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I was talking with a pal that's down on their work. It was classic impostor syndrome and I suffer from it too.

The only people with blind faith and utmost confidence in their abilities are crazy or dumb. Just say fuck it and make stuff regardless.

You WANT your taste to outstrip your abilities. That's what's gonna motivate you to get better.

The fact you see things you don't like means you have a good eye and standards. That's a good thing! Just...

...note it, move on, and hope to apply any lessons learned to the next piece.

Look at it this way -- are you gonna fucking quit? No. So, if you aren't gonna quit, the faster you let that go the better. It's just fuel.

And I'm in no way perfect about this. I'm just telling you the things I tell myself to work through it.

One of the greatest things about art as vocation is that the skill ceiling is so high.

My taste CONSTANTLY outstrips my ability and I rush to catch up. Over. And over. And over again.

I hope I'm still learning as long as I'm breathing.

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@FRENDEN One of the pieces I like to keep near my desk at all times is a little postcard sized print I picked up from an artist whose name I've sadly forgotten. But it says "Fuck everything. Keep drawing. Never stop. <3" and it was a turning point for me, buying this little print.

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@digitalduckie Sometimes that simple reminder is all it takes.

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@FRENDEN thank you, I need reminding of this every once in a while.

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@FRENDEN That's what I tell people too! Same gap between what I can imagine and what I can perform that I had when I started. (and expect it will always remain)

@FRENDEN This is a remarkably refreshing outlook.
I struggle with this daily. But your perspective is so freeing.

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@FRENDEN
This is basically the conversation I have with myself anytime I try something new. I've finally got a handle on my basic cartographic style, but inevitably each next project stretches me beyond my comfortable boundaries (which is great).

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@FRENDEN

Client: I love your world maps! Can you t do one for me, but just lines?
Me: Yeah, sounds great! (How am I possible going to draw mountains without being able to use shading layers?? 😨)

Next client: That last line art world map was cool. Can you do a city map for me like that? Also, top-down, instead of isometric?
Me: Oh, fun! (Shit. How do I do line art shading from a top-down perspective?? Why am I so green?? 😨😨😨)

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@FRENDEN

But, when I'm not freaking out about doing things I have no idea how to do, I realize that I wouldn't have it any other way. Like you said, I want to keep learning, keep improving.

If people like my stuff and are willing to pay me to get better and do new stuff, how cool is that? It's way better than doing the exact same thing project after project. That would get tired real quick.

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@FRENDEN I teach a comics illustration course later today, is it ok if I show this to my class (sans profanity)?

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@Signum Absolutely. I missed this request until now.

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@FRENDEN I’ve been working in software for a looooong time and I still get imposter syndrome. It never goes away.

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@ThreddyTheTrex Yeah. You just have to live with the discomfort of knowing your taste is easier to raise the standards of than your ability. And that chasing that gap is the whole game.

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@FRENDEN The beauty of chasing the taste/ability gap of course is that one day we look back at the stuff we used to do and see improvement. It can only lead to us getting better!
Thanks for sharing. :)

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