10 Signs You’re A Natural Born Artist

By |2018-09-04T03:07:42+00:00April 11th, 2018|Art and Creativity, Self Improvement|60 Comments
  • You're different from every one around you and you've always wondered if you're an artist. What are the signs that you are an artist? Read these tips to find out of you're a natural born artist.

You may be an artist and just not know it. A lot of people draw everyday and don’t realize just how talented they are. They doodle on a pad of paper when they are on the phone. Sometimes, they trace shapes with their toes when they’re in a bus. They draw with their fingers on wooden surfaces when they’re bored.

Art, my dear friend – is subjective. It needn’t look perfect. It definitely doesn’t need to compare with someone else’s masterpiece. What makes it art, is that it’s unique. It’s special. It stands out. Don’t shun away from the artist YOU ARE just because nobody has recognized you as one. You need to step up from your cloud of self-doubt and recognize yourself as an artist. So, how do you know if you are one?

1. You started reading this article. *wink wink*

A tiny inkling urged you to open this article. You have doubts that you have it in you to create a masterpiece. You take pride and pleasure in creating something new and different and you want to know if you have what it takes to go the distance.

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2. You cannot (for the life of you) turn off your mind. You find inspiration every darn place you go.

Do you constantly have ideas running in your head? Even in the dead of night. Certain colors and shapes fill your mind with inspiring thoughts? Do you get bursts of ideas even when you’re walking on a non-interesting foot path?

Even a stone out of place fuels your imagination to create something new? Does the arrangement of clothes in a display window suddenly makes you feel joy you’ve never known? Or, does entering a book/art store make you feel like you belong? Yes, artists find inspiration in the smallest of things.


3. You have an undying love for notebooks.

Artists of all kinds love notebooks. They love writing. And drawing. They also love connecting with people and writing down their experiences, their thoughts, their emotions, their ideas. When they do not have a notebook on them, they feel empty.

Anything will do. Tickets, napkins, bills.

They just want to doodle on something to feel wholesome. Don’t be afraid to write it all on paper. It comes in handy when you’re struck with an idea or an itch to doodle.


Β 4. You are never satisfied with your work as an artist.

You always feel you can do better. After you’ve completed your masterpiece, you twist and turn your head and criticize your piece from every angle you find. You’re already digging out ideas to create a new piece. And you’ve promised yourself you will do so much better.

Artists are self-driving. You don’t need an audience to point out your flaws because you as an artist are your own worst critic.


5. You like your space.

You have a dedicated work space in your home to concentrate on your work. And you cannot focus with people around you. When you brain-storm and people interrupt you, you get mad.

You lose focus. Hence, you enjoy the concept of being alone when you work.

You also feel happy creating new art.

And after you’re done, you feel a strong feeling of accomplishment that must be shared with anyone and everyone.

6. You have a different style altogether.

Be it your music, the way you dress up, the contents in your bag – you stand out from the rest. You know you’re quirky, and you’re not afraid to embrace it. You hate stereotypes. You’re confident of your likes and dislikes and no one can make you feel bad about it.

A true artist isn’t ashamed of what they love. Artists love dressing up in a unique style. They love experimenting with their clothes, their hair and their possessions till they feel it does them justice in expressing themselves.

WARNING: You will be called a “weirdo”. People will poke fun at you. But don’t let it get to you. You’re creative, funny and never dull or boring. Don’t be afraid to be who you are.


7. You constantly judge everything around you.

You mentally criticize music, films and/or art. And then draw conclusions about the people who love the exact music, films and/or art. You have different suggestions for every little thing you see. You think of ways to make them better.

Some people love listening to your views and as a result find you humorous. Others find you down-right annoying.

A good story lives in your heart and mind forever and nobody will hear the end of your rantings if you find the story terrible. You’re the one person that cracks everyone up with your direct and blunt sense of humor.


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8. You see and feel things differently as an artist.

While your friends are reading titles of books, you’re busy flipping through them to grasp all the illustrations, layout and fonts. When your friends are commenting on someone’s choice of wardrobe, you’re secretly admiring the person for being a unique individual.

You are able to shift from joy to sadness in a jiffy. You feel adverse emotions all at once. You’re able to put yourself in another person’s shoes easily.

This is a beautiful gift you possess because you’re able to connect with people and you’re sensitive to your environment.

