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Do you think being competitive when it comes to art is a good or a bad thing? 

1,310 deviants said Yes and No? maybe all of the above?
751 deviants said Yes, it drives you to do your best
424 deviants said No, it sucks the fun out of it
249 deviants said No, because its difficult to appreciate others artwork
76 deviants said Yes, it will give you a leg up in the competitive industry
56 deviants said Other? (comment)

Devious Comments

Animegirl108 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Artist
I think friendly competition  is ok, but being too competitive can cause you to stress yourself out. Although I understand it can motivate you to do better, I'd personally rather not be forced into it.
I think being competitive with yourself will get you the farthest. That way you still appreciate others artwork and you can improve your own skills.
GensouRyuu 8 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If what they did is better than yours, you should take what parts are better and use them to help you improve. and the value of art entirely depends in the viewer, so what may look horrible to one person could be beautiful to the next. So there's no judging it really. That's why i don't enter competitions.
ROYAIFAN159 8 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Competitiveness is good to a certain extent, it's good to compete for the motivation and determination of improving your art, but you also have to be able to equally appreciate the art work of others.
MoiyaHatake 10 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Art isn't a competition. You can't compare your art to another artist because they don't see the world the way you do. You don't see the world the way they do. If you're going to compete against anyone you should always compete against yourself in everything. Become better than you were yesterday. Become stronger, faster, happier, more satisfied, and improve yourself because it's for you, not anyone else. As artist we create art because we love art, we love what we do, we love creating. We do not create art for others. If others like what we do then fantastic! Congrats! But always create for yourself first. Because you're driven to and because you want to become better with each project.
Thalheim82 11 hours ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
For me, I compete with myself and get inspired by the great works of others, if there's a particular aspect I really really like I'll try to incorporate that int my style a little :)
verachime 12 hours ago  Student General Artist
I like competition, and I see pretty much any other artist as a rival. It can be discouraging sometimes, but humility is a good thing to have as an artist. If you have too much pride in your skills, you're less willing to strive to improve yourself.

It's important to know that you can learn something from everybody. Even if they are "worse" than you.
river-mist-naiad 13 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It depends on the situation. I think it also depends on the person, some people can compete better than others. 
MidnightDestiny04 20 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I don't know it encourages you a lot and gives you a ton of drive, but it could also ruin the fun of it. I guess it also depends on the attitude too. 
Krlytz 20 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that is as much about being competitive, as it is about the attitude towards that competition. Friendly competition can inspire people to improve themselfs as they inspire their "rivals" as well. However, if you take competition too seriously, to the point where you start enjoying it and worry only about staying always at the top, and most importantly, when you start wishing your rival would break their hand so they can't draw anymore or something like that. When people get that crazy, competition can be very unhealthy.
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