“My art is not as good as someone else’s.” True or false?
This is a feeling that comes over every artist sooner or later.
The fact that your Mom posts your art on her fridge or more likely her facebook- wall is no real assurance either.
I mean it’s great if she does post to social media (
especially if she knows a crap load of art collectors) but she is ,after all, doing what a Mother would do. She’ll likely love your art no matter what.
This is where I’m supposed to come in and console you by saying it’s the nature of art that there is no such thing as good art. Did that sentence make sense? In other words it doesn’t matter if you color over or outside of the lines.
Yes it does. If it’s not an abstract piece and it’s supposed to be an architectural rendering then it does matter if you colour outside of the lines.
Or, on the other hand, you might be expecting “You’re art is brilliant!” and you’ve achieved your highest level of skill. In this case you’re only lying to yourself. One day you may wake up and be embarrassed to find out that you’re really not the best painter,singer, writer, etc.
So how do you know if you’re art is any good?
Basically by comparing it to someone else’s in the same genre.
Two things to remember are that :
Art is subjective (poor art can be liked by someone).
It doesn’t have to be the best art in order to sell.
In other words you can still be proud of what you have accomplished and at the same time strive to increase your skill level with the medium you use. Your art does not have to be technically perfect but it has to express, to some degree, the emotions and message you intended it to say (not so much in words).
Nonetheless, your art can always get better as your skills increase.
The only way to increase your skill(s) is to increase time spent on said skill(s).
The question of whether your art is good enough to sell is really a no-brainer since a lot of bad art sells. If you want to get better art then you want to get better at art!
Your art has to please you, to some extent. Otherwise you will have no fun at it at all.
Being good at art means being genuine and honest with yourself and your work.
Being better at your skills means comparing your skill level to someone, like a mentor, who has put in the time to bring out (more) flavour in their art. You will be amazed at what you do if you strive to get better, taking a peek and learning from those more skilled but also having joy and thankfulness for the stage you are at now. Don’t become obsessed with someone else’s level of work; they too had to follow the same path you’re on and are following their own path.
Success as an artist can be measured in many ways but the outcome of such guaging will always lead the true artist to humility, respect and awe for others and the world around them.
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