How To Be The Best Art Student

Art by Tanner Garlick!

Art by Tanner Garlick!

What is the best way to get better at art? Well, one way is to become a better art student 🎨💪😅

One of our listeners wrote in and asked what is the best method to continually improve as an artist, especially when you only have a couple hours a day to devote to your craft. So in the latest episode of our podcast, we talk about avoiding the common traits of not-so-great art students (Part 1), and how to get the most out of the classes here at SVS (Part 2).

Here’s the overview:

Part 1: How To Be The Best Art Student

  • Don’t just go through the motions and get an art degree, really apply yourself and focus on creating a solid portfolio. Your portfolio is what will get you work.

  • Don’t rush through your work, or take too many classes at a time. Really learning takes time, and speeding things up won’t help you improve any faster.

  • Don’t worry so much about creating your “vision,” especially early on as an art student. Learn the fundamentals first and be open to what your instructors are advising you.

  • Put in the pencil mileage. You need to put in the time to get better!

Part 2: How To Get The Most Out Of Our Classes

  • Don’t just have the videos playing in the background. Really watch and do all the assignments! You need to put pen to paper. Watching is not doing.

  • Really evaluate your goals as an artist. This will help you figure out how much time and resources to devote to your craft.

  • Participate in our Forum! Post your work, ask for critiques and see how people respond to it. And be specific about what you want critiqued.

  • We know sometimes it’s tempting to just bingewatch a bunch of classes, but slow down and focus on just one class at a time.

Extra credit (hear the details at 17:08): Draw the animal version of Lee, Will and Jake and share it with us! Hashtag it #3PPspiritanimal so we can check it out!

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Lee’s spirit animal 😂 From Giphy