5 easy steps how to become an artist
Ok, so you decided to become an artist, a painter! First, as a beginner you should throw out a very common thought “I need a formal art education to be an artist.” Even though a formal art education can be helpful in developing your artistic skills, there are plenty of self taught painters who are creating incredible pieces of art and are very successful. One of such is my favorite artist Akiane.
What a wannabe artist actually needs is an intense
desire for self expression and a sincere dedication! Art is so subjective that even a 5 year old can create a masterpiece. As a freshly baked painter you don’t need to get the most expensive paints, brushes, canvases or easels…you can start with “student’s” quality of paints (these are less vibrant and with lower permanence ratings) and acquire “professional” paints (these are higher in pigment, more vibrant and with high permanence ratings) little by little. Or you can get a mix of both, this is what I did. Below I included a few links where you could buy high quality art supplies online.
So let’s get started!
1. First you will need proper art supplies! If you don’t have any art supply store nearby you could also buy them online. What you will need is canvas (for acrylics and oil) or paper (for watercolors and acrylics), paints – watercolors or acrylics which are great for the beginners, a color palette (kitchen plate or piece of plastic would do as well), several paint brushes, a jar or a cup for water, varnish to protect the surface and bring out the vibrancy of colors, and an easel (optional but it’s definitely more convenient to have it. Painting on the floor or on the desk is not very comfortable).
2. When you got all your art supplies it is time to practice!!! I mean it! Set aside an hour or at least a few minutes a day for painting. Find space in your home where you feel comfortable to indulge in a creative process. Consistency is the key! It doesn’t have to be perfect, painting should to be fun! If you don’t like painting still life (naturmort), landscapes, portraits etc, then try out abstract..I’m writing about it here. With days you will become more at ease with controlling your brushes, mixing colors, applying different painting techniques and that’s how you will build your artistic skills and creative confidence.
3. Learn. Increase your knowledge and dare to try out different techniques. There are so many tutorials, books and classes about painting online that you don’t even need to leave your house in order to learn. Study artists whose work you love. Also, use your imagination! Sometimes I would use my fingers, a spoon or a cup and try to create different patterns. Be raw, you might as well invent some awesome new painting technique. 🙂 Develop your own style!
4. Show your work to your family and friends. Feedback is very helpful but remember to ask for their real opinion! 🙂 Since art is subjective, don’t take someone’s critique to heart. Value it and keep on developing. People like different things and just because someone doesn’t like your work, that doesn’t mean that it is bad.
5. Create a portfolio consisting of your best paintings that you could show to your potential clients and galleries. In addition, create a website where you could present your work online.
Now you are ready. Wishing you happy and fun painting! Please let me know in the comments below how did that go. 🙂