ο»Ώο»Ώ How to be a Confident Artist and keep Drawing - Stray Curls
It is important to be confident as an artist, because if you don't believe in your art, who will? Read these simple tips to be more confident, beat procrastination, become secure with your art and keep drawing.

Do you find it difficult to be confident as an artist?

In this post, I will talk about how you can become a confident artist and keep creating, no matter what the obstacle. Let’s begin.

What exactly is confidence?

Confidence is a strong, wonderful feeling you get when you know who you are; no matter what the environment. Confidence is a beautiful feeling because you can be a daisy in a field of roses and still not feel different, ashamed or shy.

Confidence is a beautiful feeling because you can be a daisy in a field of roses and still not feel different, ashamed or shy. Click To Tweet

Why is it important to feel confident as an artist?

It is important because even when everything is against you, you need to be the driving force to push yourself forward as an artist and make things happen for yourself. Otherwise, you will get nowhere.

If you don’t believe in your art, who will?

When I was a child, my confidence booster was my mother. She pushed me to face my problems (even when I was perfectly comfortable hiding behind her skirt) and she instilled courage in me to find a way out of HUGE fixes.

As artists, we can be extremely vulnerable and insecure about our art. This could lead to us missing out on huge opportunities just because we feel we’re not good enough.


READ MORE: 10 SIGNS YOU ARE A NATURAL BORN ARTIST

I know a lot of lovely artists on Instagram that create art for free and don’t want to sell their artwork because they feel no one will buy their work. But this is not the correct way to grow as an artist.

This lack of confidence will not only lead to procrastination but also self-doubt, anxiety and eventually depression. Don’t go down that rabbit hole.

In this post, I share 10 ways on how you can build your confidence as an artist.

1. Write down your goals, each day.

This is the first little step you have to take to build your confidence.

I have a beautiful Rifle Co 2018 Planner that I use everyday. I write down all my mini-goals each morning when I wake up. Whether it’s creating a new item for my shop, or creating a new service to sell to my clients, or completing pre-existing work, or posting on my Social Media, I write it all down.

If I spend 5 hours a day working on client work, I leave 2-3 hours aside to work on my personal projects. And when I finish a certain task, I mark it as complete. Simple!

At the end of the day, I feel extremely satisfied seeing that I’ve accomplished so much in the whole day. This helps me think clearly for the next day.

Having an organized plan, helps you become more confident. Thus, enabing you to take on bigger projects. Because you realize that you’re capable of taking care of all the little things.

Why?

The proof is right in front you of course, in your Planner/Notebook.

Whenever you’re feeling down or dejected because you feel you don’t do enough as an artist, sit and read your Planner/Notebook. You’ll realize how much work you’ve done each day and I guarantee you’ll feel better.


READ MORE: 35 THINGS TO DO IN YOUR BLANK NOTEBOOK

2. Keep long-term goals.

This point is almost like the first, but equally important.

Write down your long-term goals. They help you move toward something. And moving toward something means you don’t feel like you’re stationery or not doing anything. It helps increase your productivity because you know where you’re going and you will start doing things to get yourself closer to that goal.

And when you know you’re moving toward a goal, you become more confident because your goal becomes your priority.

Keeping mini-goals and long-term goals have really, really helped me evolve as a person and as an artist. Whether it is a certain income you want to achieve or a career goal like I must sell 10 art prints by the end of the month, write it down.

Aside from just writing down your goals, keep a track of them. When the year is over, look through your goals and see how many you were able to accomplish. This not only fuels your confidence as an artist but also inspires you to be consistent.

It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. πŸ˜‰

3.Β  Get over the Imposter Syndrome.

Imposter Syndrome can be defined as the fear of feeling like a fraud and constantly having an overwhelming feeling of self-doubt.

Understand that everybody makes mistakes. Making mistakes is crucial if you want to learn something. You cannot get everything right the first time. Nobody does.

The only way to learn to ride a bike, is to try riding and fall a couple of times till you get it right, right?

Similarly, you have to draw in order to become better.

By allotting a little time each day to work on a personal project, you are taking the first step to overcoming Imposter Syndrome and becoming a more confident artist.

In my eBook, I talk more about the Imposter Syndrome, Fear of Perfection, Fear of Rejection, etc. and how to deal with those fears in step-by-step process. Read more about it here.

4. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.

