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It's nice to start early and eventually start one's art career, but if you have parents that say something like "if you don't have any art commission or order then don't paint" doesn't it make it frustrating and painful?
Deine Arbeiten sind wirklich fantastisch! Ich bin selbst im Moment in den ersten Schritten in die Selbstständigkeit und danke dir sehr für deine Tipps. Du bist eine wunderbare Künstlerin und eine Inspiration für mich <3
13:15 Social media is not about professionalism, but about popularity. Interesting names are actually a good way to get followers - most of the really popular art channels for example use made up names. I think it shows creativity and I personally do prefer them to real name-accounts. They are also easier to remember than real names.
I would love you to make a tutorial about how to plan a painting, getting ideas, creating a balanced layout, etc. This tutorial was super helpful and made me realise what I need to do to pursue an art career.
make art for fun, if you have access to classes (talented art program, summer art programs) take them, if your skills arent legendary, work on what you can and try to get better but dont sell yourself short because what you can do is still valuable
Excellent thoughts on social media and websites for anyone who has or wants to start a creativity-based small business, really. Relentless work is the most important thing! I've really enjoyed going through your videos when I need a break or am having lunch and want to watch beautiful work in process. :)
This the very first video I’ve watched of yours. It was so helpful! Also wanted to say I just love your style and hope to develop my own personal style in painting portraits as well. Thanks for taking the time to share your hard earned wisdom! 💕
I don’t think that if u start 13or 14 u will be better then the one who starts at 16 because every body learns different. There are people that pick up thing really fast and learn really fast if u have a good eyes sight and pick up what’s wrong by looking at reference u will learn faster then a person that doesn’t have that sharped yet. The other can learn slower and it’s the same thing. I think it’s just a personal thing how much u learn and how hard u will work.
Greta Narkovskaja this is encouraging. I turn 16 in a couple weeks and I'm a bit discouraged. I think I'm a smidge too old. I find the younger people so lucky. I'm not a complete beginner. I did a lot of art when I was younger but I haven't done it in years.
This was very real and sound advice! It may have sounded harsh to some people but it reflects the art world very well. To anyone that felt intimidated by this: just take your time; explore and practice; there certainly is a route that suits all your natural talents and personality, it just might take you a bit to find it. Just keep faith, explore and build your skills!
Your artwork is simply amazing! I watched this as I finished a large piece that I've worked on for three days. I love how calming and long your videos are! Please keep up the amazing work and the good advice <3
Thanks for doing this video and being so honest about it all. Even though I'm in my mid-twenties my art is very far from being good enough, so I'll definitely take your advice and resources to heart and try harder to improve <3
I've been painting for 6 years and I've had an instagram account for like 4 years, but I still have such a tiny following. I'm an oil painter and each painting takes me months to finish, so while I don't want to spam my account with in progress photos, I have no idea what to post in between finished pieces :( (my account is @yasmineranaart)
watashiwamosura , I just took a quick look at your instagram and thought you might appreciate some feedback.
My first impression right away is that everything is very dark. People want eye candy in their instagram feed, and you want your artwork to look it's best. Try some white backgrounds and better lighting, and maybe a better quality camera if possible.
Secondly, you have a lot of posts that seem to be of the same picture. Progress pictures are a great idea, as long as people can clearly see the difference between the photos, otherwise they'll get bored of the same image over and over.
Finally, you have a small following but you are also following very few people. It might help if you reach out more, follow other artists and comment on other people's posts.
I love your style, and you have a great foundation to start from, you just need to make sure you're showing your artwork at its best.
As for post idea between paintings: pictures of you actually painting, studio pics, photos of things that inspire you, paint mixing pictures or short clips, have a look at other artists feeds and you'll see there's a lot more than just finished works on display.
This was very helpful to me, there are several points I will especially work on, and that is posting art more frequently, and committing time to make art for 4-5 days a week. I am so grateful you take the time to make these advice videos for us, thank you!
"It would be amazing if you made it to the end of the video"
Are you kidding me? This video is so so helpful and interesting to watch, and I'm not even an aspiring artist; I think you've made great points and gave valuable advice, explained everything and kept it realistic, not to mention the resources you mentioned and information you gave on different options to follow. Good job! 😄💜
I finally was able to get some time to watch this properly! Some greats tips and wonderful insight, thank you for sharing! 😍
About social media names etc, I chose the nickname 'Little Squeesh' as I felt it was more memorable than my name - I remember finding an artist who's work I loved and they had an unusual name and it was super easy for me to remember, then she decided to do art full time and she changed the business to her real name. I still can't find her and this is years ago. I'm just terrible at remembering names unless they're unusual (like yours, I've never heard the name Lioba before so it's easy to remember)
The other reason is that I have a family although I'm not yet married, so my surname is likely to change. If I start using my surname now, build a good following as an artist with that name, and then it changes I'll be faced with an awkward situation. A nickname made things 10 times easier for me :)
Well that was a wall of text, my bad! 😂
Oh! What are your brushes?? I don't see them listed in your materials but specifically the smaller ones that you line the eyes with or draw in the strands/outline of the hair? My small brushes are rubbish and never stay at a point, would love to know the brand and what size you use! ❤️ ❤️
Thanks again for another wonderful video!
