What Skills Do You Need to Be an Artist?

The exact skills needed depends on the type of artist, but they typically include artistic ability in the chosen artform, business knowledge, creativity, interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with one's hands and tools. For example, someone who draws or paints would need to be skilled in composition, know how to use different shades of color, select the right lighting and work with one-point, two-point and three-point perspective.

Artists also should be skilled in time management, marketing, financial management and social media use to be effective business people.

Fine artists may pursue formal education, although this isn't required, notes the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Informal training from another artist and practice with projects can help a person learn what is needed in a particular art form.