10 reasons Why you are not becoming a good artist

In this blog, I will be enumerating ’10 reasons Why you are not becoming a Good Artist’. It will be helpful for beginners as well as students who are already practicing to be better artist.

My name is Lalit M S Adhikari and we are LTY. Let’s get started.



Introduction

Before diving deep into the 10 Reasons Why You are not Becoming A Good Artist. Are you someone who is trying to learn how to draw or paint? And every time you try to draw something you are not improving as fast as you want to or you are maybe not improving at all.

It feels like every time you are doing something… something is pushing you back…!!

Here are some of the reasons may be why you are not improving as an artist. While I tell you about the reasons, I added a few images of my fan art, I was working on recently to keep things both fun and educational.

Drow Ranger from DOTA 2 game, Fan Art by Lalit Adhikari at Learn That Yourself.
Drow Ranger from DOTA 2. Fan Art Complete.

10 reasons why you are not becoming a good artist

So, the list begins here:


False Expectation

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False Expectations

A lot of young artists underestimates what it takes to become good. This can quickly become the main reason why most people don’t make it towards their goal in general.

If you jump into drawing expecting to create a masterpiece after practicing for a month then you will meet an inevitable disappointment at the end of the road followed by the bunch of unnecessary thoughts such as ‘I don’t have talent’ or ‘I don’t have what it takes’.

By understanding how difficult and long, yet rewarding, becoming an artist is, you will avoid the entire headache early on.

The key point here:

Art takes a lot of time. Just like anything else worth mastering.


Ignoring the Art Fundamentals

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Ignoring the Fundamentals of Art

Imagine a surgeon operating on a patient without knowing human anatomy. In the same way, you can’t expect to become a great character artist without knowing human anatomy.

It is just not possible, even if you are using the reference. And according to me, that is one of the art fundamentals. No matter what type of artist you want to be, learning all of the art fundamentals is a BIG MUST.

The key point here:

Become a powerhouse with the fundamentals of art. Only then, you can start creating astonishing art.


Sticking to one medium

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Sticking to one medium.

Even though most of my artworks focus on digital painting, I am a huge fan of Traditional Art medium. I have never seen any Digital Painter who doesn’t follow Traditional Art medium.

And you might ask why? Well, each medium has its own benefits and acquiring skills from different methods will end up benefiting your main choice of tool to create art.

This is not limited to drawing and painting. Think out of the box.

For example:

  • Watching movies can improve your storytelling skills, compositing and lighting especially if you pay attention to these details.
  • Playing games might help you learn to connect with your characters and create backstories which will make them much stronger and believable.
  • Taking up photography would be another skill that would benefit your art.

The key point here:

A lot of different activities in life will benefit your art by improving your skills or giving you inspiration.


Not taking advantage of the experience of others

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Not taking advantage of the experience of others.

One of my favorite ways of learning is through getting a book related to art, color and light or perspective or even anatomy.

If you think about it, it is basically a condensed goldmine of the author’s years of experience.

That’s why I love to watch time-lapse videos of amazing artists. It might not make sense to everyone but watching how a painter creates a character that took more than 20 hrs in a mere 10 minutes can be very beneficial.

The key point here:

Take advantage of every educational method out there. Don’t stick purely to YouTube video tutorials.


Focusing too much on the experience of others

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Focusing too much on the experience of others.

Now, this might seem like the complete opposite of the last tip but bear with me here.

Exploration is the fundamental skill of every master in the art. By focusing too much on tutorials and what others say you will not develop the skill to explore and solve problems of your own.

Keep a good balance of guidance of others and figuring things by yourself.

The key points here:

Exploring things on your own will teach you a lot of things that you would have not learned otherwise.


Impatience

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Impatience.

Being patient is what you need to teach yourself when learning a skill, especially the one that takes years to master. Attempting to learn everything in a short amount of time will exhaust and demotivate you faster than you can imagine.

The key point here:

Take it one step at a time.


Binge Practice

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Binge Practice

This one is also related to being impatient but there’s a different point I want to tell you here.

If you have seven hours to spare per week then it is better to spread them out, spread them out one-hour per day rather than seven hours in one day.

The key point here:

Consistency is important.


Not having goals

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Not having goals

Here, I am not telling you about lifetime goal but a short term one.

The long term goals are important. But very often we forget to make short term one which is just as vital, if not more.

A goal or a mission for every day or every weekend or every month is what will keep you moving on a daily basis.

And the constant reward for achieving these goals will keep your motivation in check. Think about how a video game is fun when it has an achievement system built-in.

The key point here:

Mini-missions and goals will keep you going and reward you with a boost of energy and motivation.


Fear that you might get bored

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Fear that you might get bored

A lot of my students asked me if I get bored with the grind because let’s face it, to get better repetition is the key.

You have to go through some things, thousands of times if not more to get really good at them.

And I am here to tell you that NO, that does not necessarily mean that things get boring. Think about it, you are learning to become an artist which also means that you will be learning to become creative.

Trust me as time goes on and you put in long consistent hours you will find ways to make practice fun.

The key point here:

Find ways to make things fun and interesting.


Shortcuts

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Shortcuts

Have you watched a video on how to draw a face the easy way where someone shows you how to get good at drawing hands by drawing some simple shapes like circles and what not?

You get excited, you follow the tutorial and you get results, so far so good.

A few days later you try to draw a face without watching the tutorial may be a different face in a different angle and you end up drawing a mess.

Well, that is because you wanted to avoid taking the long road and learning the anatomy behind the hand, the bones, the perspective and a lot more.

The key point here:

Shortcuts ironically are usually the longest way to learn a skill, avoid them.


So, these are some of the points according to me that might be holding you back to become a great artist that you always wanted to be.

In my next blog, I will be discussing another set of reasons that you are not improving in your skill.


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I am Lalit M S Adhikari. I'm blogger, Graphic & Web Designer as well as a Digtial Marketer. I also have more than 4 year of teaching experience in these fields.
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18 Comments

  1. SanAshsays:

    So true, those things hinder a lot of people to achieve what they want. Thanks for helpful info 🙂

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    Правда! Я как художник сталкивался со многими из этих препятствий.

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  6. Avisays:

    I can relate to few of the points mentioned here! Helpful!

  7. Karoliensays:

    Helped me a lot in becoming better as I’m a new artist.