One of my favorite things about drawing is watching other people's techniques, learning from them, and applying said techniques to my own style (whatever that may be???). I've mentioned this love for learning from others many many
times before, and it saddens me whenever I see someone look at another's artwork and look down on themselves for "not being as good" and decide that is where they'll give up.
I am not that great of an artist, but when I say that, I don't mean I'm terrible and I'm definitely not looking down on myself. I don't want praise as a means to make me believe otherwise, no. There are just so many things I know I need to work on (looks at that anatomy), and that happens to be one of the things that actually fuels my passion to draw. My art progression is very slow compared to others, but I still progress, and I'm happy with that.
I love studying people's styles. I love hearing their own commentary of their work. I haven't taken an art class since middle school, so my understandings of the "proper ways to do art (?????????)" are very, very minimal. I guess, though, I'm lucky I'm a major visual learner that watching artists and applying their styles to things I see in real life really helps me out and gives me just a basic understanding, at least.
There are those who don't share the same mindset as I do, however; I have words for them.
Don't give up and don't look down on yourself just because you believe someone is a better artist than you. Or better at anything
than you. Keep doing it, and instead of thinking of that person as a high bar you can't reach, think of them as a mentor. Never, ever give up on something you enjoy just because you believe you'll never get better.
That said, I was looking through a lot of the old art (from over 10 years ago, dang???) in my storage and they all reminded me of a time when I actually thought I was the best artist ever.
Now here's a fun art progress timeline to look at because I like talking about myself.2003
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