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on being prolific as a self taught artist


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Art Better: On Being Prolific

on being prolific as a self taught artist

There is a certain level of pressure in the art world to produce a lot, and to have that work in front of your audience as often as possible. If you don’t manage this kind of pressure, it could easily overwhelm and discourage you. Here I have a few tips on how not to be too hard on yourself.

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So, I recently discovered my ends covered in product buildup, which is highly unusual. When I identified the issue, it turned out to be a combination of being heavy handed with a new, heavier product and exercising more, which meant my usual wash regimen was not keeping up. Sometimes the problem is that I’m […]

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seeking perfection as a self taught artist


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Art Better: Perfection and the Self-Taught Artist

seeking perfection as a self taught artist

As a self-taught artist trying to perfect a piece of art, a certain technique, or a different medium sometimes comes from a place of insecurity. When that is the case, it can often lead to getting stuck in a rut and burning out. To develop as an artist, you need to produce more complete works than incomplete ones. That means doing your best, letting the piece stand, and improving on any flaws in the next piece. Here are some tips to help you produce without worrying about being perfect.

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Dear Newly Natural Me: Can’t Nobody Tell You Nothing

 

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Dear Newly Natural Me,

Don’t shave your head bald. I know it hurts for family to be so constantly disparaging of your choice to go natural, but your hair is not the problem. Getting rid of it will solve nothing. Deep down, you know that. You know it because you’ve read the testimonies of other naturals, the history, the basic psychology behind this kneejerk repulsion to your kinks and coils. And I know it is an entirely different thing to read about it than to face it.

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Art Better: The Importance of Personal Projects for the Self-Taught Artist

personal projects for the self taught artist

Personal projects are a great, organized way to develop and deploy my skills. They helped to build up a portfolio I could later present for work opportunities, as well as demonstrate style and subject matter that define me as an artist. Here are a few tips on how to create a personal project and follow through.

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