NOTICE: If you do not believe in God, then you don't need to read this. It is a general message to everyone and you can choose to ignore the part that mentions God if you wish. I am not trying to offend anyone, I am simply stating my personal belief. (This was also meant for a friend in particular.) I'm sorry if this offends you in any way, that was not the intention. I am not attempting to start an argument of any sort. ______
Downloadable version is flippin huge. Sorry about that.
This is for a certain few people I know who have been recently doing comparisons. With other artists. And totally pushing themselves down to the point that they feel their talent is worthless. I decided to make this for you guys and gals. For anyone who wants a bit of encouragement. If your not Christian and you complain about it, then you can ignore this message. I am Christian, I am Catholic, and I am dang proud of being so.
So here we go:
I am NOT only saying this because it's true, I am saying because I've been through the same thing. From Kindergarten to Grade Nine in school, I was the artist. I was admired for my drawing abilities. And as a kid, I felt dang proud of it.
Then came High School. In a new school. With more people. With more talented people. I had friends who were so artistic, they could draw anything they set their eyes on. Anything. That's when I began to realize that I wasn't the only kid out there who could draw, and I most certainly wasn't the best. Heck, I started feeling stupid about my gifts. I wanted to BE the best. I wanted to have something no one else had. And lo and behold, there were other kids who were better at it than I. It made me feel crummy. When I joined deviantart, IT WAS THE SAME PROBLEM. I couldn't draw manga, I couldn't draw HUMANS for Pete's Sake. I could only draw Sonic-looking characters. I felt... well, dumb. I couldn't seem to do the one thing everyone else could do. And I didn't even have a style.
When I got in university to be a librarian, people told me to become an animator. I drew in my textbooks, I drew in folders, I came up with stories that made people laugh and cry. I pulled my own experiences out of my memory and poured them into words and illustrations. I designed the Children's Section Storytime board at the library I worked at and the Librarian would take pictures of them. Kids would stop and squeal upon recognizing Spongebob or Astro Boy.
But I still compared myself to other artists.
My dad told me not to compare myself. I tried, but that's not an easy thing to do. Especially if your grandmother thinks that your character looks like a Demon and says it in front of a priest. I tried to live that advice, I prayed and I tried passing it on to others. It wasn't easy.
I got accepted into one of the country's most known art universities even though I felt I wouldn't measure up. I got scared because every day this year, I saw someone's work who was better than mine. And it made me feel worthless. I felt stupid to submit my work to art shows at the school because I felt like it was petty, it didn't belong with all the other amazing works.
Then at Christmas, my dad, the one guy who had more patience than anyone else, the one guy who listened to my long stories without complaint, the one guy who gave up his gift fro drawing to support his family, told me something that made me realize that I truly was unique and that I should compare myself to others:
"You're like a cartoon... That's pretty cool."
Dang straight it was. That's when I REALLY started to realize how much talent I had and how it's plain stupid to compare yourself to others. God gave me the talent of storytelling and drawing, and I love it. I still get competitive sometimes and even a bit jealous of others, but that's because I'm human. I'm working at it. But I've learned to never compare my stuff to others. Because somewhere in this big huge world, Someone is being inspired by what I do.
So here's my gift to you guys, especially to my closest friends: DON'T COMPARE YOURSELVES TO OTHERS. You have talent, you love to draw or write; that's why you're on DA right? So just do it because it's fun. Even if you're not good at it. We all have to start from somewhere. And you're not too old to learn how to draw. Stubborn, maybe, but not too old. Don't compare or wish to be like that person. Look at their art and use it as inspiration, as reference. I was fortunate enough to have teachers who encouraged me to draw if I couldn't concentrate in class. If I don't draw, then I'm thinking more about drawing than studying. Deviantart is filled with budding artists to professionals, so if you're here to draw for fun and you go compare yourself to someone who has had years of experience, or even if you let people in real life put you down, YOU WILL MISS OUT ON AN ADVENTURE. A darn big on at that. WHO CARES if someone is better at it than you are: God doesn't care. As long as you're drawing and you have fun doing it, then that's what matters to Him. He gave you that gift because He Loves you. Not because he wants us to compete or compare works with each other.
If I have to say something about this deviation, It would be advice to stop using "God" in argumentation. It makes all you just said invalid in my eyes. I'll even poke fun at it: if the "God" is truly the one who created me this way, then he must really hate me for no other reason than a whim.
This was made mainly for a friend. I am Christian, therefore I will put God's name in wherever I desire. I do not force people to have to believe in the same thing, and if you don't agree with it, then that's fine by me. But I will not remove "God" because I think it's important part of this message.
we all know what trolls and art thief's are, and this gave me courage to say this; what if they are afraid to draw? what if they are surrounded by people "better" than them? what if they put others down because people put them down all the time? I'm not saying this gives them the right to be a jerk, but it also doesn't give us the right to be jerks back, I've seen people yell and scream at art thiefs to draw their own art but when they did, what did those same people do? all they did was make fun of it. I know it's hard, but try to see their side of the story, try to be their friend because... maybe that's all they need.