Five Essential Skills Every Artist Must Have

We live in an age where people are quick to laugh or mock the budding artist, and there’s a general belief that earning a degree in an art-related subject is a good way of not finding any real work in the job market.

The truth, however, is that becoming an artist requires hard work, dedication, patience, and often not being able to afford work. Creating something new and unique can be a difficult and long road, but there are few other careers that allow the creative among us to express themselves.

But for those that want to break into the art industry, there are some skills that are considered absolutely necessary to master in order to be taken seriously be both peers and potential bosses alike. These are skills that an artist will need to refine with time and practice, and they are well worth learning.

1. Realistic Drawing

Realism is a movement that took place during the late 1800’s, and it’s one that has remained strong to this day.

It’s also an extremely basic skill that an artist will need to be perfect before trying new forms of art. Being able to enter a scene and then duplicate that scene onto canvas is the first step that many new artists take before entering the art world in a more professional manner.

2. Knowledge of Art Materials

The average laymen would be able to tell the difference between a paint brush and a jar of paint, but the artist will need to differentiate at a much more complex level.

Art supplies come in more than one form, and in order to grasp how each works, the artist will need to take the time to learn each one intimately. Even technique is important – there are a surprising amount of artists that don’t know how to even hold their utensils properly.

3. The Golden Ratio

Everything in the natural world is governed by the Golden Ratio, and while we can’t always point out Golden proportions in a natural setting, it’s important to learn how it works, and how it can be applied successfully to a piece of art.

It allows the artist to properly create faces, figures, and objects in a more natural way, while retaining the beauty.

4. Drawing from Both Imagination and Memory

Most artists draw inspiration from something they’ve thought up in their minds, or from a scene or person they’ve seen in real life.

And learning how to take that inspiration and turn it into a piece of work is what separates the amateur from the professional, and can be applied to a number of industries, including television, gaming, and betting sites.

5. The Rules of Perspective

Mastering the rules of perspective is what every famous artist needed to accomplish before allowing their work to be viewed by the massive.

Leonardo Da Vinci mastered three-dimensional drawing on a two-dimensional canvas, and it’s a skill that artists have been working on for centuries – and it’s invaluable for any creator.

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