Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

In today’s artwork podcast we are heading to converse about the most significant competencies an artist can have. And you might think the most critical capabilities are issues that revolve all around realizing how to attract and paint! But there are so numerous more capabilities you have to have to function on if you want to be a effective artist. Becoming great at what you do, isn’t more than enough.

Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

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An artist requirements the ability to make choices

And I assume, one of the most crucial techniques you need to have, is the the capability to make selections.

In the studio, a undesirable final decision is superior than no final decision at all. If you obtain yourself not able to make a decision then that potential customers to procrastination, which for an artist is the best enemy!

For a start, making a selection that you are likely to do anything nowadays, that moves you ahead in some way.

So, for instance the other day I designed that choice that I would get hold of the Gallery to see if they would be fascinated in demonstrating some of my do the job. Now, regardless of whether they had stated yes, or no, it was even now a constructive transfer and some thing I could cross off my record. Now, all the things that happens from thereon, stems from that 1 decision I designed to mail them an email.

A further essential decision that will move you forward, is to come to a decision to get started something! Start out anything! If you don’t know what to get the job done on next, then that should be your future choice.

Like I mentioned before, a undesirable determination is improved than no choice at all. No final decision signifies almost nothing is occurring and you are just at a stand however.

Once you have made the decision what you’re going to paint, you want to make a decision to go in to the studio and start out. Give you a deadline if it helps… Or make a determination as to what time you will be in the studio by.

We could do an whole episode on the worth of being decisive, but I would say it is a single of the leading items we have to have to be good at.


Self discipline for an artist

There is so a great deal self self-discipline involve with art, especially if you want to just take it significantly. Obtaining to grips with a medium or subject matter and honing your craft takes time and determination.

Of class if you want to market your art there is also the self self-discipline that arrives with exhibiting up on social media on a standard basis.

Artist’s time administration competencies

Artist’s time management techniques are quite substantially joined with self-control. This is so critical particularly if you a fitting your art into compact quantities of time. Setting time apart for producing your art, implies you really expend time on it. If you put it in a calendar you are much a lot more most likely to stick to it.

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You will need to have some organisational skills

For illustration you just can’t get the job done with clarity an artist if your studio is in a mess and your components are all over the area.

And it is not more than enough to just flip up in your studio without having a obvious concept of what you’re setting up to do. I discover that if I never know what my purpose is for that day, then I soar close to undertaking bits of almost everything and conclude up receiving practically nothing done.

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

So, my objective may possibly be to appear up with a new set-up and just take plenty of reference pics.

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

The subsequent day, my intention was to get the major qualifications tone down on equally.

I also experienced it in my mind to acquire a few of brief video clips for my intagram reel.

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

So, use certain days to do particular items. So possibly established aside a few of hrs just to focus on social media information and other promoting stuff, like running a blog, that kid of point, and specific days for currently being actively innovative.

You also need to be able to continue to be concentrated and stay clear of interruptions, which can be really difficult.. We actually did a entire episode on how to stay focussed on your art, and that was episode quantity 118. And in that episode, as very well as sharing heaps of common recommendations on keeping focussed, we also shared some truly helpful applications to aid you keep away from interruptions. So, if you have issues in that region, that episode is nicely truly worth a hear.


Basic knowledge of your components

There are so lots of possible materials we can pick as artists. Once you have experimented and know the variety of issue you like. You require to spend a minimal time doing the job with that medium and understanding what it can do and its limits.


You also need a level of compositional techniques

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

You have to have to be equipped to glimpse at the over-all form of your composition and aim for something that prospects your eyes all around the canvas.

I also like to glimpse for a pattern of mild and darkish tones throughout the canvas and the identical applies to colour. I want to make sure that there is a balance throughout the complete image.

These are competencies that come with apply and you master above time. But they are definitely crucial to grasp.



As artists we all need to have to have creativeness. Even if don’t imagine you have creativity I can promise that you do. We designed a full episode on this –

Ep 84 Employing Imagination in Your Artwork (even if you do not feel you have any)

You will be amazed the modest imaginative conclusions you make even without having remaining informed of it.

Being courageous and open up to experimentation

To get greater as artists we need to have to be prepared to experiment and try new items so our art can development and we don’t get caught in a rut. We also need to be courageous as artists often. This could be in the type of daring to consider a thing even although it could damage a portray or it could be achieving out to a gallery like Sandra did.


Recognizing when to quit

This is a further significant a person. When is a piece of art finished?

I imagine it was Van Gogh who once said, a portray is by no means concluded, it is just abandoned.

There is practically nothing that will eliminate a piece of artwork a lot more than a single that is been overworked.

The way I know when to cease, is the second the brushstokes end creating a variance for better or for even worse, that is when I set the brush down.

The dilemma is, when you have in excess of-labored it, it’s really hard to pull it again, so it is superior to apply restraint, than do that.


Advertising and marketing abilities

As artists if we want to market our get the job done we want advertising expertise. We want to be capable to communicate up our get the job done and offer ourselves. Now I really don’t thoughts sharing that I am attempting to get better at this. I am striving to master how to current market myself. Like quite a few artists I really do not discover it that quick to talk about my get the job done. If you have this dilemma we designed an episode all about it

Ep 112 Why Can’t I Speak About My Art?


Staying able to write about your work is crucial way too

But also take the time to look at your grammar and spelling too. Specifically if you are composing an e-mail to a gallery or anything.

Not every person is very good at that, but these days spell checkers make it a great deal a lot easier for folks who uncover that side of matters extra tough. Just take the excess time to make confident what you’ve prepared will make perception.


As artists we have to have some basic technical expertise

Although you really don’t need to be a laptop whizz some standard personal computer competencies can be really useful for an artist. This could consist of staying in a position to place collectively a basic site or scan or photograph artwork to make prints

Social media techniques

Social media capabilities are actually significant for an artist if you want to promote your get the job done. Shorter videos are starting to be more and more essential to get seen on all the platforms. Most platforms like Instagram and Tiktok give you the capacity to history and edit uncomplicated movies in their applications.


You also want realistic images skills.

This definitely matters if you are putting your get the job done up on a site. A poor image is not heading to market a portray. So take the time to find your way around your digital camera. And YouTube is a good location to obtain some genuinely easy suggestions and tricks to get genuinely superior artwork photos with even just a smart mobile phone. Anyone can use a person of people!

The exact same applies for social media much too. You see some lovely pics on social media and by men and women who you can inform genuinely just take 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 require the ability of staying open to criticism and other people’s tips. Now often these can be useful and practical and go us ahead in the route we want. Nonetheless we also will need to be thick skinned and attempt and ignore the criticism that does not serve us.

Simple accounting expertise

Once you commence marketing you require to keep keep track of of all gross sales and costs and declare it as money for tax applications. You can both get an accountant to do this for you or learn how to do it by yourself.


The ability to say no

I have figured out this the tricky way. I applied to find it genuinely really hard to say no to artwork commissions, since at the end of the working day, you know it is a sale, but to be straightforward, the stress that in some cases comes with it, is just not really worth it! I only get on a commission these days if I truly want it, but I will not choose it on if it puts the force on and I undoubtedly will not give them a completion day!

Also, this seems indicate, but if you’re advertising your artwork, you are not obliged to offer it inexpensive to men and women you know. Of course, if if it’s your Mum, Father or Sister, then of training course which is different, but usually, if someone asks you do do them a ‘quick sketch’ then you should not come to feel like you just can’t demand a fair price tag to do it. And you shouldn’t experience obliged to give it to them inexpensive.

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