Developing Your Artistic Skills

When it comes to art, we all have some understanding of this esoteric school of thought, but it can be hard to explain. We know art is a creation, but what creations count? A painting can be art, but chairs are crafts, for example. We also know that art elicits an emotional response in the audience, but emotions are valid? We value dramatic emotions, such as sorrow, but humor is often left by the wayside. Art is extremely subjective, and these rules we all follow are really just agreed upon and subject to change. After all, once a creation makes you feel, it’s art by our own definition. If you’re an up coming artist, here are some tips to help you find your muse.

First and foremost, create. One of the biggest problems with how we think about creating art is that we need to strive for perfection. As an amateur artist, I can speak from experience when I say that the endless quest for perfection has just cost me time. I’ve increased in skill much more since I gave up on perfection than when I adhered to it, because it’s far more important to try and fail more often and consistently than to try to get it right every time. “Failing” is actually just how we learn, after all. So, if you’re a photographer, and your equipment is a little sub par, and you’re not feeling inspired, simply call up your stylish friend with all of the Loft clothes, and have a photo shoot. Doing anything is always better than doing nothing.

Another important part of developing your artistic skill is to study. Studying artistic techniques, for example, is of the utmost importance. For example, if you draw, you’re going to want to study how to draw the human figure from a sketch, using shadow shapes, and a variety of other techniques. You’ll want to repeat this exercises over and over again, too, and iterate on them by altering them in a number of ways. Furthermore, the same idea can be applied to studying other artists’ work. For example, if you’re a writer, you should also be a reader. Learning technique is only half of the puzzle. You also need to see plenty of examples of how those techniques can be used in order to use them well, yourself.

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