How can i become an artist?
There’s actually a few paths you can take to become an artist, depending on what kind of artist you want to be, and also what time/money you can afford to put into it.
Some artists out there haven’t gone to art school, but this path requires a lot of self-discipline. You will need to build up your skills as much as you can, build a portfolio, and market yourself. Depending on what kind of art you produce and for what reason, like if you want to become a commercial artist taking commissions, advertising yourself is extremely important. Social media really helps with this, in order to gain customers and spread your art.
If you’re more interested in having your work placed in art galleries, the rule of building up skills and a portfolio is still very important! (It always will be). There’s kind of a hierarchy of art galleries. There’s those that aim to take in new artists, and then others that expect your work to have shown in a lot of other places before. After building up a portfolio, find some nearby art galleries that take in new artists, they’ll have people that will help you greatly. Galleries usually work by pricing up your work, and then taking a percentage of that price. If I remember correctly it’s usually about 40% going to the gallery (in my area at least). A good gallery will be worth it, as it covers the cost of not only installing the work and safekeeping, but they will market your work to others, get your name more known, etc. With every exhibition you’re involved in, you can add that to your CV and experience.
That’s more stuff you can do on your own. If you can afford the time and money to go to art school, I’d recommend it. If you’re like me and have skills to build on – not just the creating of your work, but learning more in depth about the different career pathways of art, working on time management, how to properly research/create rationales, wanting the opportunity to explore different mediums and technology with tutors, making connections, etc – it’s really helpful. There’s actually a heck of a lot to learn. You could learn a lot by yourself, but you have to be very disciplined!
The main important parts are:
- Build your skills, constantly practice, experiment, and refine your technique. Try everything you might be interested in.
- Build up your portfolio. Build up your social media platforms.
- Advertise! Marketing your work! The more people that know of your work, the better!
It really depends what path you’re more interested in taking. If you’re not concerned with a career at all, becoming an artist will simply involve comfortably titling yourself as an artist. Are you a creator? You’re an artist!