Being a Fine Artist

Being a Fine Artist – Everything You Need to Know

There is much to know about being a fine artist. The field of fine art is looked upon by many as an “easy” way to work. Yet it is one of the more enduring jobs that can be entered into.

Being a Fine Artist

Where Are Your Passions?

The first thing the potential artist must consider is what he or she is passionate about. What contribution to the world and society does she want to make? Since fine art has many branches, and the medium; or materials a person will use to create a certain vision, must be selected. Many possibilities exist along these lines.

Some facets of fine art include painting, sculpting, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, writing, theatre, and music. Each of these has many choices that can be decided upon to depict the personal impression, and message the artist wants it to render.

Being a Fine Artist
Original painting created by Fine Artist Ford Smith.

Pick Your Tools

In painting, there are oils on canvas, watercolor, and gauche, acrylic, as well as less used mediums such as egg tempera. Sculpting too has several material that are used by artists today and in the past. These can include clay, Styrofoam, or wax; which ultimately can be turned into bronze. Also steel, and other metals, embossed and molded paper and even cement are used to make works of art.

Each of the mediums that are used in a finished piece must be chosen for its ability to best represent what the artist wants to say.

At times a material is chosen, because the artist enjoys aspects and qualities that are inherent in that particular vehicle; such as, the amazing sensation of a good brush with oil paint on it, feeling the tension and fluidity of creating strokes on the canvas; or the grounding sensation of manipulating clay into shape and form as the sculptor ventures towards his/her envisioned piece.

The musician creates his piece through the selection of a specific instrument. The pianist has a very different relationship to music than the cellist or the electric guitar player; to name very few.

Practice, Study, and Commit

In becoming a fine artist a supremely key aspect, is the amount of practice and study which are needed to be proficient in any of these given arenas. Anyone who has made a living as an artist; of any kind, will tell you that it takes endless hours to become adept in their chosen field. The basics must first be learned, and an understanding of how these are applied and enhanced upon by the individual, whose personality and expertise are being considered and/or enjoyed by the audience.

The painter must first learn how to draw, the sculptor how to use the clay, the photographer about his equipment, and the musician how to play. Then a basic knowledge of composition, and the given medium’s qualities and handling must be understood. Whether it is a 2 dimensional, or 3-dimensional presentation or performance, the work must speak for itself.

To create anything that is new, the artist must also know all that has come before; what works from history he or she is hoping to move past to bring an original point of view to the observer.

Being a Fine Artist

There is so much to comprehend about being a fine artist, much of which comes through years of hands-on commitment.

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