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Published on March 5th, 2018 | by Jones


Tips that beginner artists need to learn about making art

Being a ‘good’ artist is more than being talented. All the greatest artists in the world have learned how to draw, paint, sing and play guitar as well as they do. For some, it’s considered to be more natural than others, but for others, it’s taken years of practice, sweat and tears to be the creative beings that they are today. Those challenging years have helped to tell a story and change the way people feel.

If you’re dreaming of becoming a professional artist and feel that you need some additional inspiration to get your feet off the ground, always remember to keep practising. Art is a form of creativity that requires inspiration, motivation and confidence. Learn to find beauty in the smallest of things, and seek life’s meaning in every drawing that you create. Have patience and never give up on your dream.

Here are a few tips for taking the leap to becoming the artist you’ve always wanted to be:

Start learning how to draw

Before you delve into other areas of art, learn how to draw. Being able to draft a thought or an image you see in front of you helps you to see the world in a new light. Carry a sketchbook around with you and doodle when you’re looking for inspiration. Many artists feel that visual aids make it easier for their brains to comprehend data or feelings in ‘unplanned’ moments. This actually helps the brain to function better.

Great art takes hard work and determination

While creating art that people appreciate is rewarding, it requires hard work and determination. Much like any career, driven by talent, you cannot simply give up. It may look easy from the outside but especially with creative activities, there are always going to be times where your creativity runs dry or your motivation is low, but it’s up to you to overcome these challenges and learn how to do adapt in these moments. One of the biggest challenges might be putting aside time and effort to draw, but if it’s your passion and you’re determined to make something of your work, then compromising will be easy.

Use a reference image to set the tone

In the beginning stages of your art experience, always use a reference image to keep the end goal in sight and your inspiration levels high. Usually, it is recommended that you choose an image that resonates with you emotionally or spiritually, otherwise use a specific image style that you want your work to be more like. After a while, you’ll be able to create your own sketched reference images, but make sure that you always have one, nonetheless. It’s a great way to track progress and performance.

Remember that rejection is inevitable

As mentioned, practice makes perfect. There are going to be times when you believe in a specific piece of work but others don’t. It’s these moments that give you strength and help to define your style. Rejection is always a factor, but when people can see your passion and confidence through your work, they will start to appreciate your work more. Take each negative comment with a pinch of salt, and as yet another opportunity to learn. It’s those individuals who push past rejection who are on the road to success.

Uniqueness is the key to success

In the beginning, using similar styles to already-popular pieces will bring short-term success for you. Over time, you will need to learn how to spend less time focusing on what others do and try something new. Art and creativity are about individuality and expressing your own thoughts. Focus on what sets you apart.

Honesty connects people

Many creative people are in touch with their emotions. When you play on people’s emotions, you are setting yourself up for success. Honesty is one of the most important elements that you need to incorporate into your work, as this connects you with people who feel the same way about topics. Be yourself, be honest and be creative. A great example of honesty in creativity is the different African Art styles. Not only does it draw a reflection of the artist but each piece reflects the interests of society. This is what art is about: to make a difference. Your pieces might be controversial, intense or intimate, but the reason for your piece is to show the world how you feel. That’s what we rely on to change African art.

Always keep learning

Take African art, for example, it centres around a few fundamental factors that have inspired those artists’ creativity. These fundamentals have also had the ability to teach people other elements of life, for example, visual learning, commitment, focus, creativity and other important life skills. If you keep encouraging yourself to learn, you’ll develop as a person and find new ways to express your talent.

You’ll be surprised how much you can grow and learn as an individual when you look back on previous work. You should use this as a learning opportunity to teach you more about yourself. Take any opportunity to stretch your creativity and increase your understanding of the different types of art.

Final thoughts

At the end of the day, everyone benefits by helping others. It may be a new adventure for you but try to be open-minded. Allow criticism in, but not enough to stir negativity in your heart. You cannot become a professional artist overnight, but if you stay committed and motivated, your hard work will pay off.

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