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    Nine Steps to Becoming an Artist

    Nine Steps to Becoming an Artist
    Have you always wanted to become an artist but never knew where to begin? You're in the right place! Our nine-step guide will show you how to make it in the art industry. We'll walk you through the best way to jump start your artistic career — whether you're an aspiring painter, cartoonist, sketch artist, or love pastels. Whatever your creative ...
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    What Kind of Artist Are You?

    What Kind of Artist Are You?
    It seems to me that there are two different kinds of artists in the world: Those who are quick to describe what kind of artist they are (”I’m a post-Marxist, Conceptual, feminist painter whose work is a inquiry into the notion of the organic…” ok, whatever) and those who just want to shrug and avoid the question all together by saying ...
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    Nine Steps to Becoming a Designer

    Nine Steps to Becoming a Designer
    Do you want to become a designer but don’t know where to begin? Or are you a current or second career designer? You're in the right place! Here is a nine-step guide to help you along the way. We'll show you the different paths to a career in the arts, how to choose a school, and how to get your dream ...
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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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    Step One: Recognize Your Abilities

    Step One: Recognize Your Abilities
    You’ve got talent! The first step to becoming an artist is admitting your talent to yourself. It can happen in any form. From drawing, to painting, to sculpting, etc. Are you a natural at drawing realistic images? Or do you have a knack for creating fantastic pictures from your imagination? If you're unsure about your artistic abilities, think about your childhood. ...
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    Step Two: Research Art Careers

    Step Two: Research Art Careers
    You've declared yourself an artist and analyzed your strengths. Great! Now it's time to find an art career of your dreams. You don't have to settle for an artistic career that pays pennies. It's easier than ever to breakout of the stereotype and have a successful creative career. The life of an artist isn't limited to posh galleries, lofts in New ...
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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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    Are Commercial Galleries Essential to Artists?

    Are Commercial Galleries Essential to Artists?
    For the majority of the last 100 years, artists have sold work through commercial galleries and is the most desirable way for artists to make a living. What should you expect (or not) from gallery representation? Read on for some useful expectations for gallery representation, as well as how best to get noticed.[photo:269917] Commercial galleries usually sell artists' works on commission. ...
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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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    Self-Motivating Through Creative Blocks

    Self-Motivating Through Creative Blocks
    This article was originally posted on WebdesignDepot.com. As designers, we need to be creative in order to be successful at our jobs. Coming up with ideas and creative solutions to problems is what we do on a daily basis. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to do so. Sometimes we get blocked creatively, and it seems like no matter how ...
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    My Journey to Becoming an Illustrator

    My Journey to Becoming an Illustrator
    First off, I want to start by putting this quote in front of you. Read it twice. Giggle if you want to. An then let it seep in. Let it comfort you. "Nobody knows what the hell they are doing. (at least no one I know) You just prepare as best you can and make up the rest as you go. ...
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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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    Useful Advice for Aspiring Artists

    Useful Advice for Aspiring Artists
    I am often asked to give advice to aspiring designers hoping to make it in the industry. I have always found this to be an awkward question for me to answer because even after 10 years, I still feel like I’m an aspiring designer myself. So when I’m asked that question I tend to think back to my early days; I ...
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    8 Tips for Keeping Your Art Portfolio Fresh

    8 Tips for Keeping Your Art Portfolio Fresh
    Art is always evolving — constantly developing with the help of world and social trends, new technologies and so much more. As artists, we must keep up with these changes. Not only because our passion necessitates new ideas and new inspirations, but also because the artwork we previously thought to be finished, might now look painfully incomplete — such is the ...
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    What to Expect from a Career in Graphic Design

    What to Expect from a Career in Graphic Design
    h4. Graphic Designers Use this report to find out what to expect from a career in graphic design. Nature of the Work Working Conditions "Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement":http://artbistro.monster.com/education/articles/319 Employment Job Outlook Earnings Related Occupations Sources of Additional Information h4. Significant Points Among the five design occupations, graphic designers are expected to have the most new jobs through 2014; however, job ...
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    Step Eight: Studio Visits

    Step Eight: Studio Visits
    Preparing for the Studio Visit When someone is interested in your work, set up a studio visit to show them your work. Give them two meeting times to choose from and stay flexible to other times if it doesn't work out. If the appointment is more than a week away call (or email) them the week of the appointment to confirm. ...
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    10 Secrets Every New Artist Should Know

    [widget:inarticlebuttonquiz_successful_designer]Being a professional artist is as much about tenacity as it is about talent. Just because you have the creative ability to mold perception and shape moods using color, light, and sound, doesn’t mean you have what it takes to make it as an artist. In fact, being creative and being talented is rarely very lucrative. It takes a lot ...
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    15 Awesomely Artistic Brew Labels

    St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner... And, in the spirit of the only holiday that actually condones consuming copious amounts of beer, all things green and… pinching, we’ve gathered the 15 most artistic beer labels we could find. So sit back, relax and crack open a cold one (not at work, of course!) and take a look at ...
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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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    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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