|I've come a long way in 5 years.|
I hope this picture is encouraging and serves as evidence of improvement. If you truly love art and want to pursue it, I full-heartedly encourage you to never give up. There may be times when you doubt yourself, loathe your work, and are discouraged by another's comments. Even if I don't know who you are, I believe in you and know that you can do whatever you want to do in this life.
People may tell you that your work pales in comparison to your other skills or the skills of others, but always remember that opinions are subjective. Attempting to please others and follow their suggestions may lead you to doing something you don't love doing. Regardless of your current skill, I encourage you to continue doing what you love doing and to be proud of the progress you've made and will make.
Lastly, please don't accept another's discouragement and let it affect or alter you. I encourage you to take on constructive criticism, but not slander. We are what we say, believe, and think. I'm an artist and I'm proud of how far I've come, where I am, and where I will be; I hope you are too.