Building confidence in your art

Hello art friends! 🙂

Over the last few months I’ve come a long way in my art style and overall confidence in my work. In this digital age, where access to new and exciting artists and their art styles is easy, it can be just as easy to get yourself down about your own level of work. Not feeling confident in your own art abilities can stem from a number of sources, but what’s important to know is that with consistency and practice, you can grow in your style and confidence! Here are some ways in which I gained more confidence in my work.

#1 Share your artwork

Your first step to building confidence is to put your artwork out there for others to see! You cannot grow and develop as an artist without leaving your comfort zone. Sharing my artwork has always been a big part of my development as an artist. Recently, I have taken great strides to share my artwork with the public (and not just my artist friends!). A great way to share your artwork and document your journey and growth is to post on social media like Instagram and Facebook.

#2 Just accept the compliments

This may seem like a no-brainer, but genuinely accept the compliments that people give you about your artwork. I was in the mindset that because friends or close family members told me my art was beautiful, that they were “just saying it to be nice“, or because they know me on a personal level, then they are bias. Stop this way of thinking immediately! It is self sabotage. Having the love and support of those close to you in your art journey is very important. So allow them to do that!

#3 Be open to constructive criticism

There is a big difference between rude/ugly comments and constructive criticism. The sooner you know the difference, the better off you’ll be. As a beginning artist. constructive criticism can be valuable from those who are not artist peers or professionals, but potential clients and customers of your work. An example of constructive criticism would be to work on anatomy and figure drawing if your portfolio leans more towards portraits. Exploring different color palettes may be helpful, if you’re prone to utilizing the same earth-tones in your work. The goal is for you to try different things and work on your weaknesses to ultimately improve and grow as an artist.

#4 Have consistency in your art practice

This is one lesson that I am constantly re-learning! When you set aside time for daily or routine art practice it is inevitable that your craft will improve. Discover your weaknesses and practice over coming them. In the beginning, I wanted to learn to use watercolor paints; going in with no prior knowledge. With research and a full year of practice, I was able to create artwork that I was proud of (and others were happy to buy!)

These are my tried and true tips to building confidence in your artwork. In the future, I plan to discuss more on each of these topics for an in depth review of how you can grow as an artist as well as discussing art style and how to develop yours!

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