What art supplies do you need to become an artist? What could you do to promote your work? We look at how to become a successful artist. Who knows, maybe you will be the next Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin? Or perhaps you’ll be able to give up your day job and make money from your hobby.
Stock up on all of the necessary supplies
Drawing pencils, erasers, sketchbook, pastels, paint, and an easel… whatever you think you will need for your area of expertise. Having all new supplies can be a huge inspiration and motivational factor when it comes to creating pieces of art. You should try to begin with beginner sets of artist materials, such as inexpensive sketchbooks with lots of pages – perfect for practicing!
This oil easel painting set from The Works is a perfect example of a starting point!
Purchase some how-to drawing books
Explore a wide range of tutorial drawing books that the art world has to offer and polish up on your skills. Try to look for specific books that most interests you such as how to draw landscapes, animals etc. Set yourself some goals such as trying to accomplish at least one drawing a day, this way you will definitely be able to put together a large selection of fabulous art work! Check out your local library, charity shops or visit The Works to find perfect how-to drawing books for a price that won’t be breaking your bank!
This Barrington Barber drawing book set is a perfect place to start!
Look for lessons and expert advice
There are plenty of community halls and schools that offer art classes which can be the perfect way to further polish up your skills and to meet new people with the same interests as you! If this isn’t quite for you, look for art lessons online, many professional artists create instructional DVDs in various mediums, or on drawing in general.
Subscribe to art instruction magazines such as The Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal, and Watercolor Artist. The more you read, the more you’ll understand the many technical terms and different techniques there are to drawing and painting.
Work on the things that you are passionate about – whether that’s working with a particular colour or medium or the things you choose to paint (a specific emotion, objects or landscapes).
Promote all of your fabulous work
Why create all those exciting pieces of work for no one to see it?! Make sure to post your work on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram, maybe even get creative and produce time-lapse videos of you completing the work – who knows, someone famous might see it! Visit local art shops and galleries, they are always looking out for new art work to display and this would be the ideal place to show off all of your fabulous work.
Enter contests – start small and work your way up to larger competitions. Get in touch with the local paper if you have a particularly strong and emotive story to tell – perhaps you started using art as a means of therapy or to overcome an obstacle?
There are many artists in the world — discover what makes you unique and marketable. Often it’s just as much about you as the artist as it is about the work itself.
To discover the complete range of artist supplies to kick-start your adventure be sure to visit The Works today!