Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

In today’s artwork podcast we are heading to talk about the most essential techniques an artist can have. And you may well assume the most significant abilities are factors that revolve all-around recognizing how to draw and paint! But there are so a lot of a lot more competencies you have to have to perform on if you want to be a prosperous artist. Being good at what you do, is not sufficient.

Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

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An artist demands the capacity to make conclusions

And I assume, 1 of the most essential capabilities you will need, is the the potential to make choices.

In the studio, a undesirable selection is much better than no choice at all. If you come across you not able to make a final decision then that prospects to procrastination, which for an artist is the top enemy!

For a start, earning a decision that you are heading to do one thing today, that moves you forward in some way.

So, for case in point the other working day I created that decision that I would get in touch with the Gallery to see if they would be intrigued in showing some of my get the job done. Now, whether or not they experienced explained indeed, or no, it was nevertheless a positive move and some thing I could cross off my record. Now, anything that happens from thereon, stems from that a person selection I produced to ship them an electronic mail.

A further essential determination that will shift you forward, is to make your mind up to start out a little something! Begin anything at all! If you really do not know what to operate on up coming, then that should be your future selection.

Like I mentioned previously, a undesirable final decision is better than no final decision at all. No decision suggests very little is occurring and you are just at a stand even now.

After you have made the decision what you are heading to paint, you need to make a choice to go in to the studio and start. Give yourself a deadline if it helps… Or make a determination as to what time you will be in the studio by.

We could do an overall episode on the relevance of being decisive, but I would say it’s 1 of the top items we have to have to be good at.


Self discipline for an artist

There is so substantially self self-control involve with artwork, specifically if you want to take it seriously. Getting to grips with a medium or subject and honing your craft normally takes time and commitment.

Of program if you want to offer your artwork there is also the self self-discipline that arrives with exhibiting up on social media on a normal basis.

Artist’s time management expertise

Artist’s time management expertise are pretty a great deal connected with self-control. This is so critical specially if you a fitting your art into compact quantities of time. Setting time aside for building your artwork, implies you really devote time on it. If you put it in a calendar you are significantly much more possible to stick to it.

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You want to have some organisational abilities

For example you cannot operate with clarity an artist if your studio is in a mess and your supplies are all in excess of the position.

And it is not sufficient to just transform up in your studio without the need of a crystal clear thought of what you’re preparing to do. I discover that if I really do not know what my aim is for that day, then I jump all over undertaking bits of every little thing and end up obtaining practically nothing done.

So, what I attempt to do the evening prior to a studio working day is determine out a intention for the working day ahead.

So, my purpose may be to occur up with a new established-up and acquire loads of reference images.

Last Saturday, my objective was to get to my set-ups drawn out on the two canvases.

The next day, my objective was to get the most important background tone down on both equally.

I also experienced it in my intellect to consider a pair of brief video clips for my intagram reel.

If you can get some type of a weekly schedule likely, that would be best.

So, use certain days to do certain points. So maybe established apart a pair of hours just to concentrate on social media written content and other marketing and advertising stuff, like blogging, that child of matter, and certain days for currently being actively imaginative.

You also will need to be ready to keep targeted and steer clear of interruptions, which can be truly tough.. We truly did a full episode on how to keep focussed on your art, and that was episode range 118. And in that episode, as nicely as sharing lots of typical recommendations on remaining focussed, we also shared some really beneficial applications to assistance you steer clear of distractions. So, if you have problems in that space, that episode is perfectly really worth a pay attention.


Standard know-how of your materials

There are so quite a few attainable products we can pick out as artists. Once you have experimented and know the variety of point you like. You require to shell out a very little time doing work with that medium and finding out what it can do and its limitations.


You also require a stage of compositional expertise

And I’m not just speaking about the regular rule of thirds. There is so a great deal much more to it than that.

You require to be capable to look at the over-all form of your composition and intention for something that prospects your eyes about the canvas.

I also like to look for a pattern of light-weight and darkish tones throughout the canvas and the exact applies to colour. I want to make certain that there is a harmony throughout the entire graphic.

