It’s easy to lose sight of our path. It’s easy to paint what everyone else is painting. It’s easy to think I’ll never be as good as “them.” It’s easy to fall into the trap.
If you aren’t painting for you, you’re stifling your own creative voice. This makes you unique, what sets you apart from other artists. There are dozens of artist/illustrators I admire, and there is a small part of me that hopes and wishes I might be as great as them one day. But focusing on that won’t get me anywhere. As much as I admire Todd Lockwood, Cynthia Sheppard, Dan Dos Santos, and Cory Godbey (to name only a few), trying to be them is a trap.
When I start falling down the hole of self doubt, that treacherous trap, I make a point of signing off social media. It’s easy to feel less than, to start comparing my paintings to others, and think, I’ll never get there. That doubt can become so intense it affects my creativity. So I shut everything out. I start drawing, doodling, daydreaming of new worlds and focusing on what my heart wants to create. Not what I think I should create. I focus on bettering my skills and stop trying to be anything other than me.
One day I’ll be the best me.
Why am I sharing these thoughts? Because this applies not just to artists, but anyone who creates. Learn your craft, practice, hone your skills, create from your heart and then share it with the world. Be the best you, not a mimic of someone else. You’ll be happier.