“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci

India is the land of arts and culture, mostly a combination of both. It is the land that had Sunil Das, Rabindranath Tagore and many more such notable artists. Therefore, a career in arts in India can be a successful one. But, the mind-set of people to have sketching or painting as a career is still a difficult task in India. However, there are great artists in India too and despite such complications too, many still pursue arts as their major. Art is a picture which speaks many things that men can’t do it verbally. A painting requires creativity, skill and patience to draft a masterpiece. Any kid who can draw and express their thoughts in their sketches can work to have a better career in this field of arts.
Indian curriculum also consists of courses for these fine arts. The students are taught about the colour theory, history and culture of arts and painting, different types of painting media and the like, to develop a strong base for the ones who are interested in drawing/sketching/painting. The usual styles of painting are Indian, Islamic, African, Western and Eastern. Currently, a style called the ‘contemporary art’ is the most famous art-form that everyone adopts. The different painting media involves oil, acrylic, water-colour, ink, oil, pastel, enamel spray paint, tempera and the like. Even black and white sketches are also one of the famous art-styles that many artists follow.

A great painter should have the following features to stay different from others and to have a great career in it

i. Enjoy whatever work they are doing, especially practical works of art.
ii. Stay creative and trending to the evolving world’s tastes.
iii. Good sense of humour to make their sketches interesting.
iv. Should be able to work at any physical boundaries.
v. One should have good hand-eye coordination.
vi. Should be able to work with a team and as well as an independent artist.
vii. Should be versatile and efficient


“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”
In India, there are some great career opportunities for such artists. These opportunities have evolved with the increasing awareness of various career fields among youngsters. However, this field of living, is competitive only, for this requires consistency and is ever-demanding. That is why many students and parents find this field scary. To curb such worries, here are the job opportunities for talented and passionate artists. You can also be a government servant, self-employed or work for private institutions too.

Some of the job positions as an artist are:

a) Visiting Artist in many institutions and galleries.
b) Muralist who produces great murals for sale.
c) Arts Administrator who works under the government to administrate different artworks of the country / specific physical boundary.
d) Interior Designing to decorate and make the interiors of a building more alluring and artistic, according to the taste of the customers. This field is one of the tops wanted fields.
e) Painter. This is the most common job position that any artist can opt for. This is a general term for anyone who paints/sketches.
f) An art teacher is also an interesting and more famous job required in today’s world. By being a teacher, you can teach many kids your skills and can learn from them too. You can stay young forever, with new and young ideas.
g) Comic Artist is required in the periodicals and for creating amazing stories like he Marvels.
h) Painting Engineer is required to work on the technical side of producing different kinds of paint.
i) Art Restoration Specialist works to ensure the better keeping of artworks, manuscripts and even sculptures.
j) Commercial Artists are in high demand, for, they are required as so create interesting advertisements and other promotions in this materialistic and digital world.
k) Art Directors are necessary for any movie, or for any reality shows, where the entire set is established by these art directors. In short, without them, there is no show at all.
l) Animation Programmer is also another interesting field of work which enables many artists to showcase their talent to even create movies. Disney primarily works with the help of animation programmers only.
m) Graphic Designers are also required for promotional activities and other trendsetting aspects of life.
n) Decorator – Wall Papering is getting famous now, as people have started to decorate their empty walls with attractive wallpapers and even paintings, as part of their interiors.
On the whole, the main fields which offer job opportunities and a great career for passionate artists are teaching, advertising, animation, digital media, software companies, clothing industries, ceramics, television and the fashion houses. One can also work in great art galleries, museums, educational institutions, corporates, or even as an independent artist who can have their workshops, or be a tattooist and many more.
Coming to the most important aspect of having a great career, is about how much money one makes at the end of the day. Usually, if you are a fresher in this field of arts, then you can make up to Rs.10000 to Rs.15000 per month, which will vary according to your work and talent. If you are an experienced person then you may get around Rs.20000 to Rs.25000 per month, if you work as an employee. The revenues you can earn if you become an independent artist will depend on how good you are and how unique and famous you are too.
Some of the great Indian artists who had some successful career in this field of arts are:
1. Maqbool Fida Husain (1915 – 2011), Maharashtra
2. Anjolie Ela Menon (born 1940), lives and works in New Delhi.
3. Francis Newton Souza (1924 – 2002), Goa
4. Reena Saini Kallat lives and works in Mumbai.
5. Syed Haider Raza (1922 – 2016), Madhya Pradesh
Apart from them, there are thousands of successful artists who are still known for their skilful works.
Following your passion can boost you up in life and will also give you peace and happiness that a boring work’s salary wouldn’t. Therefore, if you want to be an artist and have a great career in it, then you need to do everything possible to prove yourself and should also make sure to develop enough skills to shine out. There are lots of UG and PG courses for painting, sketching and other forms of arts. Once established, you can also create your websites to promote your works. You can also depend on social media platforms to popularise your talent and works and can be self-dependent.
“Art is the lie that enables us to realise the truth.” ~ Pablo Picasso

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