Animator Bob Kurtz apparently coined the phrase “Joyous Jealousy”, and it’s a phrase that’s so useful I think it should be in widespread usage. Here’s why:
The feeling you have when you experience someone else’s work and think: “I wish I’d made that!” followed by the thought “Well, what can I learn from that?”
I hear people trying to describe that exact feeling quite a lot, and I know it works for me as a great way to sum up where my inspiration comes from. And I experience joyous jealousy from all sorts of creative media: TV, film, books, music, architecture and games. [Aside: I think this is just as important no matter what your main field is: look at – and study – other forms.]
So now that I’ve shown you mine, what makes you feel joyous jealousy?