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An Artist Searches for Tools and Implements

While growing into the kind of artist you want to be, there will be times when you will find gaps in the commercial art world.

Such surprises are good, as to my mind, it means you are on the path to seeking what kind of artist you want to become. Some great masters have done the same thing, so if you find a gap that you feel will fill your art stores and style with better pictures, you are not alone.

As artists, I find that we have to learn how to make such items or implements ourselves. We end up creating our own pigments, drawing tools and paint supplies because we are starting to improve our work quality at the easel. Some artists, maybe even yourself, feel sharing your idea can make lots of artists' lives better by using your idea or product. Here are a few things you can do to push your idea, design or development into the artist studio:

  • You can teach your implement designs to other artists how to make such items.

  • You can create your implements and sell them to other artists on your website or blog page.

  • You can pitch and sell your designs to a company you feel works hard to keep the artist at the easel instead of the mortar and pestle bord. If done correctly, you can create more art and fewer items to make your artworks.

Actually, art products never used to be prepackaged. Most were made in house by the master artist for notable commission works, but paints, implements and other such devices used by the master artist were produced mainly by artist apprentices more often. Artists apprentice would learn how to create artists supplies while also learning how to draw, paint, and become a better artist as a pupal underneath a master artist.

Over time pigment shoppes popped up around or near artists studios so that the artist, but more likely it was the apprentice, would pay for or request pigment options. These enterprising pigment merchants started offering pre-ground pigments, a small fee that was time-saving for artists and their apprentices. You could say the apprentice was slightly nudged out of a large part of their job by these astute merchants who offered more and more time-saving options like making pens, pencils, crayons, studio furniture and a myriad of other cool art gadgets. This artist material shop and artist relationship became so much the norm that artists stopped making their tools or supplies and started requesting the merchants to make items specifically for their needs.