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This article was written by Martice Smith II
Use these simple approaches and general advice to get your artworks exposed so others can be inspired and get to know you and your creations. These tips will help both new and experienced artists!
1. Above all, be true to YOU
Create what makes your heart sing and be happy doing it!
When you’re doing what’s fresh, interesting, and authentic to you, you make it that much easier for the marketplace to find you. Yes, it’s that simple!
2. Process is messy
Be open about what you’re working on.
Now is not time time for toiling away in your studio with absolute secrecy. Ask for feedback – don’t take it as criticism. Look at it as gathering information.
• Collaborate on a project with another artist…try asking someone whose work you admire but is a contrast to your own artwork.
• Discuss or teach a class, highlighting a simple technique.
• Share sneak peeks of your works in progress, your ideas and even what you’re learning online. Accept that, over time, you will evolve as an artist and learn to embrace change.
• Keep people “in the loop” of the changing influences that relates to what you’re working on.
(For example, show a new color palette of colors you mixed yourself; explain why the #2 fine-liner paintbrush is better for drawing your stylized hair strands; or provide a quick review on chisel tipped paint markers.)
Even if your eyes will be the only eyes to see it, always take a record of what you are doing.
• Photograph of your work at different stages in your process or shoot a video of you working. (You don’t need to be all tech-savvy – just use what you have and start there!)
• Give people the experience of how you shape your art work by showing them behind-the-scenes; see how they react to it. Sometimes, you really don’t know what you have until someone’s spark ignites a new perspective. You’ll never know what stage in your progress will inspire or resonate with someone else.
4. Celebrate other people’s successes
That’s right – this article is about others just as much as it’s about you… It’s perfectly fine to celebrate your accomplishments but when your friend says that she just sold her painting, express your genuine excitement for her AND take it a step further by sharing her great news with your audience as well.
Teaming up with another artist to spread the word about each others’ recent success, instantly makes a greater impact.
This can work as an opportunity to visually show what inspires or influences your own creations. Not only will you pique the interest of others with this new artist, but your friend will be so grateful that you shared in her success.
5. Let go of crutches and PLAY!
I love covering a journal page with my graffiti handwriting. Seems like I can’t get away from it…or can I?
Lately, I’ve been making an effort to leave the scribble scratch behind (or cut back on it!) just to see what other direction I’d take.
During my printmaking challenge, I used a variety of found materials (sticks, yarn, bottle caps, etc.) to re-create the grungy, uneven texture that I love. What a surprise that was!
• Push yourself to try new tools and experiment with unfamiliar techniques.
In conclusion, creativity is not an antisocial act. Let go of your ego and remember: there is no one-size-fits-all plan for everybody. Flow with whatever’s good for you.
Be open to sharing your process and allow for the possibility of people to have an ongoing connection with you and your work. All you have to do is show your work.
“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Martice Smith II is creative director of Martice Smith II – Illustration & Design Studio , based in Kansas City, Missouri and owner of Uneek Art Boutique. She established herself as a freelance Illustrator and graphic designer after receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree. Her stunning illustrations reveals her love for fashion, typography and wildlife- using a combination of analog and digital techniques.
Martice also contributes as an article writer for the Creating Mixed Media Art website.