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I hate my art

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What to do if I hate my art? So, I’m a young artist. I’m 11 (turning 12 in 11 days.) And I started taking art seriously when I was 10, 2022 nov.I’ve gotten better, but I’m jealous of other better artists. So many people says they got good in a year, but its been 2 years!! So why aren’t I getting better? Actually I think I’m as good as I was in January 2023. NOW ITS 2024 AND I’M STILL NOT AS GOOD AS OTHERS. Like my cousin for instance. She’s 14 and has been doing art since 12 and she’s so good. She’s been doing it like the same amount of time I have. So why is she better than me? I’ll probably give up if I don’t figure out how to get good. But if I give up I’ll be mad there’s no other hobbies! (or at least no other fun hobbies or ones I’m good at. Like I love singing and I sound so good to myself but to other people I sound so much younger than I am. And I sound off-key and ugly. Or dancing, I just have 2 left feet.) And stuff like surfing, horsebackriding, rollerskating and tumbling either I can only do it in one season, my dad can’t sign me up because it costs money, (we’re basically broke ) or we’re not near anywhere you can do those things. So yeah

Answer

Hello, thanks for reaching out to us,
 
You are wondering what to do as you feel you have not gotten any better at your art work during the past year. You feel you would not be good at any other hobbies like dancing as you say you have 2 left feet, and other hobbies like surfing are too expensive for you to take up.
 
We hear you, and it’s completely normal to feel frustrated about your artistic journey. First off, well done to you for dedicating time to your passion at such a young age! It’s important to remember that everyone progresses at their own pace, and comparing yourself to others might not be the most helpful approach. Your cousin’s progress shouldn’t diminish your own journey.
 
Art is about expression and growth, not just comparing skills. Improvement takes time, and it’s okay to have stages where you feel stuck. Try exploring different styles, techniques, or subjects to keep things fresh and find what resonates with you. Don’t be too hard on yourself—acknowledge your progress, no matter how small.
 
Remember, hobbies are meant to bring joy. If art feels like a struggle right now, consider taking breaks, experimenting with new mediums, or finding ways to make it more enjoyable. And don’t forget, you’re still discovering what you love and what makes you unique as an artist.
 
If you ever need someone to talk to, Childline is here for you. Reach out by freephone at 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat at www.childline.ie. We’re confidential, non-judgmental, and open 24/7. You’re not alone, and there’s support whenever you need it.
 
Look after yourself, we’d love to hear from you soon,
Alex

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