For my first contribution to the site, I thought I’d start with the single best piece of advice I could ever give a creator.
You’re never as good as you think you are. And you’re never as bad as you think you are.
When you’re really impressing yourself with your work and starting to get a little big-headed, like you’re something special, here’s a reality check. You’re not.
You’ve done a great piece of work and you’re really happy with it. You SHOULD feel good. You SHOULD feel proud of it. Savor that feeling. Enjoy it. Because, honestly, that feeling doesn’t come along very often.
But don’t let it go to your head — and at first, you probably won’t even notice when it does. You’re not one of the top ten artists on deviantart, or one of the five best pencillers not working for Marvel Comics, or whatever other delusional title you bestow on yourself when you’re really happy with your work.
On the same note though, when you’re beating yourself up and second-guessing the piece you’re working on — which invariably leads to: Am I good enough to draw comics? Should I be drawing period? Am I even cut out to do anything creative at all? Do I deserve to even be breathing oxygen? — You’re never even CLOSE to that bad.
Whether you think you’ve got it all figured out, or you’re thinking of throwing in the towel, all you really need is a little perspective.
Best of luck!
You can see more of Gabe Bridwell’s work at www.gabebridwell.com.makingcomics.com