It seems that with every new generation there are new skills that need to be developed in order to fit in with society. However, as some skills are gained, older ones are lost. In some ways, this can be a good thing. For instance, learning how to use the internet may make other technologies obsolete.
No matter what your ability level there are a few skills that will remain important and relevant no matter what generation you are from. These are the skills that help you succeed in your career as well as in life. In order to learn and grow from previous generations there are some things that need to be passed on.
If you’re looking to know what life skills are beneficial to becoming an artist then keep reading. Learning these skills and applying them to your life and your work will make you a better, more well-rounded artist throughout your life. Don’t let these four things become lot with this current generation.
1. Patience Is An Underrated Skill for Artists
It is likely that you grew up hearing “patience is a virtue”. Not only is having great patience virtuous but it can be an especially important attribute as you begin learning something new. As you set out to develop your talents and learn new things you will need to open minded and patient.
WIth technology giving us access to information as fast as you can type it in, many young people are used to immediacy. When you are used to getting what you want in a matter of minutes it can be frustrating to have to wait. If you’re not used to being patient, it can be useful to practice and improve your stamina for having patience.
There are plenty of tutorials on youtube or online art courses that show you new skills and techniques to help you advance your technique and inspire you. However, these classes will only be a benefit to you if you are open to learning more and you’re ready to apply the fundamentals of art.
Maybe you think the basics are boring. But when you have a solid foundation of knowledge, furthering your technique becomes easier and you can develop your own personal style that will be pleasing to others. If you don’t understand art, or how to apply what you’re learning then your class is basically useless information.
A talent for art is fairly equalizing since money cannot buy talent. It’s actually one of the most amazing things about art, having all the money in the world cannot make you a better artist. Anyone can be an artist with the right amount of patience and talent.
Being patient with yourself is important as you work to become a great artist. It can be time consuming to progress with visual arts and a lot depends on your medium of choice. Painting or drawing may not come as naturally to you as they do to someone else, but if you want to become an artist you will need to be patient and persistent.
Having patience and understanding that becoming a great artist will take time is important. It will prepare you for the hard work required to learn the fundamentals of art. From there, you can continue building your skills. Practice makes perfect, and with some patience you will have the stamina to keep trying and taking classes.
2. Persistence Helps Artists Get Their Work Done
Walking hand in hand with patience is persistence. There is a point in every pursuit where you will want to give up. That’s just basic human nature, no one particularly enjoys pushing themselves too hard. But part of becoming a great artist is pushing past that limit and continuing to work. (That’s persistence in a nutshell.)
Imagine if there were two people with about the same level of natural talent but one is more persistent than the other. It is likely that the persistent artist will go further since they’ll be willing to work harder. Having persistence and determination will show through in your workmanship. Pushing yourself farther and harder is the best way to grow in the art industry.
This can, of course, be really difficult. Giving up is the easy thing to do and finding immediate success in art is not likely. When things start taking longer than you expect to pan out you may feel like quitting. Don’t get frustrated by the barriers that pop up, persevere and keep going!
The thing you must remember is effort can truly take you just about anywhere in life. The ability to work harder and smarter and the more persistent you are, the less intimidating obstacles will seem. As you keep growing your confidence will build and you will believe you can do anything. It’s never too hard to try!
Persistence is a skill that takes patience (told you they go hand in hand) and practice to build. Giving up is easier but do you want to be someone who just gives up? No! Continue to push yourself past where you wanted to quit and see the amazing things you can accomplish as an artist and a person. Persistence is a great life skill to have at your disposal.
It can be an exhausting experience to grow in persistence. But if you are willing to get through the frustration your artwork and personality will benefit greatly. You may even amaze yourself with what you can accomplish and create.
3. Concentration Helps Keep Progress Flowing
Distractions are everywhere these days. You’re reading this on the internet and a boatload of entertainment options are merely a click away. There are just so many things to do all the time when you’re out with friends. Even just staying home can offer endless possibilities of things you could be reading, watching or crafting.
Distractions can make it really hard to stay on track with projects. When you become disinterested or distracted the quality of your work can suffer. And any time you get distracted you lose time that you could have spent on your artwork.
The good news is, like persistence and patience, you can train yourself to be able to concentrate on one thing for longer periods of time. The more time you decide to focus on your art instead of picking up your phone or going to do something else, the better your concentration will become. Soon you will be able to focus on one project until it is done without any distractions.
Concentration is a skill that takes time to build and it may not necessarily come easy to you. Try setting a time for a manageable period of time, 20 or 30 minutes is a great starting point. Then be sure to only work until your timer goes off when you can again check your phone or switch tasks. Uninterrupted time spent on your art will improve the quality of your final pieces.
Once you’ve built up your ability to avoid distractions and concentrate you can try working without your phone near you. This will take away some of that temptation and make it easier to focus on the work you are trying to complete. Remember to leave the things that do not need to be urgently checked on alone until you are done with your work.
Art requires steady concentration for you to finish a piece. If you put your work down in the middle it is possible you won’t be able to complete it as well or you will lose motivation to keep going. The longer you are able to concentrate on your work, the better and more consistent you will become as an artist.
4. Communication Is A Key Artist Skill
Technology has made it very easy to communicate with other people. Not only can you connect with people across the globe in a matter of minutes but with texts and emails you can edit your thoughts until you get them just right. Making sure you’re able to get your point across correctly is a key benefit of electronic communication but it does limit interpersonal communication skills.
Since artists are often working with curators, directors, producers, and other artists during their work having great communication skills is vital to your continued success as an artist. You don’t want to be awkward when you’re communicating in person, so building up your basic verbal communication skills is important.
If you find you’re out of practice communicating in a professional setting it’s easy to build your confidence moving forward. Remember to stay on message and make good eye contact. Communication is as much what you’re planning to say as it is responding so making sure you’re listening carefully is important as well.
Communication is also important within your actual artwork. If a piece is meant to be funny but comes across as offensive, you have not communicated well. Being able to express yourself via your artwork is an important talent in order for others to accurately interpret what your art represents.
Knowing how to communicate differently in separate situations and with many people is key. And understanding how to communicate verbally and artistically is just as crucial to success today as communicating electronically. Communication is an invaluable skill in every career and art is not the exception.
You’re probably not going to wake up one day and be great at all four of these skills. They all require some practice and effort. When you take some time to work to build up these important qualities you may find yourself frustrated at times. Not everything comes easily to everyone.
Yet being patient with yourself as you cultivate these very necessary life skills will prove to be a valuable experience. The more persistent you are, the faster you will learn, and the more improvement you will see.
Remember to stay focused on your goals and concentrate on one thing at a time. Rushing through things or getting distracted in the middle is not going to benefit your career or your resulting artwork. Stay patient and practice all of your skills throughout your career as an artist.