The Artist’s Life Cycle: From Birth to Mastery in Skill

From the first picture we’ve ever drawn in Elementary school to the detailed portraits and complicated conceptual designs we commit to in our jobs, becoming an artist is a life process. And while there is no specific order of maturity that an artist goes through, there exists a basic order in which skill is gained in the life of an artists.

Stages of the Artist’s Life Cycle


Whenever we first begin drawing as artist, we typically draw what is popular at the time. This can be thought of as the childhood or adolescence stage.  This stage of the artist life cycle is thought of as the adolescence period because the artist can be very impressionable, especially when it comes to peers and popular culture.

First Stage of Maturity

The actual process of formulating our own ideas usually come later on in our lives as we begin to mature as artists. This can be considered as the first stage of maturity. In this stage, the artist begins to explore their own creativity while holding on to those basic adolescent concepts of artistic expression. As a result, the artist may also unintentionally copyright professional works and others material as they struggle to find their own voice.

Second Stage of Maturity

During the second stage of maturity, we finally begin to start thinking as professionals as we wish to pursue a career in our respective fields. For animators, and those who wish to work in contemporary mediums such as technology, we as artist begin to come to the understanding that we need to be flexible in as many different genres of art as possible. Working out of our element contributes to the most success of this stage as we expand our skill set and artistic understanding.


In the final stage of artistic development, the artist has become adaptable to most artistic genres and can now work as a professional and use their wide range of skills as a masterful artist.


Each stage of the artist life cycle contributes to our own personal artistic understanding, but by looking at the cycle as a whole, those who wish to pursue professionalism in art can automatically understand where they need to put their focus at.

  1. I would like to see you cite a source or two. Although you are obviously knowledgeable on the topic, a professional source could help further establish your credibility.

    The other day in class, while discussing usability, we looked at the F pattern with which people read text on a website. A left alignment of your headers would benefit the reader. To further differentiate them from your subheaders, you could also make them a larger font. In fact, if you wanted to keep them centered, you could first try a larger font, and see how well they stand out then.

    Perhaps the post could be further supported by some visuals. It is a very visual topic, and visuals could help your audience gain a deeper understanding of the topic.

  2. I find it interesting how an artist’s development process can be divided into these stages. Did you identify these stages yourself or did you have a reference? What’s interesting is that these stages are not based on skill, but more on the artist’s mindset. As an artist myself, I can understand these distinctions. When I was younger, all I drew were characters from the cartoon shows I watched. As I grew older, I started drawing unique artworks, but always using the same style. Recently I’ve been starting to understand that to become a better artist, I need to broaden my skillset and explore every different type of styles out there and formulate my own style. Good job with the post.

    On an unrelated note, I found this blog to be rather confusing to navigate. Perhaps it would be a good idea to organize the pages to be more viewer-friendly.

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