Okay so without going into a huge discussion about what's talent - whether it exists etc...
Almost every day I look on deviant art or some place else and I see someone new who just totally psyches me out. For example the latest one (last night) was this guy called Sean Sevestre... SS like JJ or Jaime Jones! I need to change my name to a double like Kelvin Klein! uhm... maybe not. Anyhow:
He's 20 years old and his work is excellent. I won't use hyperbole... he has excellent mastery of form, colour, lighting. To my mind he is the next Jaime Jones. It's obvious he works really hard and does a lot of studies. I'm not saying that this guy is doing something that I couldn't do (i.e. work hard)
But he's 20 and I'm 36 (37 this year). If I was 15 I'd just be inspired but at almost twice his age and with several years of hard graft to get to where he is already, it's hard not to get psyched out.
How do you handle looking at other people's work and not feel deflated? It seems to me that we live in a very strange time for art - a time where the internet basically puts the world at your finger tips. Instead of a small community of artists working in the suburbs of Paris you're working with this huge global network. As an artist it's hard not to make comparisons - the problem is that this is killing my creativity. You have to create art from a place of love and not fear but when there's kids (sorry Sean) - walking around with this kind of skill - what chance do the rest of us have?
Anyhow if people have coping mechanisms I'd like to hear them