something like that. The only way to get rid of a problem is to attack it head on, not procrastinate by drawing. I mean seriously, just think of all the time you wasted drawing instead of trying to deal with your problem. It seems crazy to me! But this is just my opinion.
Storm-Ryder99 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I put other because it kind of depends on what hard time you're going through and how it affects you. For example, like with depression, it causes some people to lose interest in the things they once loved to do. So if art is your passion, and you lose interest in it because of something like depression, its neither helping nor making things worse. It's just sort of forgotten and pushed aside until the bad times finally end or don't.
AuroraStardust13 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student General Artist
I voted yes because I am going through the worst time of my life and art class is the only reason that I haven't broke down sobbing in the hallways.
A-Long-Story Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I voted other. Sometimes producing a piece of work helps to explore a topic and/or express emotions or themes running through one's life that are difficult to otherwise articulate. On the other hand art is for many a vocation. I take great joy in practicing art to improve my technique, to tell a story, or explore and interact with this deeply diverse subject.
BDJean Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Not for me,  maybe one day. But I know people who do it for getting through tough times, like people who got out of prison. They also say it makes them a petter person.
Foxyre Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Well i guess it somewhat helps mainly because when I look at the work of others it puts my in the state of awe and enlightment
to see the creativity of every artist here and as for my drawings I just enjoy how my characters look so much better when they're on
paper rather than being in my head all day.  But the joy of drawing is what I love the most.
GwenDS Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student
Actually yes. 
My grand father died some weeks ago. 
I was there when he died and art was a way to celebret his life.
It helped me quite a lot. 
Valk1r3 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I am currently going through depression and bipolar disorder and so
I find that creating what my mind conceives gives me a sort of passage
or trap which takes my problems and horrors and moves them out of
my mind.
Fire-star-14 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Sometimes depending on what it is but most of the time I just like to look at and favor or read the art;p
Shadowy-cryptic Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
meh. some times
mrodgers1995 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
It really depends for me. Sometimes writing about hardships helps, but i hardly ever share that stuff, it's just cathartic to write it down. Other times if i really just prefer to curl up in a corner and pretend nothing's wrong. A lot of the time, though, i escape into whatever i'm reading. That's what works most consistently for me.
LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes it depends. I used to use drawing as a way to pay attention in school, since I have a really hard time focusing due to ADD ADHD. It helped a lot because I found I learned things better since I'm a kinesthetic learner. Emotion plays a little but not always. Sometimes I drew things just to study or practice to get better.
StarCrystal272 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It could potentially go either way... For some people it's great to let their feelings flow, but for others it just embraces the [problem] even further. Most of the time it's a mix of both. But the hard times will come and go and I don't think art could bring them on or stop it [unless you're a painter for a living and by painting and selling you make money and a living]
Dark-Phobos Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it depends on a certain timing if I'm depressed, upset, angry, or any other feelings than happiness, inspirational thinking, or creative thinking... For that, Art is something we all enjoy to express our ideas thoroughly, but sometimes at the tough times, we don't draw if we feel like no idea or creativity is expressed at the time. I'm like this, due to sometimes tough times can really smash me, making me not able to think up any ideas at all. Other tough times might make me want to draw randomized drawings due to the inspiration coming through my mind. It really depends on the person however, for a fact that if someone has a certain mood, say anger, depressive, sad, upset, or gloomy (Those last three are different expressions in the same logical feeling, "Sad"), they might draw ouf their minds without thinking constructively about how it should be designed, but at other times, people don't. I'm like that as well; if I'm in a mood such as anger, or gloominess, I would do something else than drawings, however, it's a 50% chance I might draw or 50% chance I might play a Retro Game, listen to music, write my creative writing, or something else...

As always, everyone has different thinking. Some people say yes, no, both, or have to describe in their own words about it to make people understand more fully about that person's mind/logic about something. :)
Dark-Phobos Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I have different opinions and you do too. I guess we all have different opinions.
nekomch Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Not really because it depends on the content of the pictures and how well its drawn
CrystalGalaxys Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Kind of I guess...  
Yingyanggamer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes they're the CAUSE of tough times.
lake-leigh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
It depends on what is happening at the time.
RitaDurjue Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm an Artist, therefore I paint!
