I shouldn't actually tell you what this mysterious method is that makes good art great.
I've been sworn to an oath of silence after all. This is so Top Secret that I risk torture and certain death if I reveal it.
In fact, I'm putting my life in danger just mentioning there is a mysterious method that makes good art great.
But I feel so strongly you will benefit from this knowledge that I willingly put my life on the line for you. To offer myself some small modicum of safety, however, I've very cleverly hidden the secret to what makes good art great in this quiz.
Choose your answer carefully. It could determine your future for good or ill.
What is the most important thing you can do to make good art great?
(a) Sacrifice a virgin before starting.
(b) Eviscerate a small fuzzy animal to enhance your creativity.
(c) Slurp from a large vegan alcoholic elixir as you proceed.
(c) Pick a great photograph to copy.
(d) Use a consistent repeatable process.
(e) None of the above.
(f) All of the above.
(g) I have no idea.
It's interesting that when you go to the grocery store, you probably first make a list, so you get everything you need.
When taking a vacation, you insure the success of the trip by making a list of the things you need to do beforehand and a list of the things you need to take with you.
When you drive your car you have a set of actions you consistently perform. When you encounter a red light you put your foot on the brake. When you want to make a left turn you slow down, turn on your left turn signal and proceed when the way is clear.
All of these learned behaviors lead to successful results.
Yet, when it comes to creating art many beginning artists do no planning; they leave the likelihood of success purely to chance. Often the odds of achieving successful art become no better than a coin flip.
In such a situation even when a piece of art comes out really well, how do you know what caused it? If you don't know what caused it, how do you repeat that success?
Just like going to the grocery store or driving your car, without a consistent process you are making it harder to achieve the results you want.
I am speaking from experience here. There was a time when I became really discouraged. It seemed like more than half the art I started ended up in the trash.
And to make it even worse, this period was well after my beginning years.
When the success you want eludes you, you are faced with a choice.
Either admit your lack of success and change your behavior or continue as you have and get the same lackluster results.
Or maybe you just give up art.
In my case the pain of producing failed art was like a two-by-four hitting me upside the head. I finally had to admit that I was causing my own pain.
Because of my years as an illustrator I already knew the process to use to consistently make good art great.
When I left illustration to focus on fine art, I wrongly assumed I could abandon that process and still get good results.
It didn't work then. It doesn't work now.
Just like a successful vacation, achieving successful art is not mysterious. It is the direct result of doing the things that improve the odds of success.
Founder of BeginningArtist.com
Without art the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. (George Bernard Shaw
P.S. Like many aspiring fine artists I made the mistake of assuming I could save time by ignoring important steps.
Instead, I created my own speed bumps.
From that I learned there are few real shortcuts in the process that makes good art great.
But I also learned there are ways of simplifying the process. There are effective ways of breaking the process down into smaller, easier to chew bites.
That make them easier to learn, remember and use…
To make good art great.
Would you like to know what they are?