I was so preoccupied with alex calling those decorations ‘sparkle donuts’ that I only just now noticed the alligator from teddy picker! 10 years later… wow. I wonder if he brings it to the studio every time he records
i’m going to tell you, right off the bat, most, if not EVERY artist goes through a comparison phase in which we believe we aren’t good enough.
you remind me of one of my best friends, she was on a very similar boat and even getting her to draw anything at all was complicated because of how easily she’d get discouraged. mind you, she was a lot older than 18, in her mid twenties, when this came up. at the time, her art was good, but she refused to see it. even then, she kept practicing and drawing inspiration from her favorite artists whenever she could. today? her art is AMAZING. she improved a fuckton in literally a year and a half.
i improved a lot too since i was 18, and i’m not even that consistent when drawing, i can go months without creating anything, and i still managed to improve merely by observation and understanding, because art has a looot to do with making sense of how the world works three dimensionally, and the older you get, the better your perception of these things get. when i drew a face at 5 years old, in my head? it made perfect sense, it looked amazing. it obviously didn’t. when i was 15, i looked back on the drawing i had made 10 years back and thought, wow, this is total shit. i proceeded to draw another face. “now THIS looks actually good!” i thought at the time. at 23 years old, i look back on those drawings and realize how completely garbage they are, how the anatomy was all wrong, etc, and how somehow my brain was wired to think they were good. in 10 years time i will probably think the same of my drawings now, because your perception is evergrowing and so is your skill, if you exercise it. you don’t have to make a drawing every day. take a couple hours a week and dedicate them to picking up a pencil.
instead of comparing yourself, get inspired. i see artists who are younger than me and draw infinitely better and while at first it’s discouraging, then i realize that their work actually speaks to me and makes me want to keep creating. because each piece of art is, at the end of the day, an original piece that came from your head. so do not compare: observe, appreciate, and learn.