These are general tips for all those secret artists in the world who need a little bit of help to get started. We’ve all been there. Where do you want to go next?
- Start small so it gets finished. Long projects are great and necessary too, but the immediate gratification of finishing and showing people something can keep your enthusiasm up.
- Do a little bit every day, even just for ten minutes, so you’re always making progress. Protect your time, so on some days you can do more than ten minutes.
- Identify what art form makes your heart sing – drawing, writing, poetry, song writing – and go with it.
- Get people to look at your work even when you think it’s not perfect or finished. They’ll see things you haven’t yet, and you can start improving it earlier than you would have otherwise.
- Ask for help and guidance when you need it. If you’re stuck on where to take your novel, or how to print your postcards, ask someone who knows how for help – everyone is usually really happy to advise other budding artists.
- Use visual aids – if you’re writing a story, for instance, find pictures of people who you think are most like your characters so you can see them, or sketch out the room your scene takes place in.
- Make friends with other people who produce creative work so their drive can inspire you.
- Go to places like DIY art fairs where people are out there actually selling their work and see them in action. It will then be easier to imagine yourself taking the same action.
- Tell people about what you’re doing – this is motivates you to actually produce something.
- Find other people to work with. Seeing their creative process can spur you on to keep persisting at what you’re doing. You can meet up with someone to draw or write together, and bounce ideas off one other.
- Find a place you like to work in that reflects your creativity. That could be coffee shops, parks or a studio space, if that’s available to you.
- Think of yourself as a creative person. When this becomes part of your identity, there will be nothing more natural than producing creatively.
- Dress creatively – let your creativity permeate every part of you.
- Offer your creative services to others. When there is a demand for your work, you’d be surprised at how this ups your drive to produce.
- Consider your productions a gift for others. This is motivating as it then comes directly from the heart.
- Speak to your friends about how they get their work out there. For example, you can get tips on whether Blogger or Tumblr are the best platforms to use and how they use it. Maybe you can distribute what you create together, such as at art fairs or through various online platforms which they might be able to recommend.
- Post your work on free online platforms like WordPress so you can signpost people you meet towards it, and share the links using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Collect work that reflects what you’d like to produce. For example, if you’re making a ‘zine, buy some ‘zines like the one you want to produce so you have inspiration and something to reference (if money will allow).
- Always remember that each experience gives you something to reflect on and learn from.
- Think about the future. Have an idea of what you’d like the outcome of selling/distributing your work to be, but be willing to do less well than you expect.
- Have business cards so people can find you and your work after they’ve met you.
- Imagine yourself giving the finished article to people. Visualise their positive feedback and imagine them spreading the word.
It would be amazing if these tips spurred you on to do something creative. Now, take a look at some webcomics.