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    Default Would an ISFJ be a good artist?

    I ask only because I know an excellent artist (who I am very slowly courting, she being as shy as she is) who typed herself as an ISFJ (perhaps in err, my own tests have waivered from time to time as an INFJ.)

    Are there any other ISFJ artists 'round here? Is it very unlikely? Could she have mistyped herself?
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    What does MBTI-type have to do with talent?
    She's still a person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malice View Post
    What does MBTI-type have to do with talent?
    She's still a person.
    Not talent; pursuit of interests; it takes a lot of work to become a good artist, and certainly personalities seem as though they'd prefer one sort of pursuit over another, hence my question. Note the whole typology section referring to 'artists'
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    Typically what I have seen in ISFJ artists is that they are either really good at replicating things (e.g., drawing something that is in front of them, in detail, very carefully), or doing a lot of crafts-like stuff that creates a nice homey atmosphere or incorporates personally important things for people they love. They will also work very hard on a project to make it "exactly right."

    People can veer outside the lines, sure, and it happens; but types tend to express themselves in ways that are natural for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsAGuy View Post
    Not talent; pursuit of interests; it takes a lot of work to become a good artist, and certainly personalities seem as though they'd prefer one sort of pursuit over another, hence my question. Note the whole typology section referring to 'artists'

    I understand that we're on an MBTI forum, I get that the whole point of this place is to analyze different types in order to better our understanding of human perception and interaction, but to question a person's type because she happens to like art, and be good at it, seems silly to me.

    I agree with Jennifer, an artist by a specific type may approach their subject matter in a certain way. But I don't believe that people's hobbies are determined by what four letters they possess. Just my two cents. w/e

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    They will also work very hard on a project to make it "exactly right."
    That she does... though, to be fair, I rather think all [long term] artists probably do this, otherwise they'd not have kept improving over years and years and years. [Give up too easily and you won't be any good] vs. [I'm so good, I don't need to improve anymore].

    Still, she does paints and draws both digitally and physically, and to a degree not far short now of what one might see on the front of a video game box. The work she's done for me, for example, is consistently different (and always better) than the early vision I'd had for the project.

    But yeah, don't take the question terribly seriously. I just noticed the in many threads 'SJ's didn't often get considered as having an artistic compunction, I guess you could say. She is what she is, and I like it... I just want to understand her better.
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    Yes of course. If they have the talent and inspiration they will practice in order to get better and better. This is especially true if they're trying to impress someone or achieve something special.

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    The ISFJ I know is a pretty good artist. Her drawings are too neat and structured for my tastes, but very nice and pleasant to look at.
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    ISFJs often have a strong sense of what is aesthetically pleasing, a strong sense of what has worked in the past (and that is more important in art than people may realize), and a patient attention to detail. Much of this makes up for where originality and vision may be lacking, not to say they do not have any. It's often simply not the conceptual, rife with subtle meaning type of vision you'd see in an NF. ISFJ art can have a mass appeal that an INFx type may lack. ISFP art tends to be most appreciated, from my observations, as it sort of bridges the gap (damn them!). Of course, other types can create art also, but it's easy to confuse the IxFx types for obvious reasons.
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