How do you become a better artist?
At our last member meeting I talked a little about the concept of “Leveling Up,” a term that I first came across online amongst illustrators and character designers. It was borrowed from video games in which the player has to get to the next level to proceed in the game. Artists use it to mean getting to a higher skill level in their work. It doesn’t just mean becoming more skilled, though. It also means transforming your thinking about your work.
When we begin making art, most of us begin by learning how to use our materials, how to craft a piece, or master composition. This is an important part of our progress as artists. But art isn’t all about technique.
There comes a time when we want to challenge ourselves, to make our work about more than mastering our medium. Our work starts to become about what we want to say, how we want our work to be perceived. When we get to that point, it is time to level up, to work at bringing your artwork to that next level of meaningfulness.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t easy or comfortable. Your work might be frustrating. You might doubt yourself, or feel that you cannot make that leap. I want to encourage you to stick with it. Take chances. Try new approaches. Mix your mediums. You WILL break through and your work will be even better because of the struggle.
This month, I challenge you to take that next step, when you are ready, to go to the next level. Brave the discomfort. It won’t last long and you will become an even better artist with every attempt.
How will you "Level Up" this month? What kind of support do you need from your fellow artists? How can we help each other to get to the next level?
Yours in creativity,
PS—Apply this same concept to photography or any other mediums.
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