You are a teenager. Your dream is to be an artist. The first question is: Are you Afraid to be an Artist? Indeed it is not an easy question. But if you have made your decision, here are some tips for beginner artists. You’re talented; you have a strong motivation to show your abilities, you need recognition. Now you can ask yourself:

Should I Become an Artist?

Artists, also called fine artists or visual artists, are people who create unique works from their imagination. Artists typically specialize in a specific medium, such as painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, or graphic design. Artists may be self-employed or they may work for a wide range of employers, including schools, art centers, magazines, museums, or public relations companies, depending on their area of specialization and experience.

A degree is not required in order to work as an artist, but possessing one can expand career opportunities as well as provide artists with the chance to develop their skills while working alongside professionals. Artists may work in a professional space, a studio, or their homes. Working hours demanded of artists vary widely; some may be able to produce their work and sell it in a short amount of time, while others require days, weeks, or even months to finish a piece. Exposure to some hazardous materials (i.e. polyurethane or varnish) is likely, so artists must take some safety precautions. Artists often have other careers and complete their work part-time to financially succeed.

Step 1: Develop Art Skills

When starting as an artist, it’s important to practice as much as possible, experiment with a variety of media and study examples of art. Books on basic, intermediate and advanced techniques in many art forms can be found at bookstores and libraries to aid in practice. Instructional materials can also be found online, sometimes at no cost. Art colleges typically require a portfolio review in their admissions requirements, so it’s essential that aspiring artists can demonstrate an understanding of basic art techniques and concepts.

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Aspiring artists can take classes at local art and community centers. These classes can be beneficial in helping refine and develop artistic skills without the costs associated with college. Classes can also serve as a place to receive constructive criticism and portfolio assistance when applying for an art school in Bulgaria or a college in Europe.

Youngest artists in the time of the creative process leading by KRUG Art Movement

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Youngest artists in the time of the creative process leading by KRUG Art Movement

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Step 2: Look ahead Earn a Degree

Fine artists aren’t usually required to have a college degree, but they can benefit from the experience and opportunities for professional development available in college. College art programs can also provide students with access to equipment and materials they likely wouldn’t have otherwise, such as printing presses or kilns. Some art schools are career-focused; others incorporate studio art classes into a liberal-arts curriculum. If an artist plans to be an art teacher or art director, higher education may be required. Fine arts programs are available at the associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s levels and, more rarely, at the doctoral level.

Success Tips

  • Participate in an internship, workshops and program for artists-in-residency. Internships, workshops and artists-in-residency programs provide students with the chance to expand on the skills they learn in a classroom and gain valuable first-hand experience working in the field. Internships can also help artists network and form relationships that can be beneficial in the future. For example, an internship at an art gallery could later lead to that same gallery showcasing a student’s artwork.
  • Take business and marketing courses. Since artists are often self-employed, training in business and marketing can help them promote and manage their work after graduation. If an artist plans to sell art directly to the public, these classes could be especially beneficial.

Step 3: Develop a Portfolio

As in most creative fields and Creative Industries (CIs) , visual artists are expected to develop portfolios that demonstrate their capabilities to potential clients or employers. A portfolio’s purpose is to highlight the artist’s best work, display a unique style and show the direction in which the artist is working. Artists should have both hard copies and digital copies of their portfolios available.

Want to Be a Successful Artist?

If you define your idea of success, you can really achieve it. Money is not sufficient motivation for talented person. It is necessary to figure out who you’re talking to, what is the audience you work for and what is the philosophy that you want to establish yourself in the art world. Will you risk to throw in the real sea of experiments or want to be perfect traditionalist in the world of arts and CIs. Choose for yourself!

Look in at the studios of two successful artists:

1. Jenny Saville in her studio

Jenny Saville in her studio

(Young British artist Jenny Saville paints female nudes in extreme states of grotesque exaggeration—deformed, obese, brutalized, or mutilated—working against the male-dominated history of idealized portraits of women.)

2. Sculptor Ronald (Ron) Mueck in his studio

Ron Mueck in his studio

(London-based sculptor Ron Mueck, formerly a model maker and puppeteer for children’s television and films, has been creating fine art sculptures since 1996. Using resin, fiberglass, silicone, and many other materials, Mueck constructs hyperrealistic likenesses of human beings, while playing with scale. The detailed sculptures are captivating when viewed up close, as they may be many times larger or smaller than expected.)

© KRUG Art Movement, Bulgaria


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