One of the great things about Intermediate art is that you can begin to develop your own style, compositions, subject matter and media favorites. While this is an exciting prospect, it can also create some anxiety and added pressure. This page has some tips that will help you avoid some of the common pitfalls students encounter as they begin to stretch themselves as artists.
1. The Cliché "A cliché is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work, which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful.
Avoiding clichés requires one of two things: An original approach or an unexplored subject matter and ideally, both. In other words, figuring out a new way to make art using a tried and true subject is one way. This usually means telling a specific, dynamic story. The other is to discover or conceive of a subject that hasn’t been trampled to stereotype. Do both and you’re a genius" (https://mountedenapstudioart.wordpress.com/cliches-in-visual-art/).
Here are some common subjects and themes that art teachers see constantly
Sunsets, (especially with M-birds)
Sun in the corner of the paper
Anime, Manga, Fan Art, Disney Characters, or Drawing of Celebrities
Melted Crayon Art
Eyeballs- Staring, Crying, Floating, Bleeding, Sad Eyes
Wolf Howling at the Moon
Roses, Fresh, Dead, Red (for love), White (for death, or purity)
Fantasy Creatures (angels, fairies, vampires, mermaids, etc.)
If you can find a bunch of similar artworks when you search in Google . . . If the description pops up before you finish typing it in the search bar . . . If you can find it all over Pinterest . . . THEN YOU HAVE PICKED A CLICHE ART PROJECT
2. Poor Work Habits
Quit before the piece is finished
Use high intensity color rather than toned colors
Little to no value used to create dimension with paint or pencil
Putting your main subject in the middle of the artwork
Poor color saturation with colored pencil (too much paper still showing through a finished drawing)
Muddy Colors - Colors that are over mixed so that they are no longer clear or pure (greyed or dull color)