TRSE: How To Draw Tutorials:
Setting your Standards

    It can be very easy to get discouraged if you just started drawing and couldn't become as good as your favorite artist in a short time. That is another reason why many novice artists gave up on drawing by just setting their standards too high for the level of their skills. Let's say, you're some warrior in a Role-Playing Game, and your drawing skills are like a sword you wield. When you just started drawing, you're at "Level 01" and your sword would be made of wood. Setting your standards too high is like entering into a very dangerous dungeon with too-big-dreams of finding treasures only to get wiped out by the first monster you encounter.
    It's great that you want to be as good as your favorite artist at drawing, but don't compare yourself to that artist! Why? This artist already had many years of practice and experience with drawings while you just started! It's like you are at Level 01 while that artist is at Level 25.  That Level 25 artist would be carrying a refined broadsword that can easily slay that monster in the dungeon while you at Level 01 get wiped out by that monster easily. It can be easy to get jealous, but keep that under your total control!  It's okay to get bit jealous and use that to fuel your determination to get better, but don't take your jealousy on others! The best thing to do is not to set the standards too high for your drawing skills, otherwise, you get easily discouraged. It's like trying to draw real people and some "stick-person" is the best you can draw or taking on a real moon and a white and lopsided circle is the best you can draw.
    When you start drawing, keep your standards low enough for you to be able to meet them, and you can raise your standards once you have exceeded your old standards. For example, you keep defeating the weak and puny monsters to build up your levels and refine your sword. It's like you took your time practicing to get the shape of the moon right, and you can then start learning to add some basic details like few simple circles to represent craters. But you're not ready to go after all of the details of the real moon and you just need more time to practice. At that point your sword would be made of bronze, but not strong enough to take on that monster. Learn to draw something a step by step without going at everything too fast, and if you're patient and determined, you will eventually be able to draw a highly-detailed moon or even real people just like your sword would eventually be refined into the iron broadsword that will allow you to easily slay that monster and earn the rewards. Here's a good example of how it takes time and plenty of practice to get better at drawing.

 I drew Mario in March 1990 when I was so young, and the latest sketch I added to this ancient drawing in August 2007.

    So keep your standards low and learn to draw at your own pace. Never compare yourself with any other and more experienced artists. Be proud when you finally drew something, and after that, you can figure out what to do next and how to improve your drawing skills a step by step.

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"Artists' Blind Eye"