20 tips or tricks that can make you a better artist
Being a good artist is not just talent or luck. There are a lot of to do if you want to become a better artist. Here are just a few points to consider.
1. Choose a topic you love. You will produce good work only if you love what you do. So produce good work.
2.Work on your topic as often as you can. If you can only work on your art 15 minutes a day, do it. Set the timer and go!
3.Have a special spot where you can work on your art. Creating work is easier if you don’t have to set up and clean up every time. Find a spot you can leave your work so that when you are free, you can work on it right away.
4.Buy your supplies on sale and in bulk to save money. This way when you are working, you will not be as stressed at the cost of the art supplies. Most art supply stores have annual sales where they have supplies at a greatly reduced rate. Find out when that is at your local shop.
5.Find art friends or other artists to share your work with. Start creating a network of artists where you can help each other.
6.Attend art galleries. You can see new work and meet people who love art just like you do.
7.Set time aside to do work where you just play. This can be experimenting with new materials that you will add to your repertoire or this can be experimenting with style techniques that you may add to your own work.
8.Buy the best materials you can afford. Good materials really help. Like any other professional, good tools help you create work more easily.
9.If you are a beginner, stick to one style until you have mastered all the skills needed to create that work. If you decide this is not your style, change. But, master your skills first.
10.Studies show that 10,000 hours is needed to master a skill. Be willing to put in the hours.
11.When you are working, focus only on what you are doing. Concentrate. This will shorten the time needed to learn a skill.
12.Limit the amount of colors that you use. A limited palette will lead to more success for you.
13.Get yourself into ‘Google my business’ There are a surprisingly large amount of people that will find you and your website this way.
14. Get a website. This is your visual business card. People will look at your work here and then come to your art shows.
15.Invite as many people to your art shows as you can. Statistics say that only 10% of invitees actually come.
16. Don’t have too many shows in a year. People are more likely to come if it is an annual event as opposed to 4–5 times a year.
17.Apply to group shows. They bring in different people (ones that have never seen your work) that will end up seeing your artwork and possibly purchasing it.
18.Learn to use social media. That is the way of the times and most people use social media now for advertising and marketing.
19.Plan your art projects before you actually start creating. Plan a whole series of works. This will lead to you creating a series of works that give your audience a lot to look at.
20. Enjoy the process. Creating has to be fun for us to continue doing it.
I hope this helps you .
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