Ugh. Just don’t.

Your art is yours. You cannot (and should not) compare your art to other artist’s.

That’s just wrong, yo.

Everyone has their own reason for creating art, their own style, their own motivation, and their own creative-blocks.

Comparing your art to another artist’s will just make you feel low. Who knows how many years they’ve been practicing? Or how many hours she/he struggled to get to that art style that you’re now admiring?

If you have to compare, compare your art to your own art 6 months ago. I lurrrrrrve doing this. Because I realize how much I’ve grown as an artist. As a result, I feel very motivated to keep going and become even better.

Have a little patience. Give yourself time to grow. No one is quite happy with their art when they start drawing. And that’s a good thing! Because you’re ready to learn and practice more. And more practice results in better art.

5. Kick procrastination in the butt.

I may be the Queen of Procrastination. So, take it from me when I say that I know it’s not easy to stop procrastinating, but it’s pretty doable.

Sometimes we don’t have motivation or inspiration, and sometimes we just feel we’re not good enough so there’s no reason to keep creating.

There may be a 100 reasons to procrastinate, but find at least one to create.

Motivation will not come most of the time. You have to sit down and force it.

Focus on why you’re creating and open your book and draw. Even if it’s rubbish, don’t let it bother you. Just keep moving that pencil. As you draw, you’ll get more ideas.

If you’d like to learn more, take a peek at my eBook where I discuss all these issues and how to combat them.

6. Fight your negative voice and take chances.

Do you remember the last time you wanted to try something new? But something was holding you back? Was there a little voice in your head telling you, “No! You are entering uncharted territory. The outcome is obscure! What if you mess up? What if you make a fool of yourself? Retreat, now!”Β  Learn to ignore that voice (unless you want to kill someone, then by all means – please, please listen to that voice) and take chances. Life is too short to live in your comfort zone. Learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Say yes to collaborations with other artists when your heart wants to. Say yes to opportunities that come your way. If a company wants you to work on a project, say yes. They wouldn’t be approaching you if they didn’t like your work.

Don’t say no, because you feel you’re not good enough.

Your negative thoughts are your biggest vice as an artist.

Which brings me to my next point.

7. Don’t deny getting paid for your work.

I know a lot of artists who refuse to be paid for their work.

If a company approaches you and asks you to create something, don’t think, “Maybe I’m not good enough to charge, so I guess I’ll do it for free.” No. Charge for your work.

Getting paid will give you the confidence you need to create more. You don’t have to work for free. You want to take art seriously? Then, make it your goal to earn your living by being an artist!

By charging for your work, you will look confident and people will take you seriously as an artist. Otherwise, they’re always going to believe that art is just a hobby for you.

8. Cherish compliments graciously.

You aren’t being modest if someone is paying you a heartfelt compliment and you shake your head.

No.

It shows you are insecure and have low self-esteem. Accept compliments graciously with a hearty smile and show people you have a strong and solid self-esteem.

If someone is praising your work, it means they really like it. There are a few art pieces that I’ve created, that I’m not entirely happy with. But there are loads of people who like those! And if they praise me for it, I’m not going to say, “Nah, it sucks.” I’m going to smile and say, “Thank you! I’m so happy you like it.”

A little positivity can go a long way. Be confident and trust yourself.

Everyone’s tastes are different. And what some people hate, other people can’t get enough of.

9. Don’t ever stop learning.

I cannot stress on this enough.

I may be an artist but I don’t know everything.

I don’t know every technique in Photoshop and I’m pretty sure if you give me watercolors and ask me to create something, my art will look like the backside of a cow.

But hey, I am willing to admit my strengths and feats. And I am willing to go the distance to become better and grow as an artist.

I joined Skillshare last year and I love to take online classes and learn different methods of creating Digital Art. I’ve tried a few websites but this is one that changed my life as an artist. I learnt how to use a lot of tools in Illustrator and Photoshop and it’s amazing because I can watch the videos whenever I want. If you click this link (or click on the image below), you’ll get a 2 month FREE Membership of Skillshare and you can take unlimited classes in those 2 months! Be it photography/art/marketing, you name it!

 

 


Just the other day, I took Gabriel Picolo’s Class and learnt how to study poses and get better at drawing character’s poses.

And I cannot recommend it enough! I learnt so much and I love being able to sit on the couch with my dogs while watching the class on my iPad. Grab a 2 month free membership here!

