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    Explore Careers in Art

    [photo:270039]Are you interested in a career in the arts? If so check out our guide to art careers. What creative career is right for you? View job descriptions, step guides, as well as featured groups and discussions to help you choose the best path. [photo:270036]Architecture and Interior DesignLots of careers can make a difference in a community, but none quite in ...
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    How to Keep Up with Graphic Design Trends

    How to Keep Up with Graphic Design Trends
    The world of graphic design is constantly on the move. It's always changing. As technology evolves, so does software and tools. Consequently this affects the visual appearances of graphic design artworks. Social events also have an impact on the arts. One look at an art history book and you can see how different art is now compared to the paints and ...
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    "You’ll Never Make a Living as an Artist”

    "You’ll Never Make a Living as an Artist”
    Who said that to you? Was it your parents, who wore concerned looks while they tried to steer you into declaring a business major? Did your eyes glaze over as you imagined a noose around your neck, dragging you to a windowless cubicle in a nondescript office building where you would face a dreary existence for the rest of your life? ...
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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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    5 Steps to Becoming a Graphic Designer

    5 Steps to Becoming a Graphic Designer
    As the information era continues to progress, one thing becomes clear: we’re living in an increasingly visual world. From signs to web pages, corporate reports to corporate logos, the way visual messages are communicated is one of the most important areas of business. That’s why there’s a constant need for creative professionals to communicate these visual messages in the field of ...
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    12 Step Plan to Building a Thriving Art Career

    1. Build a Supportive Network [widget:inarticlebulleted_networking] First off, you can’t do this alone. Working in your studio is a lonely business most times. You need a community. I tell my students and my clients to hang out with passionate people, other artists, visual, writers, poets, performance artists. Anyone who inspires you, understands what you’re going through, and will share opportunities ...
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    5 Steps to Becoming an Animator

    5 Steps to Becoming an Animator
    Are you thinking of becoming an animator? As a fairly new artistic career path, it’s a profession filled with opportunity and guarantees a career packed with continuous learning and opportunities creating special effects or animation and working with various media, such as video, computers, movies, music videos, and commercials. You’ll find more than one way of being creative — and you’ll ...
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    Artists Tell All: How to Meet Deadlines

    Artists Tell All: How to Meet Deadlines
    Dr. Maisel, I have a deadline coming up in a few months and I’m finding myself procrastinating badly. Any tips? - Barbara L., Minneapolis Thanks, Barbara. Here are some tips from artists and writers about how they meet their deadlines—and how you can meet yours. Jerry, a portrait painter, explained: “The thing that works best for me is to have a ...
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    Step Four: Identify Lacking Skills

    Step Four: Identify Lacking Skills
    What Skills Do You Need? Look at the skills that you have and the skills that you will need to acquire to become the artist that you want to be. These skills may include other subjects than learning a new medium or becoming more adept at figure drawing. You will also need to know about the history and theory associated with ...
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    Step Five: Choose an Art School

    Step Five: Choose an Art School
    There is no perfect art school. What you have to do is to find one that matches your priorities. The factors to consider are: • Location • Cost • Reputation • Strengths of the program • Teachers • Facilities Evaluate the Schools[widget:1978]Try to determine if the school can improve your strengths and your weaknesses that you have determined in Step 4. ...
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    Step Six: Networking as an Artist

    Step Six: Networking as an Artist
    Careers are built on networks. Your network consists of your classmates, teachers, family, friends, and mentors. These are people that support you and want you to succeed. Ask them if they know of any artistic opportunities for you. Build your network. Who Is Doing What You Want to Do? Do your research. Meet people who are doing what you want to ...
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    Design Resources: Finding What You Need

    Design Resources: Finding What You Need
    Build Your Design Arsenal, Blow Away the Competition I think it’s safe to say that most designers cringe at the idea of using clip art in their work. When I think of clip art, I think back to the Intro to Computers class that I took in college where I was frequently forced to use clip art in my assignments. You ...
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    How to Photograph Your Artwork: Backgrounds

    How to Photograph Your Artwork: Backgrounds
    Four times a week I look through your portfolios to choose work to go in the Featured Portfolio on the home page. This is one of the best parts of my job. I get to see what you are working on and often am very impressed with the caliber of work on ArtBistro. There is one main way that I think ...
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    Is Good Art About Hype or Talent?

    Is Good Art About Hype or Talent?
    Hello, Dr. Maisel, I wonder if it’s possible to make it on talent alone or is hyping your art three-quarters of the battle? You know which answer I hope to hear! But I fear that the real answer is, hyping your art is essential. Is it? Lydia L., New York City Thank you, Lydia: Let me give a slightly tongue-in-cheek answer ...
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    Web Designer

    Web Designer
    h4. Job Description The world is conveniently compacted into a new existence within cyberspace. Communication of information was positively impacted with the advent of the World Wide Web. With this newfound communication comes a desire to expand especially with various businesses. It is necessary to locate qualified individuals who are adequately acquainted with the inter-workings of these intricate systems. Businesses need ...
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    Film/Video Visual Artist

    Film/Video Visual Artist
    h4. Job Description Opportunities for visual artists in Film and Video are many and varied, ranging from make-up and storyboard artists to 3D animation creators to directors and producers. Professionals in the field create everything from the shortest television commercial to the longest feature-length movie, and visual artists play a major role in a great many aspects their production. h4. Median ...
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    Preparing to Paint with Acrylics: 5 Video Tutorials

    Preparing to Paint with Acrylics: 5 Video Tutorials
    Extremely versatile (they can be thinned with water and used like a watercolor), fast-drying and easy (they can be used straight from the tube!), acrylics are the go-to medium for many artists. Want to get started? We’ve assembled 5 video tutorials to help you prepare to paint with acrylics. Benefits of Painting with Acrylic Paints >>
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    Illustrator

    Illustrator
    h4. Job Description: Illustrators usually create pictures for books, magazines, and other publications and for commercial products such as textiles, wrapping paper, stationery, greeting cards, and calendars. Increasingly, illustrators are working in digital format, preparing work directly on a computer. This has created new opportunities for illustrators to work with animators and in broadcast media. Illustrators can also work to become ...
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    How to Photograph Your Artwork: Warping and Proportions

    How to Photograph Your Artwork: Warping and Proportions
    Photographing your work can be tricky. But it is important to photograph it well. With Photoshop these days one can hide many photography sins, but there are a few things that are better handled with the photograph itself before you get the image into Photoshop. In part one, we talked about backgrounds in the photography of your work. In part three ...
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    7 Methods for Choosing Better Subject Matter

    7 Methods for Choosing Better Subject Matter
    Dear Dr. Maisel, Once I start painting I know what I’m doing but I have the hardest time getting started. For instance I’ll set it up a still life and then I find myself asking, ‘Well, what do I want to do with this?’ It feels like I’m really very uncertain about my subject matter choices. Do you have any suggestions ...
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