When you’re a creator, whether that’s studio arts or graphic-based arts, it can be difficult not to compare your work to others. Below I have compiled a list of tips which can be encouraging when you get discouraged as a student creative.
I always like to start with realizing how much I have improved my skills over the years. For example, I look at graphic design work that I did my sophomore year of college and it always gives me a boost of confidence knowing that I am far more experienced now than I was back then. I love to see how much more experience I have gained throughout my college career.
Remember that your work is unique. I like to remind myself that although I wish I had more experience in my chosen creative field than I do right now, there is probably someone else who is thinking the same thing about me. This could be a positive and encouraging reminder when you catch yourself comparing your artwork to others.
We all have our strengths. For example, digital art such as graphic design, content creation, blog writing, and photography are my strengths. I can paint and draw a small bit but those mediums just aren’t listed under my strengths, and that is okay. I just need to not get discouraged when a drawing doesn’t turn out the way I would like it to.
Sometimes it is best to use your frustration as a reason to learn. When you find yourself admiring a piece of art and wishing that you had the skill of that artist, take a moment to admire every detail of the piece. How long do you think it took the artist to create the piece? Acknowledge the amount of practice it must have taken to get to where they are now, and then use that as motivation to further your skills!