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.
Huh, I thought I left a comment, but I guess I didn't. That was very encouraging. But still, I must say that I love to please others with art and writing, and I don't think that that makes someone a failure.
This is awesome! And so very true. Look at the parable of the talents: the metaphor for God didn't care if the guy had one talent or five, he just wanted him to use it! And what did he do when the other guys were more successful than he could ever have been with his one talent? He buried it. And God was displeased.
Even if you don't believe in God, it's still a shame to waste good or even potential talent just because you see someone better than you.
I build Star Trek models, and the Holy Grail for most of us Trekkie modelers is the Polar Lights 1:350 USS Enterprise Refit. This sucker is nearly three feet long (short an inch), and is an incredible challenge to not only build, but to paint as well and have it come out looking like, say, this: [link]
Seeing it built up this well usually results in a few guys saying that they'll never be able to get their Enterprise to look that awesome, so they don't even buy the kit, let alone start it.
But you're a modeler, right? So give it a try! I know it's a subject you love and are afraid to screw up, but you'll never know what your true potential is without trying in the first place.
Comparing yourself to others can be a good way to see the flaws in your technique, if you know how to recognize them, but never use it as an excuse not to try. It would be an injustice to your talents and a waste of God-given ability.
I've been thinking like that the last couple of days, I love to draw and write, but I've seen people better then me, who seem to do things in seconds that would take me hours to do, and frankly I felt I would never be good enough, that my little stories and drawing were just well, that they weren't good enough, but spotting this, and reading it a couple times helped me understand that I'm no less then someone else, the people I knew did have more experience, they had a gift that I thought I didn't have, but I see that's not it. I'm just doing what I can in my style, sure I'm gonna feel like that at times, where I'm not good enough, but I'll have time to learn and explore, I have artist and writers I look up to, I'm still learning even if I feel I've learned what I could. Thanks for making this, it helped a lot.
This made me want to start up my novel again, being a kid I often get discouraged not only by great writers but how some publishers/agents I found will not accept children. My mom always told me when I got discouraged that God gave me a gift and if I don't use it I'll lose it. You inspire me most as a person and I just thought I'd let you know that. Thank you for being you (I'm going to do some writing now and I apologize for this long comment)
It's amazing that I would stumble upon this today, of all days. I have been comparing myself more than normal today. I had a horrible day, I cannot imagine that comparing myself would make things any better. As I was reading this, it sent chills down my spine, and tears down my cheek. For the first time today, I'm not crying because I'm hurt, or sad. This is so powerful, is what I'm trying to say through this relatively long, ramble-y comment.
This is incredible. I couldn't agree more with the message, and I love how you put it so artistically: the background is beautiful. It really is the perfect thing to read when you're feeling depressed. C:
1) YOU'RE AN AMAZING ARTIST!!!!!! Well, you practice like EVERY DAY!!! So, it's kind of OBVIOUS that you'd end up to be a great artists.
2) You're right about comparing people to other people. It is kind of lame when you really think about it. I mean, why would you compare yourself to someone else just because you think they're better? I dunno, I guess it's only human.
Aww, this is so touching. It also looks perfect for a poster, to be exhibited so that other would understand.
This is exactly what I've been trying to do, submit my works to see if they can make someone at the least feel a little... something, whatever. Best if it's a smile, but sometimes I feel like doing something else.
These are truly inspiring words. I don't compare myself to others, but my mom does compare me to other people, always saying "you remind me of this person" and whatnot. Although I'm sure if this is a bad thing to others,but I hate it when she does that.I keep telling her to stop, but she doesn't. I'm my own person, not some random person that we don't even know. I'm gonna show her this and then maybe she'll finally understand how I feel about the whole situation.
I've someay compare mah work with someone else's BUT I've never felt like I was the worst artist or something.. contrary to this.. I felt lucky of being diferent!
Gosh! I love that part of me! I've never get upset of what others can have or do that I CERTAINLY CAN'T. I juts see mahself and say. Pff.. I can't do that.. but I can do this other thing that's interesting too! I think most of the people don't do that.. But like you say..
They've got talent
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH DEAR! And I love when you encourage people to do this kind of things!
BerryTheStrawFeatured By OwnerJul 24, 2011Hobbyist Filmographer
I just want to say thank you. My biggest dream is to be an animator, and for the longest time I kept comparing myself to other people, and I kept feeling depressed because of it. And you know what, because I always compared myself to others, I never got any better. I just kept saying to myself "what the point in trying, I'm not going anywhere." And I basically gave up on myself. But then I saw this, and it inspired me to keep going, and keep working at it. Now, I find that I am getting better. And now that I look back, I realize that I have improved, and I've improved a lot I also told my parents about my "dream" and they both support me on it Anywho, thank you again
...Thank you for writing this. I can't tell you how many times I've compared myself to others and felt like my art was the worst art ever. I'm still trying to not compare my art to others, and this really helped. I will look at art and be inspired then feel bad about myself. This needed to be said/written to lift people up like me who only compare. Thank you again.
This, needs to be a DD. I applaud you on this fabulous writing, for every bit of it is true. I believe you are doing EXACTLY what you say to do in the poem. YOU have used God's gift for you superbly. Great job explaining that. WHY CAN'T I FAVE MORE THAN ONCE?!
You got it girl!! I, along with many I'm sure, fall into comparing my art with others. I even stopped drawing for awhile just because I could never get what I saw in my head to appear on paper. Something was always off or stiff about my characters. I actually came across some of your "How to Draw" videos on youtube and watched several of them, trying to understand you technique. I'd seen other people draw in a similar fashion, but I never really understood why they would use all these circles and shapes.
Anyway, after watching your videos, a few days later I was in a 5 week training thing for my new job and it felt like I was in college all over again. So bored was I that I grabbed a notebook they gave us and started doodling and thought I would give the techniques I saw in your videos a chance. To my surprise, it was a lot easier than I had initially thought it would be and very helpful. The character I drew was a raccoon by the name of Tara and she looked really well. I am so proud of how she turned out and I have you to thank for that.