I’m 15 and English isn’t my mother language.
There’s this friend of mine (Let’s call her Rd) who sits beside me in class. We are called the art pair cause I draw anime-style and colors using pens while she draws realism. She undeniably is very good at drawing realistic and I always praise her for her art but she’s really shy.
Recently, I started to think that anime-style won’t take me far so I decided to learn some realism for a change (but my main style is still anime-style). Rd also said that she wanted to learn anime-style instead of realism so she borrowed some of my doodles as reference.
Nowaday, she often draws anime-style but never wanted to show me. So, when she wasn’t around, I take a look on her drawing files and founds a lot of art similar to my style of drawing anime. I didn’t tell her that I was shock and angry. Some online friends advice me that I couldn’t blame her since she was using my work as reference so I forgive her for that.
But, just now, I saw her coloring using pen. Coloring using pen is my specialty and I’m the only one who does that in class. I feel horrible that she does not only copy my style of drawing but even my style of coloring.
I’m just probably green with envy but who wouldn’t be sad if your styles are copied by someone who can do better art? She’s already good and she wanted to steal the only things I’m good at. this person is really something.
I feel bad that you seem to be getting so much hate for this. It is silly, it is just jealously, but that is no reason for people to go off on you about it. Hopefully you will get past it and understand that your friend is unlikely doing this to “steal” your anything. Are you trying to draw in realism to “steal” her style?
I colored using pen when you were likely still in diapers. Was I stealing from you? :P There are lots of ways to draw and color. If you feel like your only identity is drawing anime styled in pens then you’ve got to expand yourself, both personally and artistically. You can’t just focus on one thing and fall apart if someone else starts doing that same thing.
I understand the jealousy. I understand the fear of not being the best at something because someone else is doing it. I also understand that it is unhealthy and painful and that you should try to get past it as soon as possible so it doesn’t get harder on you.