Do you look down on other artists?
No! I never look down on other artists just for the sake of looking down on them. That’s malicious.
Does it frustrate you seeing an artist that never seems to get any better?
Not really, everyone goes at their own pace. And when they do finally noticeably improve, it is pretty great to see how hard they persisted and weathered the storm to achieve it!
Or a popular artist who isn’t that great or seems to get progressively more lazy?
This I do have an issue with, though it is their choice to be lazy or not. They have every right to cut corners and be lazy, set up camp on their plateau (and that’s even if there’s a lot of success still flourishing their way on said plateau) and not try to advance in their work. However, I don’t recommend doing that, personally.
Do you feel bad for aspiring artists knowing its a very competitive field and the pressure to be better then others to get a job is there even though its not very fair?
I never thought much about this, maybe because I’m privileged to not still be “struggling” when it comes to getting work in the industry. But the only thing I can tell you in response to this is that the reason I’m not struggling is because I put the work and effort into getting where I wanted to be right now, and I have a bunch of artist friends and acquaintances who have also put in the work and effort and received.
With that said, you really get out what you put in. If you as an artist or another artist is still “struggling” to find your voice/work in the field, then there’s just something you’re not doing right yet, or something you haven’t learned how to do yet, but that doesn’t at all mean that all hope is lost. And there isn’t a magic trick to learn to get in the field, it’s really based on a number of circumstances and situations. The advice I give out here on my Tumblr is only things that I learned and discovered myself, as I’ve been through it already. I would never advise what I do not know and I give that specific advice to try and close the threshold for other artists to “make it”, hoping that it would work for them, even if they have other criteria to meet in their goals, skill, and aspirations. So I don’t feel bad, but I feel very hopeful for these specific artists. :)
As for other artists in general, I love viewing other artists! I find it as a big source of inspiration! I can learn from and be inspired by even an artist who may not be capable of drawing an anatomically sound piece but can do something totally cool with lines or the way they render hair or something! We all feed off of each other creatively; it’s in our nature to bounce ideas off of each other anyway! It’s just a good mindset to be in when it comes to a field that can be very competitive at times. :)