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Old 06-25-2017, 07:17 AM
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You self taught artists may find this post useful:

7 Tips For The Self Taught Artist


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Old 06-28-2017, 01:46 AM
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Re: Tips for self taught artists

Did you write that? It's a good article and I agree with a lot of it especially the part about documenting everything you draw. I'm doing that and it's a hassle but worth it. Your paintings are great btw.
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Thanks for that!
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Thanks! Yes it is my article / website. Just a humble website trying to help people start practising art.

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Hi Dan - I just read your article and think you have some great tips. As a (mostly) self taught artist, I appreciate them very much. Thank you!

btw: You might want to double-check the spelling you have of Paul Gauguin's name in there.
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Thanks for the kind words Terriks and the heads up on Paul's name! I will change now.

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Good advice!
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Re: Tips for self taught artists - own worst critic

Hi - thanks for posting that article! I just have a comment about the first point "Be Your Own Worst Critic". I think some artists (I speak from experience !) are our own worst critics already.

I have an irrational fear of posting my work, because so much of what I see is so beautiful and creative and imaginative - I don't feel my work holds up.

Does anyone else feel they are their own worst critic?
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so much of what I see is so beautiful and creative and imaginative
Perhaps it's because you're looking at it for the first time and know nothing of the path it took while being created? Even the pictures in a detailed WIP thread don't tell you the artist's thoughts and opinion at each stage of the process.
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I left a fairly good art school because of what I perceived as trying too much to influence my art. There is quite a difference in "Academic" art, as opposed to just experimenting and doing your own thing. I think that in that case "Art School" is useless unless you wish to teach, and what you are teaching is actually only one "version," of art-- that which Academia has blessed.

Not that I do not appreciate the idea of education, but education is a loaded word. Educators are compelled to restrict their ideas and views. They must "publish or die," they are fairly conservative, and want to keep their jobs so they take few risks. -- I mean, that is the reality. They also want to continue looking good to their superiors-- so this is another reason to toe the party line so to speak.

In a way, formal education does not teach as much as mythologized. Technique is taught, but often on a level that is relative to the interest of the student. So they will show you how to cut an etching plate, burnish the edges, use the acid, use the press, but the actual art is not part of the training. They want you to use the process as perfectly as possible: getting the deepest blacks, or the perfect gradations or whatever you are studying at the moment. But the style and the subject matter is up to the student.

So, in a way, you do not even really learn "ART" at Art school, you learn the mechanics of techniques. You learn "good practice" of a skill. You learn how to use tools.

So all artists are self-taught even when they go to art school because so much of the development of technique and style is by personal dedication, will, and influences that you choose (or you are forced to use).

In the same way, if you go to get a BFA in creative writing, no one really cares about the story you are writing-- they want to see a good use of technique. (I moved from art school to writing school-- not that it is obvious from some of my writing.
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Very interesting comments thanks all!
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