Practice sincerely makes a difference when it comes to art. People tell me all the time "you're so gifted/talented" "I suck at art, but you're amazing" "I could never do that"...
No, no, and stop that.
I am not gifted, you do not suck, and never say never.
I've been doodling since I could hold a pencil/pen/marker/crayon. When I look back I can see every time I could have practiced more or how an old piece could have been 10x better. What you see as a gift/talent I see as many many MANY hours of casually or forcibly picking up tools and scratching away. My more involved pieces are preceded by PAGES of sketches. My less involved pieces are reworked MULTIPLE TIMES, sometimes picked up months or years later to be reworked again! 90% of my art is unseen. I delete old posts on IG and FB all the time because I am so embarrassed at the low quality I see in them. I redraw my own work all the time and question my own creativity or originality because of it. I stretch myself thin in various styles and mediums because I don't think I have a "style" that is my own and it bums me out searching for it.
Really I could go on for days about my own struggles, but that's not my point. I don't like being held above anyone because of a skill that took YEARS to cultivate and is STILL a major work in progress. Your work is awesome, too. Compare what you have now to what you did a year ago and you will see your improvement. Use that as your measuring stick, not another artist. Even the most experienced artist struggles with the idea of "perfect art". They got to where they are because they constantly hone their tools/skills. They can do it because they keep doing it... Because they know that if they stop they'll lose some of that mojo they worked so hard to build. Don't compare your ability to the ability of others, it's cruel. Instead pick up the damn pencil and get doodling... No one is going to do it for you.
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