Street art has been around as long as humans have been making marks on walls. As a result, this art form is both timeless and provocative, from the first cave paintings to the modern pieces you find in high-priced galleries.
But there are some key things that every artist needs to use if they want to impact their work, whether through protest or whimsy.
So here are five resources for street artists to help enhance their work.
Street art is all about pushing boundaries, and one of its most visible signs is the creation of new hubs. While you can push these boundaries on your own.
A support system where you can share ideas and help share the workload of promoting your work will make all the difference.
So if working alone seems impossible, consider joining one of these lists. There are many well-established groups, and new ones seem to pop up every day.
Find a group that shares your interests in art or street photography and you will find yourself surrounded by like-minded people.
2. Strong Internet Presence
Getting the word out about your art is the most critical part of making it famous. But, unfortunately, it’s also a lot of work, especially if you’re doing it all yourself.
So to make it easier, find an artist who has helped you by linking to their work on sites like Behance or buying their work from other street artists.
The good thing about having a strong online presence is that your work will show up on other artists’ websites, bringing more attention to you.
3. Good Skillset and Character
Street art is an artistic medium, and as such, you will need specific skills to produce solid pieces. Your main tools are your hands and your mind, with a dash of imagination to help you out if you need to.
A good artist needs the following three things: understanding form, knowledge of materials and how to work them, and practice. A lot of it. Not every artist has the skillset right off the bat, so you might have to take classes to get better.
Change The World
While street art can be used for nefarious purposes, it can just as easily be used to protest injustice and make the world a better place.
To do this well, you need to have a strong sense of what is or isn’t evil. Unfortunately, many artists feel that their work is worth more than its monetary value.
It’s what gets them out of bed in the morning, and it’s how they change the world. So before starting a new piece, think about why you are doing it and what ideals you are hoping to inspire. This is the key to making your work great.
5. Developed Portfolio
Another thing you need to make your work look great is a decent portfolio. This one isn’t quite as important as the others, but it puts you ahead of most other artists out there.
For most people, this is where inspiration comes from, so having an impressive body of work will help sell your pieces.
But how do you do this?
Begin by making sure that all your work is easily accessible online, and encourage people to visit your websites.
You also want to have a plethora of different kinds of work that helps showcase your artistic talent.
Everything ranging from outdoor murals, portraits, and landscapes are just a few key pieces of any artist’s portfolio.
So keep an updated blog and an active Twitter feed. And be sure to sell as much of your work as you can.
6. Gallery Representation
If you want to make it big or even make a living off your art, you will need to get gallery representation. When people think about street artists, many of them think about Banksy.
He is one of the biggest names in street art, and he has brought it into the galleries and museums.
If you want to follow in his footsteps, you will need to start small and build up your reputation over time or be very well known already.
Still, there is always a place for a good artist, no matter your situation.
Making a name for yourself in the world of street art can be difficult, but with these tips, you should be well on your way to becoming one of the best.
If you have the desire, passion, and skillset to create great work, you should find a spot in the world of street art.
Whether this is a hobby or a way to make money, there are few things better than seeing your work on the streets and being immortalized in history.
I started the road of photography, repairing some film cameras. But soon I've realised that I need some knowledge on how the photos are formed inside the camera. This road is tougher than I thought, but life is always a learning experience, and I am hoping that you could join me in this wonderful world of photography.
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