My father is an artist, so I got a lot of "It's in your genes...You're lucky" etc.
I tell those people to go f*ck themselves, I've been drawing since I was 3 and practiced constantly to get to where I am, and if they were passionate about it, they could do the same.
Yes, it helped that I grew up in an art-friendly environment and my parents encouraged me to pursue something I loved, but to put it down to some sort of imaginary "inherited talent" makes me want to choke someone.
I definitely get what you mean here mate.
People have this almost insulting way of dealing with people who excel in certain disciplines. Everyone thinks that Einstein was just a genius who got lucky with his brain, but this is nonsense. Einstein was intelligent, certainly, but it took him decades to perfect his seminal contributions to physics. The man worked exceedingly hard to produce the results we take for granted today, and whenever people dismiss the likes of him as "lucky geniuses", it infuriates me. Hell, Ernst Kuemmer's probably the best example--his arithmetic/natural maths was utter sh*t, but with enough graft he proved some fundamental theorems in number theory and algebraic geometry.
I've been practicing my drawing a little and have improved a bit funnily enough, which only adds credence to what you've been saying, MURDOC. I've just been sketching simple stuff to relax. Most of it's just copied from elsewhere so I won't post any of it--it's also nowhere near the quality of anything posted here.
EDIT: I know people who are good at drawing and they often face the "it's in your genes" bullsh*t argument. However, when they draw you can really see how carefully they focus on what they're drawing and how practiced their eyes must be to maintain that. The "natural talent" argument is just thinly-veiled jealousy if you ask me