How Can I be Confident About My Art?

Teaching art for several  years now means I’ve come across many learners and students who don’t feel confident about their art.  Even those that are clearly very talented can doubt themselves and compare their art with others, so how can we feel more confident about our art?  I offer a few tips on a few things that can help.

Getting used to sharing

One of the biggest barriers to confidence is showing your art to others.  Those of us who are not in the habit of showing others and getting feedback can build up a real fear of sharing art or even people seeing what we are doing.  If you can find a way of sharing your art such as attending a class where others will see your work or even an online forum your confidence will grow.  There is something about overcoming this barrier that gives confidence, even if the feedback isn’t positive.

Sharing your artwork
Being in an art class is a great way to share with others

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Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start Drawing or Painting

The idea for this post came from seeing similar patterns with my beginner learners.  All these things are so common and so simple to fix, so I thought a checklist might help:

Have I got the right sort of paper? 

If you are working with watercolour you will need some watercolour paper, for pastels you will need pastel paper etc. If you are unsure I give some advice on my Art Materials  page.

Have you got the right paper?

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