People who don't try it often don't realize that art is an encompassing discipline made up of many different skills.
I tend to have several skills I'm actively improving at any given time. I sometimes hit a point with one--say, drawing hands or using Photoshop layers--where I say to myself, "Hey, I'm finally getting good at this! I don't have to struggle with it so much."
I feel good about myself for a few moments...and then I look back on the time and effort I spent on getting to that point, and I realize that I've just spent a year or so mastering a single detail. >_< One down; only about a million more to go.
And I look forward at what the masters are capable of, and realize that "good" is a relative term.
Man, art is hard work.
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