Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

In today’s art podcast we are going to converse about the most vital techniques an artist can have. And you may possibly believe the most vital skills are issues that revolve about realizing how to draw and paint! But there are so numerous more abilities you have to have to do the job on if you want to be a prosperous artist. Currently being very good at what you do, is not ample.

Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

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An artist wants the capability to make decisions

And I believe, just one of the most vital techniques you need, is the the potential to make selections.

In the studio, a bad decision is much better than no conclusion at all. If you obtain your self unable to make a decision then that qualified prospects to procrastination, which for an artist is the best enemy!

For a start off, creating a final decision that you are heading to do something right now, that moves you ahead in some way.

So, for illustration the other day I made that determination that I would get hold of the Gallery to see if they would be intrigued in demonstrating some of my work. Now, regardless of whether they experienced stated yes, or no, it was nevertheless a positive transfer and a little something I could cross off my listing. Now, almost everything that occurs from thereon, stems from that one particular decision I produced to mail them an electronic mail.

A different important final decision that will transfer you forward, is to decide to start out one thing! Commence something! If you never know what to work on next, then that really should be your subsequent choice.

Like I mentioned earlier, a bad selection is far better than no conclusion at all. No selection usually means practically nothing is happening and you are just at a stand however.

At the time you have decided what you’re going to paint, you require to make a choice to go in to the studio and start. Give yourself a deadline if it helps… Or make a selection as to what time you will be in the studio by.

We could do an entire episode on the worth of staying decisive, but I would say it’s a single of the leading matters we have to have to be great at.


Self discipline for an artist

There is so significantly self self-control require with art, specially if you want to get it seriously. Acquiring to grips with a medium or subject and honing your craft takes time and devotion.

Of study course if you want to provide your art there is also the self discipline that arrives with demonstrating up on social media on a frequent foundation.

Artist’s time management expertise

Artist’s time management skills are extremely substantially joined with willpower. This is so vital specially if you a fitting your artwork into little quantities of time. Environment time apart for building your art, means you basically shell out time on it. If you place it in a calendar you are considerably more likely to stick to it.

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You want to have some organisational skills

For example you can’t operate with clarity an artist if your studio is in a mess and your components are all above the location.

And it is not more than enough to just convert up in your studio without having a very clear strategy of what you are preparing to do. I discover that if I do not know what my purpose is for that day, then I bounce all around doing bits of all the things and finish up having nothing completed.

So, what I try to do the night right before a studio day is figure out a intention for the day in advance.

So, my objective may possibly be to arrive up with a new set-up and get tons of reference photos.

Very last Saturday, my purpose was to get to my set-ups drawn out on the two canvases.

The subsequent day, my objective was to get the most important history tone down on each.

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

If you can get some form of a weekly program likely, that would be excellent.

So, use particular times to do specified factors. So probably established apart a couple of hours just to concentrate on social media articles and other marketing and advertising things, like running a blog, that child of factor, and certain times for currently being actively creative.

You also have to have to be in a position to continue to be focused and steer clear of interruptions, which can be definitely challenging.. We essentially did a complete episode on how to keep focussed on your artwork, and that was episode variety 118. And in that episode, as nicely as sharing heaps of basic ideas on remaining focussed, we also shared some truly beneficial applications to support you prevent distractions. So, if you have hassle in that space, that episode is nicely truly worth a listen.


Simple information of your elements

There are so a lot of attainable resources we can choose as artists. Once you have experimented and know the style of issue you like. You need to devote a minimal time performing with that medium and finding out what it can do and its limits.


You also will need a stage of compositional skills

And I’m not just talking about the regular rule of thirds. There is so significantly more to it than that.

You will need to be equipped to glance at the total form of your composition and goal for anything that qualified prospects your eyes all over the canvas.

I also like to seem for a sample of gentle and dark tones across the canvas and the exact same applies to colour. I want to make sure that there is a balance throughout the complete graphic.

