Introduction to Phase One

Phase One is the often overlooked step in creating an art career. When starting out, artists often try to compete with established professional artists who are well into Phase Two or even Phase Three of their careers. It's all too easy to compare yourself to these artists and try to replicate their efforts. 

However, this causes an artist to become frustrated by a lack of results and their inability to create art at the scale and speed of professional artists. Stopping to master the four steps of Phase One will allow an artist to launch themselves into Phase Two prepared for success both in their sales and in the creation of art. 

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What causes most artists to struggle in the beginning is their lack of understanding of how one creates an art career. This creates self-doubt and hesitation causing many artists to question why they started this in the first place. However, once you understand where you are in your journey, you can rest easy knowing you are on the right track.

Building A Skillset

The first step in the creative process is often the one everyone wants to skip. Building your skill set is all about learning and practicing each of the techne of art until you master them. Many artists want to skip this step, often because they can copy or mimic from reference materials.

 

However, when they try to create original works of art they find they cannot translate what they see in their head to paper. This is caused by a lack of technical skill and muscle memory between the eyes, the hand, the arm, and the mind. Like practicing the piano, an artist's ability to create comes from practicing a skill over and over again until they no longer need to consciously think about the skill in order to execute it. 

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This part of the artist's journey is probably the least sexy. It's the bones of the house: the foundation and the frame. When the house is done, we can't see them. But, if the frame or foundation of a house is off or failing, we can tell very quickly.

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