Art is a form of communication. Street art is also a form of communication that is dual in nature. Someone can pass right through it and never notice it while another person can stand there for hours gazing at it. While other forms of art, like pictures and paintings are placed in a gallery for people to see, street art is done on walls on streets and buildings. Art can speak a thousand words by just one picture and the information contained can be as deep as the ocean. What makes street art so successful? What inspires the artists to make such masterpieces?
What are you trying to communicate?
As an artist, you need to have a clear mission about what you want to communicate. Perhaps this is the hardest part for many street artists. It takes quite some time to actualize it. As an artist, you should be patient enough to contextualize your information in order to turn it into a piece of art. You might need to move to a quiet and tranquil environment in order to clear your mind before your start.
Confidence against self-doubt
This is one of the qualities a street artist must possess. Obviously as an artist, you have some role models that inspire you and who have overcome major hurdles to reach where they are. You might feel intimidated while looking at their works which makes you feel inferior. But the truth of the matter is, every artist has their own niche and strength. You should believe in what you are doing. Learn from their strengths to enhance your own uniqueness and know that you are also good at it.
Ignore other people’s opinions
Your street art will be exposed to thousands of people, both armatures and professionals. Be prepared to receive a myriad of opinions which might even extend to criticism. Take the positives and avoid personalizing opinions. Note that everyone on this earth has their opinion about something.
Get past your mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes. As an artist you will make a mistake. Street art consumes a lot of time and effort which can be very discouraging if it does not turn out the way you intended. When this happens, take some time off and look at your work from a distance. You might get new ideas of enhancing it and even making it better. Other times it becomes a flop. Do not beat yourself up but take it as part of the process. You can always start again.