Truly becoming a good artist takes
more than just raw skill and talent. Hard work and developing an individual
style are at the heart of being a good artist.
Decide what type of art you are
most interested in.You will have a much easier time
putting in the time and effort necessary to improve as an artist if you work in
a medium you enjoy on a subject you are passionate about. You may know what
interests you right from the start or you may have to try a number of different
media and subjects before finding what clicks for you. Don't be afraid to
Schedule time to work on your art.The best way to learn any new skill
or improve your abilities is through regular practice. Whether you're looking at
art as a hobby or a career, setting aside time in your day or week to focus on
your art will help you to hone your skills.
Take classes.Few, if any, artists are so skilled
that they can't benefit from some kind of formal instruction. Art classes can
help you get past problems with your work that you haven't been able to solve
on your own, identify areas in which you could improve, or just give you some
direction and a regular time to devote to working on art. There are courses
available for all skill levels at colleges, community centers, local arts
centers, and numerous other places.
Accept constructive criticism.Constructive criticism is designed
to help you improve your artwork, either the piece you're working on now or
your future works. A person giving constructive criticism will usually point
out both the flaws and the strengths in your piece and make suggestions on how
you could fix the flaws. While it isn't always fun to hear, criticism is
something you're going to have to deal with as an artist. Learn to identify
when a criticism of your work is valid and use that information to focus on
correcting your mistakes.
Show your work.For most artists, art is a form of
communication. You create art because you want to share it with other people.
Otherwise, you could just leave the ideas in your head. Exactly how you want to
show your work and to who is your choice. You could try to get your work shown
in galleries and put up for sale. You could try getting published. You might be
more comfortable putting your work online and possibly selling prints of it. Or
maybe you would rather just frame some of your best work and hang it up in your
home for your family and friends to enjoy.