1. Learn every single thing you can about your chosen path, whether you aspire to make art in a professional capacity or as a serious hobbyist. One of the greatest tools we have at our disposal is the internet. Find artists that you love and look them up, research their careers, watch Youtube videos of great artists doing demonstrations, surround yourself with good art and dive deep into it and become educated about what you are doing or want to do.
2. Learn how to take criticism and rejection. It will only make you a better artist in the long run. It’s really difficult to not take it personally, but it is an important step in an artists development.
3. If your Aunt Susie tells you to quit your day job because she thinks you are a wonderful artist, don’t take her word for it, go find people who know the art world and will assess your work with a critical eye and never, ever stop learning how to improve.
4. Neil Gaiman, the author, has a great quote about art, but the shortened version is “Make good art”. I think that should be every artist’s mantra every single day. If you put the work in and make good art, you will be successful in one way or another.
If you would like to see more of Karmel’s art, visit her website here. A horse lover all her life, Karmel lives in Wyoming, surrounded by the beauty of the Big Horn mountains and wildlife.