How to develop talent for art

How much talent does an artist really need?

How much talent does an artist really need?

Regardless of whether it is about art, music, sport, a hobby or a job: A lot has been said about talent. Nevertheless, the matter with the ominous talent does not seem to be resolved.

The question of whether someone who wants to start painting or drawing needs talent for it is asked regularly. If the first attempts at painting and drawing are not quite as successful, the conclusion is quickly drawn that the necessary talent is simply missing.

On the other hand, parents and grandparents, when they see a picture, are delighted to realize that the child is really talented. But gallery owners and art critics also like to explain that the respective artist has a special talent for setting motifs in scene, combining colors or playing with shapes.

Talent becomes a killer argument:

Either someone has a knack for art or they don't. If someone has talent, he can paint and draw really well, if he lacks talent, it won't work.

But is that really true? How much talent does an artist really need ?:


Talent - what is it actually?

There are many different approaches to defining talent. Analogously, most attempts come down to the fact that talent is a gift that enables a person to achieve exceptional or above-average performance in a certain area.

A firm, binding definition has not yet been found. That is probably due to the fact that talent does not only exist in a single form. Rather, talent can take on the most varied of manifestations.

This makes it all the more difficult to clearly classify how much of skill can be traced back to talent.

Presumably, this problem has also created the basis for the myth of the great talent that is innate in someone or that he inherited from his ancestors.

A born talent was born to become a gifted artist. However, those who are not gifted with artistic talent will not get very far in this field.

The myth of talent is a myth

Like many a myth that persists, the myth of innate or inherited talent also belongs in the realm of fairy tales and legends.

In fact it is like this:

Those who have a certain level of talent will find it easier to learn to paint, to acquire techniques and to implement their ideas.

Conversely, this means that someone who thinks they are less talented will take longer and will have to practice more. But the path to becoming an outstanding and successful artist is just as open to him.

Talent or aptitude is good and useful, but by no means everything. And there is a very simple reason for this: painting and drawing is, to a small extent, creative work. The far greater part, however, is real craft. And the techniques that make up this craft can be learned by anyone. He just has to want it.

With the core statement that talent is helpful for an artist, but not absolutely necessary, this post could end now. Because that answers the crucial question.

But we also know that there are many painters and draftsmen who doubt their abilities and who, because of their insecurity, then try again with insufficiently developed or insufficiently developed talent. You are therefore probably not satisfied with the above answer.

How can an artist compensate for a lack of talent?

There is a lot of truth in old wisdom in the sense of “good things take time” or “a master has not yet fallen from heaven”. Because nobody is born as a gifted artist and just has to grab a brush and paint to create outstanding works of art.

The talent can be so great:

It takes practice and experience for an artist to master the techniques, to deepen them and to hone them. Artistic skills are constantly developing. The learning process is never complete.

And it takes time for an artist to find his style and work out his handwriting. It is not without reason that even the complete works of the great masters reflect different phases.

For an artist who questions his talent, that means nothing else than that he has to invest a little more work and diligence than an alleged talent. It may well take a little longer for him to be able to implement a certain painting technique well.

It is also possible that some pictures fail completely, certain motifs simply do not succeed or the learning process comes to a standstill. But that is normal and part of the development.

Talent doesn't always help

In fact, great talent can sometimes even be a hindrance. Because if everything has always been easy for the artist up to now, he can get frustrated faster if his progress comes to a standstill.

If he has already celebrated successes, he can also come under pressure from the demands that he places on himself and on others. In contrast, a painter who is not on the bill can only surprise positively.

And: Even a talented artist has to practice regularly. If he does not use and cultivate his talent, it withers away. It's a bit like ice skating.

It is always said that one would not unlearn it. But if you stand on the ice for the first time in decades, you will quickly find out that you are pretty wobbly and unsafe.

It's the same with painting and drawing. If you pick up a brush or pencil after a long time, it will take a while to get back to the topic.


It would be wrong to say that talent doesn't matter. Perhaps art can be compared to cooking at this point:

Anyone can learn to make a good soup. Because the compilation, processing and preparation of the ingredients is a craft. The small difference that turns a good soup into a very good soup is the interplay of experience, practice and talent.

Talent can help the artist perfect their skills. If you don't have a natural talent, you have to work longer and harder. And maybe he doesn't bring it to perfection. But sooner or later he will create impressive works of art if he stays on the ball.

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Ferya Gülcan, artist name "Feryal", painter and photographer, Norbert Sachmann, gallery owner, Christian Gülcan (RZA) painter and owner of various art portals write interesting facts about international art, galleries, painting techniques and art history.

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