how i’ve been feelin’ lately
Jess as a follower and fan of your work I want to apologize first and foremost for hijacking your (very cute and well-drawn I must say) post so I can talk about this, and I promise I’m not trying to attack you or your work
I see posts like this all the time going around with tens of thousands of notes from people who can relate. And that’s nice! It’s comforting to see something like this on your dash and know that other people feel the same way. But this is perhaps the single most damaging way developing artists can put themselves down and hold themselves back and indulging it like this is way more harmful than it seems
Being on a creative community and making artistic friends means surrounding yourself with people who you feel are better than you in many respects. I feel that way every day. But if you indulge this kind of negative, self-deprecating, you’ll just hold yourself back and feed this terrible notion that the people around you are inherently better and have something you just don’t have, which is both terrifying to think about and completely untrue
Embrace the skills of your peers. Don’t factor things like age, education, career, and good golly frickin gosh don’t factor internet followings. Good art is good art no matter who is making it. Learn from your peers and embrace the creative energy you can provide each other with
I know it’s really hard not to feel this way but you can learn not to and that’s something every artist needs to do!
Negative mindsets can also be contagious! I saw a few people share this that I consider more talented/accomplished than myself, and then thought, “Well, if THEY feel that way, what does that make me .___. ” It really hurts to see an artist you admire put themselves down, both for their sake and for the sake of people who look up to them.
Of course, people at various degrees of skill and popularity are allowed to feel like this and be honest about it - I think most people do - and it’s ok to let those moments of frustration creep out. But try not to dwell on it, because whether you believe it or not, there is probably someone out there who admires you for one reason or another. Self-deprecation may seem like it’s harming no one but yourself (which is bad enough), BUT when you put yourself down, you’re also, in a way, putting down the people who love you and believe in you and consider you a role model.
To sum it up, we all need to encourage each other and help each other get better, and that starts with believing in yourself!
I’m almost 25, and when I see 18 year olds with the skill level of professional game artists and traditional masters, it’s hard not to self-deprecate and feel like that right most character, since everything you’ve been doing up until that point suddenly seem like an exercise in futility.
But then I just think, “Whatever. I get people off with my art all over the world.” Then everything seems a bit brighter again. XD LOLOL And so I continue my uphill crawl towards that Mastery I so desire.