These are skills that occur with follow and you learn about time. But they are really significant to grasp.



As artists we all need to have to have creativeness. Even if never consider you have imagination I can ensure that you do. We designed a complete episode on this –

Ep 84 Applying Imagination in Your Artwork (even if you don’t feel you have any)

You will be shocked the little inventive selections you make even without having currently being aware of it.

Getting courageous and open to experimentation

To get far better as artists we require to be geared up to experiment and attempt new things so our artwork can progress and we never get caught in a rut. We also have to have to be brave as artists in some cases. This could be in the variety of daring to attempt a thing even though it could damage a portray or it could be achieving out to a gallery like Sandra did.


Recognizing when to prevent

This is a further significant a single. When is a piece of art completed?

I assume it was Van Gogh who the moment said, a portray is under no circumstances concluded, it is merely deserted.

There is very little that will eliminate a piece of artwork far more than a single that’s been overworked.

The way I know when to halt, is the second the brushstokes end building a distinction for improved or for even worse, which is when I set the brush down.

The issue is, when you have more than-labored it, it’s very challenging to pull it back again, so it’s much better to exercise restraint, than do that.


Advertising capabilities

As artists if we want to promote our function we have to have advertising and marketing expertise. We need to be ready to converse up our function and provide ourselves. Now I really do not brain sharing that I am hoping to get greater at this. I am seeking to understand how to market place myself. Like several artists I really do not locate it that effortless to speak about my do the job. If you have this problem we designed an episode all about it

Ep 112 Why Just can’t I Converse About My Art?


Becoming capable to write about your work is critical as well

But also consider the time to check your grammar and spelling way too. Notably if you’re writing an e mail to a gallery or one thing.

Not anyone is great at that, but these times spell checkers make it a great deal simpler for individuals who find that aspect of matters more challenging. Just take the excess time to make guaranteed what you’ve composed helps make perception.


As artists we will need some standard technical skills

Whilst you do not will need to be a computer whizz some fundamental pc skills can be truly useful for an artist. This could include getting able to put alongside one another a basic site or scan or photograph artwork to make prints

Social media abilities

Social media capabilities are genuinely critical for an artist if you want to offer your function. Shorter films are turning out to be increasingly needed to get noticed on all the platforms. Most platforms like Instagram and Tiktok give you the skill to file and edit very simple films within their applications.


You also will need fair images abilities.

This actually matters if you are placing your operate up on a web-site. A very poor photograph is not heading to promote a portray. So choose the time to obtain your way about your digicam. And YouTube is a good area to discover some definitely easy recommendations and tips to get seriously fantastic artwork pics with even just a intelligent telephone. Every person can use just one of individuals!

The very same applies for social media much too. You see some magnificent photographs on social media and by persons who you can inform definitely get their time to get a awesome 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 tips. Now occasionally these can be beneficial and beneficial and move us forward in the route we want. Even so we also want to be thick skinned and try and overlook the criticism that does not serve us.

Standard accounting abilities

At the time you start out selling you want to continue to keep track of all income and bills and declare it as income for tax reasons. You can both get an accountant to do this for you or understand how to do it you.


The skill to say no

I have realized this the tough way. I applied to locate it seriously really hard to say no to art commissions, mainly because at the conclusion of the working day, you know it’s a sale, but to be honest, the stress that often will come with it, is just not worth it! I only get on a commission these times if I genuinely want it, but I will not just take it on if it places the tension on and I surely won’t give them a completion day!

Also, this seems necessarily mean, but if you are advertising your artwork, you are not obliged to provide it inexpensive to people you know. Certainly, if if it’s your Mum, Dad or Sister, then of program that’s unique, but in any other case, if a person asks you do do them a ‘quick sketch’ then you should not really feel like you simply cannot demand a fair price tag to do it. And you shouldn’t experience obliged to give it to them low-cost.

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