Comparing ourselves with others is something that we all struggle with, especially when it comes to making and creating. As its something that we deal with a lot and on a regular basis learning to look at this is a positive way is much more productive than trying to ignore it altogether.
I'm sharing my top four tips on how to use comparisonitis to your advantage and turn this negative feeling into a positive one instead!
The video to go with the blog post is down below but if you prefer to read the information instead, carry on my friend!
1. Is this something you even want to do?
When we start down the path of comparing ourself to others the first important thing to remember is this even something that you want to do in your own work?
You could be comparing yourself to someone who draws amazing faces and lamenting that you will never be able to. But wait a minute, do you even want to draw faces?
If you find that it isn't something you'd even want to add into your work or style then why are you even comparing yourself? Park that right away and don't dwell on it anymore.
2. What do you want?
So if we find ourselves comparing ourselves and it actually IS something we want to improve on then we can use this to our advantage I promise!
So what is it that you want to improve upon? Maybe it is your use of color or perhaps you want to improve your drawing skills? Really think about what you want to improve upon and try to find someone you'd like to study and learn from.
3. What is working for this person?
So if you have figured out what you would like to improve and work upon and you have someone in front of you to inspire you (we're not comparing remember?!) let's take some time to really study them and figure out some next steps.
How long have they been working? How hard are they working at it? How long have they been working at it? Are they sharing loads on social media and working hard to share videos? What can you work on as well?
I'm not for one second asking you to copy anyway, that should never be your aim. But there is nothing wrong with looking to others for inspiration and learning from what's working for them.
4. Step away from social media
If you find yourself suffering from comparisonitis over and over again the best solution is to simply step away from social media! Why do you need to find your inspiration online? Go to the library and check out a book on drawing instead of searching Pinterest and becoming deflated?
Stop looking for all your inspiration on Instagram if it's only making you feel worse, why would you keep doing that to yourself? It's curated place where people share their very best work so look inside yourself for inspiration instead. I promise your style and skills will grow so much more if you do!
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