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Been done by Matsu-sensei Been done by Matsu-sensei
I know it’s a “dumb” thing to feel, and we should understand that our own desire to draw something should not be affected just because someone else did too, how it should not stop us, and we can all share everything.

It’s still just something I feel, you know? It’s something I need to work on as an artist, even though it’s always a disheartening feeling.
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:iconxandercrab:
XanderCrab Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Happens to me but when writing it makes me feel sad but there's something behind the sadness something almost... (props if you get the reference)
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:iconlizardprotector:
lizardprotector Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
I feel the same way when I try to write.
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:iconguardian-jibade:
Guardian-Jibade Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know that feel.
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:iconkristofferson-kiniji:
Kristofferson-kiniji Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i feel you
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:iconaaron1314:
Aaron1314 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
i k tht feeling (but in ps3 games like CoD, INJUSTICE, & PS All stars). i just tell myself tht i can do it better (though i still feel a twitch when it happens) XD just hang in there
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:iconmy-magic-dream:
My-Magic-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student
all the time
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:iconred-alert1:
Red-alert1 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
happens a lot
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:iconamuscaria:
Amuscaria Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And this is why you need to draw everything as quickly as possible. Art is a race! :D
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:iconsuzalilly:
suzalilly Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Pikachu Crying Plz me too... they stole my dreams.
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:iconneosthesia:
Neosthesia Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bah, it's a 24/7 thing for me. I'll probably never be able to conquer it.
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:iconsomaruiz:
SomaRuiz Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I usually ignore the feeling if the other person who did it sucked at it and/or didn't do it the way I had in mind. XD Don't feel bad, Matt. I share your pain, bro.
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:iconeternalkage:
EternalKage Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I feel that sometimes. 
For me it's kind of like my idea wasn't as original as I thought
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:iconlilpieceofluff:
Lilpieceofluff Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
I bet nobody has done a "Amnesia: A Machine for Tits" joke yet.

Eh?

Eeeeeeehhhhh?
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:iconinflationdoom:
inflationdoom Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
i still feel sad for prar she wants boobs but u dont give her any my ? is why no boobs for her????!
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:iconzarandummuggaeyeno:
zarandummuggaeyeno Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist
I feel that way every time I see people draw better than me...Really doesn't help that I have devart account
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:iconshantypaper:
ShantyPAPER Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Artist
now that hit me right in the feels right there :(
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:iconmujambe:
Mujambe Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
I know how u feel
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:icontrojanmaster:
TrojanMaster Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still, that doesn't stop you from making your own version!
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:iconspartanslayerr:
SPARTANSLAYERR Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Been there before... most disappointing feeling ever for me at times.
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:iconanni-tan:
ANNi-tan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I feel about 
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:iconnemozer0:
NemoZER0 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
well, sometimes it cant be avoided XD
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:iconcomplete-herpderp:
complete-herpderp Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
sometimes ya just gotta accept that people's minds can be very similar, and we can all end up coming up with similar ideas. if it's a good idea, and if you didn't know that someone else had it before you, then you should still do it (generally speaking).
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:iconvan-jorge:
van-jorge Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
it happens a lot :(
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:iconbegginerartist12:
begginerartist12 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student General Artist
my guess is that it's because of a feeling of kinship for something that you thought of, and it's also a feeling of individualism, but when you see some one having already done it those feelings are lost and all you feel is the absence of them.
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night-howl Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a saying I've heard somewhere that goes along the lines "There is no such thing as an original idea" and from that I got that no matter what you create, the basic theme or plot/idea has already been expressed, not only that, those concepts may have been expressed in a similar fashion already a multitude of times somewhere in the world in some past time. 

