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Why You Should Still Be Experimenting

Sat Jun 28, 2014, 12:00 PM


    As we began our trek into the world of art most of us spent a decent amount of time experimenting to find our niche.
    But for many artists, once they find their place and style they often stop listening for any other callings.

What Exactly do You Mean by "Experiment".

    Trying new things - of course we should experiment and text our tools, that's one of the first steps to becoming an artist in learning what you're working with and how to use your resources and tools to produce the best outcome for your art. What this article is about however is going outside your style and technique. 

Why Should You Experiment?

    Experimenting is a crucial part of learning. It's also a giant piece of expanding, improving and adding to what you already have. Imagine if the first thing you created was all you ever did. I'd be taking photo after photo of the sunrise: two problems with that are I'm not a mining person and that'd get really boring, really fast - for all of us. 
    Whether you decide to stick with the same media [i.e. a poetry trying prose] or completely switch it up [a photographer testing out painting], both can be beneficial to you as an artist. 

1. Learn Something New

    Especially if you're sticking with the same medium - but stepping outside your boundaries you are opening yourself up to new possibilities. Different styles and areas of art offer a focus on different lessons - for example photographing people taught me more about shadows and lighting that I was able to carry into nature and still life photography as well. As you move back and forth between two or more areas, you find how to mix techniques and create or improve your style.

2. Add Diversity 

    This is an important one, especially if you're trying to make art your career. Sure your specialty, let's say earrings may land you a job or sale but if you can make bracelets, rings and necklaces as well into your business it creates more opportunities for potential future customers - such as if I find a pair of earrings I really like and you offer a matching bracelet I'm likely to buy the set. Same with using different styles - if you only have one style that varies slightly from the last I'm not likely to come back for more - but if you have different styles and I like your work I'll be back. 
    In business; art related or not, expanding your abilities and adding diversity into your work is extremely helpful, if not necessary to making it work for you.

3. You Don't Get Bored

    Personally, this is a big problem I face myself. I find something, fall in love, get bored and never return. When you do the same things over and over it's easy for it to grow tiresome and almost forced; causing some to grow bored and walk away.
    Boredom is the perfect time to start trying new things, especially if you want to try an entirely new medium. You may find you have a passion, drive and desire for other types of art - as a traditional artist may you'll try out digital. Or maybe you want a complete change so as a writer you take up some type of artisan craft. However you want to work it, trying new things is what makes life interesting. 

4. It's Fun

    Whether you're finding a completely new interest or just changing up your subjects and style - change can be exhilarating and fun. Even if it's something you only do once or twice and never come back to - it's new and maybe you'll take something from it with you - if nothing else you had an experience. 

5. What Have You Got to Lose?

    Seriously. So your photo doesn't come out, you story is terrible and your cupcakes look more like squashed bugs than roses. Other than that, really what have you got to lose from this? So you're not a poet, you'll continue buying jewelry from easy and you're left with the question "can you burn canvas at a bonfire?" that's fine too. 
    Or maybe - you realized you love baking. Painting is the most blissful and relaxing thing ever. Maybe that short story you wrote has a break from your drawing routine has a lot of potential. 
    The whole point? Was it fun? Did you learn something? Did you get inspired, find an interest or get an idea? Perfect! Then experimenting worked perfectly for you! :heart:



This article was written for Community Week at projecteducate  




Why you as an artist should still be experimenting with your art... whether you're a professional, ameature or hobbyist. 
Written for Community Week at projecteducate 
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Interface Designer
One of the most valuable life lessons I learned as an artist. :D Thanks for sharing :clap:
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014   Writer
:highfive: Great article!
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   General Artist
Thanks :love:
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Thank you! Very encouraging! :clap:
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   General Artist
My pleasure :heart: thanks for reading!
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Windklang Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
True story - you speak from my heart (do you say that in english too?)
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Mintleaf13 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student General Artist
I love to experiment, Im currently sewing, writeing, and drawing/painting/coloring :) Love your article! 
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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Excellent article ;)

I would recommend every artist to take it even further than new artistic disciplines. I have lost count of how many times I have drawn on other practical skills: electronics, carpentry, brick laying, gardening, welding ...even science experiments.....all teach us different ways to look at the world and how it can be manipulated and these skills can all be transferred to our art. 

Having ADHD means I get REALLY bored, REALLY quickly so I am constantly switching and changing things about to stop me stagnating and it is a great way to work if you can cope with frequent changes. I am always ready to get up and go into the studio and have never really suffered from artists block in any serious way and I put this down to the amount and frequency of experimenting that I do.
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JessicaKingstone Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I completely agree. One of the best things about being an artist is you can try out so many things. I think there are very few art forms left now that I haven't tried, and each one has given me knowledge that I call on now in my main art stream, so even if you think it's not relevant, that knowledge will always stay with you and you never know when it'll come in handy ^^
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HannahMahna Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student
An awesome article! And I agree, experimenting is paramount to leading an exciting, artistic life. 
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Jetfreak-7 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
I agree! I never realized the value of depth of field until I went crazy with it!

That and overusing lens flares to an annoying level.
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PanzerFlight Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Oh, it's about art... 
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PercyPo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I thought this kind of stuff was obvious? Even for beginners...

Well, at least for me it was.
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Kirimimi Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
thank you , I think I'm not afraid anymore to change a bit my style ; v ; 
I get bored very quickly xD
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StarklyIce Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you a lot for all of these "Project Educate" posts!
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Demyier Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Artist
This is so true
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nosugarjustanger Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
I like the article. People should venture out of their comfort zone and do something new once in a while, just to push the envelope further. 
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Javier1971 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree with it.
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pulbern Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Great article!!! :eager:
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Rick-TinyWorlds Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014   Photographer
Well said, I can just second that!
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I'm guessing it's supposed to say "Etsy" in the following line: "you'll continue buying jewelry from easy"

Other than that, great article :) I'd say though, one thing you could lose from experimenting is your motivation. You try something new and it doesn't work, so you think "why should I try that again" and shelf it. When really, it's a good idea, but just needs refinement. 
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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
...or you could look at it from the other side of the equation and ask "Why didn't that work?" ;)

When I am experimenting I always keep in mind that every piece of artwork has to go through the 'this is crap I'm going to throw it' stage. It is one of the hardest things I had to learn when I was starting out, but you have to make yourself work through it. Initially it may not work out exactly as you would like and you may still want to toss it....don't. Critique it, pull it apart...but be fair...note down all the good points and the things you have learned from the effort...then you can throw it if you must. I would keep it to keep a track of progress until I am way beyond that point and then either toss it or reuse it in a mixed media piece ;)
It is also good to keep in mind that we learn more from our mistakes than we do from getting it right first time and not be afraid to try :D
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Oh indeed! I just thought I'd play devil's advocate and offer an opposing opinion :P
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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
lol
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ConnyDuck Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Inspirational article :meow:
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ElyneNoir Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done :happybounce:
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