9. You have difficulty finishing your projects, and that’s completely normal for an artist.

The thrills and joys of starting a new project is like no other. You have a rush of ideas that you have a hard time sorting out. You initially charge at your project with excitement and happiness. And when you’re nearly 50% done, you have to muster all the inspiration and perseverance you possibly can collect to follow it through.

Your brain and fingers itch to start something new and get back to your current project later. I fight this battle every day.

I know how exciting and frustrating it can be to start and finish something. Trust me, you’re not alone.


10. You’re a child at heart.

People do not seem to understand how you always come up with fresh and unique ideas. You love telling stories. You’re more excited about your art making people happy than making money. You feel a certain pain giving away your art pieces.

You love collecting beautiful stationery.

Things of any kind.

You’re an adventurous person who loves to dream BIG.


If you see yourself in more than 5 of these points, then you are definitely a Natural Born Artist. Having the ability and passion to create works of art is a gift as well as a cultivated skill. Don’t let it die. Nurture it. Treasure it. Love yourself for it. If you’ve discovered you are an artistic being, welcome aboard the Art Train. Take care fellow artist, see you next week!



About the Author:

Angela is a 26 year old Illustrator and Comic Artist living in Bangalore, India with her husband and 2 cute little Labrador retrievers who resemble a cream-bun and a chocolate kiss.


  1. Elianah April 11, 2018 at 12:43 am - Reply

    i know it know that i’m a natural born artist love your blog post’s so MUCH!!!

    • Angela Mary April 11, 2018 at 4:43 am - Reply

      Hello Elianah,
      I am so glad you loved this post! *high five for being an artist as well* Thank you so much for dropping in a comment. I really appreciate it.
      Lots of love,

  2. Jacquie April 11, 2018 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Thank you for this… I feel so many times that people just don’t get me and make fun of the way I am. The only ones that bothers me are the ones who love me, because they don’t realize just how much it bothers me and hurts me. But I just laugh it off… I acknowledge my eccentricities and really enjoy the fact that I am so different. I am 54 years old and have had this all my life. I’m not weak by any means, mind you, but a strong independent woman… So thank you for sharing this so that I recognize that someone really understands… Blessings!

    • Angela Mary April 11, 2018 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      Hello Jacquie,
      You are so sweet. I know how that raw, satisfied feeling you get when you draw and create something new. That feeling is so addictive, that you can’t stop drawing. Unless time keeps you from creating more works. I am extremely different too. But I always saw it as an advantage instead of a setback. Being different from the herd is what makes us unique and hence strong and independent. Oh Jacquie, the world needs different. That’s what makes it interesting.
      Lots and lots of love,

  3. NiciaBrighteyes April 11, 2018 at 6:23 am - Reply

    I knew it. I’m a Natural Artist #FistPump

    • Angela Mary April 11, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Hello NiciaBrightEyes,
      I’m so glad this post helped you find your true calling!
      Much love,

  4. Melissa April 11, 2018 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Wow I have been complemented before a bit but mostly got critique about what I should change about it and I always feel disappointed when that happens because it just makes me feel sad this proves to all the haters that they are wrong about it and saying my hard work is “ok” this is really me and I am happy to show it thankyou soo much Angela

    • Angela Mary April 11, 2018 at 2:37 am - Reply

      Yes, totally Melissa. As an artist, not everyone is going to love your work. Been there, done that. That’s okay. Concentrate on improving your art in whichever form you like. Trial and error is the only way to success. Don’t care too much about what people think. Art is supposed to relieve you and let you express yourself. I’m so glad this post made you feel better. Have a terrific day!
      Lots of love,

  5. Margaret M April 11, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I’m in love with this entire post. I’ve always loved to draw but I never considered myself as an artist. I think things are going to change.

    • Angela Vaz April 11, 2018 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Hello Margaret,
      I’m so uber happy that you love this post. <3 And yes, you should definitely consider yourself as an artist! Never stop drawing babe. πŸ˜€
      Lots of love,

      • Margaret M April 11, 2018 at 10:15 am - Reply

        When did you find out you were an artist Angela?

        • Angela Vaz April 11, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

          Hello Margaret,
          When people in class gave me that nickname, I guess I knew I was good at drawing. I took great pride in that. Ha ha. But I never really believed I was a true artist till I actually developed my art style and constantly started drawing everyday. So maybe a year ago? πŸ˜€

  6. Kere April 11, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    To be honest, I have been called much worse than a “weirdo”, but this article helps me put it in perspective. Great read!

