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I'm going to be as nice as I possibly can when I say this

Hours of work doesn't always equal skill

Look, I used to spend hours on stuff that, honestly, looked like complete shit
This, for example: mellow-match.deviantart.com/ar…

I'm not saying that you're terrible if you don't make it into a group based on your skill level
And, again, I'm trying to be nice, but you should be mature enough to accept what is said and just work on improving so you can prove to whomever that you've got not only the skill, but also the will to be in groups like pixel gift groups
Groups like those are always going to be a bit pickier, since the point is to be making something nice for someone else, so they try to filter people accordingly
When they say, "You need to improve," they aren't saying that you suck and you should jump off a cliff and take your shit with you
They're just trying to keep each trade as even as possible with the skill levels of it's members
Don't take it personally when they ask you to take time to work on your style

And on that note, it isn't always about style
Just because someone has some fancy-schmancy style doesn't mean that their stuff actually looks good >:I

So please
Just don't take these kinds of things personally
Groups like that look out for the best interest of their members
Try to respect their decisions

And if there's something I need to further explain, please don't hesitate to ask me c:
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NorthernStorm Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Amen.
Particularly about the group acceptance thing. Both me and my co-admin have been whined at, called unfair, insulted, and treated like horrible people for saying no to certain people who wanted to be in our group =n=;
s'pretty annoying after a while
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MellowMagoo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest, it was one of the most recent people who asked that really inspired this journal lD
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NorthernStorm Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Ah! Yes one of them didn't take it very well |D;
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xXAllieBomboziXx Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup! My mindset is that I'm going to get much better so that next year I'll be accepted c:
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MellowMagoo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's an awesome attitude to have, and I bet you'll definitely be accepted :'D
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xXAllieBomboziXx Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really hope so hehe c: I know that I've improved a lot in the year that I've been drawing, so I'm hoping to have gotten much better in another year :'D I'd be glad for sure hehe :iconmonkeyloveplz:
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