I've been dreading this topic. Ugh. The little green monster of jealousy that every artist lives with whether they admit it to themselves or not.
I want to make this a bit more of a motivational post for those of you that might be struggling with your identity as an artist and how to overcome jealousy.
Every artist is unique and every artist is at a different stage in their artistic development. The way I like to look at it is that talent, the raw set of skills you are born with, is where you start but it's the skills you develop over time that better define you.
While it is really important to actively look at other artist's work and try to break down why things work and determine what makes "good" art, it is equally important to keep in mind that your biggest competition is you.
I can definitely thank my mother for this one. When I was young, I would show her pieces of my art and instead of telling me what she thought right away, she would ask me how I felt about it. Was it really my best work? Was I proud of it?
If you try to compare yourself to every amazing artist out there who has tens of thousands of hours over you, you are going to cry yourself to sleep every night. Now that being said, it is important to have goals so please don't mistake my words. You should always strive to be better and to improve, however for your own sanity it is important to compare your own current work to your past work.
So to sum up, it is important to feel inspired by the many great artists out there, it is important to have goals, but it is equally important to see your own personal growth and progress to avoid getting down on yourself.
See you in my next post!
Hi! My name is Courtney and I am currently working as a character designer in the animation industry!
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