Here's some advice for all you emerging artists out there who keep asking me, “How do I get noticed when I'm just starting out?”
You should try everything. At least once.
Join all the online art communities and social media sites you can. Seek out open calls for emerging artists from art galleries, exhibitors and art magazines. Enter all the art competitions you can find. Exhibit your work in online exhibitions. Submit your work to your local art associations and committees.
You will learn a great deal from doing these things. You'll start to get noticed.
Pay nobody to show your work! There are so many “pay to show” art sites around nowadays. They're scams. They are not worth the time of day nor your time, your energy or hard earned money.
Don't think “maybe this is my big break” or “who knows who I might meet” or “the exposure!” The chances of any of those things happening are about as close to zero as you can get. The problem with almost all of these “pay to show” sites is that the only people who ever visit them are like you, emerging artists.
If an online gallery really wants to promote you then it's because they believe in you and can sell your work. These galleries will show your work for free.
Yes of course they take a percentage of the sale proceeds but only after your work SELLS!
Create something every day. Even if it’s just a drawing. This will keep you ‘in the groove’ and stimulate the creative part of your mind. I produce something creative every day, normally scribbles in Photoshop but at least it's something.
Try things that are outside of your comfort zone. Like painting sunsets? Try painting a pop art portrait, or something surreal or abstract. Have you always painted BIG? Then do something small. Think Fabergé egg, create small as small can go.
Finally and most importantly.
Always remember you are not like any other artist, not in style nor in technique. Appreciate what you have done so far, as an individual. Look at your progress.
Have vision. Look at your art. Look at where you are. As an artist.
Your mission? To get where you want to go. So start planning.
And that's right.....you are amazing, believe in yourself.