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    Looking at other awesome artists discourages you.

    Hi Guys,

    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.



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    Title made me think this was going to be some bullshit news article.
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    Usually, people like that I want to make friends with and suck up so I can learn as much as I can... unless they turn out to be total jerks on a personal level, which happens on occasion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conniekat8 View Post
    Usually, people like that I want to make friends with and suck up so I can learn as much as I can... unless they turn out to be total jerks on a personal level, which happens on occasion.
    I like to think most Artists would be down to earth. It's a very humbling profession in my opinion. I guess that's not always the case
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    Don't compare your work to others' work.

    Compare your current work to your own work from a year or five ago. If you see improvement, you are doing it right and should be proud.

    Every artist has their strengths and weaknesses. Five years from now, if you progress and learn, you'll be looking at the work by people you've been envying and noticing all sorts of weak spots and real strengths that you are unaware of now. And you can be sure they all experience the same thing. There hasn't been an artist born who doesn't wish he'd have some other artist's skill, in a sort of a giant rock-paper-scissors game.

    Just look at everyone's work and be inspired. Or identify things you'd like to be able to do and learn to do them. Preferably, do both.
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    Never seen you before, but that's an interesting avatar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychotime View Post
    Never seen you before, but that's an interesting avatar.
    It's a Screen Cap of the Battle Menu from Final Fantasy 8. I thought it'd be clever since there's an ability you can use in that game called "Draw". A few people missed that and just focused on the "Attack - GF" part of it.
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    Thanks for this post - I must say it is overwhelming sometimes to see how amazing some artists are - but you are totally right, we all have to start somewhere. And damn it I'm not giving up - I want to one day be an artist that can inspire other people.
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    Every time I get discouraged when I look at other artists work (and how they are so much better than mine), I just remember who I'm doing my art for: myself. I'm not painting/drawing/studying to impress anybody else. It's for me. I look at what they did, figure out how they did it, decide if it fits in with what I do and learn from it.

    But, I always remember that I paint for myself and the work that I like. I'm fortunate enough that this coincides with what other people like and that they are willing to give me money for it.
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    This post is filled with the right attitude toward such a situation. It's like being a couple of warriors on a battlefield, with the whole "There's always someone better" view. In the end it's a bit heartwarming.

    Alternatively, sports. Double Alternatively, Hajime no Ippo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ixallus View Post
    It's a Screen Cap of the Battle Menu from Final Fantasy 8. I thought it'd be clever since there's an ability you can use in that game called "Draw". A few people missed that and just focused on the "Attack - GF" part of it.
    Yes yes. That is clever.

    8 was a decent game, despite having a really stupid story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychotime View Post
    Yes yes. That is clever.

    8 was a decent game, despite having a really stupid story.
    You're not going to find one past 6 that doesn't have one, with the most forgivable being 12 ('till you remember Vahn. And that he was a last minute addition somehow).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsySiridean View Post
    You're not going to fine one past 6 that doesn't have one, with the most forgivable being 12 ('till you remember Vahn. And that he was a last minute addition somehow).
    Vahn is a great man sir, so i'll have you recant that statement. Clearly only someone with great intelligence would wear Plate Greaves and then leave his chest completely exposed like Aladdin. He's the smartest warrior in Damascus, everyone knows all the vital of organs are all located in the shins
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