wikiHow to Discover What Type of Artist You Are

There are many different forms of art out in the world, such as sculptor, collage, drawing, and painting to name a few. Everyone is an artist - it's just that not everyone knows it yet. Here are some steps to help your artistic discovery.


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    Consider starting a collection first. It doesn't sound like much, but it can lead to all other forms of art. Start by collecting things that appeal to you visually. This can include stamps, business cards, trinkets, wrappers, and pictures. Collage them together so that they can be rearranged as you come up with new ways for each piece to fit. Try pinning them on a wall or bulletin board or arranging them on a table. When you want to try other forms of art just look at your collection. If you notice that you seem to have a lot of bright colors, maybe you will want to try painting or drawing with bright colors. If you notice that you have many people in your collage, then perhaps sculpting or portraits may interest you.
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    Try different styles of drawing. This could involve drawing an object several different ways: with pencil or with pen, by taking your time or by doodling it quickly, and by experimenting with colors and shades. Once you find a method you enjoy, stick with it to improve technique and work in new ideas to improve creativity.
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    Think about photography as an option and try shooting around with any camera you have available to you. Experiment with layout and composition and with different subject matter, like landscapes or objects or people. Explore different color combinations or black-and-white settings, and if photography turns out to be your thing, consider upgrading to a camera with many variable options. Try out digital photo-manipulation if you want to add a little something more exotic than what you can find to shoot.
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    Explore the world of painting. Consider different ways to paint, including splatter paint, realistic painting, surreal art, and creating your own style. Sometimes painting can be quick, as when you are inspired, and other times it can be very time-consuming when your imagination is at a stand-still. White paint was invented for a reason - just consider it white out for an impressive essay; your brush is your pen to make it even more amazing.
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    Consider sculpture. Experiment with different materials you can use - clay, wire, yarn, and various combinations. If you are carving something, be prepared to spend time and to make mistakes - after all, you are creating something 3-Dimensional. Sculpture can be one of the harder types of art to start with, especially if you are working with stone or marble.


  • Public art is a good way to display your art to the world, just realize that it will be abused by nature and spectators as time wears on. Also - make sure you have permission to put your art where you do!
  • You don't have to dress wildly to be an actual artist. If you produce amazing creations, people won't care what you look like.
  • Take what talents you already have, such as sewing, and apply them to your art (maybe by creating a portrait made completely out of fabric?)
  • Follow one of the most common practices artists do: Make your art about something you know. Do you have a vivid memory of your first lemonade stand? Stage a picture in the likes of your past with new objects to bring it new life.
  • Practice makes perfect!
  • Do some research by visiting galleries and museums to get inspired!
  • Many things can be considered art forms - from cooking, to modeling, to miming. This article covers more of the physical things, but don't let that stop you in finding who you are.


  • Artists don't generally make very much money (Van Gogh sold only enough to count on a single hand) so don't quit your day job just yet. Let your art grow as a hobby until you feel you are ready to take it to the next level.
  • You will get frustrated with yourself if you mess something up or see that someone is better than you are. Instead channel that negativity into your projects.

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