Most art forms tell a story, either intentionally or unintentionally, and the best kinds of stories are mostly the type that visually entices you but emotionally affects you. A painting, for example, can do wonders as a visual representation of the artist’s story. Imagine if the artist thought of telling you more than just what is visually portrayed. Imagine the attention to details and the way that he or she would describe the feelings and emotions felt. Know that we tell our stories differently, and understand that some can tell even the most boring part of their days into glorious tales just with proper word usage and the thought. While, at the same time, others would not even be able to properly replay their wonderful adventures in their heads. Storytelling is an art form with its own height and pedestal, and it can be a very wonderful extra when found in your piece, whatever it may be.
Art always comes with a story, and the better the story is, the more people will resonate with it and feel a sense of attachment. “Artists can be great storytellers” is a statement that brings it all. This, practically, is the very answer to the question of “how a great artist is supposed to be?” We make art to tell a story no matter what that may be. A biography of us learning a new skill can be told in our sketches of old, and stories on our inclinations of the soul may be spotted on our works of art.
An artist can be a great storyteller, but a great artist is definitely a great storyteller in one way or another. Do not lose hope though; you too can become a great artist, with a little more perseverance and an eye on stories. When you find it difficult to do your art, just take a step back and ask yourself “what story do I want to tell today?” or “what story do I want to share?” and see how everything will fall into place, let everything flow, and let your story be told. What are you afraid of? The stories you tell as an artist does not have to be in literal words. Everything can be in pictures of how you felt back when the story happened. It can come in a different form, a bit more cryptic, challenging, but still an honest true to the heart piece, for that is what matters the most.
When you tell your story do not hold back, for if you do, then you start holding things back from your piece. It is as if you are trying to give it life but at the same time missing to add the sentient meaning to it. I know that this is coming to you as a play of thoughts and words, but nothing is ever just that, for in every piece of art, may it be in painting or in writing, a part of the artist’s soul will stay and linger into it as a story of the day of its creation or of the day of its conception. It can never be just a piece; there will always be a story behind it. And now that we know that everyone’s got a story, we can start to make even better stories.
For sometimes, it only takes knowing that it is there – the story – to become better at it. In order for you to become a great storyteller and a great artist, you must learn to seek and know the stories that you have, so one day, you may tell them in your pieces and share them to the world in a way that they will be heard of.
This may already come as something natural to as an artist. But note that the more that you pay attention to storytelling the more you would be able to do with your art, and the more you would be able to resonate with your inner self. Make it your daily motivation to either find a story or create a new one. For now that you know that as an artist, you have a natural inclination for telling stories with your preferred medium, you will start to notice a lot of improvements on your work as an artist and as a storyteller.