Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

In today’s art podcast we are likely to discuss about the most important techniques an artist can have. And you might consider the most crucial capabilities are things that revolve close to figuring out how to draw and paint! But there are so lots of more abilities you need to do the job on if you want to be a profitable artist. Being very good at what you do, is not plenty of.

Ep 123 The Most Important Skills an Artist Can Have

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An artist demands the skill to make selections

And I consider, just one of the most critical abilities you want, is the the capacity to make selections.

In the studio, a negative conclusion is improved than no selection at all. If you discover oneself not able to make a selection then that leads to procrastination, which for an artist is the final enemy!

For a start, making a determination that you are going to do some thing right now, that moves you ahead in some way.

So, for instance the other working day I made that final decision that I would get in touch with the Gallery to see if they would be fascinated in demonstrating some of my perform. Now, whether or not they had reported certainly, or no, it was continue to a favourable go and some thing I could cross off my checklist. Now, everything that happens from thereon, stems from that 1 determination I manufactured to deliver them an e mail.

One more significant determination that will shift you forward, is to choose to start off one thing! Begin nearly anything! If you really don’t know what to function on subsequent, then that ought to be your following choice.

Like I stated previously, a poor decision is improved than no choice at all. No decision signifies absolutely nothing is going on and you are just at a stand nevertheless.

The moment you have made the decision what you are going to paint, you want to make a determination to go in to the studio and start off. Give your self a deadline if it helps… Or make a decision as to what time you will be in the studio by.

We could do an full episode on the relevance of remaining decisive, but I would say it is just one of the major issues we want to be good at.


Self willpower for an artist

There is so a lot self self-discipline require with art, especially if you want to consider it very seriously. Receiving to grips with a medium or issue and honing your craft will take time and devotion.

Of system if you want to sell your art there is also the self discipline that arrives with exhibiting up on social media on a common basis.

Artist’s time administration skills

Artist’s time administration abilities are pretty considerably joined with self-discipline. This is so important specially if you a fitting your artwork into smaller quantities of time. Location time aside for building your artwork, means you really devote time on it. If you set it in a calendar you are considerably a lot more probable to stick to it.

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You have to have to have some organisational competencies

For instance you just can’t get the job done with clarity an artist if your studio is in a mess and your resources are all more than the area.

And it’s not sufficient to just turn up in your studio with out a apparent concept of what you’re setting up to do. I come across that if I really do not know what my aim is for that day, then I jump around performing bits of everything and stop up receiving very little accomplished.

So, what I consider to do the evening before a studio day is figure out a aim for the working day in advance.

So, my intention could possibly be to arrive up with a new established-up and take a lot of reference images.

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

The next working day, my objective was to get the primary background tone down on the two.

I also had it in my thoughts to just take a couple of limited films for my intagram reel.

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

So, use selected days to do certain points. So maybe established aside a couple of hrs just to focus on social media material and other promoting stuff, like blogging, that child of factor, and specific times for being actively innovative.

You also require to be equipped to stay concentrated and stay away from distractions, which can be seriously difficult.. We really did a total episode on how to remain focussed on your artwork, and that was episode selection 118. And in that episode, as well as sharing lots of normal suggestions on being focussed, we also shared some actually practical apps to support you stay away from interruptions. So, if you have difficulty in that region, that episode is well worthy of a listen.


Essential understanding of your products

There are so many probable products we can choose as artists. As soon as you have experimented and know the kind of issue you like. You need to commit a very little time operating with that medium and finding out what it can do and its restrictions.


You also have to have a stage of compositional expertise

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

You need to be capable to appear at the over-all shape of your composition and intention for a thing that prospects your eyes all over the canvas.

I also like to glimpse for a sample of mild and dim tones across the canvas and the exact applies to color. I want to make confident that there is a equilibrium throughout the whole impression.

These are skills that come with observe and you learn about time. But they are truly vital to grasp.



