How to Become an Artist:

In order for you to be a successful artist, it is important that you learn to balance good business sense, talent, hard work and institutional learning. If you are willing to do this, then we will show you the steps to becoming an artist.

What is an Artist:

An Artist is a person who creates/produces paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby.

How to become an Artist:

1. Research Universities: The first step is for you to research, as best you can, which universities offer the best undergraduate programs in art.

2. Create a Portfolio: One of the best things to do would be to take slides of all your best artwork. A portfolio is VERY important to have, as many undergraduate programs require a portfolio. You are able to update your portfolio as you go along.

3. Apply to Universities: Apply to the universities that you have researched to have the best undergraduate programs in art and make sure your portfolio is done and ready to be shown when needed.

4. Visit art Openings: Become familiar with other art by visiting art openings in your area. It is also recommended that you start becoming comfortable in this type of atmosphere, since this venue is where you will mainly sell your artwork once you have completed university.

5. Take Classes: No, we don't mean art classes, we mean business management classes. This is very important as it helps you learn the business of art.

6. Attend Grad-School: Attend a grad-school that offers a lot of instruction and practical classes to their students. You are advised to learn as much as you possibly can from your lecturers/teachers.

7. Get Studio Space:  Once you leave school, you then need to find a studio space where you can get started with working. We suggest dedicating, minimal, half of your complete work work to art. It is very important that a strong body of artwork is built.

8. Self-Promotion:  Start introducing yourself to the rest of the art community and make sure that you get business cards created for you that you are able to keep on hand and give to someone when asked. This is very important! Try and become a familiar face to the rest of the community by getting involved with as many events as you possibly can. 

9. Throw Studio Parties: If your studio space allows for it, it is a very good idea to throw studio parties. This could boost your credibility in the community and expose your artwork to others.

10. Price Comparisons: Compare prices of others' artwork that is similar to your own. You can do this with local and worldwide artwork.

11. Find a Gallery: Find a gallery that you may be interested in selling your artwork through. It is very important that you do not sign any contracts with a gallery before having a lawyer read over the contract as it is common for some artists to be scammed, tricked or taken advantage of.

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