Invader-Franky Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Mostly... unless your forced.
citrinafyre Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not so much for me, really, mine is just expressing things about me or what I like. Yet I can easily say that I know that other people use their art in a way to cope and get through a situation in their lives, or do it all the time like that.
andy077 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Its a way to express my feelings bright or dark, and to imagine a new frontier of mystery and adventure. And also a way to help each other.
hey-look-a-squirrel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art doesn't quite "get me through" a hard time, it merely allows me to articulate my emotions- objectify my situation and compare it, although generally I use art in tough times to escape into the happy and nostalgic emotions of either a happier memory or just my imagination. Wow that came out really pretentious...
c0bra5t0rm Featured By Owner Edited Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is just an escape. I shut all I don't want to face one of the ways it helps me is it gives me an apocalypse, an end, and a place where I can feed my anarchist tendencies and dilute my sadistic tendencies. It helps me to feel ideas out.                several things I can't explain concisely                        It helps me form my 'mythology'. I helps me not hate others as much at times. It makes me like my friends more. balances my thoughts. Destroys me the ways I like to be.       so much more I *can not* at all explain.      can't find the words to play out to you what goes on my mind.                  Helps me to mirror and blend in for espionage. there are no words for it, I don't get them, it doesn't bother me though,     i hurt that way, art makes it feel good. Although 'art' is a very simple term. I don't like calling what I do art. I don't like to think about the 'mental' ethereal part. but I do like it  But what I do is deeper. I (at times) hate myself for art and philosophy. It is the ways a person like me kills them self. I would NEVER kill myself,it is not how I work  but art is death and life all over again it's also like algebra and i for one like algebra you have to find the missing piece the part the thing that makes it right.Usually I love what I make but hate myself for it. at times I hate myself for wanting others to notice me because I rather serve them and make their life better. I will probably hate myself for this later and you will most likely hate me also (most people find me annoying, in several ways, practicality, impracticality, for being insufferably upbeat, or they hate me because I'm so prone to being hated), but only a few people will see this.But I always seem to be the best and most normal and/or most suited for the group, unless it is only one or very rarely two people. I am the odd one even in my outcast friends (who are my truest friends)
But when I think about friends, family, and God; I know they love me. But I don't see how or why anyone could love let alone like me.
Sorry about the novel. I hope I don't dampen anyone’s mood, and if this has perchance. Please for me and yourself have a good day.
Frogmellamogz Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Art itself is the portrayal of any emotion or morality, by definition it cm be good bad or indifferent times.
RadHomez Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Yes they can be, to release the frustrations of being in tough times of life.
But as a natural instinct, I put all aside and do what needs to be done
before thinking of being creative
InfinitI-LA-BoreD Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I voted other because I hate to art but I need to draw or something to keep me sane.
ScottaHemi Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
never really had any real tough times :|

so i voted other. i do sometimes draw on emotion but mostly i just draw what i think would be cool you know. 
Unknowned-Mist Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
davidperesbr Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Art is a daily necessity actually...
BlackAlbatross1 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Er... yes and no.
Thylacine737 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
sometimes it is and sometimes it just for relaxation and enjoyment, to get lost in something- just like when I write. So really both should be a choice.
bronyvamp Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
other because sometimes it can help other times it can be trouble
MerianaMermaid Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist
I just do so when i want
StargazerDesign Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I draw when I get bored or when I have a good idea.
asdfmovienerd39 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
I said other because sometimes it does, and  sometimes it doesn't.
Buddergirl808 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Magdelene-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I draw regardless. Just my digital art gets on here.
Glamist Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't really draw when I'm in a certain mood. I draw when I'm inspired.
bestmanalive117 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
GhostWriter24601 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I find that I'm able to draw when I'm really sad, furious, or inspired...but I look to Christ as my first solace—then comes my art. 
He inspires me as no one else does:D
AnAnonymousPerson Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Generally I just do it for entertainment... Sometimes I do it to escape an unusually bad day, but mostly it is for fun and practice (that or a song I'm listening to might manipulate my feelings into ones of sadness, and give me an idea for a story...)
ColorfulGuitar Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally!! It helps me get the depression out of me and on the paper, and I make better art when I'm sad.
SoraSilverbeat Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends on what im feeling and to what extent. Drawing usually only helps me if im feeling creative as well. The majority of the time though music, and dance are my greatest artistic releases... My art skills are not very good so if i'm feeling sad or something but not creative i always see what I've made as bad, which doesn't help me in the end. I keep practicing but only when i'm in a good mood cause then i can control my thoughts.
tanathan75 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Art is both, but it's more than the getting through tough times. It's the mind releasing its pent up energy whether tough or easy.
SoraSilverbeat Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. Though I habitually bottle my emotional energy and have yet to find a true release. For me art is more of a distraction from the pressure that only works under certain conditions.
If I correctly understood your comment, i feel this is a better way to word my original.
menorris Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Although art is something I do to relax sometimes, I look to God for support through tough times. He lifts me up, reminds me that He's there for me and will provide, and that I need not fear.
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