Here are 5 Tips to help you, as an artist, hone your creative point of view. It all starts with your uniqueness.
#1 Criticism Is Vital
Most artists, of any kind, don’t know what type of response their work will illicit until they get it out into the world.
Since that’s the case, the artist must like their work…. because many who see it may not.
Highly creative people tend to be very sensitive.
However, it’s critical to develop thick skin when it comes to others viewing your work.
Besides, critiques are informative.
Sometimes an objective viewpoint can help you refine your technique and create better art.
Other times you can see someone’s point of view for what it is; a preference, nothing more.
Criticism is a vital part of an artist’s understanding of themselves as an artist.
Bottom Line: Critiques are information that can help improve your art
#2 Combine Your Uniqueness & Logic
In my experience as a creative person, I’ve found the more I marry my unique personal perspective with logical objectivity, I have the best hoped for outcome in my art.
What does that mean? Well, it boils down to a decision making process.
If artists want to put out consistently good work they must know themselves very well.
Knowing yourself as a creative person is the only way an artist can decipher what is their own true intuition or what is an abstraction from someone else’s ideas.
You want your art to be a truly unique expression of who you are (right now).
The final product of your creativity should hold evidence of the breadcrumbs of your decision making.
Bottom Line: Using your uniqueness with logic to guide you will make your art stand out.
#3 Know What To Leave Out
Many artists are great at adding things to their artwork.
However, the art of creating is also knowing when you’ve gone too far. You’ve got to know when to pull back. Great art demonstrates the tense between what is absolutely necessary and what isn’t.
An artist’s mind needs to be still enough so he/she can listen to that inner voice when it says something like, “I’m not sure about that. Maybe I should wait until I make up my mind?”
Bottom Line: If you’re unsure, try something else.
#4 Listen To Your Intuition
I don’t know about you, but many times I’ve either ignored my inner voice or just plain missed the message.
Then, one of two things happens;
I either try to “fix” it thereby (sometimes) destroying other elements in the work I liked
I just end up putting it on a shelf until I can come up with something to do with it.
I’ve found it’s worth waiting until you can come up with an alternative idea. Especially if you’re not in a time crunch to finish it.
If time is an issue, then I would err on the side of not doing as much with your art as you would like. Keep it more streamlined and that will help you put a good product on a deadline.
Bottom Line: Listen to your instincts and appreciate your uniqueness.
#5 Creating In The ‘Now’
Always work with what is, right now. Essentially, it’s what’s in your lap? So to speak.
It just could be the thing that makes your artwork genuinely and brilliantly unique.
A well known acting coach once said, “There’s no such thing as ‘nothing.'”
This meant whatever the other actor did or didn’t do every moment fresh and you can find something to work with.
I will definitely have an entire series of these types of posts. I don’t see them enough online.
Creating all starts with thought forms, ideas, dreams and how they manifest has a lot to do with what we decide to focus our energy on.
Bottom Line: Creating something great can start right now!
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