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Have you ever get jealous over someone's talent? Or think someone is better than you, and you are nothing? Have you ever said to someone "I wish I have your talent?"

If that's you, here is my tips for you.

Instead of just dwelling on that sour feeling of jealousy, do something about it.
First:

1) Remember: No one pops out good works like magic, no talent would shine without hard work. When you are envying, or complimenting other's "Talents" you are really complimenting their results of hard work. No matter how talented one can be, without hard work talents are NOTHING.


   a) Everyone has a different starts, different environments, different developments, different interests.
Everyone has a different start, a different environment, and different development... focus on developing yourself with what you have, and try to learn from whoever you can learn from.
Many artists are talented and gifted since their youth, but it's also their environment that plays a major role to cause the early development in their lives, versus some who start late, have family issues, or never was provided with the right directions.
People who start late will have their experience in life, and knowledge in other fields that are developed more than art skill, although taking longer to learn, they will be more determined to learn, they are already gifted with other life experience and knowledge to start on, they are the kind that will be able to give the art world a new perspective.



2) Use: Use whatever you have, if all you have is MS paint, use it until others would scream if they know it's MS paint you used to make your work. Use whatever medium and information you are provided with, and become the master of them.


3) Better tools doesn't always make better results: Though getting good tools is part of the battle, and some think having better tools will make their work better, like those they admire, or at least get there faster.
The fact is, you will take just as long to learn it anyway, often times the art foundation and basic skill have to be learned by years of practice, the advance tools also take time to learn, it's a lot harder and more troublesome to learn as well. Only proceed to advanced tools when you feel the current tool can no longer match up to your need.


4) Put down your ego: You can only learn when you put down your ego. If you are an older artist, and saw many young and talented ones, or others knowing what you don't know, you can feel threaten, but art is art, techniques are techniques, they are neutral things you can learn from anyone and everyone. So learn from whoever you can. You, learning something new is the most important part of the equation.



5) Race with yourself, and see others as inspiration. The wonderful thing of this world is variety... when you have developed well into one area of art, another person may have perfected another type of art you didn't think of doing... learn from one another, and only compare with yourself, "Did I do better this time than last time?" "I will not make the same mistake on my next one." "What can I do to improve from the last picture?"
Avoid letting the competition take too much weight in your heart, it can get you too pumped and lose the real focus, or depressed and become lack of passion. But if you see others as inspirations, it's much easier for you to learn and improve.



6) Go for a break through: My own quote is, "Whenever you are in a content stage with your work, it means it's time to learn something new." There is always room for improvement, in fact if you don't improve, your work will be "retired" by time. So always aim to improve yourself, do your best.



7) Don't beat yourself up: I don't know how many times I have said this... but... i will say it again. DON'T BEAT YOURSELF UP. No one wants to see it, it annoys the artists whom you admire when you beat yourself up before them. Artists work hard for their work to be appreciated, treasured, they don't want to see someone else beating themselves up in their comment when they see the work! Beating yourself will only hold you down from moving forward, it's a WASTE of TIME and ENERGY! So think about improving, don't disapprove yourself.

And for some talented artists who still beat themselves up... Just don't do it... you are hurting your own confidence, and you might annoy your watchers, and still that will not shield you from criticism completely.

Replace: "I am not good enough" or "I suck" with
"I am good enough, but I can be better."



8) Age is just a number in the art world: I have seen artists who emerge in their 30s, 40s, even 50s, under the right direction, with determination, they can have amazing growth in a few years, so they say "age is just a number." You can too. If you let age bother you, you will never get where you need to be in skill.
Skill is what an employer look for.



9) Just focus on leveling up: Since now of days everyone plays games, I like using this analogy.

Think of leveling up your skills to do art as leveling up in a game, you need to keep using the skill and gain new skills for your class. The more you work at it, the more EXP you will have, and the higher level you are.

Art skills come with grinding, and you have to grind in the right direction, if you level up the wrong area, or use a wrong method, it does not work. So focus on leveling up and finding the right path for yourself and your art skills.



There's no shame in having less exp than others who already grinded to level 90 or 100 and you are level 5. Just go and grind your way through!
It's what you do with your jealousy that makes you a different person, here is some of my tips how to deal with such sour emotions~

The Portuguese version translated by :icontiggerfactory: --> [link]


