Everyone can make art because everyone has a unique way of looking at the world. And when you express yourself in a focused, meaningful way, that becomes your art.
Everyone is an artist in their own way.
Maybe it’s keeping a journal or writing, drawing, painting, sculpting, or playing an instrument. The point is that anyone can do this and create something beautiful!
Art Is Subjective
Art can be defined as the expression and application of human creativity. More precisely, however, it’s a component of culture and reflects in its design economic and social realities.
In truth, there are many different types of art, and some of them are simpler than others. Some people would argue that even a child can be an artist if they put their mind to it. Art is subjective, meaning that it’s up to each individual to decide whether something is “good” or “bad” art.
There are many different forms of art, including literature, performing arts, architecture, music, and visual arts such as fine art, street art, or photography. One could also add arts and crafts or fashion design to this list. Actually, anything created by humans is a form of art in some way.
Steps to Become an Artist
Art is a gift that can be developed. You don’t have to be born with it, you just have to have a passion for art and the will to develop your skills. Here are some helpful steps to become an artist:
Decide What Kind of Artist You Want to Be
Art is a creative medium that allows you to express yourself in so many different ways. There are no set rules for what you can create, and only your imagination sets limits on what you can do.
However, it can be difficult to figure out how to begin creating your own art.
The first step is to decide what kind of art you want to make. If you want to draw, take a drawing class or get a book on the basics of drawing.
Try different types of art to find out where your interests lie. You may find that you’re more interested in photography than oil painting or ceramics than drawing.
If you like music, try playing an instrument or singing. Don’t worry about how good or bad you’re at it. Just have fun with it. If you like to do something with your hands, try sculpture, ceramic painting, fine art, etc. Find something that makes your heart sing and do it!
You can also get inspiration from other artists who make art in the medium that interests you most. Check out their websites to see if they’ve tips for getting started in their field. You can even ask them for advice via email or social media if they’ve public profiles online.*
Choose a Medium in Which You Want to Specialize
Choose something you’d like to do for many years.
If you want to be a musician, piano, guitar, and violin are some examples of instruments. If you’re interested in fine arts, consider what materials are best for your art style: Watercolors, acrylics, pastels, etc.
You can become a painter, sculptor, or graphic designer, or you can choose street art. Or you can become a musician, a film director, or an architect. No matter what you choose according to your artistic talent, you must choose the medium that suits your type of artwork.
It’s a good idea to choose one medium and stick with it for a while to learn the basics. In the beginning, it is difficult to master more than one medium. Many artists eventually branch out and experiment with other mediums, but it’s important to get good at one medium first.
Decide What Kind of Work You Want to Create
Do you want to paint abstract or realistic images? Maybe you want to draw cartoons or caricatures. The decision is yours, but consider what type of art appeals to you most.
Think about what inspires you. If music is your thing, listen to as much of it as possible! If you’re interested in theater arts, check out local productions to see what they look like and how they’re structured. Think about what inspires you and try it out!
Whether you want to be a musician or visual artist, you’ve to start somewhere. You can take classes, learn online, or find a mentor.
Remember, the first step is believing in yourself.
Artists are often very hard on themselves, and you may feel that your art isn’t good enough or that you aren’t a “real” artist. You may even worry that other people might think the same thing.
Practice a Lot
Start with basic exercises and simple tasks to build your skills. For example, if you’re practicing painting, try copying other artists’ work first before attempting your own art.
Practice every day if possible. This will help you develop your muscle memory and increase your skills over time.
Practicing is the best way to become an artist. It’ll help you to be more creative and improve your imagination.
You can be inspired by everything that surrounds you: the weather, people, animals…
Look at everything like an adventure waiting for you, and don’t limit yourself to certain subjects that interest you. This is what makes a work of art truly original and unforgettable!
Don’t be too hard on yourself: Some days nothing interesting will happen outside our window, but keep looking anyway because new experiences are waiting around every corner!
Don’t expect instant results or improvement.
Getting good at something takes time and effort. So be patient and remember that improvement is a slow process.
Educate yourself about the profession. Take some time to learn more about the skill(s) you need. You can read books about the skill(s) to learn more and practice the right way.
Get Involved in the Art Community
Join an art group that meets in your area. This is a great way to see other artists’ work, improve your own skills, and get feedback on your work. If there’s not an art group in your area, you can start one yourself or look for an online group.
There are many art communities, sometimes by art category, sometimes by interest. For example, I’ve built a global community, World Citizen Artists, that uses art and music to raise awareness about humanitarian and social issues.
Create a Portfolio
Artists, whether they’re musicians, visual artists, film directors or writers, all have a portfolio of their work. This is the best way to showcase one’s art and helps build a following.
A portfolio is a collection of your best work that shows your process and progress as an artist.
To create a good portfolio, you should choose works that showcase your best work and illustrate your artistic development. They should include old work that shows where you started as well as new work that shows what you’re capable of now. Also, try to include at least 2 different types of projects so people can see your range.
Learn From the Best
Learning from famous artists can help you get ideas for your own work. See if there are any famous artworks on display in your area or in a nearby museum, and then go see them in person if possible. Read about the lives and methods of artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, etc.
If you’ve trouble finding your own art style. Observing other artists is a great way to learn new techniques and methods. But be careful: don’t try to copy their works, but be inspired to try new methods and develop your own ideas.
If you’re interested in visual arts, visit museums. If you’re interested in music, go to concerts. If you’re interested in writing or acting, attend plays, read poetry, and write stories in your spare time. You can’t be an artist without being surrounded by art.
Should You Go to Art School to Become a Professional Artist?
