Why You Are The Best and Worst Artist Ever

So you think you’re an artist? Ok fine. Sure, anyone can be an artist. Anyone can paint a picture or create a mixed media piece. But can you make a piece that has conceptual meaning? Can you create a piece that allows for criticism and allows for different perspectives from viewers and fellow artists? Maybe you think you can. Maybe you think you are a great artist. But whether you like it or not, someone is always going to think you are the worst artist to ever walk this planet. However, others will think your work deserves a spot next to The David. So how can you convince the people that think your work is trash, that you deserve praise? You can’t.

You are the best artist to someone. Whether that is Andy Warhol or your dog, you are giving a piece of your soul for someone to critique.

You may be a natural born artist, but being able to draw doesn’t mean you are going to be able to create a picture that people are going to want to look at or buy. In a article by the Guardian titled “10 things about being an artist that art teachers don’t tell you”, one piece of advice is that artists “self-promote.” Many showcase their talents on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Linkedin, as well as on their own websites. This branding, and promotion is essential to any artist. So, if you are stuck in the 1800s and can’t seem to find an aesthetically pleasing way to advertise your work on Instagram, you are doomed. Not only that, but making a personal website for your portfolio is essential considering that colleges, jobs, and esteemed artist will not come over to your house look at you portfolio folder of work in person. Some advice I can give on becoming the best telemarketer of Instagram is use the public profile option and make sure to post each of your pieces in an identical way. This allows for consistency and shows you take time on your “self promotion”. Another option is to create a Wix website. Both Instagram and Wix are free and allow for you to show off your work and (attempt to) prove that you are a good artist!

If any artists think that they can create art without first referring back to the art of the past, they are ignorant.

The New School’s Parsons School of Design logo created for http://www.newschool.edu

Not only is social media going to be essential in order to make you art stand above the others but obtaining training for your art is a must! This can be either of two things: art school or mentoring under a professional artist…or both! One of the most famous and influential artists of this century, Alexander Wang, studied in the Parsons’ BFA Fashion Design program until 2004. When he premiered his line in 2007, Wang took the fashion world with his playful and irreverent approach to womenswear and menswear. For many artists, either in art school or planning on art school, this showed that getting training from professional artists at an esteemed and elite school such as Parsons, was a must.

Archangel Michael – ‘And no message could have been any clearer’, 1990. Photograph: © David LaChapelle Studio

Along with art school, finding an artist to mentor under leads to great success. A story to show this is that of David Lachapelle. He is described fully by the Guardian in only a few words, “He directed Madonna through her Ray of Light years (and later quit by hanging up the phone on her); Michael Jackson was a close friend; Andy Warhol was his mentor. Everyone worth their salt – from Tupac Shakur and Leonardo DiCaprio to Hillary Clinton and Lady Gaga had their most zeitgeisty moment captured by him.” However the most essential part of this read of him is that Andy Warhol was his mentor. If any artist thinks that they can create art without first referring back to the art of the past, they are ignorant. All art has already been created. It is up to the artist to that inspiration and create something new from it. Lachapelle understood this and took inspiration from Warhol’s exciting and eccentric art and created his own brand and own theme.

Branding and promotion is essential to any artist, so if you are stuck in the 1800s and can’t seem to find an aesthetically pleasing way to advertise your work on Instagram, you are doomed.

Don’t let this overarching and scary statement of art creation deter you from creating more of it. Take the time to study art history. Explore new realms of conceptuality. Understand that art gives life meaning and life gives art meaning. You are the best artist to someone. Whether that person is Andy Warhol or your dog, you are giving a piece of your soul to someone. You can do it. Now, go out and start creating! Using my tips…or not, it’s up to you.

XOXO Gossip Gay ❤

Author: Will Staley

Will Staley is currently a senior and this is his second year working for the Eye. This is also his second year living in Singapore, having moved from St. Louis, Missouri USA. Will enjoys photography and has a photography website (willstaleyphotography.com). He hopes to pursue photography and journalism for his college and career, while being involved in his passion of politics and humanitarian work. He can be contacted at staley774011@sas.edu.sg.

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