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    Should You Disguise Your Artistic Identity to Sell Art?

    Should You Disguise Your Artistic Identity to Sell Art?
    Hello, Dr. Maisel, I’ve been wondering about the following question. Is it smarter to “be myself” when I present myself in the art marketplace (and I’m not so sure that “me” is either attractive or wanted) or should I try to adopt some persona and “be somebody” the marketplace wants (if I could figure out who that might be)? I’m guessing ...
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    What is a Good Artist Statement?

    What is a Good Artist Statement?
    Troy Muller prefers a paintbrush to a pen. He's a painter, not a writer. But that doesn't pacify those darn gallery directors, curators and art reviewers who demand some sort of explanation for his work. They're looking for a neat and clean paragraph that pushes aside hours of creation, frustration and elation and cuts to a concise meaning. An artist statement. ...
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    8 Career Goals for Creatives

    Sketch Daily No matter what kind of artist you are, taking the time to sketch down ideas in a notebook will improve your body of work and sharpen your skills. By making a commitment to sketch out thoughts and designs on a daily basis, you’ll be surprised with just how many different directions your artwork can go. Don’t let that next ...
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    How To: Start a Creative Reuse Revolution in Your Community in 5 Steps

    How To: Start a Creative Reuse Revolution in Your Community in 5 Steps
    About this time each year many of us discover things in the drawers of our cupboards, on the shelves of our closets, and underneath our beds that are the remnants of some well intentioned (or impulsive) purchase. And though the clutter takes different forms—the too small coat or the old, scratched vinyl—those things we once valued are usually given a second ...
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    7 Ways to Turn Your Art Into Holiday Gifts

    Elisha-Rio Apilado is a Chicago based graphic designer/illustrator and studio artist whose paintings and drawings have been featured in various exhibitions. Elisha studied studio art in Dallas, TX and moved back to Chicago where she obtained a B.F.A. in Visual Communications at the IL Institute of Art. She is currently diving into the career world of design while taking on ...
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    Copyright & Trademark Protection Must-Knows

    Copyright & Trademark Protection Must-Knows
    Recently I read a long series of posts and discussions about an artist who felt that her work had been copied and used without permission by a large company. There was considerable anger out there in the creative community about this type of abuse, and it got a lot of reactions, but also caused a lot of confusion about copyrights and ...
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    7 Ways to Improve Your Self-Confidence

    7 Ways to Improve Your Self-Confidence
    We live in a time when we are constantly bombarded with images, ideas, and sound bytes that tell us who we should be, could be, and ought to be. Unless you live in a cave, you can’t escape their massive barrage, and let’s face it, even from a cave you could probably still get text messages. [widget:inarticlequiz_selfesteem] Think of all you ...
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    8 Ways to Promote Your Artwork Offline

    8 Ways to Promote Your Artwork Offline
    Everyday artists are being instructed by experts how to promote their art business online, in social media and in all ways digitally. The experts espouse these “must do’s and must have’s” on how an artist should market themselves virally. Yes, digital marketing is extremely important, but artists should not forget to market and promote themselves offline as well. Marketing offline is ...
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    How To Keep In Touch with Gallery Owners

    How To Keep In Touch with Gallery Owners
    Hi, Dr. Maisel, I’m lucky enough to be represented in a few galleries but they are all very far away from my hometown. How can I maintain good contact with them from such a great distance? — Laura L Thanks, Laura. I know exactly what you mean! Virtually no one I work with in my capacity as a writer, creativity coach, ...
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    Money, Taxes and Contracts for Freelancers

    Money, Taxes and Contracts for Freelancers
    Whether you’re a designer, painter or illustrator, you probably started freelancing because you wanted to make things. Maybe it’s websites or plein air landscapes or billboards on the highway. But if you don’t want to find yourself scrambling for a full-time job, you need to realize that you have a title even more important than the one on your website: small ...
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    Interior Designers: Tips to Pass the NCIDQ Exam!

    Interior Designers: Tips to Pass the NCIDQ Exam!
    The National Council of Interior Designers Qualification is an independent, nonprofit organization which protects the health and safety of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design. The NCIDQ created an exam for professional interior designers. In addition to education requirements and experience, passing the NCIDQ Exam represents competency in business procedures, business ethics and communication ...
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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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    10 Ways to Get Unfriended on Facebook

    10 Ways to Get Unfriended on Facebook
    Ever since Jimmy Kimmel declared November 17th “National Unfriend Day,” we’ve been taking a closer look at our 400+ Facebook friends. The man has a point. [widget:inarticlequiz_selfesteem] Facebook makes it too easy to hold onto irrelevant, obsolete or even irritating attachments. Do you really need to be in touch with people you barely knew (or liked) in high school? If you ...
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    Why and How to Start a Freelance Career

    Why and How to Start a Freelance Career
    As a design writer, I’ve talked with tons of graphic designers over the years, and I’d be hard pressed to name one who hasn’t taken on a freelance project at one point or another. But before you dive into those ranks, you need to figure out why you’re doing freelance in the first place and how you’re going to get started. ...
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    Avoiding Mistakes as a Graphic Design Freelancer

    Avoiding Mistakes as a Graphic Design Freelancer
    None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes sometimes. When we get in the graphic design business and start freelancing or even working for our own firm, the potential for business mistakes can increase significantly. I've thought about this and want to give you 5 of the most serious mistakes, in my opinion, that can occur. The 5 Mistakes 1. ...
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    Creative Jolt! 6 Ways to Get Inspired

    Look to the Past Art has evolved in so many ways throughout time. It's even inspired by and inspires social trends, historical events and technology. There are a number of art movements from art nouveau to pop art and so many more and taking a look at the artwork of masters like Leonardo de Vinci or Pablo Picasso can be very ...
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    "I'm Not Talented and I Don't Have a Chance!"

    "I'm Not Talented and I Don't Have a Chance!"
    Hi, Dr. Maisel: I find that my own thoughts—thoughts like “I’m not really that talented” and “I don’t stand a chance”—get in the way of my ability to create. I could use some help! - Marcia L., Seattle Sure thing, Marcia! [widget:inarticlebuttonquiz_successful_designer] There are many extremely useful tactics available from the cognitive-behavioral school of therapy that you can use to get ...
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    Relaxation Tips for Over-Worked Creatives

    Relaxation Tips for Over-Worked Creatives
    There are few things that I can say to my fellow create-on-demand pros that broadly applies, but of this statement I feel pretty confident: we are busy. We’re not busy in the sense that we have a lot to do, but we’re busy in the sense that we have a lot on our minds. We are typically conceptually mulling over several ...
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    How To Be Creative Even When Uninspired

    How To Be Creative Even When Uninspired
    Inevitably, there will be some projects in your create-on-demand role that you will be – let’s just say – “less than passionate” about. In fact, there will be some things you’re required to do that seem downright ridiculous and generally like a waste of time. How do you do with these projects? Do you rush through them so that you can ...
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    Best Art Careers for Your Zodiac Sign

    [widget:inarticlequiz_careerchange] Were you born to be rich? A 2008 survey of close to 9,000 workers determined that those born under Scorpio, Leo, Taurus, and Cancer are the most likely to earn over $100,000 per year. Sorry Capricorn and Aquarius, you folks are most likely to earn under $35,000 per year. We won’t all be rich, but we can find satisfaction ...
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