As artists we all have to have to have creativeness. Even if don’t feel you have imagination I can promise that you do. We produced a total episode on this –

Ep 84 Making use of Creativeness in Your Art (even if you don’t consider you have any)

You will be stunned the modest resourceful selections you make even with no remaining knowledgeable of it.

Remaining brave and open to experimentation

To get improved as artists we need to be ready to experiment and consider new points so our art can progress and we don’t get stuck in a rut. We also have to have to be brave as artists often. This could be in the variety of daring to try out a little something even while it could damage a portray or it could be achieving out to a gallery like Sandra did.


Figuring out when to quit

This is a different essential 1. When is a piece of artwork finished?

I imagine it was Van Gogh who after reported, a portray is by no means completed, it is merely deserted.

There is practically nothing that will eliminate a piece of art far more than one particular which is been overworked.

The way I know when to prevent, is the second the brushstokes stop generating a variance for superior or for even worse, which is when I put the brush down.

The trouble is, the moment you have above-worked it, it is really tough to pull it back again, so it’s much better to observe restraint, than do that.


Marketing skills

As artists if we want to sell our operate we require marketing and advertising techniques. We need to have to be in a position to speak up our get the job done and offer ourselves. Now I really don’t brain sharing that I am making an attempt to get better at this. I am striving to understand how to marketplace myself. Like lots of artists I don’t come across it that effortless to converse about my work. If you have this problem we made an episode all about it

Ep 112 Why Simply cannot I Talk About My Artwork?


Remaining able to write about your perform is vital also

But also get the time to look at your grammar and spelling much too. Especially if you’re crafting an e mail to a gallery or a little something.

Not anyone is fantastic at that, but these times spell checkers make it a lot easier for people today who find that aspect of factors more complicated. Just get the excess time to make absolutely sure what you’ve penned can make feeling.


As artists we need some essential specialized competencies

When you really do not want to be a laptop or computer whizz some simple laptop abilities can be genuinely beneficial for an artist. This could contain currently being able to place alongside one another a simple internet site or scan or photograph artwork to make prints

Social media abilities

Social media abilities are seriously essential for an artist if you want to sell your perform. Small movies are getting significantly essential to get found on all the platforms. Most platforms like Instagram and Tiktok give you the potential to file and edit very simple videos within their applications.


You also want sensible pictures capabilities.

This truly issues if you are putting your work up on a website. A bad photograph is not heading to market a portray. So acquire the time to come across your way around your digicam. And YouTube is a wonderful area to come across some seriously simple tips and tips to get genuinely fantastic art pics with even just a sensible mobile phone. Absolutely everyone can use a single of individuals!

The exact applies for social media also. You see some magnificent photos on social media and by people today who you can notify definitely get their time to get a good shot. So, be a bit imaginitive if you can, so you stand out from the relaxation.



As artists we also have to have the talent of remaining open up to criticism and other people’s ideas. Now occasionally these can be helpful and valuable and move us ahead in the path we want. Having said that we also want to be thick skinned and check out and ignore the criticism that doesn’t serve us.

Essential accounting skills

At the time you get started providing you have to have to retain monitor of all profits and costs and declare it as cash flow for tax reasons. You can possibly get an accountant to do this for you or understand how to do it your self.


The capacity to say no

I have figured out this the hard way. I employed to uncover it actually tough to say no to art commissions, since at the stop of the day, you know it’s a sale, but to be straightforward, the anxiety that from time to time arrives with it, is just not worthy of it! I only acquire on a fee these times if I actually want it, but I will not choose it on if it puts the tension on and I undoubtedly will not give them a completion day!

Also, this seems indicate, but if you’re promoting your art, you are not obliged to provide it low-priced to persons you know. Sure, if if it’s your Mum, Dad or Sister, then of course that is distinctive, but otherwise, if a person asks you do do them a ‘quick sketch’ then you should not sense like you simply cannot demand a reasonable rate to do it. And you should not truly feel obliged to give it to them low cost.

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