This is what I do most of the time
You know, studying human anatomy, composition, doing a little onlinecourse on the basics of art, doing lifedrawing whenever I can, copying screenshots/photos/masters…
Mostly it’s just frustrating, boring, and you don’t seem to progress in any way, and you feel like everybody out there is so much more talented and better than you (ESPECIALLY on a place like conceptart.org).
Sometimes I ask myself why I exactly bother.
And then I see a fantastic piece, maybe by a modern artist, or by one of the masters and I think: “Wow, I WANT to be able to do that too. I WANT to make people look at my art and to get lost in it!”. Or when I get utterly consumed in the process of drawing and just forget everything around me, all my fears, my insecurities, my anger - everything, and loose myself in another world that I create. Or when I look randomly around and spot the most beautiful sceneries, colours, objects, faces, moods just in the world around me and enjoy its beauty, and I just want to DRAW it.
So… I don’t know what excactly I’m rambling about.. but maybe I just want to say: whenever you feel like you aren’t going anywhere, or everybody around you seems to be a reincarnated Carravaggio or Adolph Menzel, just remind yourself why you bother, why you actually love doing art even though it makes you feel like crap at times and you want to rip every piece you’ve done apart and then some pencils or your tablet.
Because it may be frustrating and harsh, but it opens up another world, so to speak, another perspective… and it’s also so very worth it in every single way.
Okay, don’t mind my rambling. Just getting that out there.