Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

In today’s art podcast we are heading to talk about the most significant skills an artist can have. And you may well think the most significant capabilities are issues that revolve all-around understanding how to draw and paint! But there are so many additional abilities you want to get the job done on if you want to be a prosperous artist. Becoming good at what you do, is not plenty of.

Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

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An artist wants the ability to make conclusions

And I think, a person of the most critical skills you want, is the the ability to make selections.

In the studio, a undesirable final decision is superior than no conclusion at all. If you obtain yourself unable to make a choice then that sales opportunities to procrastination, which for an artist is the supreme enemy!

For a get started, producing a final decision that you are likely to do a little something currently, that moves you forward in some way.

So, for illustration the other day I created that determination that I would get in touch with the Gallery to see if they would be intrigued in demonstrating some of my perform. Now, no matter if they experienced explained sure, or no, it was continue to a good shift and a little something I could cross off my checklist. Now, every little thing that occurs from thereon, stems from that one selection I created to mail them an e mail.

A different crucial final decision that will move you ahead, is to decide to start a thing! Start something! If you really don’t know what to work on next, then that should really be your future selection.

Like I mentioned before, a poor conclusion is superior than no decision at all. No selection usually means nothing is happening and you are just at a stand nevertheless.

The moment you have resolved what you’re heading to paint, you will need to make a choice to go in to the studio and commence. Give by yourself a deadline if it helps… Or make a decision as to what time you will be in the studio by.

We could do an overall episode on the significance of remaining decisive, but I would say it is one particular of the major factors we have to have to be excellent at.


Self willpower for an artist

There is so considerably self self-control entail with artwork, particularly if you want to just take it severely. Receiving to grips with a medium or subject and honing your craft usually takes time and determination.

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

Artist’s time administration competencies

Artist’s time management abilities are pretty a lot connected with self-discipline. This is so vital especially if you a fitting your art into modest quantities of time. Environment time aside for creating your artwork, suggests you actually spend time on it. If you place it in a calendar you are far additional probably to adhere to it.

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You need to have to have some organisational techniques

For example you just cannot get the job done with clarity an artist if your studio is in a mess and your products are all more than the spot.

And it’s not enough to just flip up in your studio with out a crystal clear concept of what you are planning to do. I obtain that if I really don’t know what my goal is for that day, then I bounce around undertaking bits of all the things and conclude up getting very little accomplished.

So, what I attempt to do the evening ahead of a studio day is determine out a goal for the day in advance.

So, my aim may well be to occur up with a new established-up and take lots of reference pictures.

Past Saturday, my purpose was to get to my established-ups drawn out on the two canvases.

The following day, my target was to get the most important history tone down on both equally.

I also had it in my head to consider a couple of small movies for my intagram reel.

If you can get some variety of a weekly regime heading, that would be great.

So, use specified days to do sure issues. So it’s possible established aside a pair of hrs just to focus on social media content and other advertising and marketing things, like running a blog, that kid of thing, and certain times for remaining actively creative.

You also will need to be in a position to keep concentrated and keep away from distractions, which can be seriously difficult.. We really did a complete episode on how to stay focussed on your art, and that was episode selection 118. And in that episode, as nicely as sharing heaps of standard ideas on staying focussed, we also shared some actually practical applications to assistance you prevent distractions. So, if you have difficulties in that place, that episode is well truly worth a hear.


Essential expertise of your resources

There are so a lot of achievable resources we can pick as artists. When you have experimented and know the type of matter you like. You need to devote a small time doing the job with that medium and studying what it can do and its constraints.


You also have to have a degree of compositional competencies

And I’m not just chatting about the normal rule of thirds. There is so a lot far more to it than that.

You have to have to be equipped to look at the over-all shape of your composition and aim for a thing that qualified prospects your eyes all-around the canvas.

I also like to glance for a sample of light-weight and darkish tones throughout the canvas and the identical applies to color. I want to make positive that there is a balance across the whole picture.

These are competencies that arrive with follow and you understand more than time. But they are genuinely essential to grasp.



