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3 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Art

3 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Art

So there I was, in the middle of Figure Drawing class, looking around at everyone else’s masterpieces.

 

Suddenly, started to question whether I had chosen the right major.

 

My drawing SUCKED!

 

But, I knew I could improve, and I certainly did.

 

If you’d like to know I did it, keep reading.

 

Notice Where You’re Going Wrong

For me, without a doubt, the reason why I needed to improve my art was I was being too negative with myself!

 

When I first started taking art classes, I often thought of myself as merely an “art student”.

 

I didn’t really consider myself an artist because I was so self-conscious.

 

See, I was comparing myself to the work of others. I was noticing how beautiful the other artists in class rendered their drawings!

 

After a while, I kept holding this negative belief about my art, which really affected how I drew things.

 

And figure drawing class was the worst. After all, we had to do our drawings in class, in front of others, for everyone to see!

 

But do you wanna know what really helped?

 

Take a look at my three ways to immediately improve your art, and you’ll find out!

 

But let’s back it up a bit to when I first decided to pursue art.

 

Combine Intuition with Intention

 
 

 

I’ve never taken classes on how to draw—or paint!

 

In childhood, I focused more on collecting Pokémon cards than artistic self-expression.

 

So while I was growing up, I didn’t imagine myself to be an aspiring artist. I believed myself to be a future teacher, or another computer technician. Perhaps I would be a psychologist, or the next great physicist.

 

I began to take seriously the idea I could be an artist only in 2018.

 

My first few paintings indicated I had some raw, natural talent. Still, I lacked the technical skills to create anything with great detail, at least in my mind.

 

Because of this belief, I decided to do most of my paintings outside the confines of formal portraits.

 

My abstract works result from subconscious automatism. I didn’t concentrate on reproducing any concrete image from my mind.

 

And the results?

 

Well, look at the photo at the beginning of this section!

 

As you can see, letting go and allowing your intuition to guide you can give spectacular results!

 

All it takes is to let go of your need to judge your art as you create it.

 

(But wine and/or marijuana—if you’re 21 or older, in the State of Washington, and NOT on a school campus—can help!)

 

Realign with Rituals


Obviously, I had trouble with negative self-talk in my figure drawing class.

 

I figured the way to improve my art might be to fix my negative thinking!

 

I remembered the last time I went through a breakup. I learned a lot of positive psychology in my desperate attempt to get over it fast.

 

When I was going through my breakup, I really didn’t wanna be in a place of pain and sorrow.

 

I was determined to get myself out of negativity as soon as possible, so I did a lot of research.

 

I found routines I would incorporate into my life and help me get out of a dark place.

 

I also realized they don’t need to be used only to get yourself out of depression and sadness.

 

They can—and should, I think—also be used to elevate your mood. They can even change your negative thinking to a positive perspective.

 

In other words, you can use rituals in any part of your life.

 

Including in art!

 

The rituals I used every morning to get there were:

  • Hydrate (drink a whole bottle of water as soon as I woke up)
  • Affirmation (not just speaking it–feeling it! And not just listening to it–believing it!)
  • Breakfast (we fast for 8 hours while we sleep–breakfast is for refueling!)
  • Exercise (getting energy flowing can power us up for the whole day!)
  • Meditate (don’t overcomplicate this: count 60 breaths of conscious, deep breathing in and out!)
  • Visualize (taking 30 seconds to imagine how I want my day to go!)

Using these rituals after 30 days, my positive thinking increased!

 

Finally, I could focus on doing a better job with my figure drawing.

 

But you don’t need to do all these for 30 days!

 

You can choose just one, and you might notice yourself gaining clarity immediately.

 

Improve Your Art!


After utilizing these three tips, I completed my Figure Drawing class with an A-!

 

And I felt pretty good about myself, too.

 

If you want more spiritually-inspired tips on how to be a better artist, check out some of my other articles. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

3 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Art

3 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Art

So there I was, in the middle of Figure Drawing class, looking around at everyone else’s masterpieces.

 

Suddenly, started to question whether I had chosen the right major.

 

My drawing SUCKED!

 

But, I knew I could improve, and I certainly did.

 

If you’d like to know I did it, keep reading.

 

Notice Where You’re Going Wrong

For me, without a doubt, the reason why I needed to improve my art was I was being too negative with myself!

 

When I first started taking art classes, I often thought of myself as merely an “art student”.

 

I didn’t really consider myself an artist because I was so self-conscious.

 

See, I was comparing myself to the work of others. I was noticing how beautiful the other artists in class rendered their drawings!

 

After a while, I kept holding this negative belief about my art, which really affected how I drew things.

 

And figure drawing class was the worst. After all, we had to do our drawings in class, in front of others, for everyone to see!

 

But do you wanna know what really helped?

 

Take a look at my three ways to immediately improve your art, and you’ll find out!

 

But let’s back it up a bit to when I first decided to pursue art.

 

Combine Intuition with Intention

 
 

 

I’ve never taken classes on how to draw—or paint!

 

In childhood, I focused more on collecting Pokémon cards than artistic self-expression.

 

So while I was growing up, I didn’t imagine myself to be an aspiring artist. I believed myself to be a future teacher, or another computer technician. Perhaps I would be a psychologist, or the next great physicist.

 

I began to take seriously the idea I could be an artist only in 2018.

 

My first few paintings indicated I had some raw, natural talent. Still, I lacked the technical skills to create anything with great detail, at least in my mind.

 

Because of this belief, I decided to do most of my paintings outside the confines of formal portraits.

 

My abstract works result from subconscious automatism. I didn’t concentrate on reproducing any concrete image from my mind.

 

And the results?

 

Well, look at the photo at the beginning of this section!

 

As you can see, letting go and allowing your intuition to guide you can give spectacular results!

 

All it takes is to let go of your need to judge your art as you create it.

 

(But wine and/or marijuana—if you’re 21 or older, in the State of Washington, and NOT on a school campus—can help!)

 

Realign with Rituals


Obviously, I had trouble with negative self-talk in my figure drawing class.

 

I figured the way to improve my art might be to fix my negative thinking!

 

I remembered the last time I went through a breakup. I learned a lot of positive psychology in my desperate attempt to get over it fast.

 

When I was going through my breakup, I really didn’t wanna be in a place of pain and sorrow.

 

I was determined to get myself out of negativity as soon as possible, so I did a lot of research.

 

I found routines I would incorporate into my life and help me get out of a dark place.

 

I also realized they don’t need to be used only to get yourself out of depression and sadness.

 

They can—and should, I think—also be used to elevate your mood. They can even change your negative thinking to a positive perspective.

 

In other words, you can use rituals in any part of your life.

 

Including in art!

 

The rituals I used every morning to get there were:

  • Hydrate (drink a whole bottle of water as soon as I woke up)
  • Affirmation (not just speaking it–feeling it! And not just listening to it–believing it!)
  • Breakfast (we fast for 8 hours while we sleep–breakfast is for refueling!)
  • Exercise (getting energy flowing can power us up for the whole day!)
  • Meditate (don’t overcomplicate this: count 60 breaths of conscious, deep breathing in and out!)
  • Visualize (taking 30 seconds to imagine how I want my day to go!)

Using these rituals after 30 days, my positive thinking increased!

 

Finally, I could focus on doing a better job with my figure drawing.

 

But you don’t need to do all these for 30 days!

 

You can choose just one, and you might notice yourself gaining clarity immediately.

 

Improve Your Art!


After utilizing these three tips, I completed my Figure Drawing class with an A-!

 

And I felt pretty good about myself, too.

 

If you want more spiritually-inspired tips on how to be a better artist, check out some of my other articles. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

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