Finding Your Focus In Art
If you are someone who likes to dabble in art, you will know that it is a great way to express your creativity. Part of the beauty of art is that it can be whatever you want it to be. There are literally no parameters for what you can and can’t create, and this makes it a great outlet for expressing yourself. Many people with an artistic streak just paint and draw for fun, fitting it around their day jobs and other responsibilities. But if you decide that you want to take your art more seriously, you may want to consider focusing it a little more into one style. Think of any famous artist, and you will immediately recognize them as being responsible for a particular type of art, whether it’s realism, abstract or neo-classical. If moving your art forward is your goal, possibly to the point of being able to do it for a living, then it is a good idea to develop a signature style that you can be recognized for. But just how do you actually go about finding your own style of art, when you’re not entirely sure what it is you want to create? Here are a few tips for developing a style that’s unique to you.
Look at a lot of art
You might think that developing your art is all about drawing and designing 24/7 – but you can actually learn a lot from looking at art created by other people, too. Whether you are making a pilgrimage to view the original Mona Lisa or visiting a small pop-up gallery in your local area, the best way to get inspired in your art is to see what other people are doing. Plus, many galleries, such as The National Gallery in London, also have online preview options of the art they are currently displaying, where you can even zoom in to see intricate details.
Get a second opinion
If you are feeling lost with your art and don’t quite know what direction to take it in, a good idea is to get a second opinion from someone you trust. If your aim is to one day be able to sell your art, it may be worth getting someone to perform fine art valuations on your work. Failing that, you could always ask a good friend who you know will be honest with your, for their opinion on your work.
Draw what you enjoy drawing
So many artists these days draw things that they think the general market want to see, rather than indulging their own preferences. The problem with this is that when a work lacks authenticity, it can often be quite apparent even to an untrained eye, and you are likely to achieve long-lasting success if this is the approach you take with your art. Look back through your work over the years to get a feel for what it is that inspires you – then run with it!
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