From time to time other people will ask me, “how do I become a better artist?” It’s usually a lack of confidence that drives them to ask that question. I always get a kick out of this when I hear it.
How do you become a better artist?
The answer is, become a better person.
It’s a very disappointing and frustrating experience in life to try to be better at something without becoming a better person. Why? Because in order to do, you must first be. I believe that a lot of artists have this one backwards. They think that being a successful artist will make them a better person.
But unfortunately it doesn’t work this way.
Okay, okay Ryan! I get it! But what do you mean when you say “better person?” I’m glad that you asked. I’m saying that you need to become more disciplined. You have to paint a LOT! You have to work at it every day for a long period of time. You have to develop yourself into a consummate professional.
Only by becoming smarter, more loving, positive, passionate, and determined will you find success in anything in life. Art is no different. But where art is different is that it is an extension of your inner world and imagination.
The biggest part of this is discovering your artistic voice, or “style” as it is often called in the art world. Finding your voice is what helps the audience relate to what you do. It becomes your brand. It becomes what you are known by. Go to my Etsy shop and look at my body of paintings.
They all look like they were painted by the same artist. They all have my characteristic ‘Ryan Kimba’ signature to them. This is what you need to find, and it only comes from creating a large amount of work. Forcing yourself to paint forces you to rip yourself open and let the contents fall to the floor. Only then can you put them together.
The artist that is willing to work very hard on themselves and their craft is the one that will invariably attain success, respect, and admiration.
But remember, it must first start with you.
I hope everyone enjoyed America’s birthday, and until next time,
let’s bring some color into the world with some awesome art. Let’s become better artists.