How to be a Successful Portrait Artist!
Portrait artists can become successful once they have acquired the relevant skills at capturing the likeness of the model in front of them and these new skills take time to absorb and this is partially due to having confidence in their skill set. Portrait artists are always a popular commodity in that many people like to have their image captured in the more traditional ways of oil, water-colours or pencil rather than merely having a photograph taken.
If you aspire to be one of the successful portrait artists, it is worth taking note of the following steps:
- To be one of the popular and busy portrait artists, it is essential that drawing portraits becomes second nature and an instinctive process rather than one just based on the techniques which have been learned. Along with this instinctive process should be the ability to really be able to see the main characteristics of the model.
- Many of those drawing portraits regularly will market their abilities in locations with a wide diversity of tourist interest. Sitting at an easel in a busy town centre or on a busy coastal path will be sure to capture a great deal of interest from those passing by. It is important that the artists have a great deal of confidence in their abilities as people are naturally curious and may wish to watch the artist at work.
- Artists must be quick when drawing portraits as well especially if taking requests from the general public whilst sat in a busy area. Pencil drawing would be a likely medium at this point but it is worth the artist having business cards and brochures to hand out to those people who may consider having a portrait done in oils or watercolours in the future.
- For those artists who are confident and keen to expand their creative abilities and take on more work as a professional, then it is important that they have a website built professionally and advocate rates and examples of portraits on the website. This may bring in some additional revenue as well as the ability to learn more about the craft of drawing portraits.