    • Angela Mary April 11, 2018 at 2:48 am - Reply

      Hello Kere,
      Being called a Weirdo means you are different. Embrace your unique behaviour to see things that others cannot. Don’t let anyone make feel you worthless because you possess a gift others don’t. Thank you for so much for dropping in. I’m glad I was able to connect with you as an artist.
      Lots of love,

  7. PorcelainDoll April 11, 2018 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    What a surprise – every single thing is about me. πŸ™‚

    • Angela Mary April 11, 2018 at 4:06 am - Reply

      Hello PorcelainDoll,
      I’m glad I got you on the spot! That sounds amazing. Thank you so much for dropping in. Have a lovely day.
      Lots of love,

  8. Francesca April 11, 2018 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    I was “Yeah, that’s it!” all along the article xD great content, and thank you for support us, unknown artists (to ourselves, first).

    • Angela Mary April 11, 2018 at 4:15 am - Reply

      Hello Francesca,
      So glad you loved this post. I totally know how artists feel. Lots of mixed feelings but I would never trade what I can do with my pencils for anything else. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your sweet comment.
      Lots of love,

  9. camya April 11, 2018 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    ikr i love this blog now ik that i am an artist a lot of people say that i can really draw and im so proud cause i can make a lot of money and i love my work idc who dont like it.thankyou

    • Angela Mary April 11, 2018 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Hello Camya,
      I’m so happy you loved this post! Keep drawing and never stop! Yes, you can make loads of money! I am still shocked that I’m making a living, drawing. It’s so much fun!
      Lots of love,

  10. Razan April 14, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Love your blogs so much! Especially this one, it’s soo relatable ❀️ You’re such an inspiration.
    Do you think these signs are also signs that you should take this talent as your job in life? How did you know that you want to become an illustrator?
    Thank you so much. ❀️

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 1:31 am - Reply

      Hello Razan,
      Thank you so much. You’re so sweet. I’ve been drawing since I was 3 so I always wanted to make this my “thing.” But I didn’t know it was possible. I created websites and did graphic designing for a long time till I had enough money saved up to buy a Tablet and start illustrating. If you want this as a job, you have to keep some money aside till you’re able to stand on your own two feet.
      Hope that helped.
      Let me know if you have any other questions. I plan on making a “How To Become an Illustrator” post soon. <3
      Warm regards,

  11. sj_simranjeet_139 April 14, 2018 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    People call me weird everyday, they keep asking how am I so quite while working on some project, why I talk less they even call me dumb sometimes but they also praise my work and there is always a potential to do more and improve myself. Thank you for your amazing comics and blog even though I don’t know you personally but it feels like I’ve been friends with you like ages. Love you

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 1:33 am - Reply

      Hello Simranjeet,
      I know how that feels. I was mocked at a lot in school for being weird. I was more interested in video-games and toys rather than boys or dating. I was a hell lotta weird, and that’s totally okay. There is no “right” way to be. The minute you’re a little different or unique, you will be mocked. You have to accept it and move on. Make peace with that. But the people who love you because you’re weird, keep them close forever.

      And yes, we’re definitely friends. <3

      Lots of love,

  12. Zoey April 14, 2018 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    I’ve understood that I am artistic since I was a child, but this article gave me hope and joy! Thank you! Do all these apply to other forms of art as well, such as photography or filmmaking for example? (I love your art by the way you are my favorite)

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 1:34 am - Reply

      Hello Zoey,
      I’m sorry if my blog post didn’t quite address that, but yes! Art is art in any form – dance, photography, singing… you name it!
      Lots of love,

  13. Mariam April 14, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    So relatable and accurate, I love it’s so much!!! You rock! How amazing can you be to write such things? I’m in loooooooovvvvveeeee

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 1:35 am - Reply

      Hello Mariam,
      Love your name by the way. <3 You're so sweet. Thank you so much!!!
      Lots of love,

  14. Emily April 14, 2018 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Wow! I love this article! And Yay! Now I have confirmation that I am a natural born artist lol πŸ˜‰

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 1:35 am - Reply

      Hello Emily,
      Yay, that’s super awesome!
      Lots of love,

  15. Tehya April 14, 2018 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Hi Angela! Love this post and your art. Keep up the great work! ❀

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 1:36 am - Reply

      Hello Tehya,
      That’s wonderful! πŸ˜€ Thank you so much.
      Lots of love,

  16. Rishu April 14, 2018 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    I can relate to this completely! Except point 9 tho !

    Loved reading this.

