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Any skill can be learned with sustained effort.

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Artists are made,
not born.

 

Dozens of times, I've heard people say they can only draw stick figures! The idea that creatives have special talent is a self-limiting belief. 

 

The truth is, stick figures mark the start of great things, provided one keeps trying. So what story do you tell yourself?

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The following photos represent a period of three years when people looked at my art and said,

"what's that?"

 

You might see glimmers of future potential, but I destroyed most of my early work by stabbing the brush through (before realizing their value).

Mistakes Build Mastery

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To conclude, here are three tips for creativity!

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1.) Protect Your Creativity

Some believe that making art is a childish, frivolous pursuit. It is easy to lose your creative spark between school, a whirlwind of tasks to complete, and social pressure.

 

Being an artist means protecting yourself from negative thoughts and valuing your time enough to pursue what you believe. 

 
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2.) Develop Your Style

Beware of following trends, emulating successful artists whose work was celebrated in the past, or making something to please your teacher.

Your most important task is not to care what others are doing and create original content in a consistent portfolio. Your artwork should be so unique that it can be identified as yours

without a signature! 

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3.) Set Your Intentions

 Creating art to become rich or famous will make it more difficult to weather rejection and likely lead to disappointment.

Focus on maintaining intrinsic motivation, which involves completing an activity for its inherent satisfaction. The awards and massive opportunities will naturally unfold if you keep improving, so make that your focus.

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