Raheem Nelson

Artist Etiquette in the Digital Age

Welcome to my blog! In this post I will be listing my opinions on artist etiquette.

  1. Artists should encourage each other and not tear each other down.

  2. Artists should be willing to accept constructive feedback on their work. We all have room to improve.

  3. Don’t critique an artist’s art on social media unless the artist makes it clear that it’s okay. If you do I think constructive criticism is the best way to go about it. There should be a solution for the problem.

  4. Don’t screen grab an artist’s painting or drawing and make corrections or additions to it unless the artist gives you permission.

  5. If you paint from a photograph that’s not your’s you should either ask permission from the photographer or give them credit when finished. Exhibiting work along these lines in a juried show is frowned upon.

  6. When painting portraits (or anything really) it’s best to work from life or from your own photos.

  7. At art shows you should be respectful of the work whether it’s a peer or an established artist. No one likes to have their toes stepped on.

  8. If you’re going to trace over a photo it should be for your own education or for composition. You should be honest about how the work is created.

  9. Just because you have experience that doesn’t mean you should shove it down anyone’s throat.

  10. When promoting your work it’s generally better to post it on social media sparingly. You don’t want to turn away potential followers.

  11. Not everyone is going to be a fan of your work.

  12. There is always more to learn.

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