Other than “keep practicing,” how do I improve my art?
Set short term and long term goals.
Recognize your automatic pilot and the plateau.
Build in periods of experimentation.
Style doesn’t develop overnight. Jackson Pollock
Try everything! Be a restaurant critic and sample everything that exists.
Former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni’s memoir “Born Round”
Mentioned: mezzotint, lithography, intaglio printmaking
Make a series
Your style will keep evolving. Alberto Giacometti
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Portfolio Video Critiques for Art Students & Artists
Prof Clara Lieu offers 30 minute video critiques on 8-20 artworks for students working on a portfolio for art school admission, and for artists of any age working on their artwork. Watch a sample below, and get more info here.
Every month, we assign a topic for you to respond to with an artwork. We give out prizes in several categories, and post select submissions on our Instagram and other sites throughout the month. Use #artprofwip and Prof Clara Lieu might just stop by and give you some feedback! We have a special prize for art teachers who assign the Art Dare to one of their classes. More info is here.
Ask the Art Prof Live was a weekly live video broadcast on our Facebook page where Prof Clara Lieu provided professional advice for art students and professional artists. Ask the Art Prof began as a written column in 2013 and was featured in the Huffington Post from 2013-2015. See the full archive of columns here. Prof Lieu discussed being an artist today, art technique & materials, work strategies for artists, career advice, teaching art, and more.
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#5: Starting Art School, Avoiding Cliches
#4: Oversaturation, Brainstorming, Beginning a Series
#3: Personal Themes, Never Too Late to Start Drawing
#2: Aches While Drawing, Professional Artwork vs. Student Artwork
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