What Makes a Good Artist?

I meet many potential learners who won’t enrol on any of my courses or workshops despite having an interest in art.  Many of these people believe that they don’t have the skills to be an artist, but what are the skills and attributes that make someone good at art?  After many years of teaching art I believe that the best artists have a mixture of skills and attributes and just having one of them is often not enough.  I explore some of the key skills and attributes involved…

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Should I Draw from Life or Photographs?

I believe and I am sure most art teachers will tell you that drawing from life is always better than drawing and painting from photographs.  I think particularly if you are learning to draw then drawing from life is essential.

Of course there is nothing wrong with drawing and painting from photographs and while working on illustration commissions I have in the past used many references from photographs an images.  Sometimes it isn’t possible to observe the subject in life.

Sometimes using photographs is necessary

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