I handle this feeling by using these already drawn/written pieces as guides and inspirations. Those artworks can be used as references or give birth to new ideas on how to express it from the traditional way whatever that might be. I've never thought of this feeling before but I am assured I have felt it before and every artist has as well. Concentrate on what you want and don't worry on what has been done. No one can keep track of every artwork, right? :)
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:icondragonflame123:
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
All the tiime
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:iconlukaner-z:
lukaner-Z Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
nevermind.....Im Crying Rainbows So Much Plz
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:iconfreelancer521:
Freelancer521 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013

I understand, and it's not a dumb feeling. I write fantasy, and I try to steer away from a lot of the cliché plots and twists to avoid being accused of ripping someone off. However, sometimes the simplest, most classic stories are the ones you want to tell, even if its only with your own characters, or within your own setting. It's a crummy feeling, thinking that you can't do something because someone drew or wrote or even said something earlier on, whether that be a classic like Beowulf or some obscure sketch you remember seeing somewhere and now makes you question if your idea is even your idea at all.

 

Put that behind you. I know it's a blunt and oversimplified answer, but it's the only way I have found to deal with this appropriately. Like eishiya said in the comments below, your style is unique, and no one has seen what you have to contribute to the story. Heck, there's a reason why a lot of great movies and TV shows have a few writers behind them, and why joint efforts are so popular here on dA.

 

So draw what you want to draw. Don't let anyone stop you, including yourself.

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eishiya Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find that the best remedy to this is to remind yourself that while just about everything's been done, your own style and point of view on things is unique. No one's done your version before.
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:iconmalphlink:
MalphLink Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

if you want to draw it, draw it

the only change is the style and author

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:icondragonkingmark:
Dragonkingmark Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
ouch...sorry you feel that way
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:iconinternet-cancer:
Internet-Cancer Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
draw it anyways, but turn it up to 11.
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:iconshokkazuluman:
shokkazuluman Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know that feel. 
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:iconsayomiwolf:
SayomiWolf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student General Artist
This same thing happens to me all the time, right when I'm in the middle of that drawing :XD:
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:icondemonjacobs666:
demonjacobs666 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
draw it anyways! especially if boobs are involved! :D
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:icontwila27:
Twila27 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I think it's valid~

Used to worry a ton about never being able to make something original, but then I read (Spice & Wolf Novel 6) that when you think about it, it's not about trying to make someone nobody has ever made before (though it does have a Romantic appeal) but rather it's trying to make something that nobody is thinking of at the current moment! Encourages me, hehe.
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:icontatsuhasakuraba:
TatsuhaSakuraba Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Here's the same, I can't avoid it. xD
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:iconmadmanmike1995:
madmanmike1995 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
"I know that feel bro" :( (Sad)
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:iconvendant:
Vendant Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the pain is only worsened when you find they did it way better than you could ;_;
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:iconbelle43:
Belle43 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student General Artist
So much relate.
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:iconthedevaiant:
TheDevaiant Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
*makes a art that looks almost looks exaclty like another, puts link to it* Okay. ;____;
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:iconfallenjrblue:
fallenjrblue Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I...I was just gonna draw a similar comic...

....nevermind... ;____;
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:iconleafbladie:
leafbladie Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
 Don't look to see if anyone did it before you, just do it, the same rule fo having sex.
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:iconwasteland-omelet:
Wasteland-Omelet Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this feel
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:iconrhymes-with-orange:
rhymes-with-Orange Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
That feels for a writer

*feals*
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:icondaigurrendrift:
DaiGurrenDrift Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I think it's even worse for a write too. Because what story hasn't been told? Every basic story has already been done, and it's left to the creative writer to come up with the details in their story to set it apart from the rest. Basically, I once heard someone say that writing a story is like playing a guitar. Everyone plays the same notes, but in their own unique order.
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:iconwaddledee32:
WaddleDee32 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
*hug*
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:icondrcartoonphysics:
DrCartoonPhysics Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I know that feeling 100%. I think it stems from the whole "Blah blah Simpsons did it" attitude of the internet.
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:iconleviadragon99:
leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Mm, yeah I can understand that being discouraging...
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:iconrendaylor:
Rendaylor Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you find someone else already drew it, why not draw it anyway and just put your own personal touch or spin on it?
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