Hi Lioba! I was watching your video and realised how much I love your voice and your accent. I am not a native english speaker myself, and when I first heared you in the beginning of 2017 I was like "there's no way I would listen to her english!" I really hope it doesn't make you upset now! But your videos were so informative and your paintings so beautiful that I just couldn't resist watching more and more of them)) Then I got a $5 patreon subscription and more informativity poured on me :D And, well, you did an awesome job improving your spelling and you're fluent and you sound so live :) I really like listening to your voice) And I am super grateful for the help you give.
By the way, do you have any Russian roots? Your name sounds more Russian then German :)
I can't speak for Lioba but artists often do a colourful underpainting before putting the intended colour over the top. It makes for a more lively picture as it changes the hue in the intended colour ever so slightly.
This was a very helpful video!! It gave me a lot of guidance.
Now I have to talk about something that you reminded me of in the beginning of the video.
Okay so one of my friends was on Instagram the other day and found an artist that was doing commissions. The artist's art wasn't awful, but it still needed a lot of work. My friend messaged her, "You aren't ready for commissions", "You need to work on your style and skill", "Try again in a few years", stuff like that. It wasn't outright rude, but she definitely wasn't polite either. The artist continued to take commissions anyways, and my friend got really butthurt because the artist wasn't listening to her.
I find this to be very ridiculous, my friend seemed so entitled, she was acting like she had jurisdiction over that artist's decisions (mind you, my friend's art still needs a lot of work as well). That person's work is *none* of my friend's business whatsoever, and she had no right in telling that artist to stop doing commissions.
Ugh I just had to get that off of my chest. I don't have many people to talk to.
Vielen Dank für das Video und die Tipps! Für mich war es sehr hilfreich:) Ich persönlich hätte noch den Tipp einfach mal zu einer lokalen Zeitungsredaktion zu gehen und sich vorzustellen. Ich habe die Erfahrungen gemacht, dass diese oft lokale Menschen unterstützen und fördern wollen. Durch einen Zeitungsartikel werden nochmal mehr Menschen angesprochen:)
Für meine Künstlerkarriere heißt es jetzt erst einmal ran an den Speck und für die Träume kämpfen:D
OMGooooosh Lioba thank you so much for this video!
You are a LOVE <3 this is so helpful!
Seems I recognized myself a bit at the beginning lol, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who struggles with the "pro" considerations when someone wants to go further on the art career journey :-) and sometimes we didn't even tought about all these topics before an opportunity shows up, an then we are so happy but super scared right after by lack of experience... ^^ (self experience, you already know lol)
I'll treasure this video as all the others! THANK YOU SO MUCH! \o/ *hugs*
Danke Lioba, das war mega hilfreich gerade. Ich freue mich, dass ich nicht die einzige bin, die sich mit einem klassischen Job nicht wohlfühlt. Nur habe ich jetzt das Problem, dass ich mich zu alt für eine Art Career fühle :/
You should also try to copy famous masterpieces in a sketchbook. All great artists went through a copying stage when they went to the museum and spent hours sketching. We have old masters at a click distance now. It's amazing what you can learn from classical paintings.
Kay Walsh thanks for the advice, that makes sense to me! Would you recommend copying other persons art for study reasons? (Just for me, not sharing on internet or something like that) Just to get how they work.
Start painting models or still lifes. These will help you develop technical skills for lighting, composition, proportion etc. The more you do this, the more your body will become accustomed to drawing this and your skills will improve.
I really enjoyed this video! I feel like the skill level doesn't need to be too high to be a popular artist. Some artists can't draw realistic drawings, but they have a recognisable style and that is what makes them stand out. But in order to develop a style you do need to practice a lot haha
About using an username different than your name, it's one thing if your name is fairly unique, but what if your name is John Smith or something more common like that? It's also not that easy to find people with common names in social media. Lots of artists successfully use pseudonyms. I would say there is no problem in using one, but if you do, stay consistent about it through all your social medias and stuff, and don't treat it like some username you'll change in a few weeks.
(Sorry John Smith).
Hello Lioba thanks for sharing some really good advice. It makes a lot of sense. I have always been known as tartantaz for many years on the Internet so it made sense to me at the time when I started my creative YouTube channel to become tartantaz creates. I do often worry about not using my full name for my art work though. I guess time will tell, if I've done the right thing choosing to be known as tartantaz creates social media and my own website too. I love watching you work so I'm always grateful for your process videos. Thank you for sharing as always T
I'm thirteen right now and I want to start my art career now. Not as a full on career since I am only thirteen, but am I still to young to start it? I have an instagram account but I want more exposure. I also do not know any other artists that could give me their honest critiques. Any help would be much appreciated.
