Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top 10 tips for being an artist

Suzanne du Toit, winner of the BP Portrait Award 2013, has written an article for the BBC on her top 10 tips for being an artist.

They're not just about being a portrait artist. Indeed a botanical artist friend of mine said she could identify with every one!

Suzanne du Toit with the BP Portrait Award 2013
(Left: Sandy Naire, Director of the National Portrait Gallery
Right: Joanna Trollope, Author,
guest presenter and one of this year's Judges)
So what are they?

Top 10 tips for being an artist

These are the headlines for her top 10 tips - but you need to read Top 10 Tips: Award-winning artist Susanne du Toit to find out her reasons for these tips. It's a jolly good and recommended read.
  1. Surround yourself with like-minded people
  2. Find the art form that you love the most
  3. Be able to endure working alone
  4. Accept your limitations
  5. Know your subjects
  6. Don't rush, take your time
  7. Use photos to help you, but don't work from them alone
  8. Be prepared for people not always liking your work
  9. Paint for yourself and be honest
  10. Remember what is important to you and pursue that


Angeline-Marie Martinez said...

I also identify with all 10 tips.

Thank you for sharing!

Ann Tilley said...

This is great. As an artist just starting out professionally, I value learning about any and all other artists' careers and how they've made it work. I can never read too much of this kind of advice! Thank you!

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