There are many ways to become a professional artist, and not every famous artist went to art school.
However, people who want to become professional artists at a young age choose to study art.
There are many colleges, universities, and art schools that offer art education for those who want to learn more about art.
The first step is to decide what kind of art you want to be: painter, sculptor, graphic designer, etc. Then research the type of art class that interests you.
The great thing about an art school is that you can learn art history, meet art students with whom you can share your artistic skills, and study each subject matter in depth.
It’s also important for artists to have some business skills if they want to make a living from their artwork. They need to be able to write about their work in order to get their name out in the art world and sell their work.
These days, artists work often need to market their own artwork and find clients who want to buy it. Artists who can afford if hire others, such as PR agents and social media managers, to take care of these aspects of their careers while they focus on creating new artwork.
In art school, you may be able to work with other art students (such as a graphic designer) who can help you for free so you have more time to work on your art skills and become a better artist.
Art college requirements vary by major and depend on whether you study on campus or online. For on-campus programs, you’ll need to attend classes at a designated location at least once or twice a week (though there are exceptions).
The alternative model of online classes is ideal if you have a full-time job or other commitments that make it difficult to get to art class every week, or if you simply can’t afford to attend a college or university.
Apply for an Art Residency
Art residencies are a great opportunity to explore a new location (sometimes a new country) and create fine art or music for a period of time. All you’ve to do is apply by sending in some samples of your great artwork along with a description of the project you’d like to work on during your residency. If they like what they see, and feel you will do the hard work, they’ll invite you to live there!
A fellow artist has spent almost her entire career producing great art in many residencies around the world. She has become a famous artist in her home country. She really is a talented artist and a true artist, and what a great lifestyle!
When she left the city where I lived at the time, she left me a huge blank canvas to encourage me to continue my artistic career.
The great thing about artist residencies is that they allow any talented artist they choose to focus on their artistic career and artistic skills to become a successful artist.
Sell Your Art Online
You can sell your art online through your website or through platforms like Etsy or Saatchi Art for visual artists, Spotify, and iTunes for musicians. Let people know about it through social media like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Tik Tok, etc. All you need is an account on one of these platforms and some photos of your artwork showing its best qualities.
The Challenges of a Professional Artist
Artists face a number of challenges in the workplace. There are obvious ones like finding time for art and building a network with other artists. But there are also many that aren’t so obvious. Here are some of the biggest challenges a professional artist faces and some tips on how to overcome them.
Find Time to Create Art
Many artists work part-time or full-time in other jobs, and even for a good artist with great talent, finding enough time to be creative, network with the art world, and create something beautiful can be a challenge – hard work.
Build a Network of Other Artists
Building a network of other artists is important to get feedback on your work, learn about opportunities to exhibit or sell your work, and share ideas with others who understand what you’re going through as an artist.
But often artists don’t know how to build these relationships, and access to the art world can be difficult. Some have made it because a friend of theirs is a famous artist, or because they know someone who knows the right person… Sometimes you might have a unique artistic talent and the right subject matter at the right time, but if you don’t have the right access, it can be very difficult.
Building an Income
It’s difficult for artists to make money because there are few buyers willing to purchase artwork. For example, if you make beautiful portraits, they may be admired by all your friends and family, but they may not have the money to buy them.
Therefore, you need to learn how to sell your artwork so that more people can see it and buy it.
The art world is highly competitive. Of course, the Internet has made it even more so. Artists are competing with each other not only in local galleries but also around the world. It’s no longer enough to simply be a great artist – you also have to market yourself and expand your reach.
Dealing With Rejection
Artists face rejection every day, and as a human being, feeling rejected isn’t a nice feeling, especially when people say you’re not a real artist or that you don’t have the right skills after all the hard work you’ve done. That’s when it’s easy to lose confidence. That’s why it’s good to have a few good friends from the art world to talk to, who understand exactly what you’re going through, and who keep encouraging you to become a great artist.
No Paid Vacation or Sick Days
When you work for yourself, you don’t get paid when you don’t work. If you get sick or want to take a vacation, you still have to work or you lose money. Sure, freedom is great, but there are times when you long for a job where you can count on that paycheck at the end of the month.
Artists Often Have to Give First
Being an artist is expensive. Just buying the materials you need, setting up a website, and marketing is very expensive. And nowadays, many artists pay for exhibitions or performances, and there are many pitfalls.
Be aware that while you’ve to give first, you shouldn’t give it all away. At some point, you need to get something in return for your investment unless it’s a charity and the cause is close to your heart.
Dealing With Criticism
Many people will tell you not to expect your artwork to become as famous as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, and that great art requires a great deal of practice and creative thinking, that success depends not only on artistic ability and unique talents but also on a certain amount of luck.
Some of this may be true, an art career is extremely hard work, and becoming a successful artist is even harder, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have the artistic ability, and the unique talents to become a successful artist.
The Great Thing About Being an Artist
There are also a lot of great things about being an artist. Infusing your personality into your work and doing something that’s unique is like writing your biography through something you’re passionate about. If you manage to make a living out of it, it’s a great way to live. It’s something not many people can do, so I don’t take it for granted if you can do it!
I think the most beautiful thing about being an artist is the feedback you get from people who’re touched by your work. People who tell you that your work has moved them in some way or made them see the world through different eyes. It’s amazing to know that you made something that stirred feelings in another person that they didn’t even know they’d.
As an artist, you have the power to create art that moves people and makes them feel emotions they didn’t even know they’d feel.
And not only do you learn more about yourself, but art can also be used as art therapy, meaning that if you let your emotion flow into your artistic work, it can also help relieve anxiety.