To be honest, 6 out of every 10 people do not know the difference between an artist, and an artisan. This writing would seem incomplete if it didn’t offer the definitions of both of the terms mentioned above. You can’t proceed to understand the similarities if you can’t even account for what the two are. Generally speaking, an artist is someone who creates art pieces with a high degree of skill. The pieces can include paintings, poems, music, etc. An artisan, on the other hand, is someone who creates utility devices with a high degree of skill. They may also invest art pieces, just as good as regular artists.
Both artists and artisans are creatives in the sense that they can both come up with things that bear aesthetic value to other people who see them. An artist can paint an exact copy of a woman’s naked body, and the piece ends up on a random wall elsewhere. Artisans can do that too, but most of them mainly construct useful, and cool things like pots, that also look good both the less. This group can accurately be referred to as craftsmen, or simply people who use their bare hands to make utilitarian stuff. Your favorite porcelain bowl was probably made by an artisan, probably somewhere in China if it looks cheap. That beautiful handmade sweater your grandma gave you for Christmas too made by an artisan.
The two are demonstrably highly skilled in their craft, and it is the main reason they both stand out in every creative environment they’re in. Their attention to detail is positively indicative of their extreme abilities.
You’ve probably seen those statues made of either metal, stone, or wood that are exact replicas of the things, animals, or persons they represent. If you dared most of your friends to make paintings of you, you’d be surprised at how difficult it is to create such pieces of art.
As much as the two creatives referenced above do their craft for a wide range of reasons, it is correct to assert they all have the option of creating stuff for economic gain. A painter may decide to set up shop in their neighborhood, or elsewhere, with the sole purpose of selling, or auctioning all his art pieces to cater to their economic needs. Note that the option to sell is a call that the two can make on their own, therefore, making it a trait they can share.
There’s a saying that people rarely fail at what they love, to some extent, it might be true. Of course, some people fail at the very things they love dearly, but that’s not the point herein. The point is, most artists, and artisans evidently enjoy their craft and take pride in their work despite other world views concerning their craft. Some even extend their love a branch by deciding to not do it for the money. It is the genuine passion for their craft that probably makes them put in the many hours into their work, which in turn makes them get better at whatever they do.
You’ve probably heard of the 10000 hour rule, and how many greats achieved their marvelous feats by investing much of their life into their work. If you spend more time doing something, it gets easier over time because your mind is a learning tool that takes in new things, and normalizes them as the interaction period increases. Your first day in Calculus class, wasn’t, or won’t feel the same as the last.
Another common trait herein is that these two craftsmen, and women display intimacy in their creativity. It is not uncommon to hear an artist claim that a song came to their mind, and they hit the studio with the idea. Some painters claim to have had specific dreams about the stuff they painted, days, or even weeks before they started creating them. Artists and artisans go back in time, Christians will agree that Jesus Christ was a carpenter, as much as their is almost no definitive proof for his existence, but you get the idea. Differences will always be there in any two, almost similar jobs, the same goes for similarities, which simply refer to points of common interest.