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10 Pieces of Advice for the Young Artist

It might be a personal bias, but I think kids who make art are the coolest ones. Whether it's drawings or music or stories or sculptures or poems or just cut out pieces of paper. (Trust me, my favourite hobby as a kid was cutting tiny pieces of coloured paper, much to my mom's dismay) But of course I have a soft spot for kids who draw and paint.

And if you are one of those kids, read on, because I have 10 pieces of advice for you.

  1. Make a mess. Don't be afraid of "bad" drawings. They are what will get you to the good ones. Your bad drawings will out number your good ones. But that's okay.

  2. Experiment. I can't stress this enough. Spill paint. Draw on wet paper. Draw with your non-dominant hand. See what happens.

  3. Don't rely on in-born talent. It is overrated, and it won't get you far. Practice. Develop your skills. Learn new techniques. Draw everyday, draw everything. Draw your books. Draw your hand. Draw your dad. Draw a unicorn. Or make up a mythical animal and draw that!

  4. Don't be in a hurry to "define your style". Try everything. Be open to different mediums and techniques. You got years ahead of you to call yourself a "Watercolor artist" or a "Landscape artist". But take your time till you reach that point.

  5. Observe things around you. Look at things as lights and shadows instead of things. If you wanna draw faces, really look at faces. See the different shapes that combine together to make a face.

  6. Get off screens. Seriously. At the risk of sounding like a grandma, get a paper and a pencil in your hands instead of an iPad.

  7. Get your parents to buy you supplies. And if they don't, go to your favourite aunt or uncle.

  8. Make fanart. It's fun, exciting and rewarding. Don't let anybody tell you fanart is not art.

  9. Don't draw if it's not fun. Give it a chance, but if it's not your thing, that's okay too.

  10. Be humble and don't be mean. This one is not related to art. Just be nice :)

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