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Whenever I look at other artists' work, I can't help but compare myself to them. It seems to be a habit for me, but instead of getting me down or depressed, it actually motivates me to work on weak areas in my art.

You see, I've realized something recently. Every artist has certain 'strong points' in their art, things that they are just the best at. For example, :iconheffydoodle: draws the best cartoon animals I've ever seen, :iconnargyle: always puts amazing poses and action into her drawings and has an excellent sense of color theory, and :iconthemrock:'s line art is so detailed and expressive, not to mention his art has that cartoon wackiness that makes them irresistible. When we see that we need to improve on something that others have already mastered, it's not bad to study those artists' art. Also, if you want to learn how to draw animals better, or put more action in your art, find out how other artists have learned to do so.

It's kinda funny, this process. It proves that artists adsorb knowledge from each other, so we should never see one artist superior to the other. We're all trying to achieve the same goals of self-improvement, so let's be willing to share our knowledge with others, through constructive criticism, tips, and general support.

But remember, every artist is unique, and each one has their own talents and weaknesses. Our challenge is to overcome our own weaknesses as best we can, and we can do so with the help of other fellow artists. I guess we're kinda like a big family in this sense. :)

This was something I wanted to express, so please bear with me.

What do you guys think about what I've discussed?
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CrazyCrumbCake Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I completely agree with on this, I have the same habit of doing that; comparing myself to others, with helps me improve in my artwork.
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spongefox Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I do the exact same thing as well.Though it does make me feel down from time to time.
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HeffyDoodle Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Well said, David! :) Being in an online art community is probably the best thing for any artist young or old, it opens you up to so much knowledge and inspiration. Such a variety of talent around to learn from. That is the fun part about artists, everyone has their strengths and nobody has the exact same tastes or way of doing things. Ahh, variety. :D

And thanks for that little blurb about me, haha :heart: If you ever want advice on animals I'd be more than happy to help however I can!
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   General Artist
I try not to compare myself to others, I did for good long while, (Themrock, Heffy, You,and Sandra) and felt really crappy for awhile since you guys have some serious talent, half of you are younger than me =p

I normally don't talk to too many artists but it was always a insecurity i had, then I just shut myself out of that way of thinking and started to be happier... even though I'm just as lonely in my artistic development. :)

But yeah I agree, that is the challenge we must all face, to just have some fun dammit =p
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Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I agree, mostly.

Doing comparisons can sometimes show me where my own flaws are. I used to hate doing that, since I'd end up berating my own techniques instead of delving deeper into what could be improved on; almost like deleting an entire sentence because one word is misspelled instead of fixing the one word. I'm better at it now since I feel I've hit a style I'm (mostly) satisfied with, so I can more effectively parse through another artist's style and glean what I like about it and what I could do with my own style to get that way (not just in techniques, but also seeing what they draw a lot of, like animals, buildings, people, from life, etc).

Accepting your own flaws isn't always easy, but it's how you overcome them. Rejecting or pushing them away won't resolve them, and they'll always be there until you get over them.

Now, all that said, here are a few (minor) reasons why comparing isn't always a good thing.

If there's one thing artists shouldn't be comparing, it's fame or the number of watchers/views other artists have. There are younger or less-experienced artists might use that as a reason to compare themselves to others. Sure, there are some talented artists who rightfully get the views they have, but not always. There are tons of really talented people who are virtually unknown or lack exposure, and some of the people who are popular might only be so because they draw a lot of what most people like (which may or may not be what they personally enjoy). Like you already said, artists should strive for a style they're satisfied with, and I'd like to add that they shouldn't supplant exposure/fame with satisfaction.

Another thing is that while artists should know how to accept critiques, they should also know how to "take them with a grain of salt," as the term goes. Every artist is different and has their own sets of values, as you pointed out. However, what works great for one artist may not always work out great for another. I've seen a few people say they "love critiques" only to accept everything a critic will tell them. It's not the critiques themselves are the problem, but the people accepting them. These people would be so quick to change, it would seem like they felt that others opinions were more valuable than their own. This isn't to say you should flat-out reject criticisms, just to have SOME pride in your own work and know what it is you want out of your art. If a style is the visual representation of an artist's opinion (how they see things and express themselves), then it's better to figure out how to form one yourself instead of letting others do it for you. Ultimately, what goes into your style is up to you, and if you let others make it for you, it won't be "you." It's okay to get help from others, but not to hand the reigns over to them.

That's my two cents anyway.

I'm curious now; What do you think I'm doing well artistically, and what do you think I need improvement on?
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RedBlooper Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you touched on a lot of important things, and you're absolutely right.

Well, putting that aside I'll answer your questions! Your animations are very expressive and appealing, and your illustrations show off a certain kind of energy that may not be apparant at first, but after a while it starts to show. I think the only thing you can improve on perhaps trying to find different ways of putting lighting into your work. That last illustration you did (not sure if it's Scott Pilgrim-related or not) is a great attempt at this. I'd like to see you try it out more often :)
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Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Oh, and thanks for the advice! :D
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RedBlooper Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem!
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Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Energy, huh? Hmm.

I could do with some lighting exercises. That picture was all done in Flash with some simple gradients, but I think Photoshop might be better for doing that sort of thing.

