Great artists develop with time and passion. However, you also need to grow comfortable with your new art medium. You can't really begin to devote yourself to whatever art you are working on until you are familiar with the medium.
To take a non visual arts example, a musician cannot truly master and enjoy creating and playing music if they are still uncomfortable with basics like finger positions and such.
I know from the experiences of others and myself that digital art is difficult to transition into, if you've only done more traditional art before. Not only do you need to get used to the tablet you are using, but you also need to grow familiar with whatever program you are drawing in. SAI, photoshop, GIMP... It takes time to grow accustomed to the details in each program. --- Don't get frustrated with yourself. Keep on practicing and improving yourself. And if you need anything, deviantart is a fantastic place to get advice, critiques, etc. Most artists here would be glad to help those who ask for it.
Don't get discouraged, be inspired if you look up to their work. Remember, today's great artists, they all started out like you. They worked extremely hard to get to where they are now. It all depends on how much you want it. I personally know one secret of them.
Do the thing you love to do the most! And own it.
Blow people away with each artwork you make. Give them the feeling that someday you'll be as great as the artists you look up to. Be strong in what you believe, then you'll get far : )
When you can not think of anything to draw, work on your problem areas. If you are bad with hands, get a bunch of refrence pic's of hands and go to town. If you are bad at buildings, do some 1, 2 and 3 point perspective work. How the great artists got that way was starting simple, and building up. BTW you have a bunch of anime/manga artists there, and they usually start with realism, then move to cartoon styles. And if you believe you can, or believe you can not, you are right. So as long as you are sitting there saying "I can never be that good" you are right, and if you are working on your skills, saying "with enough practice, critique and effort I can be as good as them" you are right.
Don't focus on other people's work, focus on how you're improving and feel good about yourself when you try something new. It can be tough to improve but if you keep practicing, you'll eventually get it.
Just keep going. That is all you can do. I started to play piano when I was about nine. That's actually a relatively "old" age to start, most people start at a very young age, even at four years old. I liked playing from the beginning, but of course I started to wonder if I would ever become a great player. At one point when I was a bit of an angsty pre-teen, I almost quit playing. I thought I'd never be good, that it would take too much time.
Now, I can play almost anything out there. I did not only become good, but one of the best students my teacher has right now. If you keep drawing and practicing, you will succeed. One day you will look back at your old drawings and thank yourself for not giving up.
xxEvilBlondiexxFeatured By OwnerDec 27, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
If the only people you're looking at and comparing yourself to are really amazing experienced artists when you're still learning, of course you're going to be discouraged. But if you just try to focus more on where you're at and what you can achieve in the short term, I think you'll be a lot happier with your work.
I think you should try setting small goals for yourself. Stuff you could achieve within a month or two or a couple weeks. Like learning to draw a certain pose or angle or something. And then once you reach that goal, set another, and another, and try to only focus on those accomplishments and not think too much about how far you have to go before reaching a professional level (because that shit takes a long time).
Most these people have a decade or more of experience on you, a decade or more where they spent most of their time on their art. If you keep at it, you'll realize that time and effort is the biggest factor in getting there.
But if you let yourself get discouraged and stop or half ass it, it'll take a lot longer, if at all.
I'm no professional or anything, but I have seen great improvement over the years by following this:
1.) Learn all the technical skills. Go searching for new techniques, new medias, learn perspective, draw people, challenge yourself, and practice like crazy.
2.) Don't forget to toss all of that technical crap out the window and just do whatever you want! Don't be afraid to doodle. Mess up a canvas or two. Make a hundred crappy paintings on that new tablet, because each 'crappy' piece of art you let yourself create is just one step closer to your dream. After a while of playing around, you'll look back at what you've done and realise how much you've improved through the simple act of putting something on paper.
3.) repeat steps one and two. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.