As an artist, entrepreneur, and educator, I am well aware of the wide spectrum of options available in the world of art education. College courses, ateliers, workshops, books, magazines, tutorial videos, local artist gatherings, conventions, discussion panels, online forums – there are so many different resources for finding your individual path to growth as an artist and creator that it can often be overwhelming to decide where to focus your energy. But I would argue that there is one important factor that can mean the difference between a positive and a negative outcome in any one of those categories: the experience.
We all know that trying new things gets us out of our comfort zone, but why is it important to do this? The bottom line is this: it's a way of digging deeper. I've come up with a list of ten good reasons to experiment and try new things. (And there are definitely more than ten, but I think you'll find that these reasons are plenty to contemplate for now). You'll probably find that all of these points can be applied to life as well as art. I believe that the more open we are to the dialog we can have with our art, the greater the visual vocabulary we build by practicing and remembering, and the more connected we see all aspects of what we do and experience – that life is art and art is life – the closer we'll come to finding the truth and making the connection we're truly meant to be making.
My wife Vanessa and I, have been fortunate enough to have been around for some of the very first art gatherings, or workshops, brought together by the internet and the forums where we all go to escape to our art “culture” or “family”. Over the years the workshops have changed focus as technologies have changed the modern artist, but the core element still remains: family.
For the past few years, I have been sharing what it is like to be an independent artist in the form of video on my YouTube channel. I’ve found that it is an incredibly powerful platform to be on. Today I’m going to share with you some tips and strategies for artists that you can apply to your YouTube channel.
As I mentioned in my previous video on the One Fantastic Week YouTube channel, I managed to sustain a (thankfully mild) injury because I was drawing in a way that was unhealthy for my body. I don’t want you to end up in my place or worse, so I’m about to introduce you to an amazing and relatively inexpensive product that I feel is a real game changer for me.