How Artists Become Better Over Time

If you are producing art of any kind, and you are wondering what you can do to become better, that is something that all artists wonder from time to time. The truth is that, as long as you are asking that question, you are probably moving in the right direction, and if nothing else it is a healthy sign that you are asking it. But what can you do to become better? In this post, we will take a look at some of the ways that artists tend to improve over time so that you can think of trying these on for size yourself.

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Practice

Ultimately, there is only one major way to improve your work, and it is by practicing. Whenever you are stuck and you don’t know what else to do, the only main thing you really need to focus on is that you are practising. As long as you keep producing your art, you are going to keep getting better. Even if it doesn’t look like you are improving much over time, when you look at the entire arc over a year or even six months, you can see it clearly. So just keep practising, no matter what.

Inspiration

You are always going to need to know how to find good inspiration, and that is something that many artists do struggle with from time to time. However, it’s simple enough if you make a point of seeking it out purposefully. Your main source of inspiration is always going to be other artists, and you need to make sure that you are looking into them and delving into your own particular areas of interest within art, whether that is Australian art, American art, British art, or a certain style or history of art. Getting inspiration is always essential.

Mindful Attention 

You are going to improve so much more fluently and so much faster if you are consciously paying attention to what you are doing when you are creating art. That is something that a lot of people forget about, but it is one of the most important things to consider here. With enough of a mindful attention to what you are producing, and to the work that you are looking at yourself, you should be able to speed up the process by which you are producing good art, so that is something you should never overlook if you can help it.

Persistence

It is important always to stress that you have to persevere if you hope to get ahead and to keep producing wonderful art. It is the only way to make sure that you get where you are hoping to go, and it’s something that you are going to have to work on whenever you want to try something new too. With enough persistence, you are going to improve your skills and abilities over time much more successfully, and that will lead to better art in no time.

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine Founder and co-publisher Art of Conversation and founder of the platform @worldoffad