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Stop What You’re Doing and Read This

I recently read an article titled, “4 Skills Every Artist Should Try To Perfect,” which to my surprise, was something that I needed to read that I didn’t know I needed until after I read it. Many artists are faced with difficulties throughout their career, and three of the greatest ones were covered in the article I read.

  1. The first skill every artist should know how to do is be able to “see.” The difference between perceiving something and actually seeing it is that when we perceive something, we only take a quick glance at it but when we really see it, we look at every visual aspect, taking it all in. Seeing an object is taking in all of the visual differences that set it apart from the rest of the world.
  2. The second skill every artist needs to know how to do is to be able to draw what is right in front of them. I have the habit of drawing what I think I’m seeing, because I know ways to make what I’m seeing better or more interesting to the viewer, however being able to draw what is in front of you is important because mastering the detail of a still life will help an artist perfect replicating what is real which will help with creating something that isn’t real.
  3. The ability to promote your artwork is vital. Ways to achieve this are simple; share your inspiration for the piece. Tell the viewer why it was important for you to create what you did and why it means so much to you. You might inspire them to create something that will inspire someone else one day. Another way to promote your work is to discuss the process of creating a piece, not only will this help the viewer understand what steps you took to create it, this will also attract a broader audience.

These three skills seem like common sense, but many artists forget how important they are when trying to be the best artist they can be. Follow through with these and you will see yourself grow in ways you never have.