How To Be An Artist

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An artist beautifies the world by creating artistic pieces. The artistic pieces might be functional or aesthetic or both. An artist might be a craft artist, history artist, or studio artist. For this post, our focus is on fine arts and how to be a fine artist.

What Is A Fine Artist?

Most of us are misunderstood...

A fine artist creates artistic pieces purely for the sake of aesthetics. Becoming a fine artist requires the person to have a keen eye for aesthetics and the ability to view things from an artistic perspective. If you want to be a fine artist, you need to pursue a professional degree, a diploma, or a high school degree in fine arts. Let’s look into how to be a fine artist from an educational perspective & a professional perspective.

Educational Perspective

First Things, First! Have a Passion For The Arts

The amount of rejection an artist faces can be debilitating at times. So having a passion for art and the arts is vital to your success and ability of pushing forward when the inevitable rejection letters begin to roll in and they will. I promise. I've been a working artist for twenty-four years now and I still get 'em. It's frustrating of course, but it's part of the game.

Like any other field, aspiring fine artists have a keen eye and passion for arts. If art isn’t something that inspires your creative skills & encourages you to create artistic pieces, you can’t create creative & unique pieces and your viewers will notice first and foremost.

You need to have a passion that burns inside you and a willingness to pursue a professional career that is at best extremely difficult to navigate and preserver in.

Education Requirements

Fine arts don’t require you to have a formal degree, but most fine artists have a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. Educational institutes offer several arts degree programs, including Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and even Bachelor of Science in Arts.

Typically, educational institutes offer Fine Arts programs on-campus only. You won’t find institutes offering remote classes because of the hands-on nature. During the degree program, institutes teach different aspects of arts to students. Students also get specialized training in their relevant media like painting, drawing, sculpturing, ceramics, videography, and photography. Depending on their interest, students can choose core courses to learn particular skills. Generally, students choose one of the following core courses:

· Painting

· Sketching

· Sculpture making

· Photography

· Videography

· Art theory

· History of arts

· Visual art

After learning one of the above skills, they pursue professional careers to sharpen the skills and excel in the industry.


Without training and practical work, an artist can’t excel in the field. Therefore, he/she needs to get some experience, learn new techniques, and sharpen the skills. As an aspiring fine artist, one way to train yourself is to work under expert fine artists and learn from their expertise. Attending workshops, seminars, and lessons regularly are very critical to fine-tuning your artistic skills. The more your train, the better you become in your field.

Advance Learning/Education

Some fine artists may think they need more education to achieve the highest knowledge of fine arts. Advanced degrees like Master or Doctoral in Fine Arts are not a requirement to be fine artists, but there’s no harm in getting one. Typically, a fine artist pursues the Master’s degree in the same skill that he/she opted for in Bachelor’s degree.

A doctoral degree imparts research skills to fine artists and enables them to explore arts and introduce new fine arts techniques.

Professional Perspective

Think & Act Like a Professional Fine Artist

Everything starts in your mind before you transform it into art. If you want to be a professional fine artist, then think & act like a professional. There’s more to being a professional than simply claiming to be a professional.

Ensure that your thoughts, attitude, and beliefs are in a way that you want to be a professional fine artist. Root out any thoughts that act as a barrier between you and your professional career. Eradicate negativities from your mind and show 100% commitment to your career.

Don’t believe in myths about fine artists. You’re in full control of who you want to be. Therefore, think & act like a professional fine artist all of the time.

Embrace Multiple Responsibilities

The job of a fine artist isn’t limited to creating art only. If you want to be a fine artist, then accept the multiple responsibilities. Ensure that you regularly work, create unique art pieces, and develop a well-rounded portfolio to build your reputation as an identifiable personality in the industry. Your creation should be instantly recognizable by your audience. The key here is to brand yourself. Market your brand relentlessly.

