This has probably been posted a million times and it's fairly common information, but i thought i'd share anyways. I think there's a lot of people out there who get really discouraged whenever they see an artist who is very skilled. It's intimidating to many, and to some it even discourages them from even picking up a pencil. This mindset is especially prevalent when you're in the beginner stages like me.
What's the usual response? well you avoid looking at artists like that, or comparing yourself to them. You go into the usual motions, "Well i have my own style" or "they started at a very young age" and the big one "If only i was born with that kind of talent". i'm certain a lot of people are familiar with these, chances are you might've used one at some point. If i sat down today, i could probably write a book of reasons why i should just throw in the towel. But it doesn't have to be this way at all.
Just a little while ago i had a bit of an epiphany. Every artist that blows your mind away started where you currently are. Which for me, has changed everything. Whenever i look at art which blows me away, it just makes me think "Well hell, i can reach that". The awesome artists you know didn't come out of the womb with a brush and pencil in their hand. It took them years of grinding to get where they are. Don't avoid great art, let it fuel the fire, surround yourself with excellence. Keep in mind talent has little to do with it, drive has everything to do with it.
The people who are making those awesome CGs and paintings are the ones who didn't use the "Well if only--" card. They're to busy getting things done. As you make this journey, you'll also come to realize something as well. A lot of artists you originally thought were at the "finish line", really aren't. So keep in mind this is a craft that takes a lifetime to master. We're all just scaling a cliff wall to reach the top. It's worth the climb, i assure you, the view is beautiful up there.
So stop getting discouraged, start getting encouraged.
Thanks for your time,