When I see or hear the words 'jealous' or 'envy' even I get the idea that either someone is insecure about themselves or they feel that someone doesn't deserve something or just making an excuse of some sort. Putting the friendly and harmless interpretation aside, I believe jealousy just isn't justifiable.
When people say it's a compliment or that they're envious of my "talent". I'd think twice when making that assumption. Talent is usually thought to be a natural ability isn't it? Especially when I witness people putting themselves down over this sort of thing. The same people are almost irritated and saddened by someone who they think is much better than themselves rather than being inspired. It's sad when that happens to the point it becomes an excuse to give up as it's probably pointless trying.
I'm not convinced how many of those people, who are prone to letting their insecurities get to them, understand the amount of work and training it must have taken any certain artist at a certain level. You can't tell how someone works, you can't tell what someone went through to get to that stage. You probably don't realise that same artist might have been in your state of mind at one point too. They might have struggled and learned the hard way if they didn't already know what steps to take first.
Even if it's a 3 year old kid who has sold abstract art for thousands of dollars I don't think any should compare themselves. It happens. Some people probably do have a natural ability in some form but still, you can't compare yourself to someone else and you shouldn't make excuses. You will only end up making an oblivion for yourself to live in.
When you feel yourself becoming jealous of an artist or hopeless, remind yourself of what it must have taken or if you absolute don't know what it took, remind yourself of that.
Besides I'm at a stage where I still have lots to learn. I didn't care much when I was a kid in school and considered Art class a joke and rather boring~ To make more of point I'm working as best as I can, so so should you!
I won't even mention all the emo feels I've gone through so far ok