Tips for Aspiring Artists
October 31, 2017
Every film, every TV show episodes such as the Uzalo episodes, photographs taken, artworks painted or drawn, every sculpture formed, and pieces of beautiful and stunning arts crafted must truly have an imaginative, ingenious and artistic vibe to capture the viewers’ attention and even their loyalty. Because of this, artists are always on the lookout for a new, different, and extraordinary perspective and inspiration. Indeed, being an artist (especially for an emerging artist) is like a never-ending or limitless ocean of crucial preparations, demands from commercialism, and fierce competition. However, this is not only true to artists but to all individuals with different career paths. So, how do you cope up with these?
Here are a few simple yet practical tips for aspiring artists
Have a sense of originality and uniqueness. Create something that is in your line of interest. Art is a form of expression so use a medium that you are comfortable with and have a passion for. Don’t alter your method or style because everybody is doing the same thing, or for fame, or acceptance. Your best won’t come out if you do.
Be your own competition. Gaging your capabilities is not by the number of awards you’ve earned, the number of exhibits or shows you’ve participated in, or by how many of your creations you have sold. Be your own competition, not with others. It is essential that you strive for validation within because you can never please, satisfy, or give delight to everyone.
It does take a lot of time and work. A lot of artists who have gained success have that innate skill and talent. They also have a long and extensive history of schooling or education and a great deal of training and practice. Needless to say, they have not become successful overnight. It does take a lot of time, work, and effort. Your objective ought to be the finest artist you are capable of being, not for popularity or to make loads of cash from your artwork. If it means having a day job to earn for a living, that’s quite ok. Actually, lots of artists do precisely that. For instance, T.S Eliot who is famous for his poems and essays was a banker and became an editor at a publishing house.
“Natural talent” is a real thing. Not everyone is born an artist but one can learn, improve, and enhance their skills and capabilities in any form or art interests them or have a passion for. Again, it takes time, hard work, and effort.
Find your inspiration from life. Go outside, take a nature walk, read a book, go to the beach, or listen to classical music, these are a few ways to unlock your artistic capabilities. Doing nothing or just operating from pictures and photographs can shorten or cut your creative development. Be inspired by life.