As silly as this comic is, I drew it because I was frustrated about an issue I have–and probably many other artists have it too. Whenever I find someone who’s really good at art and they’re within my age range or younger, I can’t help but question why I’m not as good as them. What did they do to get where they are that I didn’t? Am I lacking in some way? Am I less motivated?
These kinds of thoughts always lead to a downward spiral. While it’s always a good idea to take pointers from other artist’s experiences and use it to improve your method of working, hyperfocusing on what you didn’t do and how you’re lacking in comparison to other people isn’t healthy. It just brings about a lot of harmful self-criticism and self-doubt that’s completely unnecessary.
So please remember–you can’t compare someone else’s experiences and successes to your own. They’ve lived a different life than you. Maybe they started seriously studying art when they were much younger than you. Maybe they just draw a lot more than you do. So what? That doesn’t make them better than you, as a person. And I can guarantee that no one looks at your art and thinks, “Oh, So-and-So’s art is better.” You are your own unique person and your skills–however they’re developed–are unique too. And remember that you are, and always will be, on your own artistic journey. You will be improving your whole life. Who knows what your art will look like ten, twenty years from now? Just focus on being the best you can be, and take satisfaction from the knowledge that you are always working at your craft!