Do you want to know how to be an artist? I can tell you in one easy step. Make art. That’s it.
It doesn’t have to be pretty. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to have a plan. Just create something. Follow your heart.
Paint by numbers doesn’t count. Copying something doesn’t count. Both are training, sure. Both teach you how to use the materials. That alone is half of learning how to be an artist.
But to create art, you have to create. You have to make it up and make it happen.
What is in your head won’t be what happens at first. Just like learning how to do any skill, creating art isn’t easy at the start. You’ll stumble and wobble.
Just keep making art anyway.
Every day, make a date with yourself to make something. After a few weeks, you’ll start seeing real progress. After a few months, you’ll start getting really good. You still won’t be an expert, and you’ll probably try some new technique you aren’t good at or suited for.
That is fine too. Keep making art. That is all there is to it.
If you want to be an artist, just make art.