The more you learn, the more confident you become. It goes hand in hand.

10. Don’t ever forget why you started.

I think the best way to become confident as an artist is to remember why you started. There are times when I’m low and don’t feel like drawing anymore. There are days when I wake up with self-doubt and say to myself, “Maybe I should have been a dancer.”

We all have those days. You’re not alone if you sometimes feel like giving up.

So, instead of giving up, I take a few minutes to breathe or do something relaxing and I try and remember why I started.

You could have several reasons.

Repeat this every time you want to give up.

“I wanted to be an artist because…

  • I love drawing (or)
  • I want to make a name for myself in this field (or)
  • I want to change the world with my art (or)
  • I want people to feel art, etc.

Reminding yourself why you started will motivate you to keep going and in no time, you’ll be feeling confident again.


READ MORE: 10 THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE BECOMING AN ILLUSTRATOR

And now, we’re at the end of another post. I promise you, that if you follow at least five of these tips, you will feel confident as an artist in no time!

So, I ask you, what has been your biggest confidence boost till now as an artist/creator?


Save

Save

Angela Vaz
Angela Vaz
Angela is a 25 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.

30 Comments

  1. Neil says:

    You should do a post about how to market yourself since you seem to be pretty adept at it 😊

  2. Bethany Willshire says:

    Can you do a comic on people being rude on music choices you have and you being sassy back πŸ˜‚

  3. Jess says:

    Hi! I think this was a great blog post!

    Next time, maybe you could address how can a beginner artist who is trying to sell their work know what websites to use to sell. There are so many sites where you upload your work and they put it on items to sell. Which site is best? Is this even a good idea? What about shipping out your own original work? Shipping costs and all that. Is any of that worth it? Or should all you work be sold digitally as downloadable art?

    Is it better for an artist to be good at various things or excellent at one thing?

    How can one go about marketing themselves? Especially on social media with so many people doing kind of the same thing, how can you stand out? Everyone says β€œpost regularly and consistently,” β€œhave a style,” β€œinteract with people”……. but, okay. What if you don’t know your style? What if you like doing many things?

    Thanks so much for your help!

    • Angela Vaz says:

      Hey Jess,
      Thank you so much. Your questions are really interesting and I’d love to answer them. So, here goes:

      1) I know for a fact that RedBubble and Society6 are good places to sell your work, especially if you want them printed on mugs and tee shirts and so on. As far as I know, they handle all the printing and shipping themselves.
      2) But if you’re printing your own work or going for Digital Printables, I’d suggest Etsy. I want to make a post later that talks about starting a shop on Etsy and promoting yourself there. In fact, I’m planning on starting an Etsy store just to sell downloadable art in the coming future. If however, you’re selling prints, then you have to set the shipping rates. I think Etsy does that for you. It calculates based on the country. I’m not sure though. Either way, there is an option of setting this. Your customers have to pay the extra shipping fee.
      3) I cannot answer this question with certainty because I myself do loads of different things. I have a blog, I make comics, I handle my Patreon account, and I’m managing my store. It’s a lot of work but it’s loads of fun. If you’re talking about art-styles, then I’d say it’s good to experiment in the beginning, but once you find your art style, it’s best to stick to one. This is because people will be able to recognize your art and know it’s you from the very beginning.
      4) This is a very, very, very big answer and I’m afraid I can’t elaborate on this point in this comment. As an artist, there are loads of ways to market oneself. The key is to experiment and try everything out till you find the one place that you’re comfortable with and actually works for you.

      Not knowing your style is totally okay. When I started, my comics looked very different. They were black and white and weird. And then I started filling them only with blue. My art has evolved over the months, and it’s totally okay to experiment till you find your art style. πŸ˜€

      Please let me know if you have any further questions and I’ll be more than happy to help!

