Pursuit of Natural

life, levity, & the pursuit of natural


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Stay Safe, Everyone

 

Here’s a shareable graphic reminder of ways to practice public health safety. I hope everyone reading this is weathering the pandemic as best as they can. It feels like it’s been 4 years instead of 4 months, so far. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones!

 

 

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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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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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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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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Art Better: How To Practice with Purpose as a Self-Taught Artist

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Practicing with purpose helps you get better at the things you care about, while keeping you from being overwhelmed with comparison. It’s about having a firm grasp of what you want to do, why you want to do it, and how well you are equipped to do it, so that you can get the most out of your practices.

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Art Better: Skills Management for the Self-Taught Artist

 

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Skills management provides some structure and formalization to the learning process when you are a self-taught artist. It is a self-assessment technique that you can return to again and again as you develop and it will help you find answers to the question “How do I get better?”

Because not everything you might think to study is actually relevant to your goals as an artist, it’s important to understand those goals and the steps that will help you develop with those goals in mind. Here, I’ll briefly outline how skills management helps to do that.

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Art Better: 3 Tips for the Self-Taught Artist

 

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I’ve decided to write about art and illustration for a spell. I hope you don’t mind. I’m going to talk about the discipline behind the discipline mostly. For quick tips & references I have an “Art Better” Pinterest board.

If you want to stick with becoming a better artist over the long haul, though, study, research, and self-assessment are, in my experience, the core of what will support your efforts. Especially, when you are teaching yourself art. These are skills that have helped me develop my craft with efficiency and purpose. Here are some tips to get you started on honing these skills.

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