There was a free Creative Talk event not far from my place so I dragged my friends along and we attended. There were four speakers: Abbey Sy, Alessa Lanot, Tippy Go, and June Digan. All of them are acclaimed artists from the Philippines with a huge following online.
The talk got me more motivated to pursue this art career of mine. It may be unconventional and different but these speakers are proof it is sooooo worth it!
Here are some photos I took of their presentations. I only used my phone to take them but I hope they will still inspire you!
At only 23, Abbey was the youngest speaker. At her young age she is already an acclaimed letterer and bestselling author who has collaborated with popular brands like Havianas. I made sure to listen to take in everything she said about finding your passion. I’m at awe with what she has accomplished and she’s just my age!
Alessa Lanot of Life After Breakfast
Alessa balances her art career with managing several restaurant businesses. She talked about the importance of creativity. Sometimes it’s not how good you are with art that matters. It’s the ideas that go behind it. Want to do something original? Her tip: pair up two random things that don’t normally go together and make something out of it. You’ll get unique results.
Tippy Go of Googly Gooeys
I’m a fan of the Googly Gooeys blog and I look up to Tippy. I just love her art style and playful color palette. In her talk, she discussed that it’s important to have your own art style. I like how she emphasized that following trends isn’t the answer. Making genuine art is what it’s about.
June is an acclaimed watercolor artist and letterer with a huge following online. I enjoyed listening to her tackle on her art process and also with balancing life with a day job.
The Q & A Portion
Here are some questions that were raised and the answers that were given by all four speakers. I’ve rephrased and summarized them for convenience.
1. I’m a Jack-of-All-Trades. I can do a lot of things but I do not excel in anything particular- they’re all equal to me. What do I do and how do I focus on a field if I want to do them all?
Take advantage of your skills. Work with them in such a way that they would compliment each other. For example: if you’re into photography, calligraphy, and watercolor art take advantage of them all. Make mixed-media artworks and take a photos of them. They’ll come out more interesting that way compared to simple computer scans.
However if you do that, you would still need to put more importance to some fields than the others. The overall goal is to have only two main fields to prioritize. If you still aren’t sure, just keep working with them all and you’ll eventually figure out which art field you like to work on the most.
2. I’m a beginner. Is it important to have high quality art materials? Will they help me be better in art?
Art materials are expensive so buying artist-grade quality wouldn’t make sense if you’re not looking to pursue art for a long time. Start with cheaper but still good materials. Do some research. Then once you get the hang of it, you can slowly work your way up.
Also take note that brands don’t function the same. The expensive ones are priced that way for a reason. Experiment and buy different brands to see what works best for your technique. A cheaper tip would be to have art meet-ups with friends so you can compare and try each other’s materials.
3. My parents don’t approve of me pursuing an art career. Do you have any advice for that?
A lot of artists have this problem so you’re not alone. Take note of this: Your parents only want the best for you. It’s not that they don’t care about you- in fact, it’s likely they’re proud to see you accomplish things even in the art field. It’s just they want you to have a financial stability.
The solution for their doubting is for you to prove them wrong. Work hard and show to them that you can make money off of what you love. It’ll pay off.
4. I’m older than most people here. Is it too late for me to start an art career? How do I break into the art field when there are so much younger, talented artists out there?
First of all, you’re thinking too much about this. You should change your mindset. Pursuing an art career shouldn’t be about the fame. It should be about doing what you love and making money out of it at the same time. There is no right or wrong age to start.
To start off, make art that you truly like. Don’t copy trends if you’re honestly not interested in them. Being genuine with your art is important. People will know if you’re just in it for the fame. Once you start putting up your genuine art, keep doing it on a regular basis. People will eventually notice and you’ll get an audience. Yes, there’s a possibility you may not reach a super high level of success but it all comes down to this point: you’re doing what you love and you’re earning from it. That is an accomplishment in itself.