Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

In today’s art podcast we are likely to chat about the most vital skills an artist can have. And you could feel the most critical expertise are issues that revolve all around being aware of how to attract and paint! But there are so many a lot more abilities you will need to get the job done on if you want to be a productive artist. Currently being fantastic at what you do, is not sufficient.

Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

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An artist desires the skill to make conclusions

And I feel, one of the most essential skills you need, is the the potential to make decisions.

In the studio, a negative selection is better than no choice at all. If you find on your own not able to make a choice then that leads to procrastination, which for an artist is the final enemy!

For a start out, making a selection that you are likely to do one thing right now, that moves you forward in some way.

So, for case in point the other working day I built that choice that I would call the Gallery to see if they would be intrigued in demonstrating some of my do the job. Now, regardless of whether they experienced stated certainly, or no, it was even now a good shift and something I could cross off my list. Now, every thing that happens from thereon, stems from that one decision I designed to ship them an e-mail.

One more critical determination that will shift you ahead, is to decide to commence anything! Start out anything at all! If you really don’t know what to get the job done on subsequent, then that really should be your subsequent final decision.

Like I said earlier, a poor selection is far better than no final decision at all. No selection indicates practically nothing is taking place and you are just at a stand continue to.

Once you have made a decision what you’re likely to paint, you have to have to make a choice to go in to the studio and commence. Give your self a deadline if it helps… Or make a choice as to what time you will be in the studio by.

We could do an total episode on the value of currently being decisive, but I would say it’s 1 of the major points we require to be fantastic at.


Self discipline for an artist

There is so a great deal self discipline involve with artwork, specifically if you want to get it severely. Receiving to grips with a medium or topic and honing your craft requires time and commitment.

Of study course if you want to sell your art there is also the self discipline that comes with showing up on social media on a regular basis.

Artist’s time management competencies

Artist’s time administration abilities are very much joined with self-control. This is so vital specially if you a fitting your artwork into modest amounts of time. Environment time aside for building your art, indicates you really devote time on it. If you place it in a calendar you are significantly extra probable to stick to it.

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You need to have to have some organisational expertise

For instance you can not function with clarity an artist if your studio is in a mess and your elements are all above the put.

And it is not sufficient to just switch up in your studio without the need of a clear plan of what you’re preparing to do. I uncover that if I really don’t know what my intention is for that day, then I soar around performing bits of all the things and finish up obtaining nothing finished.

So, what I check out to do the evening prior to a studio day is figure out a goal for the day in advance.

So, my intention may be to come 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 following day, my goal was to get the key track record tone down on each.

I also had it in my thoughts to just take a couple of short video clips for my intagram reel.

If you can get some kind of a weekly routine heading, that would be excellent.

So, use specific days to do certain matters. So possibly established aside a pair of several hours just to focus on social media articles and other advertising and marketing stuff, like running a blog, that child of issue, and precise times for staying actively creative.

You also need to have to be able to stay centered and keep away from distractions, which can be truly difficult.. We basically did a complete episode on how to continue to be focussed on your artwork, and that was episode amount 118. And in that episode, as effectively as sharing heaps of basic strategies on keeping focussed, we also shared some seriously beneficial applications to aid you keep away from distractions. So, if you have problems in that space, that episode is very well well worth a hear.


Basic understanding of your supplies

There are so many possible products we can select as artists. After you have experimented and know the variety of matter you like. You want to devote a very little time doing the job with that medium and studying what it can do and its restrictions.


You also will need a degree of compositional expertise

And I’m not just chatting about the common rule of thirds. There is so significantly extra to it than that.

You have to have to be capable to search at the general condition of your composition and purpose for a little something that qualified prospects your eyes all-around the canvas.

I also like to appear for a pattern of light and dim tones throughout the canvas and the similar applies to color. I want to make certain that there is a harmony across the whole picture.

These are expertise that come with practice and you study in excess of time. But they are truly vital to grasp.



