Last week I focused on professional advice for artists but this week I am taking a more practical approach. So here are three tips for emerging artists to implement at the start of their journey…
1. Get a website - Make it easy to remember, most artists go for their fullname.com. However, if you have a common name then add “art” or “paintings” to your URL.
2. Be professional - Focus on building your audience and finding your niche straight away. This is the first step to increasing your sales. Think about why people should buy your art.
3. Paint and draw everyday - A career in art is all about mastery. In order to master a skill you have to put in 10,000 hours of practice… so you better get going!!
When starting up in the art industry, you will face a number of challenges which can sometimes make you feel like you are hitting your head against a wall. So I’ve decided to collate some professional advice for those starting up in the industry, from what I have learnt on my journey so far.
1. Only compete with yourself - Seek validation internally, it is important to remember that you won’t please everyone so focus on enjoying your work and the rest will follow.
2. Be authentic - Paint only what interests you. Don’t change your method to achieve more sales, as your best work tends to be about stuff you are passionate.
3. Get outside - I personally love nothing more than getting outside into nature (as you can probably tell from my art). It teaches you how to see and be creative.
I have been extremely fortunate during my journey through art to have had many people help me refine my talent and push me in the right direction. I am very grateful to everyone that has helped me and I would personally love to be able to assist others in finding their feet in this wonderfully fulfilling industry.
There are a few things I have learnt during my time in art, these include;
1. Surround yourself with better artists -
If you want to soar like an eagle, don’t run with turkeys. This sentence has always resonated with me and is something I find to be very true. This concerns the online art community you interact with, focus on communities with industry professionals.
2. Learn as much as you can, become a sponge -
Become an information junkie. There is a plethora of information regarding art online so consume it all and you will get a better understanding on what it takes to become a successful artist.
3. Ask for honest opinions -
Don’t search for compliments as honest feedback will help you notice areas you need to improve on.
4. Have realistic expectations -
Rome wasn’t build in a day. It can take years of hard work to get to where you want to be with your art. Filling a sketchbook or five means nothing really, it takes so much more than that. What I mean by this is artists don’t just draw ten heads and then get it right, they draw hundreds and thousands over a number of years whilst studying and refining different styles and effects to perfect their craft. Keep working at it and it will come.