1. Don’t Let Other People’s Judgments Impact Your Work
This idea is important since so many artists and creative people get caught up in what everyone else thinks about their work and are focused less on the personal meaning, feeling and experience they get just by being a creator and making something. What a gift it is to be a creator – don’t lose that magic. When you are focused on respecting yourself and creations first, doing it for yourself and enjoying the process you will be able to better impact the world around you! (Read More: A Confidence Boost: It’s All About You & Not About Them)
2. Practice, Practice, Practice
Even those that are gifted, award winners and those who are born with natural talent practice. Olympic athletes, concert pianist, and actors all take the time to practice what they do best. It’s rare for anyone to be amazing at what they do without practice, planning and refining. For example, when children learn to speak, write or walk they need to do it over and over again to master it. Each time you sketch, paint, sing a song, or repeat an action the neurons in your brain connected and create a new circuit or fire a trace path to represent what you have learned.
3. Be Open. Don’t Limit Yourself
It’s understandable to want to stick within your comfort and everyone has a tendency to do that sometimes, however it’s those that break out of their comfort zones who are most successful. “The best way to develop people is to constantly get them out of their comfort zone.” ― Ziad K. Abdelnour A few ideas to challenge your comfort zone are listed below, but there are a thousand more ways to do so than listed. The main reason to do this is not only growth, but it helps our brain think differently and removes us from a stale pattern or habit where ideas rarely blossom.
- If you’re a painter, draw something.
- If you paint landscapes, then try portraiture.
- If you only create at home or in a studio, take your art outside or go somewhere.
- If you are an artist, try writing a poem or song.
- If you like to create at night, get up early in the morning and create.
- If you like to journal, start an Art Journal (Listen to Podcast About Visual Journaling)
4. Ask for Feedback
As a singular person in a world full of billions, our views might be open and objective but they are still just one view of many. If you are comfortable, find a confidant or possibly a critique group to give you feedback about your work. If this is something you find valuable, you could also look for a mentor. (More About That Here: Wax On. Wax Off: The Importance of Mentors). Getting an outside perspective can be insightful and helpful. From a personal standpoint of not going to school for art, where critiques are common I found myself in my first critique group last summer. Initially I was a bit intimidated by the idea, however the the experience and help was invaluable. I highly recommend it.
5. Utilize Vast Resources Freely Provided
The internet is filled with numerous resources, if you knew about them all you might burst from excitement. Years ago we had to go physically to the library, to school or had to shadow a person in the same field of interest. Now, I am not knocking the previous time in which I lived, but it also created an appreciation in me so deep for the wealth of knowledge we have palm of our hands today. There are tutorial sites, video sites (watch people paint/draw), artists giving tips and tricks, websites like Create & Inspire and many more. I have posted some places below to check into:
6. Be Authentic
There is nothing quite as important as being authentic. “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” ― May Sarton
We hope this helped, and that you will keep on creating the things you love!