“I’m not good enough, and I’ll never will be,” are the words that have gone through every artist’s brain at least once in their life. And if someone says they haven’t, they are lying liars that lies. I think sometimes when we see a master’s work, someone for example like Leonardo Divinici, Neil Gaiman, or even the late David Bowe’s works and especially as a new artist, you suddenly get a sinking feeling comes in that your work is child’s play, and that you will never get to that level.
I recently had that moment. I was looking through deviantart, and I found this piece by Whendell and I had that moment where I was like I’m done. I was like, ‘I will never get to this point, and everything I done is just crap.’ I was honestly thinking about walking away for a moment.
So this post is for all those artist who is currently at this point in their careers, and here are three things that personally made me go back to my art and try that much harder.
1. Getting to that Level Of Skill Takes Time
You have to remember that to master anything takes about 10,000 hours. No, you didn’t misread that. It takes that at least that long or even longer to master anything. The artist you currently comparing yourself has probably MANY YEARS of experience. No one comes straight out of the box at their best.
2. Never Getting to that Level is Perfectly Okay
No, I’m not saying to stop challenging yourself as artist, but even after years of practice you may never be as good as the artist you’re comparing yourself to; and that’s perfectly okay! For example, you can be a musician and practice for years and years and never be as good as Beethoven, but that doesn’t make your own art and your experiences doesn’t mean anything.
3. Everyone is Different
Yes, every artist is different. As we develop our craft, we each have our own styles and your little quirks that goes into every piece. So stop comparing yourself, because even you copy all the steps the artist you’re comparing yourself use, your art will still be different. So be true to yourself, and embrace your differences. Your art (and your life) will be better for it!
So this my own personal way to overcome my own artistic fears and self doubt, so how do you deal with your own fears?