One of the worst things an artist can do is try to be like another artist.
Yet, that’s exactly what most of us do in the beginning.
The best way to build a following around your work is to stand out as an artist.
You might share the same perspective with another or even work in the same medium, but you need to diversify yourself from the crowd. If your work reflects a point of view or idea explored by another artist, you need to approach your work in a fresh way.
The best way to start standing out from other artists is to ignore your inner-critic. A lot of writers talk about this in regard to overcoming writer’s block – and it works, – because the first step forward is to let go of any judgment you have for yourself. Don’t worry about looking weird, being strange, or not fitting in. Those are all traits people love in artists!
I’m sure we’ll look into individual artists in more detail, but think about Salvador Dali, Tom Waits, and Lady Gaga … would they have been able to build a following if they didn’t stand out as odd?
Diversify your approach to your work … don’t worry about what art school told you or what others think. Do what you want.
Let go of your inner-judgment.