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 1:37 am - Reply

      Hello Rishu,
      Ah, that’s so amazing. All 10 needn’t apply. Ha ha, I just wrote down some of the possible signs that may apply to you. We are afterall extremely unique. πŸ˜‰
      Warm regards,

  17. Lauren April 14, 2018 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    so, I guess I’m an artist then.

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 1:40 am - Reply

      Hey Lauren,
      Yes, you are. πŸ˜‰
      Lots of hugs,

  18. Lauren April 14, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    According to this I’m a natural born artist, but I can’t draw anatomy. Any tips?

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 1:41 am - Reply

      Hey Lauren,
      I’m no expert either. You can do two things, buy a book or take a course. Do what feels best to you. πŸ˜€

  19. Himanshu Nahak April 14, 2018 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks for reaffirming the artist hidden within me! I really love your illustrations and funny day to day situations! Thanks for making my world colourful. πŸ™‚

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 1:42 am - Reply

      Hey Himanshu,
      That’s so cool! πŸ˜€ I’m glad that you were able to confirm what you doubted. Thank you so much!
      Super cool hi five!

  20. K.Pollard April 14, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    I realate to basically everything on this page and you should also be an author or write more of these amazing pages!!

    Love your art so much and your instagram reminds me of me as I have curly hair that won’t listen or do as I say!

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 1:44 am - Reply

      Hey K.
      Thank you so much. <3 I am really worried about social media. I feel something is going on and it won't last. So I'm writing and trying to build a solid good engagement on my website, just so Stray Curls doesn't cease if Instagram dies one day. Ha ha.

      And curly hair is nonsense that way. πŸ˜› It never listens to me either.

      Hugs and kisses,

  21. Gwen April 14, 2018 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this article! I’m currently in my first year of university/college, trying to figure out my strengths and find careers that will suit me.

    I only saw myself in a couple of points at most, which probably means I’m not a natural born artist. Everyone else in the comment section seems to have some kind of artistic aptitude, so I thought it’d be worth sharing my experience as a non-artist.

    I throw away almost all of my doodles immediately after they’re finished because I only use them to help me visualize imaginary things and concepts. I never show them to other people, and a classmate (who studied art in high school, unlike me) once said β€œif you show us your drawings, we’ll help you improve and become more confident so you can share your art with even more people!” Call me selfish, but I’m simply not inclined to express myself in that way.

    Those who ARE natual born artists really do have a special gift. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing your gift with us!

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 1:49 am - Reply

      Hey Gwen,
      That’s super awesome. But hey, I want to share something with you. Just because you don’t share your art with others, or don’t feel like letting others in on it, doesn’t mean you’re not an artist. Being an artist, means that you have a skill and you unleash that skill be it a dance, singing, or just doodling.
      The fact that you value it so much or want it to be your own, proves that you love doodling. You are an artist. And it’s totally not selfish.
      You can do different things. Heck I designed websites and logos before I took up illustrating. And you can always doodle on the side. It’s totally upto you. <3
      Let me know if you ever want any advice, and I'll be glad to share it with you.
      Lots of love,

  22. Sripriya April 15, 2018 at 4:50 am - Reply

    Amzingggg!! Well am not an artist but I could relate this article to one of my family meber
    I am really a big fan of your illustrations ❀️

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 6:08 am - Reply

      Hey Sripriya,
      Thank you so much. You should definitely send it to her/him. Maybe it will help! πŸ˜€ And you’re very sweet.
      Oodles of hugs,

  23. Tania April 15, 2018 at 5:40 am - Reply

    Great article! I loved it and it’s all so true. One thing I’d add is an addiction to ‘To do’ lists. I have them everywhere πŸ˜€ Can’t wait for more. x

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 6:05 am - Reply

      Hey Tania,
      Thank you so much! Ah, the To Do lists. Undoubtedly a BIG sign. But a lot of people love to-do lists. Not just artists. And also, not all artists are organized. I know quite a few who love to get things done without having to plan a thing. It needs to be spontaneous for them. πŸ˜€

      More is coming up!

      Lots of love,

  24. Priya April 15, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Hi Angela,
    I can totally relate to this. The 9th point was a surprise to me because i didn’t know there were people like me. I always start something new and never finish it whether it’s a book or an artwork. I thought i was lazy to complete it but now i know it’s not about laziness. Thanks to you.

