What are the skills that I need in an art career?
I'm mostly interested in drawing, water color painting, and sculpting. A topic that I'm passionate about is art. What are some career that requires past experiences and what are the best option that can help me in my future career.
It's great to see that you're interested in a career in the arts. Some of the main things to consider are what kind of art specifically? Art is a diverse field and can have a wide range of different specialties: fine art, advertisement, graphic design, industrial design, fashion, illustration, children's books, video games, film, television, etc.
Since you mentioned sculpting and watercolor it seems that perhaps fine art might be more appropriate. Although one thing to note is that if you have a strong foundation in the arts, you will set yourself up to be successful in a wide variety of art related fields. Having been an illustrator in the video games industry for over 15 years I have worked with artists with very diverse backgrounds: trained sculptors who paint digitally for a living, 3D environment artists who started out in quality assurance, comic book artists who also work in video games. So yeah, even if you begin by exploring one particular discipline just know that it could in directions you'd never thought of before.
So to answer your first question, make sure that you have strong fundamentals: color theory, composition, perspective, anatomy, aesthetics, design, etc. Make sure that you take courses especially in areas in which you are weakest. Draw, sculpt, paint, create art every day, even little doodles in a sketchbook are fine. They don't all have to be masterpieces.
The next best thing to do is to figure out where your passions are aligned with a career. Work with your college to see where there might be internship opportunities for you to try out and see what those careers are like. Having an online presence is great but it's not likely that people will just contact you out of the blue and offer you a job. Use online platforms to help with your technique, receive critiques, and talk to your peers. But if you know what you want to do then you will be able to focus and direct this passion and energy towards that goal.
With that being said, keep an open mind. Art is about creativity and finding paths that you might not have thought of before. Have a goal in mind but don't be afraid to take some time to explore what else might be out there. I know that this sounds like a lot of mixed messaging but believe me, they all work together in the long term.
I hope that you find a path to spark your passion. Good luck!
Andy recommends the following next steps:
All of the advice previously mentioned is excellent. One additional skill I want to suggest is getting comfortable with communicating about your work. No matter what path you take, it is always a really important skill to be able to present your work and tell the story. Whether you're presenting a portfolio, pitching a design for a project, or are showcasing in a gallery, people want to know the process that led you to the finished piece. What inspired you? Why did you make certain decisions? If applicable, what did you learn and how will you apply it to future pieces? Customers and clients enjoy knowing the journey of a piece, and in many cases it becomes a major selling point that convinces them to buy or hire you.
A great way to start is to do a small write-up for your pieces now. Share them on instagram or other social media, or just with friends and family to start. You can also use social media see how other artists speak to their pieces.