So, what can we do to stop ourselves comparing our art to others?
Here's a few things I'm trying to do in order to appreciate the work of others, and leaving it there, without bringing my own feelings into it or doing myself a disservice by insulting my own abilities.
Avoid avoid avoid
If you're going to compare, compare you early artwork to you newer pieces
Remember art is unique, as are you
Cheese balls I know, but we are all different, we are all unique, and all our art is truly unique. Listen to people when they praise your talent and know that your work will be loved, not by everyone, because everyone has different tastes, but it's unique and special and a one of a kind!
Learn from the negative experiences with comparisons
When you do scroll through your socials and see some work that stops you in your tracks, don't just scroll by in anger, but take the time to learn from it. Ask yourself why it's so good, why you are comparing it, if it's even similar or something you would enjoy doing? Think about what you like about it, if there's anything you can incorporate into your own work or new techniques to study. Don't just focus on the bad, those feelings happen for a reason, so instead of just absorbing the self hate, think about why and how you can learn from what you are seeing.
Do art for the right reasons
I think it's important to remember why we create art to begin with. We may do it because we simply enjoy it, we need to let out our emotions or simply that we need to make money. Whatever the reason, we need to think about the why, and how we can grow this into something special that truly reflects us as artists. If we are just creating for money or some other reason, it may be time to re-evaluate what we do, so that we feel so much joy in what we're doing, we don't care about anybody else.