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    How to Grab the Attention of an Art Rep

    How to Grab the Attention of an Art Rep
    In your search for an Art Rep, it is important to remember that Art Reps are searching for the same things that Art Directors seek out when hiring an Illustrator for their next project. This is because agents are in the business of connecting their artists with the right clients, which requires a solid understanding of the industry and a history ...
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    How To Price Your Artwork

    How To Price Your Artwork
    How do you price an original painting or drawing? You’ve just completed a new work and – lucky you! – there’s someone interested in buying it. But how do you price your work in a way that’s fair to both you and your collector? There are very few hard-and-fast rules in the art world, except when it comes to pricing, and ...
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    How To Sell Your Art on Facebook

    Interested in using Facebook to sell your art, but not sure how? Artists know relationships sell art. And, social media is a great way for artists to market and promote their work, connect with buyers and ultimately make the sale! ArtBistro partner, Lori McNee got the scoop from two successful artists who‘ve transformed Facebook into their very own profitable gallery ...
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    Should Artists Ever Work for Free?

    Should Artists Ever Work for Free?
    This post is a little different from the kind of thing I’ve been writing lately, but I thought it might be helpful to young artists out there. Some of my absolutely favorite students have graduated over the last couple of years, which means that I’ve been getting pleas for advice on how to navigate through this crazy art world of ours. ...
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    How to Win Public Art Commissions

    How to Win Public Art Commissions
    One lucrative way to make money as an artist is to win public commissions. Artists are commissioned for public art usually in connection with a new building or construction project. Most states have a law that mandates 1% of the total construction cost for a public building go to art for the building. Usually, state and city art groups have the ...
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    Helpful Hints in Applying for Grants and Residencies

    Helpful Hints in Applying for Grants and Residencies
    I’ve recently started a new round of applications for grants and residencies, and in doing so I find myself depending heavily on the advice I’ve gotten from the new book Art/Work: Everything You Need To Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career (Free Press/Simon & Shuster, Inc, 2009). Written by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber (a gallery director ...
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    Art Rep 101 – Are You Desirable?

    Art Rep 101 – Are You Desirable?
    Your most important job as an Illustrator is to be the best artist that you can possibly be. Your second most important job is to find work. This means that promotion plays a big part in the success of your freelance business. In fact, you may find yourself spending more time on this task than any other, even creating art. After ...
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    7 Ways Artists Make Their Own Luck

    Some folks have all the luck. Want to be one of them? Most artists could use a little luck. After all, the starving artist stereotype does exist — even if it’s just a myth. No artist should ever give up because they’re feeling uninspired or a painting doesn’t sell. Luck isn’t just some magical force that only shines down on ...
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    Myths About Passion and Your Art Career

    Myths About Passion and Your Art Career
    If you Google “find your passion” you will get 39,000,000 hits. Go to the self-help section of any bookstore and you will see 50 or more volumes on finding your passion, following your passion, living your passion. Every other social media bio has a reference to “passionate about.” Passion, as they say, is the new black. So I was hardly surprised ...
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    Top Ways to Fail as an Artist

    Top Ways to Fail as an Artist
    In the spirit of Ben Stein’s How to Ruin Your Life, the following is a starter list on how not to succeed in your art career. How many can you add? Share your wisdom in the comments below! • Believe in the myth of the starving artist. • Take all of your own portfolio shots (preferably out-of-focus with poor lighting). • ...
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    Why Do People Buy Art... From You?

    Why Do People Buy Art... From You?
    Why do people buy art, and why will they buy from you? The truth is that in order for people to be motivated to make a purchase, there has to be a connection between your work and something that they need, love or want. That connection can take many forms, but an artist who is a smart businessperson will know this ...
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    The Art of Getting an Artist Grant

    The Art of Getting an Artist Grant
    A grant in the hand is worth two paintings on the easel. One refrain in the e-mail we got was the amount of work involved in locating grants. [widget:3597] "Everything I've heard about grants indicates that filling out the proposals takes a minimum of 40 hours of work, for a few thousand dollars (which in this day and age really doesn't ...
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    The Art of Good Collaboration

    The Art of Good Collaboration
    How to find an art partner and share artistic ideas successfully! Collaboration is another word for teamwork. It's the art of merging two or more creative whizzes, whether it is an artist and a writer, an artist and a photographer or an artist and a musician. This powerful partnership has the ability to create a massive explosion of creativity and result ...
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    No Excuses! Make Art a Serious Career Now

    No Excuses! Make Art a Serious Career Now
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com Are you an artistic person who loved to draw as a kid or took art classes in college, but was discouraged away from art as a serious profession? Or maybe you are a frustrated or struggling artist who has to work a ‘real’ job, or rear children with no time to create. Obviously, we ...
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    Are You a Sell Out Because You Sell Art?

    Are You a Sell Out Because You Sell Art?
    You love creating art. It’s your heart, your soul and essential to your sanity. But is supporting yourself with your art what you really want to do? Will you be able to maintain your integrity as an artist, with creative freedom and growth, when you have to make sales of your work to pay the bills? Would you be a slave ...
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    10 Tips for Getting Art Fair and Open Studio Visitors

    10 Tips for Getting Art Fair and Open Studio Visitors
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com Recently, I took part in a local open studio event, in a public space, together with seven other artists. I tested a number of strategies to bring visitors into my art booth and keep them there to look at my art. The tips below will be helpful for artists taking part in an art ...
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    How To Handle Creative Disasters

    How To Handle Creative Disasters
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: Last week I finished a painting and it was an unmitigated disaster. There was nothing about it I liked! Do you have any hints for dealing with situations like this where the thing you just finished is a complete wreck? -Raphael J., San Francisco Thanks, Raphael. [gate] [widget:inarticlebulleted_interview] If you had high hopes for your current painting and ...
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    The Starving Artist Myth — Debunked!

    The Starving Artist Myth — Debunked!
    Aletta de Wal calls herself an “Artist Advisor”. She is actually a powerhouse of a coach who guides artists from starving to successful, and helps them do this while feeling great about their careers. Aletta’s gift is teaching artists how to structure their lives and activities to get the most out of every plan, think in new creative ways and celebrate ...
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    10 Ways to Save Big on Art Supplies

    As artists, we know that a trip to the art supply store can be expensive. Shopping for one item can quickly lead to a full cart, and it’s exactly these careless habits that can become dangerous, especially for artists trying to watch their budget or turn a profit. Ideally, established artists making regular sales should be able to purchase the ...
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    Finding Your Signature Style as an Artist

    Finding Your Signature Style as an Artist
    Do you have a memorable style to your work? In other words, do you have a signature style? Can viewers distinguish your work from any other artist? If they can, there is a better chance they will not confuse your work with other artists, and will remember you. Try this simple test: Display 10 pieces of your work amongst 10 pieces ...
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