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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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personal projects for the self taught artist


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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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Dear Newly Natural Me: Don’t Listen to Evil Kermit

 

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Dear Newly Natural Me,

What’s it been, nine months of amazing growth and length retention since the big chop? Nine months of consistent protective styling, of loving on your fro and nurturing those coils. You know that Evil Kermit meme about straightening your natural hair? He’s coming, wielding a flat iron and demanding you show off your length. Don’t listen!

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I can’t really speak to the pros and cons of protective styles with added hair. The last time I had extension braids in, I was the new girl in 3rd grade. So, here I’m addressing protective styles with just my own natural hair. And I’ve done twists (chunky, regular, mini), cornrows, and flat twists. But which […]

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Where to get feedback as a self taught artist


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Art Better: Where to Get Feedback as a Self-Taught Artist

Where to get feedback as a self taught artist

As long as feedback is constructive, both the positive and negative kind can be helpful. As a self-taught artist, it is, in my experience, more helpful to know what I suck at than how great I am. The former generally lets you know where to focus your efforts and the latter is mostly useful as encouragement. We’ll talk about both.

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