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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What is a Brush Drawing?

On my courses I teach drawing and painting in distinct blocks of time, so there is five weeks on drawing before moving onto painting.  The problem with this is that it can subconsciously teach learners that drawing and painting are different activities when they are very closely linked to  one another.  Brush ‘drawing’ is one way of communicating to learners that you can ‘draw’ when you paint.  A brush painting is ‘drawing’ with paint or ink and a brush.  A true brush drawing is done in line (that means the paint is not watered down or blended so the line is kept just like a line ‘drawing’.  There is no tonal information in a brush drawing.

A brush ‘drawing’ is drawing with a paintbrush.

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