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Comparison is The Thief of Joy

Do you become discouraged when you compare yourself to other artists? Many of us do and it can be a real hinderance on our will to keep pushing forward.

In this video, I present you with a different way to compare your art to that of those you admire. Instead of seeing their work as a measurement of how far away you are from reaching their level - see their art instead as inspiration. A level that you will get to as long as you keep on trekking.

Any level of art which is beyond your current skill can be reached. Truly. That should excite you! If one artist can get there, then of course you can too with the right amount of dedication, practice and commitment. It's inevitable - so use the art you admire most as a goal post, make it your compass - and don't stop till you get there.

The other important piece of advice I share with you in this video is to avoid dwelling on both your wins and your losses. Don't bear too much mind to your mistakes, for they are temporary, and will be fixed. Same with your successes. Great, give yourself a pat on the back for doing well. But then move onto the next piece.

If you place too much emphasis on a job well done, it may cause you to feel apprehensive about performing to the same level the next time around - not the kind of head space you want to be in for optimal creativity.

Remember - drawing should be fun. See mistakes as an enjoyable challenge to conquer, your victories as a sign that you're moving in the right direction - and the art of others whom you admire as a level of brilliance that you too will achieve someday given enough time and effort.

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(Thumbnail art by Jim Lee).

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