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    How to Approach the Canvas with Confidence

    How to Approach the Canvas with Confidence
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: There’s something missing from my life and my art-making that I just can’t identify. It has to do with the “bigness” that I would like to feel and the “smallness” that I actually feel. That’s probably too obscure to make much sense, but maybe you have some ideas about what I’m feeling? -Cynthia L, San Jose, California. Thank ...
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    Is Technology Making You Bad at Your Job?

    Is Technology Making You Bad at Your Job?
    Technology is a beautiful thing. Most of us can’t imagine doing our jobs without it. But sometimes, overindulging in email, texts, and social networking might actually hinder your performance. We’ve identified five ways your iPhone, BlackBerry, Facebook and that endless information superhighway are actually making you worse at your job. Instant message is twisting your words (and making you lazy) [widget:inarticlebulleted_bad_habits] ...
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    Print Promotional Tool How To: Flyers

    Print Promotional Tool How To: Flyers
    Flyers are a great do-it-yourself promotional tool for artists on a tight budget. They are easy to create, produce and distribute. • You don't need graphic design skills to create flyers. You can use ready-made templates in most word processing software. Just fill in the blanks with words and images. • You don't need special equipment to print flyers. You can ...
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    How To Work Within A Client’s Tight Budget

    How To Work Within A Client’s Tight Budget
    As I mentioned in a recent article, Is Your Client Clean or Dirty?, I believe that some clients who are perceived to be difficult do in fact have innocent intentions. Unfortunately, bad experiences sometimes make some Illustrators unnecessarily fearful or defensive when they encounter new clients who send up possible red flags. One example of this is a client who has ...
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    Is Creativity More Reinvention or Invention?

    Is Creativity More Reinvention or Invention?
    I used to really get hung up on this, that is, really trying to come up with some creative project/thing that the world has never seen before and that will make me/them instantly rich (and famous). But, in actuality, most of the wealth created created in the world comes from the reinvention of an existing product or service. Nothing could be ...
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    Is Working for Free Good for Your Art Career?

    Is Working for Free Good for Your Art Career?
    Most professional Illustrators believe spec work to be a bad idea. And in most cases, they’re right. More often than not, working on spec hurts your business and wastes your valuable time and talent as a creative professional. However, there are times when it’s okay, or even beneficial, to work for free. Before you start booing, here are 3 examples of ...
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    Prepare for Art Licensing Trade Shows

    Prepare for Art Licensing Trade Shows
    If you are planning to exhibit at any of the 2011 art licensing shows, there is no time like the present to begin planning your art, your booth, your strategies and more. I just discovered this great video that SURTEX did during the 2010 show last May - it gives a great feel for what the show looks like as well ...
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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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    Successfully Designing Under Client Direction

    Successfully Designing Under Client Direction
    "I would like a drop shadow on the text with a side of a distracting image behind the body copy and oh yeah, center it all please." Sound familiar? Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if every single creative project you've had the opportunity to design allowed for you, the designer, to make the calls on every design-related aspect of the ...
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    Do You Think About Audience When Creating?

    Do You Think About Audience When Creating?
    Hi, Dr. Maisel: I wonder if it makes sense to create solely for myself or should I take my audience into account? I have the feeling that this is a really complicated question but I don’t know even how to begin thinking about it. Any thoughts? - Holly Y., Logan, Utah Tweet Let’s look at just one aspect of what you ...
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    3 Questions to Ask Your Illustration Clients

    3 Questions to Ask Your Illustration Clients
    Have you ever had trouble figuring out what the heck your Illustration clients actually want? Whether they’ve worked with an Illustrator before or not, it can often be difficult for your clients to put their thoughts into words. Or, perhaps they’re not even sure themselves about what they’re looking for. The creative process can be tricky, especially if your client doesn’t ...
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    How to Move Through Rejection

    How to Move Through Rejection
    Cynthia Morris has been coaching artists, writers and entrepreneurs for over ten years. She is a published author, teacher, speaker, and artist who reignites the fun of the creative journey with her creativity excursions in Europe and the US. Cynthia recently spoke with us about helping artists deal with rejection. Visit her website and blog for more information about how Cynthia ...
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    How Much Emotion Should Go Into Your Art?

    How Much Emotion Should Go Into Your Art?
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I’ve experienced a lot of pain in my life and I’m not sure if I should try to heal from all that pain or keep it alive and use it in my painting? What do you think? Marcia S., Savannah Hello, Marcia: Thank you for your question. The answer is: both. It goes pretty much without saying why ...
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    Promote Your Art to Corporate Clients

    Promote Your Art to Corporate Clients
    If you had an insider’s tour of the offices of power brokers, government officials and influential businesspeople in our nation’s capitol, what would you see? Judith HeartSong, the Art Director for corporate consulting firm ArtMatters LLC in Washington, DC, agreed to answer a few question about this world and how artists can become involved in the corporate market. AS: Your company ...
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    7 Elements of an Effective Portfolio Website

    7 Elements of an Effective Portfolio Website
    Over the span of 7 days, I recently explored the most important elements that make up a successful online portfolio website, and how to use them to the best effect starting with a post about your site design. To read all the parts of the series, simply click on the links in the list below to direct you to the corresponding ...
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    The Call to Action on Your Web Portfolio

    The Call to Action on Your Web Portfolio
    In previous parts of this series, we’ve focused on how to approach the design of your website, image gallery, and About page. We’ve shown a proven record of successful projects, given them the opportunity to dig a little deeper with a blog, and even educated them on how we work. So how do you get them to take the most crucial ...
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    Reveal Your Creative Process in Your Web Portfolio

    Reveal Your Creative Process in Your Web Portfolio
    In previous parts of this series, we’ve focused on how to make the most of your website design, image gallery, and About page, as well as the benefits of including testimonials and a blog. Now we’re going to explore the reasons that you should consider using your site to educate your potential clients on your creative process. You can also read ...
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    Blog It For a Better Portfolio Website

    Blog It For a Better Portfolio Website
    In previous parts of this series, we’ve focused on how to make the most of your website design, image gallery, and About page. We’ve even gone a step further in making our case as a seasoned professional by including a list of recent projects and testimonials. Now that you’ve proven your worth as an Illustrator, how do you get your visitor ...
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    Testimonials Equal a Winning Portfolio Website

    Testimonials Equal a Winning Portfolio Website
    In previous parts of this series, we’ve focused on how to make the most of your website design, image gallery, and About page. Now that you’ve impressed them with your work and told them about who you are, how do you prove that you’re not just fancy pictures and big talk? The Testimonial As you probably know, working as a professional ...
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    Add an About Page on Your Portfolio Website

    Add an About Page on Your Portfolio Website
    The About Page Okay. It’s time to let your visitor know that you’re human. A captivating, well-branded site design and a stunning image gallery is the perfect one-two punch when it comes to drawing a potential client into your world. Now that you’ve gotten their attention, the best way to go for a knockout is an effective About page. Why Do ...
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