As artists we all will need to have creativity. Even if really do not feel you have creativity I can guarantee that you do. We made a total episode on this –

Ep 84 Utilizing Creativeness in Your Artwork (even if you really do not assume you have any)

You will be amazed the compact innovative decisions you make even devoid of becoming mindful of it.

Being courageous and open up to experimentation

To get much better as artists we will need to be prepared to experiment and try out new things so our artwork can progress and we never get trapped in a rut. We also need to be courageous as artists from time to time. This could be in the form of daring to attempt one thing even however it could wreck a painting or it could be reaching out to a gallery like Sandra did.


Understanding when to prevent

This is another significant 1. When is a piece of artwork completed?

I imagine it was Van Gogh who when reported, a portray is never concluded, it’s basically deserted.

There is absolutely nothing that will eliminate a piece of artwork more than just one which is been overworked.

The way I know when to quit, is the minute the brushstokes stop creating a variation for improved or for even worse, that is when I put the brush down.

The dilemma is, at the time you’ve about-worked it, it’s very hard to pull it back, so it is far better to observe restraint, than do that.


Promoting techniques

As artists if we want to provide our work we will need marketing and advertising expertise. We will need to be capable to converse up our work and sell ourselves. Now I don’t brain sharing that I am trying to get greater at this. I am striving to find out how to industry myself. Like numerous artists I don’t discover it that easy to talk about my get the job done. If you have this trouble we manufactured an episode all about it

Ep 112 Why Can’t I Discuss About My Artwork?


Remaining capable to produce about your operate is critical too

But also consider the time to examine your grammar and spelling way too. Significantly if you are crafting an e-mail to a gallery or some thing.

Not anyone is superior at that, but these days spell checkers make it a good deal less complicated for men and women who locate that side of items a lot more tricky. Just consider the further time to make guaranteed what you’ve created can make sense.


As artists we want some fundamental technological skills

While you really don’t need to be a laptop or computer whizz some primary laptop or computer skills can be genuinely useful for an artist. This could contain remaining equipped to put alongside one another a standard website or scan or photograph artwork to make prints

Social media capabilities

Social media expertise are truly significant for an artist if you want to provide your function. Shorter video clips are getting to be more and more essential to get witnessed on all the platforms. Most platforms like Instagram and Tiktok give you the potential to file and edit basic videos in their applications.


You also require fair photography capabilities.

This really issues if you are placing your operate up on a web page. A inadequate photograph is not likely to market a portray. So acquire the time to come across your way around your digital camera. And YouTube is a fantastic location to come across some genuinely very simple guidelines and methods to get seriously very good art pictures with even just a sensible phone. Every person can use a single of people!

The identical applies for social media as well. You see some stunning photographs on social media and by men and women who you can notify really get their time to get a pleasant shot. So, be a bit imaginitive if you can, so you stand out from the relaxation.



As artists we also need the ability of being open to criticism and other people’s ideas. Now in some cases these can be practical and practical and transfer us forward in the route we want. Nonetheless we also want to be thick skinned and check out and dismiss the criticism that doesn’t serve us.

Essential accounting competencies

The moment you commence offering you will need to preserve observe of all profits and fees and declare it as earnings for tax uses. You can either get an accountant to do this for you or learn how to do it on your own.


The capacity to say no

I have figured out this the really hard way. I employed to uncover it really challenging to say no to art commissions, simply because at the conclude of the day, you know it is a sale, but to be trustworthy, the strain that often arrives with it, is just not worthy of it! I only take on a fee these times if I really want it, but I will not take it on if it places the pressure on and I undoubtedly won’t give them a completion day!

Also, this seems imply, but if you’re offering your artwork, you’re not obliged to provide it inexpensive to folks you know. Sure, if if it’s your Mum, Dad or Sister, then of course which is diverse, but in any other case, if another person asks you do do them a ‘quick sketch’ then you shouldn’t feel like you just cannot charge a fair price to do it. And you should not experience obliged to give it to them low-cost.

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