"You are talented!"
"You are an amazing artist. I wish I could do this."
"That is so neat! If only I could draw."
But, I always feel mildly sad when I hear these phrases too. Somehow, I feel like artists are placed up on pedestals. I don't like pedestals. I want others to feel like they can be great at art too. I want to jump up and exclaim, "You can be an artist with me! You can do this!"
I was a normal kid. I started off drawing big-headed, goofy-looking stick figures.
I loved coloring in my My Little Pony coloring books. I got in trouble for scribbling on walls.
I do clearly remember, though, the day my 7 year-old-self "decided" to pursue art.
It was a bright, sunny day. My mom, who had gone to art school, kept her college portfolio hidden under her bed. I knew this, so I snuck into my parents room, sat indian style on their floor, reached underneath the bed, and dusted off that giant old portfolio. I thumbed through all of her drawing and sketches, and I sat in awe.
With a dusty sketchbook in my lap and sunlight pouring down on me, I remember thinking,
"This is amazing. I want to do this too. I know I can do this... I'm going to be an artist."
And that's my first "tip" here on my blog:
Know that you will probably stink in the very beginning, no matter what you pursue. :) Everybody does to some extent.
Believe that you can. Keep going!