written by Tien Frogget
3. Paint, Draw, or Create every single day.
The best way to get good at anything is to just do it. Over and over and over and over and over again. By doing it, you train yourself to the point where things become automatic; you do the basics without even thinking about them because it comes so naturally.
Repetition is the fastest way to learn or master anything. Art is no exception. The more frequently you do it, the more quickly you will improve and advance.
Try different things! Experiment! Create a piece several times. Do it the “technically correct” way… and then do it again and break ALL off the rules! That's how you step outside of the box and do new things. You might discover a new way of creating that you never would have thought of otherwise.
4. Create because you love to - and for no other reason.
The #1 most important thing you can do to improve your art and find your unique voice is to HAVE FUN!
Is it really that simple? Yes, yes, and yes!
When you are having fun and trying new things and exploring and enjoying yourself, you are naturally more creative. Ideas will occur to you that you never thought of before. Things will naturally fall into place. Having fun is the key to being good. Seriously.
Creating beautiful art is something that comes from the heart, not the mind.
It is a journey. If you are trying to create work in order to sell it, you are probably over-thinking it. If you do it because you love it, you are creating what comes from your heart and soul. Do it because it makes you feel good, and people will see it and like it because it resonates with them, and makes them feel good, too.
5. Get inspired!
Being truly unique is about getting all of the other voices out of your head about what you could do and what you should do and how things are supposed to be done. It's about quieting all your thoughts and then listening to the stillness and the silence where all of the new ideas are and getting in touch with your spirit. This is where you will hear the inspiration that will cause you to make uncommon connections and spawn new and great creations.
Do those things that feed your soul - eat delicious foods, read inspiring books, spend time with creative people, look at art you love, listen to music that transports you to a whole new world. It is often in those moments when you are simply enjoying life that the best ideas occur or you have the most wonderful inspiration for new things.
Those very things that inspire you are often hints and nudges in the direction that you could take your art to move it to the next level.