The best part of working on art everyday is that I learn so much about myself and the world around me. I keep learning and growing. It’s an emotional roller coaster. Through it all, I have learned some amazing lessons. Here they are!
1. Learn As You Go.
You can’t simple stay on the side lines and read all about it. You have to practice and read and read and practice so much more. Learn about you, about others and about the world around you. . Get in the habit of letting go and moving on with what you know. Take time to absorb what you’re learning otherwise what’s the point. The more you PAINT (or whatever it is you do) the better you’ll get at it. Create personal projects and don’t compare you work to others who have been in the industry for years. Don’t let ugly work stop you from learning or creating.
2. You Don’t Need Fancy Tools
I can’t tell you how many times I thought I needed special tools. I thought I had to have the right tools to make beautiful letters and paint amazing artwork. Yes certain markers like Tombow really make it easy to create brush lettering but you can use Crayola ones too. Turns out there’s a term for brush lettering with crayola markers. YES! Hello crayligraphyy. Just practice with what you have and once you build confidence know there’s a whole world of toys waiting for you!
I painted this with Crayola paint! It’ s an educational set.
3. 5 Minute Draw !
Yes you draw for 5 minutes. I like to choose two words and sketch away. I don’t think so much and it really works my creative muscles. Doing this in the morning really gets me going for the entire day. Trust yourself! You have amazing ideas but you need to relax and let the kid takeover. At fist you might have 100 hundred lousy sketches but then all of a sudden the next one is awesome!
Passion is everything! When you immerse yourself in whatever you love, you stay motivated. You develop an awesome style. This process just happens with habit. Ask any artist or check out their story and you’ll see what I mean. They how up everyday because they want to.
5. Learn Everything
Seriously learn all you can about your art. Learn who the best of best are. Learn design, technology, business, color and everything. Take classes and go for a walk and discover the art around you. I’m working on some awesome classes.
6. Critique Your Own Art
Seek mentors and get yourself in a community. Once you learn the principles of design you can look at your work and see what’s wrong and fix it. This is part of learning as you go. Paint today and put it away. In one week or month review it. Chances are you’ll be able to make improvements. If you are going to get good, you have to learn from your mistakes.
7. Check Fear At The Door
Fear is always going to be there. You can’t let it win because either it wins or you do. Fear of people laughing at your work knowing you pored your heart all over it, is terrible. I know. BUT, so is the thought of hiding and giving up. CHECK EGO AT THE DOOR. Your best is waiting. Besides what’s the worst that can happen? Exactly so why fear. Plus everyone who’s living larger than life had to overcome obstacles and people told them they couldn’t do it. Yet did
So who’s your favorite author,musician, artist? Read their story and get inspired. Write you own. Next week I will start some some Harvest themed art
-there are no impossibilities