It happens to almost every artist who has an account on Instagram – you get a direct message asking if you take commissions. While the request in and of itself seems like it should be a compliment and not something you should worry about, there’s good reason to take extreme caution when getting these types of Instagram DM requests.
Many people have dreams of leaving their 9-5 job to pursue their passion, but not everyone is able to to do it successfully. There are some highly effective strategies for being self-employed that anyone considering it should know. These strategies will increase the likelihood of success in your first year and beyond.
In this rush to learn and become proficient in online-based technology, there’s an important fundamental that’s not always prioritized – cyber security. If not taken seriously, your accounts could be compromised and can cause significant damage to your reputation and your business. Don’t worry just yet though, there are a few simple steps you can take today to secure your accounts from potential hackers.
Finding the right set of pencils for you is important but it doesn’t have to be complicated. With so many brands and lines within those brands, it can seem impossible to choose. I have a few tips that will help you narrow down the competition and spend more time creating your art!
When you are running any kind of business it’s important to periodically stop and assess what is working for you and what is not. I recently put my Patreon account on a permanent hiatus and I want to share with you why I did that, what I learned, and what you should consider if you want to join the platform.
Most artists know it’s important to sign their artwork but often they are not sure where to sign or even how. Your signature is a written mark that represents you as a person. It’s important to consider, however, that the signature you would use for an official legal document is not necessarily the one you would want to use for signing your artwork and there are a few reasons for this. READ MORE
Many artists enter competitions with the hopes of having their work win one of the prestigious prizes. The acknowledgment alone is enough to make you feel validated in your work especially if it’s a competition you need to be juried into. But what happens when your work doesn’t win a prize or worse doesn’t get chosen to be in the competition at all? READ MORE
So you’ve had a bad day drawing or you just can’t seem to get a technique with a particular medium. Why are you even bothering? Your work clearly sucks especially when you compare yourself to other artists on social media right? Um no…let’s pump the brakes on the self-hate train and back up a sec. READ MORE
For an artist taking commissions the prospect of a new project is always exciting. If this is a big part of your business it also, in a very practical sense, means more income to sustain your practice. It’s not always smooth sailing, however, and there’s an aspect to taking a commission that isn’t often talked about – ghosting. READ MORE
You may not have heard of the word before but whether or not a particular brand is lightfast or not, is a hot topic in the colored pencil world. This singular quality has enough power right now, to, in some cases, be the ultimate deciding factor in whether or not someone purchases a certain brand of colored pencils. READ MORE
Try as you might, not everyone is going to like you or your art. If you’ve got an inner people-pleaser like many of us do, then the concept of this probably doesn’t sit well with you. When it comes to the creative things that you put out into the world this can be especially hurtful. After all, you’re just trying your best, so what’s the problem? READ MORE
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Or is it? When is imitation an innocent form of tribute and when is it copyright infringement and plagiarism? To some this should be a pretty obvious answer and there shouldn’t be a need to really explain it. Don’t take what’s not yours and try and to say it’s yours. Pretty simple right? Unfortunately, when it comes to the art world, especially online, these lines seem to get blurred constantly. READ MORE
Creativity is something that most people assume comes naturally to artists. While it’s true that having a particular proclivity for the arts does tend to make someone see things different than most, many artists struggle with creativity in particular to the subject matter and style of their artwork. READ MORE
Some days it seems like I have a never-ending list of things to do. This includes things for my business, myself, housework, the dog (yes, even my dog has a to-do list), it honestly never seems to end. Every now again though, the thing that brings me so much calm and a sense of control over my day also makes me feel completely overwhelmed. READ MORE
The biggest takeaway from the last year for me was to not put things off thinking that there will be time later. I’ve often been guilty of saying something is a priority and then putting it off time and time again. The phrase I always come back to though is that if something is truly important, you will find a way to make it happen. READ MORE
For many artists, the process of making their art is fluid, intuitive, and even spontaneous. It can be as simple as picking some colours and letting the magic happen or if you’re like the rest of us…there’s a lot more planning needed to achieve your vision. Having a more structured approach to creating your art isn’t a bad thing though and can be a huge time and money saver. READ MORE
One of the most hotly debated aspects of creating colored pencil artwork surrounds what is the best paper to use. The answer is not a simple one and while that may be disappointing to hear, there are some great reason why it deserves a more in depth explanation. READ MORE