How to improve your art

Every now and then I get an email or pm asking me for advice from younger artists.

I remember vividly when I was at that stage of my art career and snatched up every possible information that was available on how to get better at your passion - art.

As this might be relevant for others, I decided to make my latest answer public. It might help you or you might have read the same answers a thousand times already. Either way, enjoy!


On 18 Apr 2017, at 09:21, Olivia S. wrote:
Hi Julia
My name is Olivia S.
I am currently in year 12 and doing my HSC body of work for art and I am painting patterns and similar works to yourslinking back to how emotions can be used through colour and patterns. I was just wondering if there was any tips you had for me to know on how I can improve my art skills and ideas ?
It would be appreciated if you could send me an email back .

Kind regards
Olivia S.


Hi Olivia,


There is no magic tip other then what I am sure you must have heard a thousand times. I know I have 😂


1. paint. A lot! It does take you 10'000+ hours to be a master in your craft.

2. paint what you like. Not what you think others might like.

3. make sure to take breaks and be kind to your body.

4. surround yourself with like minded positive people online or offline (I call that my Mastermind). You need someone to talk to when times are tough.

5. read about other artists, watch biopics and documentaries. Adapt what you liked and disregard what you didn't like.

6. upgrade your art supplies. Slowly evolve from student to artist grade paints and canvases. Better quality pigments and cloth make a difference!

7. have fun.


That's all I can think of right now. Hope it helps and much luck to you Olivia!



Julia Badow

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