It is natural for people to have questions about whether or not they will succeed in their career choice, but it is important to understand where those questions come from so that you can begin to overcome the fear associated with not knowing what will come next.
Everyone will have the same questions, whether they are just starting out in a new career or deciding where to go next. In the art community, it can seem impossible to achieve your goals if you don’t meet certain arbitrary milestones. But if you think about it, what you need to succeed is already within you, you just need to bring it to the surface! Here are some tips for how you can do just that:
Cultivate Your Talent to Become a Professional Drawer:
Every single person has a talent for something. Yours may be drawing or painting, or it may be something else entirely. You can get better at anything by practicing and being determined. One thing you have to remember is that improvement doesn’t happen overnight.
From this illustration challenge video, you will learn, “If you’re able to learn. If you can get a little better in drawing or painting, and you did that all by yourself, then you definitely have what it takes.” Being able to learn on your own and demonstrate to yourself that you have the drive and determination is step one in achieving your artistic goals.
Be Willing To Fail When Learning to Draw Like a Professional:
Part of learning any new skill is learning from your mistakes. When you learned how to ride a bike, you hit a bump, fell off, and scraped your knee. But the next time you got to that same spot, you went around the bump or held on tight, so you didn’t make the same mistake twice.
Becoming a professional artist isn’t only about success. As artists, we have to deal with failure and rejection more than the average person, but what’s important is that you maintain your willingness to keep going. You’ll need to develop a pretty thick skin, but know that failure is not the end.
Try to avoid comparing yourself to others. Making comparisons will likely result in a lack of motivation to continue, lower confidence in your own abilities, etc. You should look to learn from other artists, but don’t let their success be your failure. Stay confident and strive to achieve the same goals, and if you have the opportunity to speak with the artist, ask them what they did and learn their techniques.
Finding Your Strength as a Skilled Drawer:
If you weren’t born with natural talents, that doesn’t mean you can’t get the dream job you want or the professional status you are looking for. You may have to work harder than those around you, but you can get there if you stay determined.
It is true that some people are handed an easier hand of cards in life, and others aren’t allowed to even sit at the table, but let that be a form of encouragement rather than a deterrent. When you succeed, it will feel better knowing where you came from and how hard you worked to get there.
Don’t limit yourself to a single art form. If you’re used to drawing, try taking a sculpting class or a painting class. Or if you can’t afford a class at the time, paint a mural on the wall of your bedroom (if you’re allowed to, of course). The practice in different art forms will help narrow down your interests and see where you need the most practice. And who knows? Maybe your new favorite medium is one you haven’t tried yet!
Learning at Different Speeds:
For some artists, it’s easier to learn skills more slowly and break things down into individual elements to understand them. This can benefit you by allowing you to take your time and fully grasp each part of the process without rushing to the end result. Breaking a simple piece of art into easily achieved pieces can give you the sense of accomplishment to keep going.
At first, learning slowly can seem like a bad thing, but try to use your time to practice and perfect each piece of the puzzle. Once you understand each small part, work to piece them together in your own unique way to ensure that you fully grasp the information instead of only memorizing the words. Slow learners also tend to make for excellent teachers, so you can also use this concept to teach others the same skill at their own pace!
Speaking of teaching, one of the best ways to learn is by teaching someone else. If you are able to teach it, then you can safely assume you have a complete grasp of the concepts. By doing this, you will see where you need to study or practice more, or where there may be gaps in your knowledge. Don’t be afraid to ask your art teacher to slow things down or repeat something – they are there to help you learn and grow as an artist!
Everyone is born with different hardware and we all have different, unique, and amazing talents. Some are lucky to be born with excellent hardware, while others have to work harder, but they can still get to the same level. You can get the top jobs with the hardware you have, you just need to be persistent and work hard towards your ultimate goal.
Use Your Drawing Time Wisely to Grow Professionally:
It’s an age-old cliche, but using your time wisely can immensely improve your technique in a shorter amount of time. Mindless doodles will get you nowhere if you are trying to get better at your art. Take the time you would be doodling, and focus on a single skill you wish to improve. Painting on autopilot is not effective learning and will not help you in the long run.
Instead of doodling, draw something that you struggle with over and over again and watch in amazement as each one is better than the last! Whether it’s ears or noses, you WILL see improvement.
There are a multitude of online resources for learning how to draw or paint. Use these as a tool to help you improve your skill by watching videos or reading articles on the subject. Not all of your learning will be with a pencil in hand, so take the time to absorb new material and try it out after you have learned the ins and outs.
The benefits of taking your time to learn slowly are that you can personalize the material and put it in your long-term memory. Have you ever read an article online and were extremely interested in the topic, but when you went to tell your best friend about the great article, you had a foggy memory of the details?
Actual learning comes slower than you may think. Taking your time to perfect a single skill or practice drawing those noses that always seem to come out funky will improve your skill later on. Avoid trying to cram as many topics as you can into your brain, as this will only make the process longer.
Draw With Purpose:
In addition to using your time wisely, have your goals in your mind when you are painstakingly drawing the same bowl of fruit over and over again. If your goal is to be a professional artist, think about that end result as you draw. This will motivate you to keep going.
Having a reference for your drawing is expected as you start out, and you will likely be given the task to draw from a reference, i.e., a photograph, painting, or physical object, but as you perfect your skills, you will no longer rely on reference to draw as often. Your art can become more personal as it comes from your own mind rather than an interpretation of something that already exists.
You CAN and WILL Get Better at Drawing Like a Professional:
The jump from amateur artist to professional isn’t a scary leap across a gap, high above a cliff. It is as simple as having the intention to be a profitable artist and make a living by using your talents. They say that you never work a day in your life if you love what you do, but getting to the point where you’re doing what you love is work. Enjoyable work.
Learn from your mistakes, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! The painters and artists that are studied in an art history class had to work their way up the ranks just as you are doing. Questioning whether you are going to succeed is a normal reaction to an unknown outcome, and there is no way to know for sure what will happen, but you have to work hard and be persistent to find the answer. Spend your time exploring, studying, and investigating, and you will see the improvement!