I think one of the things I struggle most with as an artist is comparing myself to others. It’s something every artist does, no matter what your experience level is.
Something I’ve been doing lately to counter it is to remind myself that other artists are allowed to be good.
I don’t have to be the best.
Once I realized this, I became way less stressed about trying to consistently post art that’s “good enough”. Rather than looking at someone’s art and thinking “wow, they’re so young! they’re going to surpass me and be way more accomplished,” I instead try to think, “they’re young, but they probably worked very hard to get where they are. Let me look at my own art and see what I have accomplished, and see what I can work towards to be even better.”
If no one but you was good, then what would you have to inspire you? How would you have motivation to challenge yourself? I’m learning to love seeing other artists’ work and trying to figure out what about it I like and how I could try to implement that into my own art.
summary: You don’t have to be the “best”. Let others inspire you but ultimately just do what you like.