Useful habits for novice artists
We all know that it is much easier to acquire habits than to get rid of them. Hence, the acquisition of good habits will not allow you to appear harmful, eliminating the need to throw them, saving time and effort.
No. 1 – COMFORT IN WORK
Spend some time to provide yourself a comfortable place. Choose the time when you are most enjoyable and when you are not disturbed. It is difficult to create a picture when constantly looking over the shoulder, every minute distracting on the most ridiculous questions or commenting on every action. As a result, a conflict, explosive situation arises. There is nothing good and lack of lighting, noise and loud sounds. So, the first useful habit should be a well-thought-out organization of time and place, so that no one and nothing can interfere with studies.
№2 – CLEANLINESS AND ORDER IN TOOLS
For professionals, this is an obvious thing, but beginners do not immediately realize the benefits and relevance of this habit. Make it a rule to wash brushes and palettes after work. The only exception may be palettes with color mixtures, mixed for later work. You yourself will be surprised how quickly it becomes a habit.
№3 – STORAGE WORKS
Store finished and unfinished drawings and paintings in folders or on special racks. Thanks to such simple care they will not be rumpled and dusty. Skillful approach to the storage of their own work saves from disappointments and disappointments associated with their loss. Creative individuals often have a case when the work did not go at some point, but time passed and I want to return to it. The appropriate mood has returned, and I want to act. It only depends on the formed habit of neatness, whether you can continue once started work, postponed until better times, or whether you have to start all over again because of your negligence.
№4 – SIGNATURES AND RECORDS
Sign your finished works, record the time spent on their creation. Such a “statistic” will allow you to calculate your strength, plan your time, follow the technical progress and achievements. It will be easy for you to identify your “weaknesses” and continue to work on them, acquiring the necessary skills. There are no tricks that are “not given.” There is a time spent on training, working out skills. Records will optimize time. Especially since the signed picture will later save art critics and collectors from the painful question: “Who painted this masterpiece?”
№5 – SKETCHES AND DISCUSSIONS OF IDEAS
Memory is an unreliable thing, especially when it comes to such a fleeting concept as an idea. And the question is not in the “leakiness of the head”, but in the peculiarities of the psyche. Human perception is mobile. The thought that struck us is changing and can easily lose the charm and appeal that struck us at the moment of its birth. Often it depreciates so quickly that after a couple of hours it’s not clear what was this idea so good? Sketch and write down ideas in special notebooks or albums. If at the moment you lack the skill to translate any of them, you will be able to take advantage of the results of your mental activity later, when all the necessary skills are obtained and the level of professionalism improves.
№6 – SHOW YOUR WORKS TO PEOPLE
Of course, we are talking about finished work. Demonstrate them to others, even if you are shy, think that you are not worthy, and are simply afraid. No one likes to hear bad reviews. However, the artist creates for people, and therefore, familiarity with the audience’s opinion can not be avoided. Treat all reviews as a stimulus. It doesn’t matter if they are pleasant or, on the contrary, frustrating. This will help to improve as an artist, teach you to “take a punch”, develop stress resistance, prepare art for exhibitions and “responses” …