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. 🙂

 

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27 thoughts on “5 easy steps how to become an artist”

  • Ingrida,

    This is an absolutely fantastic, detailed and well explained post for those embarking on the art supplies and/or artistic journey.

  • As a kid, I watched my brother draw faces and landscaping with no experience. It was all natural. I often wondered why he just stopped after he got about 11 years old. I mean he was pretty good. I guess he probably thought he wasn’t going to go to school for it and just didn’t worry about it. But I am telling you he was that good automatically at a young age. I couldn’t draw like that. I tried but it didn’t work. So you are saying if he would have just kept at it his skill probly would have increased and who knows what might have happened?

    • Oh yes of course!! I used to draw all the time and now that I look back at my drawings I can totally see the progress even though at the time I didn’t attend art school! Constant practice improves your skills to do anything. 🙂
      Hope your brother finds drawing again, it’s never too late to grow in any field.
      Thanks for stopping by Ronnie!

  • Very enjoyable post. It’s very detailed and complete. Great information for beginners. I especially liked the encouragement you give those who like art but think that because they have no training they just can’t do it. I’m sure you will inspire many future artists to give it a go.

  • Awesome article! As a rookie artist, I am very hard on myself and I do not think my artworks are pro enough, so I never took a single picture of any of my creations nor made any portfolios.
    But at this rate, nobody will ever see my work haha. I’ll give it a try and start making a portfolio. Thank you.

    • Thank you Angie, I’m glad you found my article helpful. Super awesome to hear that you will work on your portfolio! Good luck with making art! 🙂

  • Great info about art beginners like me! This is a great way to organize your materials and a great motivation for all of us who want to start painting at early forties! Thank you for this inspirational post!
    Best wishes,
    Rebecca!

  • Finding time to indulge in a hobby I find is work in itself, especially with the busyness of day to day. Having said that, I appreciate reading that even spending a few minutes a day can help. I’ve tried to dabble in art in various different forms several times, but seem to get frustrated because of lack to time. This post has inspired me to try again. Thanks

  • Great article! I have always been really interested in painting, have been wanting to try it out but I always thought I needed to go to school for that.Im so happy to hear thats not the case.
    Reading your article has really inspired me to give it a try. Thanks!

    • Thanks Saeeda. Painting can be really fun so go ahead and explore your creative side 🙂 I’m glad you found my article inspirational!
      Good luck with your artistic creations! 🙂

  • Hi Ingrida,
    This is a great post and very helpful for those who like to learn how to become artists
    I liked your painting.. lively and colouful.. I enjoyed watching them
    I will never forget the name Ingrida,as I am sure you will become very popular one day

  • What a great post Ingrida!

    The way you explain how to become an artist is brilliant and simple. I have always had a secret desire to be able to paint but have never taken the plunge. Just like the guitar, I have one but hardly ever play it. You have given me the spark to do something. Great post and thanks for a beautiful website 🙂

    Kev

    • Thank you Kevin for the visit! I’m glad you liked my post and found it inspirational 🙂
      You know, I also have guitar but rarely play it…I guess I could use my own advice for this area too 🙂

      Best of luck to you!

  • Wonderful tips, Ingrida, for the beginning artist and I agree with all of them full-heartedly. The most important one, IMO, really is no. 2 – you can never, ever practice enough!

    Cheers,
    Claudia

  • Ingrida…one thing I am not but one thing I always wanted to be was an artist. I love this section on your site, especially after reading about you and seeing the beautiful work you have displayed here. You definitely have a talent and inspire me to finally take that leap and begin to learn for myself. Cheers and best of luck.

  • I had an art class when I was in high school. It got my interest and I’ve been wanting to do it after that. I didn’t have the time when I was in college and now I’m a young adult I have a spare time to do painting. I found your article very informative. I’ll try to follow each step to improve my painting skill. Thank you for sharing this information.

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