Hey Tracy! I know you get these kinds of messages all the time, but I feel the overwhelming need to express how much your comic and your art continue to inspire me for years. I'm experiencing a serious burn out because of art school right now, and it's been hard to motivate myself lately (thinking "what good will it do to make art when there are people out there who are infinitely better than you"). But just scrolling through your comics strangely makes me feel okay again. So thank you.
Thank you. That’s truly sweet of you to say, and I’m very touched to hear my comic helps sometimes.
I can relate to what you’re feeling. I think we all experience that. There’s such an array of amazing work on social media these days - it’s difficult not to compare yourself to all of it like a proper masochist. To an extent, I suppose you have to rejigger your thinking - at least on a good day - to regard the overwhelming amount of skill out there as more of a reason to keep trying than a reason to give up. Look at what’s possible and how many great artists there are to learn from. But also bear in mind that you don’t have to be as good as all of those people in all of those areas to find success or to feel fulfilled. Be concerned with what everyone else is doing only to the degree that it helps you along. Above all, you gotta find your thing and get good at that. Your thing matters because you’re the only one who can do it, with your specific sense of the world and your specific hands. That’s what’ll ultimately set you apart, what’ll make your work marketable…memorable…meaningful to someone else.