      Lots of love,
      Angela

  4. Tarang 'Viper' Pal says:

    Topic I’d suggest, “why dogs are the best!” πŸ˜ƒ

    • Angela Vaz says:

      Hellooooow Viper,
      I’d absolutely love to talk about why dogs are the best. But you do realize that this blog is about creativity? Right? πŸ˜›
      How are you? Long time no see. I miss Clash of Clans.
      *puppy paw wave*
      Angela

  5. Ananya says:

    Hey Angela would love to see a blog post about budget art supplies for traditional as well as digital artists:-)

    • Angela Vaz says:

      Hello Ananya,
      That’s a very good idea! I’m definitely going to make one. Regarding traditional art supplies, do you mean just sketching? Or are you looking for supplies for painting/coloring? Do let me know.
      Digital Art Supplies, I have a few good sources that I think you’ll love.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

      • Ananya says:

        Well owing to my style I meant painting/coloring but I believe ur diverse followers would love to hear about sketching too πŸ™‚

        • Angela Vaz says:

          Hmmm, that sounds really nice. I am not too familiar on painting, so I’ll have to research a bit before I discuss those products. But I know quite a few for sketching. I will definitely look into it and let you know. <3
          Lots of love,
          Angela

  6. Adwitya says:

    Hello Straycurls!
    I love your comics and blog posts. You know, so much enrichment. Keep it up! Can you perhaps do a harry potter comic?
    Love xx

  7. Diana says:

    I think my biggest confidence boost when it comes to art is that I do it for me. I have really bad problems with anxiety and often times I feel selfish if I do anything for my self. Art is the only thing that I can do where I don’t feel guilty about making something that makes me feel good or happy. I hope that makes sense. Thank you for writing this post, Angela! I really needed to read something like this.

    • Angela Vaz says:

      Hey Diana!
      It makes perfect sense. Your hobby is supposed to free you and make you feel better. And I love drawing for the very same reason. I’m so glad you loved the post. πŸ˜€
      Have a beautiful day!
      Angela

  8. Abhilasha says:

    Great post as always! ☺️ We have already had a long chat on making a career transition and entering the creative fields after doing a degree in something completely unrelated to art. Your tips actually helped me a lot so a post on that would be great for others out there who don’t know how to risk it πŸ€—

    • Angela Vaz says:

      Hey Abhilasha,
      Thank you so much. I think that’s a wonderful idea. I’m so glad you guys are giving me so many inputs. It really helps me understand what you want to see on this blog. πŸ˜€ And I will never run out of ideas!
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  9. Cam says:

    Hi!!!! I love your art!!! Could you possibly do a comic on siblings?

  10. Sowndharya says:

    Hey Angela!
    Can u do a segment about how curly hair people shower? Does it get in their way? I have no idea.
    P.S I’m an Indian girl too!

  11. Pooja says:

    Hey Angela!! Great post! I think I’d maybe like the next post to be about how to get rid of art blocks that visit a bit too frequently in an artist’s life. Like you’ll be feeling all hyper energised and ready to draw but then your brain just decides NO. How to overcome it and the ways to over come it. Being a tiny comic artist myself at @momo_tales I find it so hard to get ideas constantly popping into my head.

    • Angela Vaz says:

      Hey Pooja,
      Oh, art blocks come and go for every artist. I will definitely make a post about that eventually. You guys gave me some really good ideas! πŸ˜€

      But the best way to get ideas, is to write them down whenever it happens. I get most of them when I’m in bed about to go to sleep. I write them down in my Notes app and work on them in the morning. It’s very easy to forget those ideas.

      Also, just keep drawing. I’ve made a lot of doodles that I never really turn into comics because I think they’re rubbish, but by drawing, it will inspire you to make more. And more is always better!

      Lots of love,
      Angela

  12. Vanessa says:

    Hey Angela,

    Great Post, Think it should exist more stuff like this, life sometimes is a struggle and we all should never forget how great it can be!

    • Angela Vaz says:

      Hey Vanessa,
      Thank you so much. I really want to answer every question a beginner artist could have. It’s my way of giving back. I’ve learnt so much in this one year, and I really want to be able to help as many people as I can because I feel this field isn’t sought after due to the difficulties faced in earning as an artist initially.
      Let me know if you have any questions. Still looking for loads of ideas!
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  13. Nidhi says:

    I guess you should post about how to find your own unique style while drawing like character or any other thing, especially for budding comic artists or artists in general, that would be a huge help. And also, how to market yourself to others if you don’t have money to promote your artwork. How to get recognised basically.

    • Angela Vaz says:

      Hey Nidhi!
      Finding your unique style takes a lot of time. I guess, I should share some tips on that. πŸ˜€ It will be so much fun.
      I’m currently working on a post that teaches artists how to use Instagram to their full potential. πŸ˜€ I hope that helps. I intend on making more posts soon.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial