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January 5, 2013


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Extremely Discouraged

Arkxous Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I've been drawing for 3 and half years, and I'm working on bettering myself as an artist. I've noticed alot of improvement since the beginning. Though, I feel extremely discouraged when I look at younger artists work. Is this normal?

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LadyKuki Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
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. :D That's what I do when I see like, a thirteen year old draw like a pro. :)
ToPaintARose Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student 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 :)
FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

You can work your butt off and become awesome. Will you?
Tetchist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
so, what? you think that just because you've been drawing for three and a half years, you should be a master already?

get back to me in thirty years.
Aricania Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Aha I get what you mean, it's understandable though. But I guess the only thing that you can do is work harder and practice more. You'll get there some day! :)
Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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
Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
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.
shininginthedarkness Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
It's not a race!
Mercury-Crowe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's normal to feel that lots of people are better than you are.

But you shouldn't feel bad about it. Those people you think are good may think the same thing about you. Someone elses work always looks more impressive.

The thing is, you know what you wanted it to look like in your head, so you are comparing your art to an ideal version. Everyone else can only see what is THERE, so they aren't judging it like that.

Other people are exactly the same way.

You also have to remember that part of art is just experience. It's literally just time spent drawing. The longer someone has worked at drawing, the longer they have been improving their style.

You don't know how long they have been working, or what resources they have. So it's not fair for you to be judging yourself next to them.

Don't worry about it. When you see something you think is super good, learn how to do the part that you like about it and incorporate it into your own work.
noobartist87 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
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.
CatharsisGaze Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Pretty normal but trying to overcome it helps more than sticking to it I think.
You can use it as inspiration as well instead of envy. Envy will eat you someday. =/
ShaunMichaelJones Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
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.
SEVMD Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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 :shrug:

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. :dummy:

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 :shrug:
Vineris Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
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.
Rizhnir Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
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.
erspears Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional
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.
Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he's not a "whiny baby" just because he has a perfectly normal thought that tons of other artists have, including you probably at one point. get over yourself.
erspears Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional
Fix your sarcasm detector. It's in need of a tune-up.
Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i couldn't tell you were being sarcastic, plenty of people on these forums are just that rude. sorry if i was mistaken...
erspears Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional
If I could borrow your skull, I'm sure my phrenologist friend would find that you have the skull shape indicative of someone who takes shit too seriously.

WiffleBall Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Arkxous Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well. Shit. :U
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