It usually happens that not a lot of us get the opportunity of going to a top ranked art school and learn how to draw and paint in person. If you are like me then congratulations you’re also bonkers and have taken on the challenge of being a self-taught artist! Now don’t misunderstand me, there’s absolutely nothing glamorous about being a self-taught artist. In a perfect world, I would love to be taught by some of the great masters of drawing and painting at a top art school.On the contrary however, I would prefer to be a self-taught artist over going to an art school the sole reason being that they don’t teach art as if it were a trainable skill.
As a self-taught artist, you will have a arduous but edifying road ahead. You will not have the structure or guidance provided by an art school, however, you will have the freedom to learn whatever and however you please and maybe develop your own unique style!
With some discipline you can achieve anything as a self-taught artist that a trained artist could achieve. In fact, formal art training can be sometimes too restrictive for learning of some artists, who may be better suited to the self-taught path.
Some of the great masters of painting were self-taught, including :
Albert Dorne – mostly self-taught.
Vincent van Gogh – studied art briefly at the Antwerp Academy, but this had little influence on his approach to painting.
Paul Gauguin – was a sailor and stockbroker before he began painting.
Charles M. Russell – no training at all.
So if you wanna improve overall as a self taught artist here are 7 tips to help you :
1. Be your own critic
Your eyes can be quite deceiving when you’re viewing your own work. In order to actually learn and improve, put yourself out there and submit your work to competitions, exhibitions and galleries. You may be quickly humbled if you think your ego is getting out of hand!When you examine your works of art as a collective group, you may be capable of identifying any areas of weakness that you may or may not had been capable of perceiving from an individual piece.
2. Aim for everything but expect nothing
If you expect too much as a self-taught artist then you will quickly be discouraged if it doesn’t go your way.It is also important that you have an almost unbound optimism. You should be aiming to achieve whatever you desire.
3. Copy the masters
The best way to study the techniques and ways of the great masters is to just try and copy their works. This will give you a better understanding of the styles of different eras, the strokes the artists made, the colors selected and their overall approach towards art as a subject.
4. Consistency is the key
If you want to be a successful self-taught artist, then it’s far critical that you in reality put the hours in. Unfortunately, this is the toughest component about being self-taught. You must have regular sessions at different stages in the week. These don’t have to be lengthy periods, but they ought to be targeted and dedicated. You want to seclude yourself from the world and make those periods actually count. Put on your creative hat, tune in your favorite beats and get going! Half an hour of strong exercise is much more effective than 7 hours of flickering practice.
5. Don’t compare yourself to others
When you aren’t surrounded by different reading artists, you could find that you end up comparing yourself to very established professional artists. What you need to realize is that all professional artists had been amateurs at one point of time.
6. Make notes
I am a firm believer that you just ought to document everything you are doing, even in the early stages. There may also come a time when your early works are going to be incredibly important to you.
7. Take part in the art community
Unfortunately, nothing comes close to the network of being in an art school. The next best option is voluntary involvement in the art community through competitions, exhibitions, artwork demonstrations and online boards. If you actively indulge in the whole network then you may no longer experience so disadvantaged from not going to artwork school.
Thanks for Reading!
By: Govind Pratap Singh