Very understandable indeed. I see young artists all the time, and it discourages me so, but here's one thing you should consider; some young artists are so good for their age, that sometimes it doesn't even come off as a challenge to them anymore. So they quit. But obviously this doesn't apply to all young artists, just some.
Just realize that there will always be people who are better than you at something; young or old. Take this situation and use it to help you strengthen your determination. That's what I do when I see like, a thirteen year old draw like a pro.
ToPaintARoseFeatured By OwnerJan 8, 2013Student General Artist
Don't worry this is very normal, everyone excels in different ways and starts at different times. You could be older but the younger artist may have had professional chances, practice more, or even be related to someone who is skilled. In the end you can't let it get you down, you have to look at their art and learn from it. Keep practicing and aim to get better than them even. Start talking to them and see how they become so good
it's very normal, a lot of artists feel the same way (including me) -___- i too have improved, but whenever i see a younger artist who's better than i am now or better than i was at their age, i think 'i should have been that good at that age.' but you just have to keep working and improving so that you can be better than those younger artists XD
Age doesn't matter. It's amount of practice. The longer you practice, the better you are.
Someday I want to learn how to play the violin. Let's say I don't start until I'm thirty. I would have no reason to be jealous of teenagers who are better than I am because I would be just starting and they'd have been practicing since they were little kids.
i sometimes feel like that a bit if im being honest, it may sound cliche but i turn that into fuel to improve myself. The're so many great artists out there and i know i could be one of them if a stay the course (which i find hard to do because i don't have a lot of spare time), end of the day enjoy your art above all else.
You can only be the best that you can be not the best of what others are. Three and a half years is not that long in terms of development anyway. You still have a long way to go like many of us do. Dont compare yourself to others, its a disservice to yourself.
It happens to me a lot, sometimes I feel that it is unfair but I get over it. Like, I've been drawing since... idk 9 years old? My improvement is long and tedious and sometimes I see kids who can reach the same level as me or even higher within a year. Of course jealousy will come in. Most of the time I feel angry that I'm not finding a method where I can improve a lot, majority of the time I read tutorials and guide books but its slow and I need to practice a lot. I want to be a comic artist or something related to art in the future but seeing that I'm not developing fast enough is very discouraging too
Idk, all I can say that its pretty normal for you to feel that way. HOWEVER, it depends on the medium of work they are doing. Like... if you draw cartoon, but they draw realism and you feel discourage. Okay, thats realism we're talking about and its not easy so yea you can feel discouraged. Cartoon and cartoon... yea, i'll get pretty jealous quickly. I would look livestreams and video recordings to see what they do that is different from me.
okay now idk what I was saying ._. I do tend to get offtrack
Either way, there are 2 methods. 1) Learn from them (I really hate this) 2) Find your own style of development that makes you different from them so you won't feel discouraged. e.g you draw surrealistic cartoons and they draw anime
It's pretty normal but it's not one of those things that's going to do you any good. Each artist is on their own individual journey. There are many different kinds of art, many ways to make your mark, and if you're always chasing around after what some other guy is doing then you're not paying enough attention to developing your own strengths. You can't do everything or be everything, but you can take what's unique about your life and play it for all it's worth. If you do it right then you end up with something that's different and good. Since those other younger artists can't be you, they can't have the thing that you're going to have. So what's the point in envying them? They're going off to their own destination. You're going to yours. There's room for everybody.
Normal enough. I think artists are a neurotic & occasionally snarky bunch. I think comparing yourself to others is normal, & feeling humbled by work that's "better" than yours happens all the time. It's also a dangerous trap- comparing yourself to others & judging the quality/worth of what you do by what they're doing is one of the quickest ways I can think of to fuck yourself up creativity-wise.. You'll be better than some artists, but someone's going to come around that makes you feel like a total poser at some point.
I use the envy of other better artists out there (and there are endless numbers of them) to inspire myself to do better. No need to be discouraged -- anyone can be that good with enough practice and dedication.
It's definitely not normal. Clearly there is something wrong with you. Perhaps if I could borrow your skull, my phrenologist friend could examine it and see if you have a skull shape indicative of being a whiny baby.