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How to Become a Professional Artist? 6 Steps Towards Professionalism

"Are you an amateur or professional artist?" is a question that frequently carries a lot of hidden weight regarding your level of talent, commitment, and even financial success. 

However, the dynamic development of the artistic spirit may hold the key to the solution rather than an organized description.

The artistic journey grows on the fuel of passion, practice, and purpose and beyond classifications, much like a flower blooms.

In this article, we’ll go through some signs that your art career is actually developing.

Read on to know more…

Signs You’re Moving Forward Towards Professionalism:

Of course, you can never be in the same place you were 2 years ago for example, unless you’re not practicing. 

 Here are some signs that your artistic journey may be leaning toward professionalism:

  1. The Value of Art: Your identity is linked to your work, which is more than just an enjoyable hobby. You make time for yourself first, spend money on tools and supplies, and actively look for chances to exhibit your work.

  2. Building Connections: Creation doesn't happen in a vacuum. Through showing, selling, networking, or interacting with the art community, you are actively creating connections between your art and the rest of the world.

  3. The Art Industry Business: You are aware of the commercial aspects of being an artist, including pricing, marketing, and dealing with the law and the art market. You view your work as a possible source of revenue in addition to your passion for it.

  4. Resilience in Grow: You don't let the disappointments and rejections that accompany any artistic project break you. You endure, pick up lessons from obstacles, and work tirelessly to develop your skills.

How to become a professional artist?
How to become a professional artist?

The Beauty of Growing in Your Artistic Journey:

The road to professionalism is more complex for artists. The fertile ground of amateurism, where the joy of creativity grows without the pressures of external acceptance, is where many artists develop. 

The following signs show that your creative expression is taking off in the amateur world:

  1. The Joy of the Process: You enjoy the process of creating art and your creativity is driven by the act of creation, the combination of colors and textures, and the process of experimenting with techniques. The result is not the main goal; rather, it is an extra benefit.

  2. A safe place for your soul: Your artwork is a haven where you can express yourself and explore your creativity without worrying about what other people think or what the market will accept. Basically, It serves as both a haven for your soul and an area to explore whatever going on in your imagination.

  3. Constant Learning: You need to attend workshops, try out new techniques, and draw inspiration from other artists' work in your constant mission to learn and develop as an artist. However, human curiosity—rather than the need to achieve financial success is what motivates this learning process.

  4. Sharing Your Growth: Even if you’re not selling your artwork, you still get pleasure from showing your artwork to family and friends, getting involved in community art initiatives, and generally adding to the originality and beauty of the world.

6 Steps to Become a Professional Artist:

So now that you already can define that you’re on your development journey. Learning requires patience, practice, and dedication, and not just in the creative field. 

We’ll go through 6 steps to becoming a professional artist along with professionals' advice:

  • Create a routine: It is critical to create a routine for yourself to practice your skills. You have to make time daily to work on your skills. You don’t need to start with practicing for an hour daily, instead, start with a simple 5 minutes a day and then increase the time. 

  • Choose your niche: you can’t start practicing every niche out there. You need to pick a niche, that will allow you to stick to a certain medium, and that way you will be a professional in time. According to Skillshare instructor and ink and watercolor artist Yasmina Creates “I have personally tried almost every medium out there and only by physically trying them did I find out what was my favorite to use,”.

  • Connections matter: building a network is extremely important. You can find fellow artists on social media networks or through specialized platforms.

  • Find your style: first, you need to explore your style, what you’re passionate about, what you enjoy creating the most, and how you feel when you’re doing it. Skillshare instructor Nikkolas Smith says: “I think if you have something extremely important that you want to say, put it out into the world, put it on the web,”

  • Showcase your art: don’t forget to create a portfolio for your artwork and always update it so you can show it to fellow artists, buyers, and whoever is interested in art. 

  • Build a social presence: social media has become a necessary part of our lives. You need to build your social profile on social platforms especially the visual ones like Instagram and show the world your art. That way you will feel both, joy and it will give you the chance 


Learning is an ongoing process, and failure doesn’t mean the end of your artistic journey. Make sure you’re always open to new experiences, meeting new people, and getting inspired. 

Just a simple advice, find your style and lose yourself in it! 

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