I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. Like, I literally cannot remember a time in which I didn't like to draw. I have probably spent the vast majority of my life with a pencil or drawing utensil of some sort in my hand, and I'm proud of that.

Luckily for you, however, all this drawing of mine has gained me quite a bit of experience over the years, and I'm here today to share some of it with you.

Bailey's Artist Words of Advice:

1) Practice.

Now, you've probably heard this numerous times before, and it gets old, I know, but just hear me out okay?

Literally the only reason I have any faith in my skills as an artist at all is because I've practiced. You know those transformation pictures that artists sometimes post, the ones that show their miraculous, mind-blowing improvement within the span of a year, or maybe even just a few months? Yeah, well, those are real. And I know this because I have a few of those pictures to show for myself as well. And guess what? With a little hard work and practice yourself, you can have them too.

2) Confidence.

As an art loving person, I've come to follow a pretty large amount of artists over the internet. I love seeing other peoples' art, and enjoy getting a glimpse of what other people in this world have to offer creatively. However, what I don't love is when I see some of these artists berating their own art. And I mean, it's okay to feel bad about your art every once in awhile, not all of your work is gonna turn out perfect, at least I know mine doesn't. But when it gets to the point where you're constantly bringing yourself down and insulting everything you create--you need to stop. I've followed accounts where everything the artist posted was almost always followed by their own comments on just how awful they thought it was, even when their followers told them otherwise. It's just really sad to see, honestly, and I don't think doing that kind of thing to yourself helps you much as an artist or a person at all. Just be confident! Even on your worst art days imaginable, be confident. I can promise you that it will be beneficial to both you and your art in the long run.

3) Get feedback.

Go to an art teacher or someone else you know that's good with art. Constructive criticism will definitely help you in improving your art, and they might even have a few tips or tricks to offer as well.

4) Look at others' art.

Seriously. Go to a museum. Look on Instagram, Google, or anywhere really. Look for techniques to steal and inspiration to find. Art isn't just for people who can't draw to look at. It's for you too.

Just don't get discouraged when you do this, that's not the point. Don't convince yourself that you'll never be good enough to be on the same level as all the artists around you. If you try hard enough, you'll get there. Trust me.

5) Draw what you want to draw.

Don't just draw something because you know it'll get more likes. Chances are, if you don't like drawing something, you won't put as much work and effort into it as you would if you were drawing something you actually enjoyed instead. Besides, your art should be mostly for you, not your followers or the people around you. You can share it with them and they can like it, but at the end of the day, the art should be for you.

Now, if any of you managed to read all the way through this, first of all, thank you, and second, I really hope you take heed to my advice. I believe everyone has the potential to become an artist if they have heart enough, and if you do, well, I'm hoping my advice will make your life just a little bit easier.

- nightwake

(P.S. If you're having some trouble trusting me on this, look up my art account on Instagram, @ night.art. I'm no Picasso, but I do know or thing or two about art. And yes, this is definitely me trying to shamelessly self-promote myself. I'd say sorry, but I'm kind of not, so here you go.)