Beginners often hear “Do not compare yourself to the best.”
Did you do it?
Did you hold your works next to theirs and compared them to each other?
Was the difference big, huge, enormous?
Have you thought about which tricks and abbreviations you can use to get closer to your role models?
Have you really seen all the tutorials and 10-most-secret-master-special-tricks videos?
You did not miss a single one?
Did you feel worse when you realized that you did not find any shortcuts to the goal?
Did you lose your motivation?
Let’s stop here.
First of all, ignore the existence of talent completely. With good old hard work you can draw and paint like the 90-95% best in the world. Maybe more. The rest is talent and you can not do anything to get more.
Watching dozens of videos or reading books do not make you a better draftsman. At my old aikido dojo, someone once asked which book to read to get better. The sensei’s answer: Not a single one, prefer to go to training one more time than reading a book. The same applies to the art.
The comparison with others is a difficult thing.
If you feel bad about seeing someone better than you, it is wise not to compare.
If you look at your idols as human beings (not gods) who have come a long way to get to their current level and the quality of their work inspires, motivates and disciples you to create work of equal value, then the comparison can be a miracle weapon.
At least that’s how it was for me. Every time I see a painter who is better than me, I’m glad to have found him and I watch out for things that I can learn from him.
Every extraordinary work or artist is a proof that my goals are realistic. If they did it, why not me?