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    It is one thing to call oneself an artist, it is another thing for one to live as an artist. When one is asked “What does it mean to be an artist?”, the chosen medium for one’s work and the personal reasons for undertaking the task may differ between artists, but the meaning for all artists is the same.
    To be an artist is to create. Art is human emotion experienced by an audience within the creative context of a given medium, and the act of creating this experience for an audience is what makes an individual an artist. But this is not everything. If one is negligent to the demands of the work, then one is not an artist. To be an artist is to be an artist at every moment; the thoughts of the artist are not restricted to the moments when attention is paid to the work.

    -- Scieppan Yoin