There is a lot of skill in the art world. Many talented inventors appear to have a natural capacity to think up beautiful things and bring them to life. It sometimes feels as if people are either born with an intrinsic artistic bug or they aren’t. That’s how good the artwork is. How important is a skill in learning an art form? Is it a skill that can be improved upon if someone lacks creative talent, or is all hope lost?
With the correct training, materials, and dedication, anyone can learn to be an artist, even if they lack natural creative skill. It will almost certainly require more effort than for someone who is a natural artist, but art can be studied and developed upon just like any other ability.
Don’t worry if you’re an aspiring or developing artist who is disheartened by a perceived lack of artistic talent. Even the most accomplished musicians have been in your shoes. Let’s take a look at what it means to be artistic and whether it truly matters.
Art is a Skill Like Any Other, Period!
When it comes to talent, every one of us is dealt a unique deck of cards. Some of us have a natural talent for sales; others have a natural talent for science; and still, others have a natural talent for art.
Accountancy, Advocacy, Dentistry, teaching, writing, and painting are just a few of the skills you can learn. They’re all skills, and no one is born with expert-level ability to perform any of them. We all go to school, pursue our passions, are influenced by our parents and society, experience some ups and downs, and end up in the workforce with a portfolio full of talents that we will utilise in future jobs.
Even if we’re naturally gifted at something, that doesn’t mean we’ve invested the time to learn how to do it. There are also abilities that we are unaware of. Maybe I’m born with a natural talent for unicycling, but I’ll never know.
Let’s be clear: talent DOES have a role in how our lives unfold. We have more opportunities; we are aware of our competitive edge, and we are able to make different decisions about how we spend our time. When we have talent, it provides the impression that we are superior to others at whatever skill we have. However, talent isn’t everything.
We sometimes mistakenly believe that intrinsic talent is the issue when, in fact, it is hard work that prevents many people from developing their artistic abilities.
Art is actually a lot of Hard Work
You already know that art takes a lot of time and effort if you’re reading this. It isn’t simple. We’d all be good artists and spend our days painting murals on the sides of buildings or something if that were the case. Even for those with skill, art is difficult.
Talent, in my opinion, is the foundation. Our foundation may be stronger than others when we have a talent for a certain ability. It’s as if we’re starting from the second base rather than the first. However, we still have work to do to complete the remainder of the bases and get to home plate.
Even people with the most incredible artistic skill put in a lot of effort. The distinction is that these folks may learn art methods more rapidly and have fewer difficulties bringing their idea to life. Talent may aid in shortening the learning curve and accelerating their progress.
When you consider skilled artists, you’ll notice that they work full-time to perfect their trade. Consider how much time and effort you devote to your own profession. While talent is important, it is ultimately about putting in the effort.
Unless we’re professional artists, none of us commits as much time to our craft as professional artists do. It’s simply not possible. We, on the other hand, are comparing ourselves to them. We compare our work to theirs and try to figure out where we went wrong. We would never do something like that with a doctor or a financial planner.
Yes, those with artistic talent have a stronger foundation, to begin with, but the hours and hours of practice they’ve put in to improve their skills must eventually be accounted for. Artists put forth a lot of effort to get to where they are now.
However, there is one key component of skill that makes the difficult effort a little easier.
We enjoy doing things that we excel at.
When we’re gifted at anything, we’re told how good we are at it for the rest of our life. It feels good to be praised. It feels fantastic to look at other people’s work and see how much better ours is.
We like to do things we excel in, which implies we’ll automatically put in more effort.
Having artistic ability brings with it the benefit of good comments. Even if learning talent is difficult, the effort is worthwhile since it is backed up by a track record of success.
There is a sense of assurance that the talent can be learned and mastered. Consider how I was able to flourish in Chemistry without even aware I was practising math. It’s possible that if I’d known all about the math ahead of time, it would have shattered my confidence and made me nervous about how I’d perform.
Talent isn’t everything, after all. Talent establishes a solid foundation and contributes significantly to a person’s confidence in a talent. This can make it easier and more motivating for someone to put in the effort necessary to refine that skill and maximise its potential.
So, whether you have talent or not, what should you do if you don’t have the time to devote to honing your artistic abilities?
Art a day , makes you perfect
Make a commitment to do a little art every day.
Most of us don’t have the time that most professional artists do to devote to their art. But that’s fine! Just because we have busy schedules doesn’t mean we should abandon everything and binge-watch a new Netflix show. Even if we don’t have as much time as we wish we did, any skill can be developed.
The consistent practice has a direct impact on my art capabilities, as I can attest. I’ve gone long periods of time without doing any art and couldn’t even draw a circle. No one would ever claim that I possessed any artistic ability at the time. But, once I committed to an hour of practice per day, I was able to improve my talents.
It makes no difference if you have the artistic ability. Even if you only have 10 minutes a day, use those 10 minutes to engage in intentional and consistent art practice.
A Note :
Keep careful track of your progress. When you’re working every day, it’s difficult to see the path from point A to point B. Take a look back at your previous works of art to see how far you’ve progressed. This will assist you in maintaining your motivation to continue working or honing your artistic skills on a daily basis.
Forget about ability. You cannot change whether or not you have talent. What you can change is your work ethic. So, get out there and start putting in the effort.