Jan 10 2010; added point 8, art skills leveling is like grinding in a game for new skills level and exp.
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KazeSkyfox Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
some of these are redundant, none of them are going to resonate with the people they're directed at, since people need to figure that out for themselves

also my ego is massive and I love it, but I still managed to figure out my art stuff ;v
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Bubble66 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me feel a whole lot better now thanks.:)
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MacadamiaMadness Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
I saved this one to my computer to look at, hope you don't mind! ^O^ And I usually write bad things about my art when I can't draw something right :/ It's a baadd habit for me :(
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mayshing Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
i don't mind, go ahead.
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HensenFM Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i like your tips
especially your analogy about leveling like playing games
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cleyon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
i luv everything in this, nice of yuu to share ^^
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AnnamaeTezuka Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Those are some great tips. This is really enlightening and hopefully helpful.
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Nanobear Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
genious .
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cheesesmiles Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Wow this is so inspiring. You really understand the pain we go through with art. I feel art nowadays is a competition more than a passion. Its sad really. Thank you for posting this. It really helps my confidence. AGAIN THANKS SO MUCH ^__^
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cheesesmiles Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Wow this is so inspiring. You really understand the pain we go through with art. I feel art nowadays is a competition more than a passion. Its sad really. Thank you for posting this. It really helps my confidence. AGAIN THANKS SO MUCH ^__^
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Teaeria Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I love this guide. Makes me feel ALOT better about seeing other peoples work and comparing it to mine XD
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The-Seven-Worlds Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a nice idea you got there!
Whie reading this whole (o_o") thing, it remind me some stuff i promised myself (and I sadly forgot then) several month ago... and now I feel better! :aww:
I won't be "I suck!" anymore!
Thank you!!! :+fav:
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Justria Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I love the EXP analogy! After all the RPGs I've played, it's something I can really relate to.

Class: Writer
Level: 32
EXP to next lvl: 20 pages

I'd better get grinding! ^_^
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
me too, glad it helped u.
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Ivi942 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
I never get jealous, because whenever I see someone draw a very good pic, I always think to myself: " I'll be able to draw as good as that some day too? QwQ Cool! "
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Seraph6283 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not jealous of poeple skills I am however at times jealous of people who don't have my crappy wrist skeletal structure. My hand specilist describe the relationship of my wrist skeletal structure in relation to my tendons as a wet noodles constanly above a knife edge and when I use them....(don't think I have to say it to explain it). I enjoy photograpjhy as much as I have because it is alot easier on my crappy wrist then drawing, painting, and writing.
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CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Owie. Is it a result of an injury?
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Seraph6283 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Just the way they develop over time. Never had any injury bones or tendons in my life as far as I know but then again my pain tolerance is high (when I went to the doctor the 1st time with tendonritis and before that a UTI on both instances I was asked "How the f*** you were standing?" so maybe I have injuried them in the past and didn't realize it...).

Funny thing that happen while going to the hand and wrist specialist is when I was asked to flex my hand back and forward the doctor eyes pop out of his head because apparently most people can't have their hand and arm move where they are at a 90 degree angle both ways (most people only go 90 one way and 45 the other or 45 both ways). Then he said you must be an artist to have such flexiable wrist and I was like yes.
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CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure if this would help or not, but three of my family members have benefited from a simple procedure called Prolotherapy: [link]

It's not a cake walk if you dislike needles, but I can say that it works. My sister injured her knee skating and it would flare up painfully from time to time; prolotherapy helped. It's often used to treat sports injuries, and I know at least two people who received it for severe back pain and were greatly helped by it.

I'm not a nurse or anything though. If your condition resulted from, say, genetics instead of injury, prolotherapy might not apply.

Anyway. :pat: I sympathize because I killed my right hand years ago from too much live chat and then 16 months of fulltime typesetting. It got so painful that I had to take a complete break from typing and learned to write with my left hand. I switched to a Dvorak keyboard and stopped live chatting. My poor hand has mostly recovered since then, but it still twinges if I really work it. So I'm learning to draw with my left hand too.
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Seraph6283 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
copy and paste post so I can check it out later

My step mom has offer to pay for some ackepunction (not spelling it right at all) to see if it helps at all.
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sphynx-c Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
great advice!

I'm pretty happy with how many of those tips I already follow, but it is easy enough to remember a time when I would get really jealous.

There are still people I can look up to, whose skills I respect, but now I have good idea of where my strengths and weaknesses are and I have the skills necessary to overcome my faults.

So, yeah, there's no need for jealousy :D
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maskednicci Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Some fantastic advice that needs to be said a hundred times over. <3 Thanks for posting it!

The one I look forward to expanding on most is trying out other art styles. I find that the more I work in one, the more prepared I am to move onto a new stage. But such is how it is in many things with life, isn't it?
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neosuicune Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Thank you so much for the awesome encouragment!
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Piece5113 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for writing this.. I feel better after reading it T_T
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elginive Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
I don't know if anyone will read this comment. But what Mayshing said is very true, and though this particular perspective is on art, I hope what Mayshing has said is realized it's not only this for art. It is for ANYTHING you put your mind to. No matter your talents. There are people on here who write, sculpt, design games. There are people on here who play sports, play instruments, build things, be it mechanical, metal or wood. It is said it takes 10 000 hours to become a ';pro', every day every little thing you do can add or take away from that 10 000 hours. And it can come down to one extra hour a day for the rest of your life, if you were to spend even 5 minutes more on what ever it is you achieve each day that would put you leaps and bounds to the people who just say 'oh, I don't feel like it today'. Don't disregard the small steps and stop looking for the big leaps and bounds. When you look back to see where you've gone, that's the only time you will see that 'big leap', and don't look back after the first day expecting to see it. You won't. Look back 3, 4 or 5 years, then you will see a difference.