Clementine Vintage I have taken a look at your instagram. You have a real talent for capturing expressions on faces. You should keep up the portraits. I particularly like the very early simple female portrait.
I can be a very stubborn artist too, I like to do art the way I like to and not listen especially hard. I agree, take advice with a grain of salt and absorb what will help you to improve and ask everyone 🙌 Love you, Lioba 💖
Like those ladies a lot! Also great, to-the-point advice! Thanks for your German honesty 😁 You motivate me a lot to keep trying to improve, so hopefully I can get out of the "art that sucks"-bracket! 🐱🐉🐱🏍
I'm just confused with how "skillful art" is defined? Who says, that your art is "good/nicely drawn/skillful" or "bad/poorly drawn/not skillful"? People decide that for themselves, so just start posting your stuff on social media and honestly - don't compare yourself to other artists too much. It's fine to check them out and maybe adapt certain points of their style, but most of the time just draw. Draw, draw, draw. Just practice and you'll see that you'll improve just by yourself. Be open to criticism, but don't let anyone badmouth your art, seriously. Art should be fun, try different styles and new techniques. Always be open for new experiences. Be confident and when you love your art, then other people will surley also love it. But you can't tell if an artist is skillful or not. Especially nowadays and with all those different art styles we now have.
Even with the very simplistic styles you see today, you can still tell the difference between skillful art vs beginner art because a skillful artist understands form, anatomy, lighting, composition, etc. Your art always comes out better when you practice drawing fundamentals. You need to learn the "rules" before you can break them properly.
I think a way to define skillful art is all in the artists explanation of their art work. If an artists defines one painting as loose lines with the focus subject being this and that. But the painting shows loose lines but incomplete within the focused subject that goes against what the artist described. This is why i believe art teachers can critique and challenge they way they do or can. Im self taught however i still challenge myself with pre described or explained art and follow the description as a set of rules and go from there. If the artwork and the description match I've learned something and have the feeling of success and can work on what i like to paint and get back to my style which has evolved with these little challenges i have set for myself. Its a win win situation.
style isn't skill. as a self taught artist, that's something that shows heavily when i examine my work, and can eat away at you as you grow with your art if your not careful. It's one thing to draw in a style, it's another to do that skillfully (focusing you attention, applying different basics of understanding the world around you or the world you want to create, understanding light and color and how it affects people or what you're creating, different products that get that point across to your audience or even yourself, how to display whatever your creating so you know how it will be received, knowing what lines to soften and why, what your message or intention is and how to mindfully create it in the way you want to or intend to, etc.) If you don't learn to distinguish the two you will always feel like your work is lacking, especially if you're serious. It will show. There's always a polished look or refined look that shows with skillful artists that understand technique, color, and other topic matters that go into accurately depicting your idea (however that may be aka "style"). yes you do get that by drawing over and over again, but if you aren't learning and understanding different skill-sets and practicing them in your work and getting proper constructive feedback (especially when you have a specific intention that doesn't come across); that kind of thing can create a gap between you and other professional artists. And it will become noticeable as you grow and your ideas grow; because with skill and ability are a package deal. Lack of skill shows slack in ability. So basically, you can most certainly tell when someone is skillful because they have the practiced and experienced ability to create their work at a certain polished level. Skill relies on technique AND practice, not just practicing and copying "styles". Especially since style isn't something you "practice" it just stays with you and emerges more powerfully as your SKILLS grow and you become better at them. Skill has alot to do with understanding the world around you and even what you are seeing exactly in your head. That comes with experience and you don't get that experience by being ignorant to the information that informs the feelings, intentions, and manifestations of what you want to show or create. That lack of knowledge, open-minded learning, and experience can and does show in peoples art development. There's nothing wrong with sharing your work and progress, and nothing wrong with closing yourself off to understand what YOU really want to create, because that's what makes your work unique. But you can still be unique and unskillful. And that can really damage your career in the long run.
My problem is someone has the same name as me and he is an artist (an interior designer) with a lot of popularity already. I'm not sure what to do. Maybe I'll change my name to a symbol, like Prince did.
My tip: Even if your skill level isn't high, it's never too early to start posting your art online. You can build a following for your possible art career in the future, and you can meet other artists at a similar skill level.
I love your videos so much. You became one of my inspirations and favourite artist so quickly! 😄😄 Many people get stressed because they want to be the best right away,even if that is not possible,and see such incredible artists talking about their situation,made me realize that not every artist start super young,and they struggled like we do. Btw,your art and type of video is stunning!! Love your videos and the way you share your ideas. ☺️☺️❤️
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