Developing a Professional Artwork Series
If you are looking to become a professional artist, there are several lessons you will need. However, perhaps one of the most important is how to create and develop a professional series of artwork that represents you as an artist and your work. You may already know enough to begin such as your niche and your media. In this article, we will discuss how to decide what to create and how to develop a complete series to present to the world. These tips and steps can be used for all medias of work from sculpture to painting.
- Create A Story
Your story as an artist is important. This aids in the way you create and the way you present your art. For your first professional series, try to create a story or a theme. Your work should all be cohesive and share a common idea. For example, you may want to focus on ocean scenes or trees as the seasons change. You may want to focus on surrealism or landscapes in general. You may want to create sculptures of people or sculptures of your interpretation of landmarks. Whatever you decide, make sure it is meaningful to you. Whatever is meaningful to you can be translated to the viewer.
- Who or what is your subject?
Your subject goes along with your theme. Once you decide on a theme, you can decide on subject matter. For example, a painter who decides to paint a theme of landscapes may decide on a certain landscape as the subject such as cornfields or wildflower fields. Your subject should stay cohesive in all of your pieces and should help in telling your overall story. If you paint portraits, perhaps you can focus on the elderly as a subject or the young. This may open doors to new subjects you never thought about which in turn helps you to grow as an artist into new things.
- Save What Speaks
Have you ever seen a photo online that spoke to you? Or have you ever sketched something that you knew you just had to paint? These are all potential concepts. A concept is the overall idea of your series. You can pull from these concepts, add your theme and your subject and suddenly you have a complete story to tell. As you are working on your series, try to save anything that speaks to you. These things can help you create new works based on your overall concept.
- The “Feel”
Perhaps one of the most important parts of creating a piece of artwork is the feel of the piece. Now that you have found your overall theme, subjects and concept, you can start with the feel of the works. Will you paint in large brushstrokes or small? Will you use dark colors or light colors? Make some sketches of your ideas and pay close attention to patterns and similarities. Which of these can you play on to create an overall feel or emotion to your series? Your work will have emotion and it is important to convey which emotion you wish to show.
- Think On It
Once you complete a work after considering all of these things – think on it. Don’t touch it, just look at it and examine it. Take a few days to ponder it. As your emotions change throughout the course of a few days, you can reevaluate the work. Does it need any changes? Make those changes and finish the work. It is important to take the time to understand your artwork for yourself before presenting it to the world.
- Finish Up
Once you complete a final work, you can work on the display. Your group should be shown in the same way. If you are framing your work, make sure all of the art is framed accordingly. There is always room for creativity and variations. However, make sure your work is cohesive to one another. Once you are finished with the other works in your series, set them up. Put them up next to each other as if they were being professionally displayed. Did you achieve what you wanted to achieve? Does the series tell an overall story? If there are any changes to make, make them now. Once you are happy with your overall series, you are ready to present it.
Creating your first professional artwork series is exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. However, if you follow your creativity where it takes you and these easy steps, you will have a professional body of work in no time.