    • Angela Vaz April 15, 2018 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Hey Priya!
      Oh no! It’s totally, totally normal to leave projects unfinished. Haha. It’s not laziness. We’re just bursting with ideas so it’s natural to want to start doing something new.
      Lots of love,

  25. Shruti April 15, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Hi….i love all your comic illustrations.
    I am really confused.. i love painting.. and doing creative stuffs.. but being a software engineer i dont get much tym to follow my passion..
    I really wanna make my passion as my profession but have no clue how and where to start from or what to do exactly..nothing..
    I am not happy with my current software job as i have no satisfaction in that.
    Kindly help me to get away from my confysion amd problem.

    • Angela Vaz April 16, 2018 at 4:14 am - Reply

      Hello Shruti,
      Thank you so much! Okay, I have just the thing for you. The best way to learn, is online. You don’t need to take expensive classes or buy so many books that you don’t know where to start. Join Skillshare. I’ve been there for over a year, and I’ve learned marketing, drawing, and so many other things that I didn’t know. I have a yearly membership. They have a special offer of less than a dollar for 2 months. In these 2 months, you can go through several classes and learn what you have to.
      I hope that helps. Keep some money aside before you do decide to quit your job and start working on your passion. If you’re passionate about it, you will start making money. Job satisfaction is an absolute must. And I know the feeling of not being happy and wanting to do something else. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be glad to help.
      Lots of love,

  26. Geoff (aka @lwcomics) April 15, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Must admit a lot of this rings true, especially finding it difficult to finish things and being self critical. I must admit though I personally don’t need a specific private place to create in. I quite often draw in the break room at work, or with my children at home. I enjoy being artistic, though as all my work is intended as comedic I find myself uncomfortable with calling myself an artist and normally call myself a creator – but that always feels a little cowardly.

    Anyway, loved the post, and love your work πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

    • Angela Vaz April 16, 2018 at 4:21 am - Reply

      Hello Geoff,
      Finishing things is really hard. And embrace being an artist and creator. It’s a positive change that will reflect in your life and work. πŸ™‚ Trust me.
      Thank you so much.

  27. prakruthi December 19, 2018 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    I love drawing and illustrating. I have a small journal of my own and I have always been doubtful whether am I a good artist or not but this blog made me realize that I am one.
    I just love all your blogs, the way you give these side links to sites and courses! you are amazing and very inspiring!

    • Angela Vaz December 20, 2018 at 4:12 am - Reply

      Hello Prakruthi,

      Oh my! How lovely that you love drawing and illustrating too. Of course that makes you an artist! πŸ˜€

      And aren’t keeping journals simply wonderful? I am nearly done with my current journal/diary and I can’t wait to start in my new one. πŸ˜€

      Have you tried the free trial of Skillshare yet? Because there are loads of courses that you would like on it! πŸ˜€

      Lots of love,

  28. Jane Mary January 9, 2019 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Hey Angela!
    My name is Jane and I am a 13-year-old artist from Kerala.
    I found your website through Pinterest while I was searching for Journal Ideas and I just loved your website so much!
    I was so thrilled to see this post of yours, and as soon as I saw it, I clicked open and started reading from the top.
    I can’t believe that I’ve noticed most of these signs in me! OMG, especially the love for collecting beautiful stationery and the pain of giving away my artworks! (especially for the class magazine!!!)
    My ambition (also one of my biggest dreams) is to become a Graphic Designer at Pixar Animation Studios.
    I’ve subscribed and loved all of your articles so much!
    Thank you so much for sharing! <3


    • Angela Vaz January 12, 2019 at 3:04 am - Reply

      Hey Jane,

      Wow, that’s super amazing! Yes, most people who love keeping notebooks and journals, and love writing and drawing are natural born artists. πŸ˜€

      I wish you all the best with your dream. Never stop designing. πŸ™‚

      Lots of love,

  29. sheshe February 5, 2019 at 11:50 am - Reply

    you were speaking directly to me. it took me years to start painting, I always drew on paper but one day I picked up a paint brush and the rest is history. now I am fighting what type of painter am I it’s like you said I am my worse critic

    • Angela Vaz February 12, 2019 at 3:49 am - Reply

      Hello Sheshe,

      Thank you so much! And your story is really beautiful. That feeling of creating art is almost incomparable to anything else I’ve ever felt. And the feeling of finally finishing a piece is indescribable, don’t you agree? πŸ™‚

      As for being your worst critic, take courage. We all feel that way. And it’s such a good thing! Because it allows us room to improve! πŸ˜€

      Lots of love,

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