“How can I stop comparing myself to other art students?”
I think we have all definitely felt this way at one point or another. I definitely felt it a lot the first year of art school in drawing class, because I really didn’t know how to draw. Everybody around me was so good at making these beautiful drawings, that were worlds on their own.
But I quickly realized that it’s pointless to compare my work to other people, because it really doesn’t do anything. By comparing my drawing to the person next to me, what does that do for anybody? The only thing you can really do is just make more work, and make art that you are proud of.
If you look at all the great masters like van Gogh, and Vermeer, and Monet, all of their work was rejected at the beginning of their careers, because it was original and new. It was unlike what other people were doing. So I don’t think that you should try to make your drawings look like other people’s, or compare your skill level to other people, because as soon as you start wanting to do exactly what they’re doing, you’ll lose your originality. You shouldn’t be making work for other people. Just make work for you, and keep going at it.