Have you seen this video? I had heard people quote it and talk about it before, but never watched it until recently. I'm so glad I saw it. It perfectly sums up how I've been feeling about my work lately. Just blah. I see other designers and I know that I'm miles and miles behind them and it's hard not to compare myself to people who have been doing this a lot longer than me. I know what looks good and I know I have a good eye, but sometimes my own work just doesn't measure up to my tastes.
As soon as I finished watching it, I immediately picked up my favorite Sharpie and just started drawing. I drew until my hand cramped up, rested, then drew some more. Now I know I just need to pick up my sketchbook and go instead of poking around on blogs, reading about other artists and searching for 'inspiration'. An hour of drawing is much, much, much more valuable than an hour spent admiring someone else's work.
I know a lot of other artist's have trouble with this comparison game. When there is so much pretty on the internet it's really easy to fall into that trap. I even hesitate to call myself an artist simply because I don't feel I've put in the man-hours needed to deserve that title.
Here's a look at what I've been drawing lately. Some of it is good, some of it is terrible, but all of it is necessary in order to get better.