There are so many ridiculous statements out there about who is not a real artist.
You’re not a real artist, if you look at references: See this post for my thoughts on that topic.
You’re not a real artist if you don’t have a BFA or MFA.
You’re not a real artist if you’re not only an artist.
You’re not a real artist if you don’t grind your own paint, stretch your own canvases, make your own paper, etc.
None of the above things are required to be a real artist. You don’t even have to make to be making money from your art to be a real artist. I personally don’t have an MFA, I use references 99% of the time, and I buy prestretched, preprimed canvases.
So what is required to be a real artist? Well, do you take your art seriously? Do you do it as often as you’re able, whether or not that’s every day? Do you strive to make every piece the best you possibly can regardless of what style you’re working in? If you answer yes to all of these questions, then I think you’re a real artist.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife