Five Simple Questions to Ask if You Don’t Know How to Articulate Your Art

You artwork may not always speak for itself. In this case, it’s helpful to clearly articulate why you created it and how you did it. Know that your audience may never fully understand your art as their art experience can widely vary. However, if you want your audience to have a baseline understanding of what your art is about, then ask yourself these questions.

  • Why do you make this type of art?
  • What does your artwork represent?
  • What inspires you?
  • How do you make it?
  • What does your art mean to you?

Understanding your own process is just as important as the why. These questions make great journal prompts and provide a great start when writing your artist bio. They can also help facilitate the development of your artistic voice. Yes, these are simple questions but know that they can be challenging to put in words. Write them down and create the space to help you think more deeply about your answers. Also, remember that there are no wrong answers. They are your truth and your own unique way of expressing yourself.

I illustrate issues that are important to me. I am also an avid postage stamp collector and snail mail enthusiast. This was drawn with a Pentel brush pen in black ink.

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