Is it possible to learn painting by autodidact and achieve the same level skill as learning painting in the academic of art?
Yes! it’s possible when you put yourself to work on it. Even tho, there is no person who actually really really self-taught in learning something. But! to become a ‘self-taught painter’ is a choice, your choice.
As I’ve learned so far if you aim to become a professional artist/painter. You just can’t learn it by only practically.
You also must be willing to learn all the art theory and the histories too. Just like people who learn at academic school. You must willing to “suffer” just like the way they did. The difference is you do it all by your self.
“To perceive is to suffer.”~ Aristotle
Is it that hard, to learn painting by autodidact?
Yeah, it’s hard, but anything that comes from passion should break that ‘hard walls’ if you trust and believe in yourself.
That’s why as an autodidact painter I want to share my experience on how to break the walls and successfully achieved whatever art skill you want to achieve.
I am here not meant to share how to achieve success in the financial context. Because to become financially successful as a virtual artist in this era of the internet. Is depends on how you put the effort and of course a little some of “luck. I don’t believe in luck, I believe in hard work.
Okay, this is a few things that I’ve done (I always do) on how to learn painting by autodidact.
Practice makes perfect
Since a long long time ago, this phrase is used as a mantra for anything if you want to become proficient in the field you are in. And in painting is no exception.
By doing an everyday practice like sketching/drawing, the color study is not only training your skill but also sharpen your intuition.
“”A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” ~ James N. Watkins
My best tips never wait for inspiration to come just sketch everything that interesting around you eg. your cat/dog, a pair of your shoes, etc. Just draw anything!
Take advantage of the internet
We are the lucky generation, in the past before internet exist people who want to read about art have to go hunt to library or book store to get the information about art history, the theory of art, how to paint with oil, acrylic, watercolor, research what the right gears need to buy, etc.
Nowadays, you can easily read all that stuff right in front of your computers/smartphone screen for ‘free’. If necessary, you can also buy an ebook.
Sometimes words aren’t enough Youtube is one great place for visual education you can find a bunch for ‘free’ painting lesson and to find a DVD lesson you wanna purchase, if necessary.
Learn from the old master you love
The first old master I obsessed with is the great Leonardo DaVinci, and the first touch of realism in my ‘soul’ was by his legacy. Not aspire to become as genius as him, no! I am not as ‘genius’ as him I wish I was but ha ha ha but sorry for disappointing you, I am not.
But one thing for sure, I did learn the foundation of realism from his legacies.
And the journey continues, I also become obsessed with Rembrandt, Vermeer, William Adolphe Bouguereau, John Singer Sargent, etc. Not only realism, but I also love impressionism and romanticism old master.
Okay! what I mean here is find an old master that represents a painting style you want to achieve. It’s can be a great motivation for you to develop your skills.
Hang out with painter/artist
Just having a conversation with fellow painters is a good way to share knowledge and experience and sometimes a good ‘argument.’
If you can’t find one at the place you’re live, once again use the advantage of the internet. You can find them easily on all social media.
Only seeing their works in your home feed is more than enough than just conversation. You know what I mean …
Don’t be afraid of criticism
Even the old master deal with critics in their life and even when the has died. So never be afraid of criticism whether it is bad or good, accept all as motivation.
Yeah! sometimes you will face with sarcastic critics in your early works, that’s okay! just be clever to separate between people who criticize you in purpose to lift you up and just to take you down.
Just ignore the destructive peoples, but remember that not all sarcastic critics are destructive.
Learn from the mistake and keep going on!
You can get motivation from anyone but the best motivation is self-motivation, if you don’t have it, outer motivation is useless.
Outer motivation perhaps makes you feel like ‘on fire’ for some moment but without having self-motivation it will fade away.
So! have faith in your self, believe that you can believe that all the effort is worth it in the end.
That’s what I did to boost my self to learn art and painting by autodidact. I am still on my journey to achieve my artistic goals. But I hope this post can help you who want to learn painting by autodidact like my self, stay motivated.
In art or any kind of profession, talent has become a cliches things without hard work, passion, persistence, and patience.
Talking about ‘self-taught’ I think there is no one actually can really learn something by their ‘self-taught’. Because in fact, you still need to learn from others’ experiences to become self-taught.
So in art or any field of profession, self-taught is just an idiom. That’s my opinion.
So, if you have any thought about this topic please feel free to leave a comment below
Thanks! and keep yourself boosted!
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