I hope you caught the goodness that went down yesterday (read it here). I’ve been asking artists questions for years and they are all so full of wisdom and ready advice.
So let’s keep talking! I’ve asked several artists this question: “Do you have any advice for artists just starting their art career?”
Their answers are gold. Not just for the new artists, but for each and every artist who is truing new things, making a go out of this crazy creative life, or just needs a fresh perspective.
Read on, dear makers!
The best advice is to stay true to subject matters that are close to your heart.
In the beginning (especially if you are a self-taught artist, like I am) it is also important to try out all of the different media that you can get your hands on. I have spent countless money over the years on buying new supplies. I still buy new spins on materials just to give it a shot and see if it’s something that I can incorporate into my work. By trying new materials and new combinations of materials it can help you identify a unique style.
And lastly, do not ever give up on the big picture. Every single artist out there has failures. I have them once or twice a week. You work so hard on something and you stick it to the end and it might end up not being a strong piece at all, something you might even decide to box up or throw away.
Those missteps do not define you as an artist. Each one of them is a tool and in the end they all do offer bits of information that you will take along with you to the next piece of work.
Can you give a tip to an aspiring artist that they won’t learn in art school but need to know?
I got good advice from someone once a long time ago that seems really simple and annoying:
‘Keep making things.’
That’s it. Make stuff all the time. Even if what you make is awful you will inevitably learn something and get better at what you are making.
Oh, and don’t compare yourself constantly to others and their work. It will keep you from moving forward. I am still working on that one myself.
Work every day and put your work out there.
I know people will steal your ideas but so far I think that the value of having your work widely seen exceeds the downside of being copied. In my experience lasting professional relationships and a career come from your ability to keep generating ideas and — above all — executing them well, which is something no one can steal from you.
Again. Such goodness! Thank you all for your beautiful advice. And guys, check back tomorrow for the last artist-to-artist advice post in this little series. It’s a full one!