HOW TO CONFIDENTLY STAND OUT IN YOUR MEDIUM.
Do you ever feel like it's pointless to create art because there are so many other people who work in the same medium as you?
I experienced this a few months back when hand-lettering was all the rage (or is it still, idk.) I found myself LOVING lettering, don't get me wrong, but I felt so drowned amongst my fellow letterers and it was an easy spiral for me to think that my work was pointless to create at all.
I know it's easy to look at others who are in a similar niche with you and think that you're not needed.
But you are.
And there are a few simple tricks that you can use to be sure you're not copying (even inadvertently) those around you.
Let other mediums to inspire you.
If your entire Instagram feed is full of hand-letterers, then your lettering is going to be subtly influence by them. Try following a potter, an acrylic artist, or a talented photographer. Use their lines and colors and the flow of their work and interpret those mediums into your work.
Envision how your piece would look with the vibes of a totally different style or medium. This will help you create something that is totally your own because of the process you'll go through turning concepts over in your mind.
Get inspired elsewhere.
If you're concerned about blending in with every other artist in your medium, go outside of the traditional arts to find inspiration in nature, in architecture, and in people.
Use this time outside of yourself to really discover what you love and what you want to bring to this world. Then, without opening up your phone or a magazine, go make art.
Work on yourself.
I love this quote by E.H. Chapin, "Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward thing we are."
Do good in your work. Art that comes from desperation has it's place, but it's work that comes from a place of deep meaning, belonging, and peace that truly attracts people.
Let your work flow from within you, even if you have to dig deep. There is so much to be cultivated in you and when you let those parts shine, your work shows it.
Try something new.
At the end of the day, you cannot mimic someone else well, so you would be much better off working on developing your own talent and starting to push boundaries within your own medium and skillshare.
Most people can smell a fake, so don't let your vibe and your business be lesser because your settling for a sad copy of someone else's work.
Build your own pieces. Develop your own skills. Keep your head down and your eyes forward and you will not fail in standing out in your own medium.