Artists are generally considered free thinkers. We seem to assume that they follow no rules other than their instincts when it comes to creating. However, as much as this is true, it is not always so. The truth is, even the best of artists need to follow a few guidelines to create worthy masterpieces. While the actual creation of art has no restrictions, one thing artists agree on is that following absolutely no rules can be a barrier when it comes to channeling your creativity. To put it mildly, bad work habits tend to stand in the way of your success while good habits will definitely make you more efficient. Below are 5 habits of dedicated artists;
- Find a suitable space.
A good workspace can go a long way to improving your skills as an artist. You don’t have to confine yourself to a studio as most people would prefer. With art, it is important to find a space that you can draw inspiration from. It could be outside your house, a café or a busy street. Any space is fine as long as it creates the atmosphere you need to get to work.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Perfection is out of the question. Don’t be overcome with the need to create a masterpiece on your first try. Art is never perfect as it is a reflection of the artist and subsequently no one is perfect. Keep in mind that even the greatest of artists didn’t put too much pressure on themselves. Peter Blake certainly didn’t create his famous pop art by being a perfectionist. Frequent practice and learning from rejection will get you there. However, this does not mean you shouldn’t try hard enough. The best artists are never content with their work and constantly try to find new ways to improve.
- Be professional.
While art differs greatly from other businesses, one thing they have in common is the need to be professional. When it comes to it, you need to take your work seriously. Avoid distractions or anything else that might feel like a barrier to you. Andy Warhol, one of the most famous pop art artists, was known to live a messy lifestyle but when it came to his work, he’d shove all the junk on his desk into a box so he could focus.
- Reach out for advice.
No one is completely self-reliant. You’ll need all the help you can get if you are ever going to reach the top. That will include keeping in touch to with other artists. Learning from other artists will help inspire you and also get you out of an artistic block.
- Have a healthy lifestyle.
Hard work and dedication to one’s work is important for any artist to succeed. However, having a healthy life separate from work is equally important. Eating healthy, exercising and having good relationships will go a long way to make you efficient.
Armed with these tips, you will in no time find success in your work as other artists before you have.