Advice: How to become a better artist

This is just one of those things I’ve discovered over the years. Please bear in mind that what works for one person may not work as well for another. However, taking Shadow Bay (the post below) as a good example, I’ve found that if you want to learn to do something, the best way to do that is to do it (whatever it is) for real. For example, you want to learn how to illustrate a graphical noir story (case in point), then go ahead & do it. And, if possible, over-do it. Shadow Bay (presuming I finish it) will have something like 400 drawings/paintings (I’m not sure what to call them.) It’s almost impossible to do that many pieces without learning something along the way. Which is not to say that each successive image will be better than the one before; there will be peaks & troughs, but in general, progress will most likely be made.

I think a lot of beginning artists make the mistake of thinking something like, “hey, I’ve done around 30 pieces of art now, that’s enough for an exhibit,” which, to be fair may be true, but maybe they should consider doing an extra 30 & then choosing the best 30 out of that 60…

I guess the moral of the story here is to go the extra mile. Or two. It can’t hurt to have the extra artworks around for your next exhibit (or whatever the case may be.) It’s always good to have something in reserve.

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