10 Beneficial Things Artists Should Ask Themselves

These questions were posted by Imaginism Studios on DeviantART.

Here's 10 important questions to ask yourself. Read them constantly as a checklist to make sure your are heading in the right direction and using your artistic potential.

1. What motivates you to create art? Write down your answer and think about how you can use this very important information.

A: Now there's an excellent question I'm not sure I know the answer to. Before body art, it was self-expression. Nowadays, I find myself working out of blind ambition and the dire need for income.

2. What kinds of information have you been putting on the internet? The internet is the new resume. If I can find dumb pics or comments from you then other people can too...

A: Lol! I think I untagged most of the awesome high school pictures. I try to flood the internet with my work. Flood is probably a good word for it, I've got a profile everywhere. I try to keep a good bit of "me" mixed in there too. Serena Star just wrote an awesome blog about censoring yourself in the name of good business and our perception of normal. Is Maturing the opposite of Growth?

3. Does your art express something interesting? Great art means something to its viewers, not just its creator.

A: Oh, I think they're finding it interesting.

4. Does failure push you forward? How you deal with failure will determine how skillfull you will become.

A: Amen! Everyone has had a good "Swing and a miss" ...or two...or five! They all don't have the balls to admit though.

5. Do you enjoy arguing or flaming people's work? If you are the type of person to hate on others, it will come back to you. Especially with the internet and all the social networking.

A: Don't ever write something expecting people not to read it. I can't say I enjoy arguing or flaming people's work. If I run into a D-bag on the interwebs I have a tendency to walk away...or just delete their comment. Not dealing with it.

6. Do you try out new methods/materials/subjects that might be uncomfortable at first? Success is inevitable if you always choose to believe "It is my obligation to try."

A: Yep, back to that whole "Swing and a miss" thing again.

7. Do you have a strong purpose or goal? When you have a purpose, you stand by it. Something special happens when you show an undying drive to achieve a goal.

A: Uh, no...I guess I'm missing something. :(
I can't find a direction for body art and I haven't seen a direction anyone else is going in that I care for. I don't believe in charging for knowledge and I'm not real crazy about painting mobs of kids.

8. Are you open to meeting new people and hearing others opinions with an open mind? Your heart & mind are the gates to success & happiness. Keep them open or miss out on great opportunities.

A: Definitely.

9. You can either let your environment shape you or choose YOURSELF to be who you want to be. The body & mind can be shaped into almost any type of person you wish to be. You just have to train it through persistence & constant search for knowledge. (*I started to be "good" in art when I decided to be extremely serious about it.) What kind of person do you want to be?

A: I'm not sure. I suppose I'd like to be a successful, independent artist and some sort of role model. Like, someone that people look at and go, "Look what she did with nothing."

10.Do you constantly think about your goals? The best way to accomplish a goal is to have it on your mind all the time. Keep thinking about it until you obtain your goal. I'm not the first to say this one but I can't emphasize it enough.

A: I'm not sure what my goals are except to be successful which is kind of vague. I really want to be published but I have no idea how to pursue it.

I want to be able to come back to these questions a few months from now with better answers and perspective.

Have fun with these, I think they're great brain prodders.

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