These are expertise that occur with practice and you understand about time. But they are truly vital to grasp.



As artists we all have to have to have creativeness. Even if really do not consider you have imagination I can assure that you do. We built a total episode on this –

Ep 84 Applying Creativity in Your Artwork (even if you never assume you have any)

You will be amazed the compact inventive decisions you make even with out becoming mindful of it.

Getting brave and open up to experimentation

To get greater as artists we require to be ready to experiment and attempt new points so our artwork can development and we really don’t get caught in a rut. We also need to be brave as artists at times. This could be in the sort of daring to test something even even though it could wreck a painting or it could be achieving out to a gallery like Sandra did.


Being aware of when to stop

This is one more essential just one. When is a piece of art concluded?

I feel it was Van Gogh who the moment said, a portray is in no way concluded, it is just abandoned.

There is practically nothing that will eliminate a piece of art more than one that’s been overworked.

The way I know when to end, is the instant the brushstokes cease producing a big difference for superior or for worse, which is when I put the brush down.

The challenge is, as soon as you have in excess of-worked it, it is very really hard to pull it back, so it’s greater to follow restraint, than do that.


Marketing and advertising expertise

As artists if we want to promote our function we want internet marketing competencies. We need to have to be able to discuss up our work and offer ourselves. Now I don’t head sharing that I am seeking to get much better at this. I am trying to master how to marketplace myself. Like several artists I don’t locate it that effortless to speak about my function. If you have this issue we manufactured an episode all about it

Ep 112 Why Cannot I Chat About My Art?


Remaining equipped to generate about your do the job is significant much too

But also consider the time to check out your grammar and spelling also. Especially if you’re crafting an email to a gallery or some thing.

Not absolutely everyone is fantastic at that, but these days spell checkers make it a whole lot less difficult for people who find that facet of issues additional tricky. Just just take the added time to make confident what you have created makes perception.


As artists we will need some simple complex competencies

Whilst you never require to be a computer whizz some fundamental personal computer techniques can be definitely practical for an artist. This could involve staying capable to put jointly a fundamental internet site or scan or photograph artwork to make prints

Social media expertise

Social media abilities are seriously important for an artist if you want to offer your function. Brief films are becoming increasingly vital to get witnessed on all the platforms. Most platforms like Instagram and Tiktok give you the means to history and edit easy movies in their applications.


You also require sensible pictures abilities.

This truly issues if you’re putting your do the job up on a web-site. A weak image is not likely to offer a portray. So acquire the time to come across your way close to your digicam. And YouTube is a wonderful position to come across some truly straightforward guidelines and tips to get really good art pics with even just a good mobile phone. Everybody can use 1 of these!

The very same applies for social media too. You see some beautiful photos on social media and by people today who you can convey to really take their time to get a wonderful shot. So, be a little bit imaginitive if you can, so you stand out from the relaxation.



As artists we also will need the talent of becoming open up to criticism and other people’s tips. Now occasionally these can be useful and practical and transfer us ahead in the way we want. Having said that we also have to have to be thick skinned and test and ignore the criticism that doesn’t serve us.

Standard accounting expertise

As soon as you start out advertising you need to have to continue to keep keep track of of all profits and expenditures and declare it as revenue for tax applications. You can both get an accountant to do this for you or discover how to do it yourself.


The skill to say no

I have discovered this the difficult way. I utilized to locate it actually tough to say no to artwork commissions, mainly because at the finish of the working day, you know it is a sale, but to be genuine, the tension that at times will come with it, is just not worthy of it! I only choose on a commission these days if I seriously want it, but I won’t acquire it on if it puts the tension on and I definitely will not give them a completion date!

Also, this seems necessarily mean, but if you’re providing your artwork, you’re not obliged to offer it inexpensive to men and women you know. Certainly, if if it’s your Mum, Dad or Sister, then of program that is unique, but normally, if another person asks you do do them a ‘quick sketch’ then you shouldn’t come to feel like you simply cannot charge a acceptable price tag to do it. And you should not experience obliged to give it to them inexpensive.

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