Have you ever had that feeling that you stink at creating art? That you can never draw as well as “actual artist” can? So much so that you’ve never even given it a try? Every now and then I hear my “non-artist” friends say things like ‘what would I make? I can’t even draw a straight line!’ and every time I found myself thinking why should that stop you?
Art doesn’t have to be perfect, you won’t be perfect on your first try, and you for sure won’t be if you don’t try at all. So here are my five tips to get started with art and leave the “I can’t draw” attitude behind.
Start with something small
Most of the time creating something becomes intimidating because we want to make it big and elaborate. There will be a time for that someday, but for now, think of something small, something easy and something quick. This way you don’t get overwhelmed with the size of the project. The smaller, quicker and easier the project, the faster you’ll get at creating it perfectly.
The key to gaining confidence in your creative spirit is to let it soar every day. So create at Art Studio everyday. Whether you spend ten minutes or a couple of hours, it doesn’t matter, what matters is that you come back every day to create. You will create some good pieces and some bad ones, and that’s okay. No one gets there overnight, these things take time.
Do it with someone
Start creating art book with someone allows you to have conversations, laugh at yourself, bounce off ideas and most of all, it lets you have fun. A casual environment takes off the stress of creating something great and lets you enjoy yourself. So get together with friends and enjoy a night of Pictionary or a weekend activity. Don’t worry about creating something great, most of the others probably can’t either.
Use everyday art material
You don’t need fancy and expensive art material to get started. Pick up material that you’ll find at home, a pencil and a notebook is the best, to begin with, but don’t be afraid to explore other mediums, oil pastels, color pencils, and watercolors are easy and cheap materials to start experimenting with. You never know when you might create something that looks great just because of the medium you used.
Just Do It
Lastly, there is no right or wrong way of approaching art, what matters is that you start. You can keep scrolling through your newsfeed admiring what others can do, or you could shut the screen and just start creating something. The slogan isn’t limited to sports. And hey! You don’t have to be able to draw a straight line to become an artist, most of us use a ruler anyway ;)
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