I apologise to Mayshing, I don't cause for ranting, especially all on her page, but she really inspired me to say this as I am spending time learning how important mentality is in achieving what ever you set out to do, and reassuring yourself EVERY day.

Thank you Mayshing for this, I don't know if you know how important it was for you to put this here, but I'm sure you have helped many by taking the time to share your view. It shows in how many have already responded to you. =)
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:) glad it was inspiring for you. I know many ppl have been helped by this article, thats why i updated it. XD
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elginive Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
hehe, it's very easy to get discouraged these days. It's very easy to feel overwhelmed by 'competition' to be noticed in this world. But that's the awesome power of our world also, no one person is more powerful then the other. You just have to decide that you truly want to step up to the plate, no matter the forces pushing down on you. ^_^

You did good by it.
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elginive Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
*sigh* that's supposed to say ' pro '
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Particularlyme Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
I used to struggle all the time with 5 and 6. Mostly when I compared my art to the mangas I was reading. Then I went online more and observed other online artists, and now I'm satisfied with my art as it is. Now it's 5 and 6 I have a tough time with. I want to sit down and draw more often, but when I get free time to draw, I don't feel like it anymore. I don't get it.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
maybe you want to check out this article?
[link]
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Particularlyme Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Oooo very helpful! Must read through. I love your articles because they're very helpul
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Filmographer
ur welcome. ^_^
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Particularlyme Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
you always come up with useful things :)
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LarcenTyler Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
I am at a loss for words, but I'll start by saying this is truly superb. It's almost like I've learned a new view of being an artist. You've given me a new outlook, and I'm definitely more inspired now.

Thank you. :)
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inferno988 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow #8 is just as if you were reading my mind XDDD
Im lvl 2 anim. and about to level up! :dummy: (dont mind me, my level is totally subjective XDDD)

Really good job, this list will help many people to realize how to get better faster :)
Also thanks, i wouldnt have known about it if you wouldnt have updated it XD :D

Life is a game where you only get 1 life, dont waste it.
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spring-sky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[do not let age bother you]
You're so right with this.. It's just like you're talking to me ^^

[only compare with yourself]
That's a golden advice :icongdjobplz:
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The-Blue-Wind Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"People who start late will have their experience in life, and personality developed more than skill, although taking longer to learn, they are already gifted with other life experience to start on. "

這句話好。 我蠻晚才開始畫圖的,常想若早些開始就能畫更好。 這句話給了我些信心 XD

相當好的一篇文章喔 XD
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
你後來居上追得很好~別擔心~繼續加油升級!
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
This is really well written. I know it's been here for a while, but I only saw it appear in my inbox now.

It's not just me, but this article really gives my confidence a boost.
Not too long ago, when I was searching for art on dA, I sometimes got "depressed" by looking at the amazing works that some deviants managed to make.
Yes, I was jealous of their work, but I'm not jealous anymore. It's better to say that I'm 'amazed'. Jealousy is such a bad feeling. >_> And now, that amazement gives me the urge to draw and improve. :D
Since I joined dA, I've improved a lot, and dared to try out new ways.
It's so much better to put the negative feeling of jealousy into positive energy. :D

Anyways, thanks for writing this. :D I'm not the first one to say this, and I most likely won't be the last either. :3
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Warukeichi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm... Wise words X) I got over most things mentioned here, but it still ecouraging to read things like this one.
It helps me to inspire myself keep going the way I have chosen.

Thanks May :)
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
its been there for a while, just editing it, and some new watchers might have missed this. :P
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SeaOfFog Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
I have a question about 5: how do I keep myself from letting competition bear too much on me that I become depressed? How and what do I switch focus to then?
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
read #8, and keep your focus on #8. :P
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SeaOfFog Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Alright, thank you.

A friend showed me this, I get depressed so often and I just want it to stop. This here helps remind me what to do. Thank you very much for making it.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
XD i remember one person saying they will show this to their depressed friend. lol
You are welcome. :)
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SeaOfFog Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Ah, I'd imagine someone would say that, but I don't think it's the same person XD
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lires Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
mayshing, this is really nice. O_O
i like it. : D
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
thanks. XD
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korseki Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
I'm in this rut right now, and it's very difficult for me to get out of it. I feel helpless because at the same time, I want to do a lot of things, I need to do some other things ( like studying) and I see people get ahead of me, and even though I know I can catch up later, it's getting hard to suppress this stupid jealousy within me.

I know I shouldn't let my ego take over but it's not easy. I've tried to suppress it for ages. It's still there whether I like it or not.

Still, this advice helps, at least to know that someone out there feels the same way,and that maybe, if this worked for some people, it might work for me. I'm very guilty of beating myself up before other artists, so instead I'll try to be inspired by them. Thank you again for this piece.
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mayshing Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Professional Filmographer
i am glad it helped you. Its hard when one has a lot of interests,
try to focus on one and get the discipline down, then the rest will come easy. :)

Think of leveling up the skills like an RPG, you gotta grind to get those exp.
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