Oh and, that poster is actually for winning TOFA 2012, not Scott Pilgrim (though I do sorta see Gideon in there...). The winner has to draw themselves interacting with the Earth.
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Jfdp13 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Sincerely agreeing~
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bizrat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. . . I've never really thought of it that way. *sudden realization* ^-^
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RedBlooper Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh hey! I haven't heard from you in a while. How are things going?
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bizrat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh . . . financially they've gotten a bit better, but after the holidays, I'll definitely feel much better.
How's everything with you? :3
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RedBlooper Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty busy, actually. But it's the good kind of busy. I'm currently working on a few commissions, and some personal projects.
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bizrat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cool. :3
I've got a few things I'm working on myself. Mainly just getting through a long list of ideas. lol
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happydoodle Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I also feel the same when I look at your art, and Eli and Oli~ ;D
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happydoodle Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
This is the greatest post I've ever read
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SocioKatz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So true
Just like i compare Robert Crumb comics to my drawings XD
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sergiomonty Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wise words, wise words. I must confess I'm kind of studying your art xD
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guysafari Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconpdox: I wish to be like this guy because, my god, his stuff is like mind-blowing *wow* *woah*.

And yeah. I agree with you on this because you speak of the truth. But never let it get in the way of letting you be satisfied with your work. Ever. I don't really compare myself to other artists very much because I've never seen myself to be very similar to other people. I've just seen people for being awesome. I like style myself, which is why I watch so many other artists.
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Ric-M Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Digital Artist
It's hard to keep things to yourself, like I can't help but sometimes ask others what their influences were and vice versa, to really get back to the source and finding one's own approach to achieving what other artists have mastered. I think art has always been about collaborating and sharing among art makers as you said we're like a big family :)

And I totally agree with your opinion about comparing yourself to others! Nowadays instead of just feeling bummed out that my art is nowhere near as good as my inspirations, I get motivated and inspired every time I see their work.
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RedBlooper Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep! Getting inspired by other people's work is the healthy response, while self-depreciation is the wrong way to go about it.
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Ric-M Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Exactly! Also, the mentality that "everyone else must fail so I can succeed", is another wrong way to go about it xD
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RedBlooper Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art is not a competition, it's a method of self-expression. It's not right going around saying, "I can express myself better than you can!"
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Ric-M Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Digital Artist
I know, it just doesn't make sense that way xD Any time I get questions from other artists I try to pass on what other artists have taught me the best I can. There's no need for me to keep what I know all to myself :)
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Vinyl-Stomp Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exactly how I feel.
Good post.
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ThePrimatePunk Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Filmographer
I always figured comparing yourself to others all the time just tends to get yourself upset in the end. If there's an artist I admire, I try to use them as a goal for me to improve so that I may be as good as them figuratively speaking instead of trying to surpass them. Because in my own mind, if I did "surpass" them, I would have become arrogant and I would never evolve because I would figure I wouldn't need to. But on the other hand, because my goal is improving as well, they'll always inspire me to get better. Whether this way of thinking is correct is not really what matters. At the end of the day I try to make the most of what I I have right now. Am I happy with my progress? A bit. Am I where I think I should be? Not really. Solution, try new things and work harder without driving yourself loco. Obviously none of this is intended to be directed towards you, I'm just glad you happen to talk about this subject because people can take it the wrong way or feel bad about bringing it up in the first place. All of our progress comes at different speeds for different reasons, and that's what I love about improving and evolving. Just don't be asshole and treat everyone else the way you would like to be treated and enjoy and practice your art as much as possible while always striving to get better and you should be fine.
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RedBlooper Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good point. Our goal for improvement is not to surpass other artists for bragging rights, but rather to be personally satisfied of our skill level. Luckily, we're never satisfied so we're always striving to get better.
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ThePrimatePunk Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Filmographer
Exactly! But we all face problems of balancing our egos from not being too arrogant and self worshiping and being too modest and self loathing. I personally don't like either, so as long as you're self aware and try to adjust your attitude and be open to change. It will probably reflect in your artwork as well. Or I could be talking out of my ass, who knows.
From what I've seen, you've not only been really good at improving your cartoons, but you also treat other artists more experienced or less with the same amount of respect as you would probably want back from them and graciously accept criticism of all sorts. That's just my opinion though. My advice to you is the same you gave me a couple of months ago on one of my artworks. Keep it up, dude :]
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RedBlooper Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like I mentioned in the journal, every artist, no matter their skill level, is always trying to get better. Since we're all on the same boat, we should treat everyone with the same amount of respect.
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CLXcool Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nothing wrong with comparing yourself with another artist. When I first saw your style, what came to my mind was the old school anime style of Osamu Tezuka.
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PinballComic Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Many of the artists i watch on deviant art have become a huge inspiration to me. Sometimes it's hard not to get a little bit down when you see someones amazing art but like you say, an artists brilliance helps you persevere to be better. When I was younger I used to get rather jealous of other peoples work and now I admire those who are really skilled and learn from them without the jealousy. :)
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heyitsmyles Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This I can agree with, completely. I would say more but work starts in five minutes.
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Badluckcrow Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I completely 100% agree. I think it's instinct to naturally compare yourself to others, especially when you're a striving artist. This is exactly what I do with many of the artists I follow such as the ones you mentioned, yourself and many many others. It's always fascinating seeing how all the people I take inspiration from develop and how they perfect their styles (which is why I'm always eager to go to livestreams whenever they are on).

Obviously taking a look at my gallery, I'm still not at that great a stage yet in my art but I'm always willing to improve and as long as I've got all my artistic inspiration from the people I follow, it'll keep pushing me forward! :D
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RedBlooper Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly! You've got the right attitude when it comes to improvement. Don't be afraid to ask artists for critiques or tips on your work, and take their advise as best you can. :)
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Badluckcrow Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Sure thing! :D
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