Becoming a self-taught artist – It doesn’t matter where you start

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Some motivation and encouragement for those wondering if it’s possible for them to learn to paint and draw. Forget about your fear and your doubts and just get to work. My first experience with drawing was at an age when most people are already professional and my results were those of a child that you’d advise to maybe try a career in sewage design instead. I hope this sketchbook full of failure now serves to inspire you, in which case it is art πŸ™‚

A lot of people are no longer considering traditional art schools as viable options for training, for others , like myself, it’s not even an option because of financial circumstances, logistics or for whatever other reason. Becoming a self-taught artist is becoming a more and more popular choice, the obvious drawbacks of course is that you’re taking a leap of faith and you’re starting without the benefit of a seasoned mentor to guide you through the process… That’s not all bad though, for me that has become a great self-development tool, but I do think that everyone needs to see that something is possible before they fully commit. I’ve spent loads of time seeking out other people who have taught themselves and have also tracked the progress of many professionals over the years and have found patterns of improvement that are universal. I hope this video helps to motivate you to make that leap of faith easier and to make you pursue your calling with less fears and doubts.

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Thank you!


  1. mrbilodeau says:

    Hello Volen,

    I really appreciate the postings and motivation of your blog. I’m aspiring to become a concept artist and still have a long ways to go. But watching and hearing you gives me hope. I’ve taken art in high school and a few classes in college but really still have problems evolving my works past copying from reference pictures. I’d love some advice from you on my works and how I could improve my skills. Here’s my portfolio:

    It’s not all my works but just the digital ones I’ve been working on over the last 4 months.

    My artist friends say I should take more life drawing classes but I never really find them very helpful since I had taken them in college and in high school. Any thoughts on what I could do or how I could improve my skills? (Besides practicing of course)

    Anyways keep up the great work and videos!


    • Volen says:

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks very much for the nice comment, thank you for watching the videos and reading the blog, I’m very happy to be able to help πŸ™‚
      Would you mind if I answered your question and showed your work in a video? I think a lot of people might be interested in the same topic. It won’t at all be about critique so no need to worry about me saying anything, no judgement I promise, it’ll be general principles and just some ideas about practice πŸ™‚
      Thanks again.

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