#2 Start Where You Feel Comfortable.
You are not going to grow an art page and business overnight. It’s just impossible. Start by practice. I hid paintings in our storage closet for 2 years before I showed them to anyone! And I still have pieces that I deem unsuitable for the public eye. Start by getting in the habit of producing. Create a “study” of another persons art. Don’t worry about being original. Copying is creating too. Start small, basic, and where you feel comfortable.
#3 Just CREATE.
Just because you are a creative person, does not mean you are actively creating. Creating is a VERB before an adjective. You must create to be creative. The more you create, the more creative, innovative, and original you will become. Create even if you know you will fail. I fail daily. It’s called progress. And luckily paper is recyclable!
#4 Recognize your Faults & Face Them.
In college my professor told me I would never be good at drawing hair. Instead of accepting this and moving on...I was self-motivated and practice hair for weeks on end until I figured it out. I knew I sucked at it. So instead of hiding, I faced my fault and worked at it. Now I no longer see my major fault in drawing hair, because I was patient with my progress.
#5 Be Yourself.
Even if money or others opinions are what motivates you. Never stop being yourself. Even if you don’t have a distinct style. Don’t try to imitate others. Something about doing it your own way is so magical. It gives you this confidence and uniqueness that is so obvious to recognize. Art is an inner projection so make sure it comes from within YOU.
#6. Banish all Self-Doubts. NEVER say, “I can't do that.”
I think this is one thing that I see a lot of fellow artists doing wrong. Do not stay in your comfort zone. Do not play it safe. If you don’t feel confident in an area, pursue it with full force. If you feel like you suck at drawing portraits, then secretly draw portraits in private. Look at those who are strong in your weak areas as inspiration rather than intimidation. Never deny yourself an opportunity to reach new heights. Do not cast off someone who believes you can do something, instead strive to prove them right!
#7 Believe in Your Work Even When Others Do Not.
Realize that not everyone is going to like what you are doing. Not everyone wants your piece in their house. And that is okay. You won’t make it into every competition. You will fail a lot. But as long as you choose to always mold that negativity into motivation, you will always become stronger and better. If you believe you are awesome, then everyone else will as well! I gained immediate confidence in myself when I started posting my artwork, not because others were “liking or commenting” but because I felt good about showing my work off. If you are proud of something don’t be afraid to FLAUNT IT!
#8 Walk the Walk!
I get so frustrated when people say they are an artist, yet I have never seen their work, or heard them talk about their art! If you say you are an artist, be an ARTIST! Do everything in your power to immerse yourself in your craft. Talk about art. Create Art. Look at Art. Have others critique your Art. Eat, Sleep, and Breathe Art.
#9 Originality is NOT Extinct.
Constantly ask yourself these questions.... “What if I changed this... How can I do this differently.... How far can I stretch this... Would it be weird if...” Question everything! Creativity is simply questioning something. Look at the sky... “what if?”... now all of a sudden there are manta rays flying through it. There you go. We created an original idea. I often spend four minutes each night with my eyes closed just dreaming. I keep a note pad on my phone of all different crazy ideas I think of. In the morning I bring those ideas to life. Never stop striving to successfully put your ideas on paper. Those ideas will make you original.
#10 Have FUN!
If you do not like creating. Don’t do it. If this is boring or a chore, find another passion. Make sure you love what you are doing! If you don’t love it, find a way to love it. You think I always love drawing other people’s family portraits!? You are wrong. Sometimes I do not LOVE what I am drawing. I often just think about each piece I am doing as a skill builder or practice to perfecting my craft. If you change your mindset, you can make anything fun! Never stop creating for yourself. Set aside time to create your own vision. Don’t get caught up in creating what other people want, and start creating what you WANT!