As artists we all need to have imagination. Even if don’t assume you have creativeness I can assurance that you do. We designed a whole episode on this –

Ep 84 Making use of Imagination in Your Artwork (even if you don’t think you have any)

You will be stunned the modest artistic choices you make even without having currently being informed of it.

Currently being courageous and open up to experimentation

To get superior as artists we require to be organized to experiment and consider new matters so our art can progress and we really do not get caught in a rut. We also need to have to be courageous as artists in some cases. This could be in the variety of daring to test a little something even though it could destroy a portray or it could be achieving out to a gallery like Sandra did.


Knowing when to halt

This is an additional significant one. When is a piece of artwork completed?

I feel it was Van Gogh who when reported, a portray is by no means finished, it is basically deserted.

There is nothing that will eliminate a piece of artwork more than 1 that is been overworked.

The way I know when to halt, is the minute the brushstokes quit producing a big difference for improved or for worse, that’s when I place the brush down.

The problem is, once you’ve around-labored it, it is incredibly difficult to pull it again, so it’s better to follow restraint, than do that.


Marketing techniques

As artists if we want to provide our get the job done we want advertising capabilities. We have to have to be able to converse up our get the job done and provide ourselves. Now I do not intellect sharing that I am striving to get superior at this. I am striving to find out how to market place myself. Like numerous artists I do not uncover it that simple to talk about my operate. If you have this trouble we produced an episode all about it

Ep 112 Why Just cannot I Communicate About My Art?


Getting in a position to write about your function is essential as well

But also just take the time to examine your grammar and spelling much too. Notably if you’re creating an electronic mail to a gallery or a little something.

Not every person is good at that, but these days spell checkers make it a large amount less complicated for individuals who discover that side of issues extra hard. Just choose the additional time to make sure what you have prepared would make sense.


As artists we need some essential specialized capabilities

When you don’t have to have to be a personal computer whizz some primary pc capabilities can be definitely helpful for an artist. This could consist of currently being able to place jointly a primary internet site or scan or photograph artwork to make prints

Social media expertise

Social media expertise are actually critical for an artist if you want to provide your get the job done. Shorter films are getting to be increasingly needed to get seen on all the platforms. Most platforms like Instagram and Tiktok give you the ability to document and edit straightforward videos inside their applications.


You also have to have affordable pictures capabilities.

This actually issues if you’re placing your get the job done up on a site. A bad image is not likely to offer a portray. So consider the time to obtain your way all over your digital camera. And YouTube is a fantastic spot to locate some really simple suggestions and methods to get definitely excellent art pics with even just a wise telephone. All people can use one particular of all those!

The exact applies for social media way too. You see some attractive images on social media and by people today who you can inform seriously take their time to get a pleasant shot. So, be a little bit imaginitive if you can, so you stand out from the relaxation.



As artists we also want the skill of being open to criticism and other people’s strategies. Now in some cases these can be helpful and practical and transfer us forward in the direction we want. On the other hand we also have to have to be thick skinned and test and dismiss the criticism that doesn’t serve us.

Fundamental accounting expertise

After you start off selling you require to maintain keep track of of all gross sales and expenditures and declare it as income for tax needs. You can possibly get an accountant to do this for you or find out how to do it your self.


The skill to say no

I have discovered this the challenging way. I applied to find it truly really hard to say no to art commissions, simply because at the close of the working day, you know it’s a sale, but to be genuine, the worry that sometimes will come with it, is just not worth it! I only consider on a commission these days if I really want it, but I will not acquire it on if it puts the pressure on and I surely will not give them a completion date!

Also, this seems suggest, but if you’re selling your art, you are not obliged to offer it cheap to people you know. Certainly, if if it’s your Mum, Dad or Sister, then of system which is distinct, but or else, if another person asks you do do them a ‘quick sketch’ then you shouldn’t experience like you just cannot demand a fair price to do it. And you should not come to feel obliged to give it to them cheap.

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