Quick post for some aspiring artists like myself:
If you don't know what the title means, it basically says "You're greater than me"
I get a lot of emails, snapchats, and messages thru every other social media platform asking the same question "how do I become like you?" Now I get the question is directed towards "How do I gain a little more success" and not "I'm gonna kill you and steal your identity" but there's one thing you have to realize if you want to succeed in this business. BE YOUR FUCKING SELF.
I know I probably sound like an asshole for saying that, I'm not trying to deny you advice (check my other blog post for random articles) but art is about finding what your work means and ultimately learning about yourself. Also, the art world is quite possibly the weirdest business in the world, so giving you exact advice on what helped me may not help you, it may make things worse.
While I know (from personal experience) a lot of times you start out and you're doing dumb ass commissions and things that make you want to stick a pencil thru your neck, you have to do your own work. Everyones always trying to be like someone else, find out what that person is doing, when in reality you're wasting so much time because you'll never be them. But they'll never be you and thats what art is all about!!!! No one pays for your work and says "Oh I love it!! It looks just like blah blah blah's work!" THEY PAY FOR YOU AND YOUR VISON! Some people hate on celebrated artists like Jean Michel Basquiat or Jackson Pollock but THEY DID WHAT THEY WANTED! They never tried to be anyone else, that's what makes a great artist. Awareness of self and confidence to show it.
I know it's scary trying to find your own style/confidence, but art is just like any other job. It takes work. It takes 25 failed pieces or 50 actual paintings to start to get comfortable and figure out WHO YOU ARE. It takes hours and hours and experimentation and failure and everything under the sun to get to that point, but it's totally fucking worth it.
At the end of the day you waste too much time trying to be other people. Being you will always be greater than being me.