Tips to Become a Professional Artist

Becoming a professional artist can be rewarding. It doesn’t feel like you’re working. You keep doing what you love. If you’re passionate about the arts, here are some tips to help you become a professional artist.

Improve your skills

To be a professional artist, people should feel impressed with your skills. Keep practicing until you find your voice. Learn from your mistakes and improve. If you don’t feel satisfied with the output, keep trying. You will see the progress of your efforts in the long run. No one becomes an expert overnight.

Find a niche

There are many types of artists, and they specialize in different areas. They also adhere to various philosophies or schools of thought. Find one that matches you. Another way to be unique is by considering specific tools when drawing. Use the best acrylic paint if you want to stand out. Try creating different works of art using this type of paint and see where it goes.

Create a body of work

When you want to introduce yourself to the world as an artist, you should have something to show for it. Creating a body of work gives you something to boast about. When people see what you did, they will immediately know you’re fantastic. Convincing them to patronize what you offer won’t be a problem.

Start building your website

Since everything happens online these days, try to introduce your work online. Create a website and showcase your works of art. Provide information that will make people like you more. Include your story and the ideas behind what you do. Let everyone know about the website you built by advertising it on social media platforms. Keep the conversation going until more people discover your talent.

When taking a photo of your artwork, make sure it stands out. Don’t forget to use watermarks to avoid copyright issues. Write a short description of the artwork, including the inspiration behind it. However, you can’t give every detail to allow the viewers to interpret the artwork.

Expand your network

Try to build your network and work with other artists. Attend conferences, exhibits, and other events. Let everyone know what you do. It might take time, but you will eventually build a name in the industry. It starts with the immediate circle and it will soon grow. Try to be friendlier, even if it feels awkward.

Hopefully, you can let everyone know what you do, and they will appreciate your talent. Prepare yourself for frustrations. Again, being an artist takes time. You will experience rejections. You will also see other people questioning what you do. Despite the hardships, don’t let anything bring you down. You know what you’re good at.

Keep working hard until you become better at what you do. Try different points of view and get inspired by many things. You will see that your outputs keep improving. You have a lifetime to learn as an artist. Don’t rush the process and allow things to unfold naturally.

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Houke de Kwant is a 31 year old frontend developer from the Netherlands and the creator of TheArtHunters (former Daily Inspiration, which was started as part of his study). He is currently working as a front-end developer at Ivaldi, an internet agency in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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