Ten Important Things to Make Great Art – Part 2

The second part of our blog to give advice and help to fledgling artists, uncovers more tips on how to succeed on the road to making great art. In part one we looked at how important drawing was, and why you should use references and tricks of the trade to improve your skill.

In this blog we discuss why it is important to act swiftly and to always strive to improve.

Be Yourself

Once you have developed the basics and are comfortable that you are producing good art you need to develop a style. Choose a way of breaking out, to produce work that you like and is unique, copying may get you noticed at first but if you really want to be different then doing things your own way is the way forward.

Things that are popular tend to have a shelf life, but unique things never seem to date as they have no benchmark to be judged against.

Don’t Be Afraid to Break the Rules

Question everything in learning art, can things be done a different way to achieve the same or better? Always push boundaries and do not accept things for the sake of it.

Be Unique

Art is a two-way street, it connects the artist and the viewer. The artist is trying to express what is in their mind and the people who view the work also express what they think. Any creative person has a choice, to give what people want or to make art regardless. In the long term it is the artist who is honest that will survive, by being yourself you will eventually draw others to admire your work.

Strike When the Iron Is Hot

If you have an idea then start on it immediately, don’t delay or you will lose the core of it and the moment will be gone. People who dwell on things never seem to have the detail correct, Carpe Diem and strive for what is excellent.

Never Stop Learning

Always be like a sponge and never reject new ideas, the more knowledge you have in anything the better you will be. Art is exactly the same, the more skill, depth and knowledge you have in your work the better art you will produce.

Reflect back on your older pieces and compare them to your current work, you will see many improvements and this is because you are using better skills. Perhaps delve into an area you know nothing about, you never know you may get something from the exercise.

Share Your Knowledge

Pass on what you have learned to other artists, sharing techniques and knowledge can be a rewarding experience for both parties. You can always learn from other people no matter how small or insignificant and you never know you may benefit greatly.

Above all enjoy your art, sometimes it will be frustrating and you will think of giving up but have courage. Those that persevere will succeed and reap the rewards of their persistence, they will learn new skills to overcome adversity and develop their art accordingly.