Today’s question comes from @JedingfieldII:
As an artist (any type) how do you proceed without constantly comparing your work to others?
You will always compare yourself to other artists, and there are reasons why you should. It lights a fire under you, inspires you to try different techniques, etc. But I get what you’re saying… how do you mitigate this so that it doesn’t paralyze you?
Every artist that makes you self-conscious feels the exact same way about someone else. It doesn’t matter how far up the ladder you go—there’s always someone better. Plus, the people with whom you are likely comparing yourself are at vastly different points in their journey of improvement. Who’s to say that given the same amount of time, you won’t be at the same level of development as they are now? It’s all relative.
So to answer your question, I think you have to be vigilant about interjecting perspective into things.
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