How to Become a Better Artist

By Nicole Tinkham

No matter where you’re at in life, where you’re headed, or what you plan to accomplish, you should ALWAYS be striving to be the best you can possibly be. For artists, this may mean learning new techniques through tutorials, workshop, and other areas of inspiration. However, growing as an artist isn’t just about learning how to do new things. It’s about discovering who you are, challenging yourself, and pushing through the struggles. Here are a few additional ways in which you can become a better artist.

1. Don’t ALWAYS depend on tutorials

This may come as a shock because learning new things allows you to expand your knowledge and can be a huge part in an artist’s growth. However, relying too much on tutorials trains you to know how to do something but there may be a disconnect as to why you’re doing it. Look for valuable tutorials that also explain the “why” and experiment a bit on your own. Remember, the best way to learn is through failure!

2. Absorb as much information as you can

To keep your mind fresh, read as much as possible on design theory. Pair your readings with tutorials (mentioned above) and you’ll be just fine. Chances are the books will help you understand why you’re doing things the way you are that tutorials may leave out.

3. Choose inspiration wisely

When you’re in a creative rut, you must find inspiration to gain new and exciting ideas that motivate you to continue on your creative journey. You may not realize it right away but the resources you reference have a big impact on your artistic style. Choose your inspiration wisely and be careful not to directly copy another artist’s work.

4. Step out of your comfort zone

Figure out what you think is way beyond your capabilities. Choose a project that completely terrifies you, something you would never consider trying in a million years and go ahead and DO IT. By challenging yourself, you’re forced to learn as you go. Remember to have your goal in mind throughout the whole process and you’ll be sure to achieve it.

5. Sketch EVERYDAY!

It doesn’t matter how many projects you’re working on at once, you must sketch daily even if it’s only a 5 minute gesture sketch. Choose subjects that you’re not 100% comfortable with for example, hands. Draw them over and over until you have it down. Sketch anything and everything you see!

6. Know how to handle difficulties

When learning new things (especially on your own) you WILL run into roadblocks. You’ll become completely lost and not know what to do. When challenges affect your productivity, it can be extremely frustrating but NEVER give up. To be a successful artist you must want it badly enough to keep going and finish what you started. Here’s where tutorials and advice from fellow artists will really be beneficial.

7. Find out who you are

To grow as an artist, you must figure out who you are and exactly what you want to do with your art career. There are so many choices out there but you won’t end up where you want if you don’t make a plan for yourself and set goals. If you’re unsure where to turn, go back to READING. Do research on your options and figure out the perfect fit for you. From there, do everything you can to make that dream a reality.

You’re already a great artist but as with anything, there’s always room for improvement. Have goals and a vision of where you want to see yourself in the future. Work toward those goals by practicing, learning new techniques, pushing yourself, and never giving up. We know you have what it takes to become a better artist and we’re here to help every step of the way. Subscribe to our blog for weekly posts on tips, techniques, new product info, and inspiration!

6 thoughts on “How to Become a Better Artist

    1. That ways very helpful especially I’m 70 and just starting to learning to I’m using acrylics to start with but I’m working toward watercolor then maybe oils one day THANK YOU

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