4 things Young Artists Should be Doing

Young Artists tipsAs an artist, whether a visual creator, a painter or an illustrator, you truly need to characterize the thin line that separates motivation and impersonation. The issue with such a variety of young artists is they have built up this thought that simply by being a decent imitator of an outstanding creative characterizes them as a decent artist.

This idea is born of a lack of true appreciation for art or a full understanding of artistic knowledge.

Youthful creators suffer from an over active need to keep up with trends. They lack substance and have become too lazy to create truly original works of art. For a generation of humans that claim to be hyper creative, they seem to lack an ability to actually express that creativity. Here are five speedy tips you ought to consider while making your next gem:

Respect other Artists.

It’s hard enough to put yourself into the mind of another person. It’s even more difficult to climb inside the mind of a true creative. In order to truly show respect for your artistic predecessors, young artists should learn to admire their work from a distance. Yes, imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, but that doesn’t mean you should attempt to recreate someone else’s work. “Fan art” is one thing, because it usually acknowledges the original creator. It’s an entirely different matter to distort someone else’s piece or recycle their logo for your own artistic endeavors.

You would think that this would be pretty easy to do. Unfortunately, it seems to be near impossible for the current generation of “artists”. It’s important to honor the artists that have blazed the trails we now follow. Referencing someone as a source of inspiration is one thing, assuming they would be “okay” with you recycling their hard work is another thing entirely. It’s critical that the new generation of art makers learns how to respect other artists.

Young Artists should Start Trends, not Follow Them.

It’s easy to fall into the habit of following trends when trying to be creative. It’s something that young artists should be actively aware of avoiding. Social Media is where trends tend to live and die. The average lifespan of a trend these days has shrunk exponentially because of sites like Twitter and Instagram. That means that by trying to keep up with and follow the current trends you’re risking missing the trend entirely. Furthermore, you will be purposely creating something with a limited shelf life of relevance. Asking yourself what people will think of it in a few decades can help a lot. If you could look back on a piece years later and still be confident that others would enjoy it, then you’re doing something right. 

Being inspired by something isn’t the same thing as following a trend. Great classic artists were heavily inspired by other artists, and yet we still talk about their work hundreds, even thousands of years later. By carving out your own trends and staying true to your self, by being original, you’re more likely to make a real impact on the art world.

Remember that Innovation is King

It’s easy for a critic to look at a piece of artwork and boast that they could have thought of the concept themselves. However, the fact that they didn’t speaks for its self. Innovation and creativity aren’t actually the same thing. They do need to go hand in hand for artwork to be truly great, though. The idea behind creating a work of art is to make something new. Creating something that no one has ever seen before is the idea behind innovation. Yes, I understand that re-creating something with a new spin on it could still count as artwork, but you have to agree that it wouldn’t be totally original in that case.

It’s important to avoid comparing your work to that of other artists. The idea is to be true to who you are and create things that express who you are. Comparing your work to someone else’s is not an indication of your skills. You could be comparing yourself to an artist that follows and relies on trends and not realize it, either way, it’s not helping you any.

It’s important to set clear-cut boundaries between inspiration and duplication. It’s a psychological fact that listening to, watching, or looking at the same thing over and over can lead to a desire to imitate. Don’t fall prey to the urge to copy someone else’s artwork. You’ll be a lot more proud of the end result, the innovative and original it is.

Let your Experiences Inspire you

It’s always good to stick to what you know. One of the biggest downfalls of young artists today is the desire to draw inspiration from the lives and experiences of other artists. This leads to time wasted of recreation rather than innovation and originality. No one has lead the same life that you have. No one has experienced the exact same things in their life that you have. Creativity is born from the act of digging deep into your own life and personal experiences in order to find true inspiration. Breaking the habit of looking outside of yourself for inspiration can greatly improve your creativity.


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