Artists and illustrators often ask themselves this question when they’re creating a project. It can be hard to tell on your own, but if you’re wondering how good your art is compared to others, ask yourself these questions:
Is it technically proficient? Can I produce the same quality of work consistently? Is it original? Is it something I can define and control? Do people respond positively to it? Concepts boards often incorporate materials that will be considered for a design.
If you answered yes to all of these questions, then yes, it’s probably really that good. There’s a lot more to making art than just doing things right, but if you’ve got the basics down, you’ve got a great foundation to build off. If you didn’t answer yes to all of these questions, don’t worry! You have some room for growth. Just take a good look at where your weaknesses are and what you can do to improve.
There are a lot of artists out there who think they can make a living selling their art online. Some will even tell you that it’s easy. If you’re one of those people, I’ve got news for you: it’s not easy. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to become successful selling your art online.
It’s easy to find success stories about artists who started selling online and now sell millions of dollars worth of art every year. But if you look at the details of those stories, you’ll see that they aren’t so simple. There were years of hard work behind those big numbers.
There are a lot of other stories about artists who thought their art was good enough to sell online and quickly found out otherwise. You’ll also see a lot of them on forums and blogs where they’re asking for help, advice, or just venting their frustrations about how much money they’re losing trying to sell their art online. The path to selling your art isn’t as easy as some would like you to believe.
I know it’s hard to tell sometimes. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone is going to be telling you how good or bad your art is. A lot of people think that the only way to get better at art is to just keep drawing and trying new things and maybe one day they’ll get better. But there is a better way, and it doesn’t involve putting in thousands of hours of work.
The best way to get better at drawing is by studying the work of others who are already good. The earlier you start studying others, the more time you have before your own style becomes set in stone.
When I first started making comics, I tried copying some of my favorite artists, but it didn’t really help me improve. It was only when I stopped drawing from reference altogether that I started getting good at my own style. Those first few years are some of my worst looking comics, but now I’m trying to go back through my archives and see if there are any techniques I can use to improve them.
If you’re an aspiring artist, here’s a hard truth: it’s not easy to sell your work. Creating something and calling it art is one thing, but actually getting people to buy it is another. And if you’ve never sold anything before, the thought of learning how to price your work and deal with clients can be downright scary.
We talked with three artists — a painter, a photographer, and a designer — about what they wish they had known before they started selling their work. Read on for their advice on how to get started.