It's been a little while since this instance came up in my life personally, but I had time to kinda think on it and I wanted to talk about it and this is obviously the best place to do that.
In the not so distant past, I got into an argument with a friend of mine. I was hitting a massive slump and as I usually do, I talk to an artist who kinda understands and work it out and it's not usually an issue. But this last time it was. This person got angry at me and expressed resentment because I implied that I wanted to quit. I think we've all had those moments before and I never actually do quit, but apparently that struck a nerve. The argument escalated to the basic root and that was: "I would kill for half your talent, I'm going to school for this and you wanna piss it away."
Now, I'm sure some people have felt that sort of envy toward others, but I need you to stop for a second and think.
I'm not a great artist. I'm below average mediocre probably, in basing it on an art scale, but the thing is, I have put two decades into art. I have thousands of drawings. Dozens of notebooks, even more sketch books, loose sheets of paper in sever pocket of my room. A computer fuckin full of art. I have earned what little skill I have. I have worked for it. You don't get to just be envious of my abilities until you've put as much into it as I have. Until you've spent 60 hours on a picture then scrapped it because it wasn't what you wanted. When you've purchased 125 dollars in markers because you want to push yourself to learn the medium no matter what.
Some people just have talent, but to be honest you have no idea what goes on behind the artist's pictures and their past.
So if you think, if you even consider, voicing how jealous you are or express anger when an artist is less than ecstatic about their art, then you need to sit down and think about one thing:
Are you really putting your all into it?
You need to be able to answer that for yourself before you place your jealousy out there. Because chances are, you aren't.