Imagining about something and transferring those ideas onto paper is an enjoyable process but at the same time, it requires an abundance of energy.
We may go through different processes with our rational thought and intuitive feelings.
This may not apply to everyone but I would like to share my past experiences which made me fear, stuck, and how I conquered those fears and what allowed to me to go on forward.
I am certain every artist has a constant desire to improve their work. However, when we try to make the right decisions and choices, there are times when we interrogate ourselves and it might cause us to become pessimistic, have fear, or become lazy.
If you really want to become an artist or an illustrator and if you want to conquer these negative feelings, here are some tips!
1. Open your mind up for feedback or criticism from others. Think about a sponge that absorbs all external liquid, no matter what the liquid is. Similarly, you have to absorb all opinions regarding your artwork, either if it’s a positive or negative one. I think it’s important to hear about the audiences’ opinions. You should take all feedback or criticism and take them into great consideration, and analyze your artwork to determine why they said such things so you can improve.
2. Find artists you like and contact them and ask for feedback on your portfolio piece. First of all, this will encourage you greatly because you are getting feedback from someone you like or look up to. Secondly, they might point out some critical aspects you have never thought about, and this allows you to see from a different perspective.
Samples of my color study from life with pastel
Samples of my color study from life with oil paints
Create my personal illustration with digital
4. Explore different style. What's your taste? Again, find your favorite artists and try copying their style and analyze why it works so well in their work. Find your own way and apply to your work.
5. Make it marketable. For me, my favorite artists mostly consist of artists that are working for the animation industry, children’s book artists, and independent artists. I think about their work and ask why it looks so appealing to me, and through the analyzing, I learned about the business’ perspective. If I was someone who wanted to publish a book, what kind of illustrator’s work would be best for to convey the feelings of the book to the world?
6. Learn from Life and develop yourself. Once you've gone through all the list and made it this far, now you might be able to view life in different ways. Every individual is unique and you as artist can bring your interpretation of life and your spirit onto the paper.