Anonymous asked: Hey! I'd love to become an illustrator one day and i find your artwork really beautiful. Do you believe that with enough practice anyone can become a great artist? And if so what are some good ways to practice?
Hey! Thank you, anon!
First off, I think that anyone can be an artist if it’s something that they’re interested in. The act of doing art, whether it’s ‘great’ or not, makes you an artist.
However, earning a living as an artist is another story. Talent can help, but determination and perseverance REALLY help. If you’re determined, you’re more likely to keep improving your work, practicing, and promoting yourself, regardless of setbacks or starting skill level. Having that drive helps you become a better artist and, in the end, get jobs.
So my best recommendation, if you love art and want be a better artist, is to keep your hands busy! Give yourself projects to do— there’s a list called “101 Projects for Artists and Illustrators” that Dani Jones compiled some years back and it’s a great place to start. Check it out! Or, you can always focus on the basics— do some lifedrawings, study composition, challenge yourself with color studies. There are plenty of books and blogs that focus on these subjects. (James Gurney’s blog is a good place to start, especially if you are a painter—browse the tags on the left side of the page!)
I hope that helps! And don’t forget to enjoy what you do :)