Be kind to yourself 

I often get paralysed by comparison with all the artists  I admire out there, and am often really mean to myself about how I don’t do art like that artist/as well as that artist. It’s often something I hear from students as well. Why are we so mean to ourselves? As Minnie Small says in this YouTube video, we’d never be so mean to our friends, or strangers, or students. We just accept that that is the work they’re making now, and it will progress with every item of work they produce later. 

It has certainly helped me be more positive about my inktober drawings. None of them have turned out how I imagined them to be. But I can see where I would do differently next time, share it with instagram and wordpress, and I can move on to the next one.

I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.

4 Comments

  1. This is a great message.
    I’ve been reading your comments, and as I would say to any other person who says what you say about yourself: We are our worst critics.
    The next time you feel the ‘comparison monster’ raising its ugly head remember this quote that’s been credited to many different historically influential people:

    ” Comparison is the thief of joy”
    Every time you compare yourself to someone else, regardless of the situation, you suck the life out of whatever it is you’ve achieved/created.
    Who wants to spend their life doing that to themselves?
    I hope this helps a bit more with how you see your work and ultimately yourself 🙂 💛

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