5 Bad ‘Art’ habits You Should Avoid

It’s a new year and a time of new resolutions, this applies to art too.  There are lots of sloppy habits that we can get into when it comes to drawing and painting or any creative practice.  Here are some ‘bad habits’ I see often that I thought I would share with you so you can avoid them.

Using Only One Source 

Taking all your learning from one book, one website or one tutor is generally not a good idea.  Every one of these sources will have a different perspective on things so it is healthy to expose yourself to a few ideas and methods before deciding what is best for you.  All teachers and tutors will have their specialisms and you can learn different things from different tutors and teachers just like you can from different books.  There is no one way of doing things in art so it is  important to expose yourself to a few sources.  I found as a student I was lucky enough to be exposed to a variety of art teachers and tutors in my art education which looking back was important.  There is a tendency to produce work like the one tutor/teacher/author of the book if you only use one source of learning and development as an artist.

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Should I Sell My Art?

Every year a few learners or students ask about selling their work.  It can take a while to reach this stage where you feel ready to sell your artwork but if you would like to try I think there are a few things you might want to consider first…

Is it Good Enough?

It is impossible to tell a learner or student if their work is good enough to sell because it is such a subjective area.  Some work will be ‘good enough’ but it won’t sell for other reasons such as the market not being there for the type of work or some other reason. You will know if you feel you are ready to try and sell your work because you should feel comfortable about showing your work and receiving feedback.

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