In the past couple of years, street art has grown from simple vandalism to one of the most innovative and creative forms of expression. With Banksy’s rise to popularity, street art has gotten the recognition it deserves so that it is now used even in political campaigns, such as Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. It is not surprising therefore that there are more and more street artists changing our surroundings into beautiful and thought-provoking art pieces every day. The question is, how can you become a successful and distinguished street artist?
Of course, if you want your art to stand out, you need to make it great. This is achieved only through practice and dedication and there isn’t a shortcut you can take. A good idea is to practice on different mediums before you commit to a real-life setting. For example, many artists, including David ‘Meggs’ Hooke, like to plan out their design in Photoshop or Illustrator and make it perfect before they try it out on street walls. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t succeed at first. Street art isn’t something they teach in school and it sometimes takes time adjusting to. Therefore, be patient and continue practicing until you get better. You can try talking to other street artists and taking tips and tricks from them that you can apply to your own work.
No matter how much you like other artists’ work, you should always try and be unique. The world does not need another Banksy, but it does need different artists and different styles. If you are innovative, there is more chance of you getting noticed and recognized than if you are just copying what everyone else is already doing. Even if you don’t have a signature style right now, with practice you will be able to figure out what kind of art you want to create and what will make you stand out.
Another aspect of street art that some would say is just as important as the quality of your work is location. When choosing the location, you want to find a place where everyone can easily see your piece, so at first, avoid smaller alleys and unpopular destinations. When your popularity grows and your style becomes distinguishable, you can choose whichever location you want and there will always be someone to find your art, but in the beginning, you want to make sure your art is seen. Of course, be careful about important city buildings where street art is not allowed. Moreover, location is extremely important if you want to create pop-up art which forms an illusion of real, 3D objects and people.
The meaning behind your art
No matter what type of design you create, you want your art piece to have some meaning behind it. There are different ways you can approach this – for example, you can create something to make people laugh, or you can make something that is more political and thought-provoking. Or both. Social commentary is especially popular among street artists and is usually what draws in people the most. Therefore, before you make your design, think about what you want to convey and what kind of impression you want to make on people. If you have a powerful message behind your art, one that people can relate to, you are bound to become successful in no time.