Why am I writing this entry? Well, it's something close to heart I guess.
I think many still doubt their so called 'talent'; comparing themselves next to others, questioning not only their skill, but also the point of their art. By putting unreasonable demands and expectations on themselves and their creations, a lot of what makes art pleasant can become great trouble.
I used to do it consistently, up until I reached some kind of breaking point last year.
I think a big hindrance is this idea that some are born with talent, when art in fact is a craft. And much like any other craft, it takes practice. Anyone can do it, really. It just takes time. Nowadays when I spot an artist whom I admire, it's not their talent that I admire - it's really their hard work and dedication.
Improving takes time. Perhaps it'll take years before one is able to see a major difference. But it's incredibly rewarding, and that's why I think one should stick with it and keep going. I've spent too much time discouraging myself. It has never helped me improve, but rather crippled me creatively and made me feel pressured to preform some kind of miracle, even at times when I know that the result I want is far from what I'm capable of.
Having that said, in order to improve this year I've decided to step outside my comfort zone. Allow things to look absolutely horrible when attempting something I have no previous experience with. Embrace the complete failures - set shit on fire when worse comes to worse - and throw things away, but doing so at least knowing that I've spent my time improving, bringing myself a tiny step closer, rather than not trying at all!