|What advice would you give to those just beginning?
I would advise them to connect to the joy that art brings to their life. Paint from your heart and find positive people to encourage and teach you.
Never let anyone detour you from your dreams. Do what you love and love what you do. Study and surround yourself with people who encourage you and teach you how to achieve your goals. Listen more that talk. BIG ONE!
Have fun, make people laugh, know what you like.
Follow your heart and your intuition. There is not one right path to follow. If you are having fun, you are on your right journey. :)
Just follow your dreams, continue drawing or painting
what inspires you , be prepared to receive criticism
but don't let it get you down,with every new artwork you will
create you will learn more.
Creat a website to show your work,
be friend fellow artists and exchange links, post
your work in as many galleries as you can and
market your art.
Paint every day, even if it's just a tiny piece, you'll keep the creativity flowing. Study other peoples art that you like. And last but not least- don't listen to what anyone says about your art. There is a buyer for every thing that gets put out there, no matter how good or bad one might think it is!
Don't give up.
Be an artist first. Get into the habit of introducing yourself as an artist.
Start now. Your artwork will get better with time.
Decide on a price list...and write it down.
Prepare excellent quality photos (digital or slides) of your work.
Marketing will take time...spend the time or no one will know who you are or what you do.
Keep track of your art money...coming and going. Don't be scared that there is more going out than profit coming in. That can change.
Make artist friends. Spend time with friends who support your art. Don't listen to those who are negative. Sometimes family members can be your worst enemies.
Every so often compare your current work with earlier work. Critically see the differences.
Be professional. Be timely. Follow through on commitments and promises.
Purchase equipment and supplies with the future in mind. Spend a little more for quality. It will save you money in the future.
Be a good bookkeeper. Money, inventory, appointments...everything.
Consider someone who buys your work as a collector.
Connect with your customers/collectors. Always have a supply of business cards available...and within easy reach. And don't be afraid to give them out. Send thank-you notes to anyone who buys a painting, supports your work, or opens an opportunity for you.
Donate a painting to a charity. Donate your time to a local art group. People will remember your name.
Listen to that inner voice. Your instincts and gut feelings are usally right.
Try to place as many of your works in as many places as possible. People will see your art and remember your name.
Do not give up , keep creating and wake up that sleepy muse they are there they just need a little nudge to get them going. Like you mother said you will know when it comes along! Love at first site is usually the factor of success!
Put in enough time to learn your craft and resist the urge to exhibit yourself before then.
Art requires practice; draw and try different mediums and support. Study the work of other artists. If possible take courses. Read books on art.
Just keep doing it. The second you stop, you lose your stride.
Don't be disheartened!
And don't give up!
It is so tough "In the beginning..." or just after graduating, and you will get lots of rejections or simply no response at all to your applications etc... but try not to take it personally, it takes time...and perserverence....
|Believe in yourself and make it happen! Even the art geniuses of the world had to learn to walk before they could run - they weren't born painting masterpieces. With hard work, determination and a faith in yourself, a person can learn any skill. When people decisively say "I can't do it" or believe they don't have the talent, what they often don't have is not the ability or the talent, but the motivation and determination to get up and do it, or take the first steps toward learning how it's done.
For an artist starting out, my advice is to make art as often as you can, whether it's painting, sculpting, metalworking... if you want to make a proper living from your art, you need to take it seriously, and that means doing some every single day if possible, living and breathing it in your spare time. This will be a test of whether this kind of career is really for you - and if you enjoy creating constantly, it's a good sign. Make a portfolio of your best work and try to add a new piece each week. Never stop working on adding to it, and pushing back the boundaries of your ability, and over time you will not only have a wonderful portfolio to show people, but you'll grow in skill and scope. The key to being a successful artist is hard work and a little patience and guile. You won't be famous overnight. Maybe you won't even be well-known in five years. But if that five years is spent working hard and creating things to the best of your ability, trying to outdo yourself with each successive artwork, you won't fail to achieve and learn more; and you'll be infinitely closer to your goal of being an artist than if you don't. If that five years is spent procrastinating but not 'doing', you won't achieve any of these things.
Once you gain confidence in your ability, the next step is to get yourself seen. The most beautiful and accomplished art on the planet isn't going to get you anywhere unless you show it to interested people. Try selling your work: maybe in a local shop, on the internet or at an art fair. Try blogging to inform people of what you're doing and what your latest projects are. You can also try selling in a gallery or make a website to sell from. Networking is very important for artists because your success as one depends on who can be made aware of your work, and the more people that are, the better. You should soon begin to see interest in what you do and that interest can only grow as long as you keep producing and showing work. Also, try to direct your efforts to be noticed or displayed toward a venue that is suitable. Don't try pitching dark and twisted paintings to a quaint corner shop selling country landscapes and pictures of dogs, for example. Try looking for a place where the genre of your work 'belongs' best. You need to develop a nose for knowing where best to apply your work, because this can lead to great success. You may need to find ways to apply your work/style to a specific market.
Lastly... be patient and persevere. If there isn't an immediate interest in your art, perhaps you are showing it in the wrong place - try everything and anything; remember, an artist often has to be his or her own agent and salesman too. Hard work really is the key. With a good body of work behind you you can show what you can do. Showing is paramount for an artist, as no-one buys what they can't see.
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