Have A Healthy Inventory

To be a successful fine artist, it’s important to be prepared to grab any opportunity. This requires you to have a strong inventory of your original finished work. It’s not just about building an inventory, but the work should be unique, creative, and professional enough to exhibit it at an exhibition or gallery level.

Having a strong inventory lets you impress a gallery owner coming to your studio to see your work. Working regularly and 100% professionally helps to build a strong inventory.

Collect Feedback From Your Clients

To be a successful & professional fine artist, you need to have feedback on your shows. Collect feedback that shows that you have an audience who relate to your work and fan of your work.

Collecting feedback means that collecting it from your audience, not just friends & family. They tend to give positive ratings to your every creation. However, people with a keen eye for arts are the best critique of your work. Their feedback helps to improve your work.

Build Relationships

Building business relationships is very critical to your success as a fine artist. Ensure that you have a professional attitude, and you commit to nurturing and building strong business relationships. It’s important that you engage with those already in the art world, relate with them professionally, and build relationships with them. They’ll act as a way to build your reputation in the fine arts world.

Understand The Working Principles of the Market

Like any other industry, the art world has a huge market as well. To be a professional fine artist, you need to understand the principles of the market. The fine arts market is a constantly changing market, and you need to be well aware of its dynamics.

Apart from developing your creative skills, work on your professional skills as well. Take time to explore and understand your audience's market and align your work with your audience preferences.

Resources to Market & Exhibit Your Work

Without adequate resources, it can be difficult to exhibit & market your creations. Whatever you make from selling your services or art, set aside enough money to market your work.

Nowadays, having a professional website goes a long way. Hire the services of professional marketers to market your work and acquire new clients. Build your online presence and reputation using digital marketing strategies. Audience value fine artists that impart knowledge and expertise to others as well. As a fine artist, you should publish learning material for aspiring fine artists to learn from. Like I'm doing here with this post! Brownie points for me today!


Work Under a Mentor

One great way to be a successful fine artist is to work under an expert fine artist. You’ll learn expertise, but the experience of an expert artist will teach you marketing skills as well.

Working under an expert helps you learn quickly by making minimum mistakes. When you try to become a self-taught fine artist, you end up learning slowly and missing out on key techniques to improve your work. As a result, you encounter a knowledge gap.

One of the best ways to learn fine arts efficiently is to learn from experts' experience by working under them.

Build a Strong Resume and Portfolio of Your Work

It can help you grab many opportunities that would otherwise slip away from you. If you’ve good photography skills, then take pictures of your work. If you’re not good at capturing photos, hire a photographer specializing in taking pictures of art pieces.

Another important thing is to create a professional resume that depicts your qualification, experience, skills, and other important things. Make sure that every material sounds professional and strong enough to win you new opportunities. First impressions are important in this particular aspect.

Advancing in Fine Arts

A fine artist advances in his/her media by building a reputation. Having a strong reputation opens up doorways to new & exciting opportunities. It leads to more opportunities to display and sell fine art pieces in exhibitions and independently as well.

The more participating a fine artist is, the better & wider will be his/her reputation. To excel in fine arts, it’s important to focus on improving skills, create unique & captivating art pieces, and expand the portfolio.

Final Words

Fine art is an exciting field. It’s not always easy to identify what are the key areas that make a fine artist successful. However, the practices mentioned above provide a roadmap that aids your journey to becoming a professional fine artist.

If there’s something helpful to you and other aspiring fine artists on their way to become a fine artist, don’t hesitate to stick to that. The road to becoming a fine artist requires passion, creativity, and eagerness to learn and improve your skills. Having a blend of these qualities can certainly help you become a successful fine artist.

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The Savvy Artist

Starting my artistic journey in 1997, the desire to create art that I attained soon became an unyielding obligation to myself to explore the inner mechanism of my creative consciousness.


From small sketches to large scale projects, my art is a highly-personal reflection of myself.

I’ve been lucky enough to have participated in many collaborative projects, as well as exhibiting in a solo capacity, which has solidified my reputation in the art world.


If you would like to find out more about my process, get in touch.

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