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    Choosing Your Graphic Design Specialty

    Choosing Your Graphic Design Specialty
    “Do you like to kern or would you rather vector?” Looking back, it's a little weird how you start your first years of art school not knowing what you want to major in (That's true for most of us, anyway). And when you finally choose, it feels like there are so many other big decisions to be made after. Like: What ...
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    How To Use Tourism to Attract Art Buyers

    How To Use Tourism to Attract Art Buyers
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: I live in a place where a lot of tourists come and I have the idea of maybe connecting with them better but I don’t know what to do. Any ideas? - Ronald L., Santa F Thank you, Ronald. Artists know better than anyone that places hold meaning. That’s why they hunger for Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Greenwich ...
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    The Nitty Gritty on Art Industry Contracts

    The Nitty Gritty on Art Industry Contracts
    In today's economy, many designers and artists are supplementing their day jobs with freelance and project- based work. While this kind of work can be rewarding — you have the opportunity to work with many different companies and people and, for the most part, have the ability to set your own hours — sometimes it can also be a great big ...
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    Scare Off Design Clients With Your Contract

    Scare Off Design Clients With Your Contract
    You should always take measures to protect yourself from being taken advantage of by a client, and one of the best ways to do that is to work with a solid contract that ensures that both parties know what is expected of them. That being said, it’s important to temper your defenses with an element of restraint or you risk scaring ...
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    Why Does an Artist Need an Art Rep?

    Why Does an Artist Need an Art Rep?
    "An effective art rep is like a film agent; each performs a similar function. If you were an aspiring movie star, rather than a visual artist, one of your greatest assets would be your agent. Your agent would be contacting people on your behalf who could help advance your career, and gain you opportunities that you would never otherwise enjoy. Your ...
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    Bad Design Habits That'll Trash Your Career

    Bad Design Habits That'll Trash Your Career
    *Cue in sobs* Why don’t they like my designs?! The bad design habits that could potentially ruin your design career and reputation! We all know the traditionally bad work habits that can ruin your career, your relationship with your boss and coworkers, as well as any chance of ever getting a good recommendation. Things like, being late for work, being disrespectful, ...
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    Artists Explain Their Work to Their Parents

    Artists Explain Their Work to Their Parents
    These videos made by Dutch filmmakers Lerner & Sander are a fitting tie-in with this season's Work Issue. Nine creative people working in abstract fields—ranging from a craft-beer maker to a video artist to a photographer—sit down with their parents and try to explain to them what, exactly, they do. The series, "How to Explain It to My Parents?," is at ...
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    How To Properly Photograph Your Artwork

    How To Properly Photograph Your Artwork
    In a recent coaching session, someone asked me if they their art photography represented their actual work. I knew this person’s work (as I have seen the actual physical pieces) and, honestly, they really didn’t do the work justice. That led to my thinking . . . how many others’ digital images of their artwork are just not “cutting the mustard?” ...
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    Skip the Drama, Meet Your Gallery Deadlines

    Skip the Drama, Meet Your Gallery Deadlines
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I have a deadline coming up where I’m supposed to deliver some paintings for a show and the deadline is making me really anxious! Any suggestions? - Harriet R., Spokane Thanks, Harriet! Let’s look at this issue closely because it’s very important. Imagine the following scenario. You are part of a group show at The Downtown Gallery. 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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    Creating "Collections" of Art For Art Licensing

    Creating "Collections" of Art For Art Licensing
    In art licensing, manufacturers usually want to see groups, or collections, of art more than stand alone pieces. How an artist goes about creating these collections seem to fall into two categories: 1. Artists who take a fine art approachThe fine artist approach to creating collections is built on paintings that could be put in a frame and hung on the ...
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    8 Successful Art-ternative Entrepreneurs

    8 Successful Art-ternative Entrepreneurs
    What do a flea-market ringleader, a popsicle maker, and an architecture nerd have in common? They—and five others—have built successful careers doing something truly novel: exactly what they want. Name: Sonja Rasula Project: Unique L.A. Years at it: Two Many people didn’t get what Sonja Rasula was talking about when she floated plans in 2008 to put on a massive, 90,000-square-foot ...
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    Should You Design for a Big Firm or Small Company?

    Should You Design for a Big Firm or Small Company?
    The many worlds of ad design companies. It's amazing where you can find design. From packaging, to stationary, ads, and cd cover art. You see it on the water bottle you drink out of when you're at the gym. You read through it in a magazine at the hair salon. Even the places where design is created varies — from a ...
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    Should Creativity Be Exhausting?

    Should Creativity Be Exhausting?
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: There’s so much talk everywhere about burnout, chronic fatigue, and overwhelm that I wonder if we are all doing too much or maybe we are just getting used to complaining about how much we do! If you love what you do and want to do it a lot, is it really so bad to exhaust yourself? - Lisa ...
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    Is it a Mistake to Sell the Rights to Your Art?

    Is it a Mistake to Sell the Rights to Your Art?
    I have been asked by artists new to the concept of licensing, whether it is possible to retain the reproductive rights to their artwork or whether it is a mistake to take a lump-sum of money in a buyout. The word "mistake" is often used. Is it a mistake to sell outright? Is it a mistake to take a flat fee? ...
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    Protect Yourself with a Beefy Client Contract

    Protect Yourself with a Beefy Client Contract
    Today I’d like to go into a little more detail about your best chance at protecting yourself, your Illustration work, and your freelance business: your contract. If you’re not already, you should start taking your contract very seriously, because it’s your first line of defense if things go sour. A bad situation is made immeasurably worse when there is no contract ...
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    What Do You Charge for Art in Art Licensing?

    What Do You Charge for Art in Art Licensing?
    Many artists who are new to licensing ask this question: What Do You Charge for Art in Art Licensing? The Answer: Art Licensing is primarily done on a royalty basis - meaning you will receive a percentage of sales. This is great when sales are high, because you stand to earn substantially more than you would have been paid on a ...
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    8 Best Ways Artists Can Combat Wrist Pain

    8 Best Ways Artists Can Combat Wrist Pain
    If you are an artist, you understand how very important your hand, arm and wrist are. I have heard of concert pianists who have "hand insurance". Sounds a little weird until you stop and think about it -- if they broke their arm or hurt their hand, they'd be out of business, right? It's like professional athlete's who are injured, they ...
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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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    Make Art Directors HATE Your Web Portfolio

    Make Art Directors HATE Your Web Portfolio
    Does your portfolio website turn Art Directors away? With the official launch of EFII’s Portfolio Workshop on my mind, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about some basic things that drive Art Directors crazy when looking at Illustration portfolios. We all know that your portfolio website is one of your most important tools for marketing and promotion. It’s your ...
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