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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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    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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    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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    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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    How To Price Your Artwork

    How To Price Your Artwork
    How do you price an original painting or drawing? You’ve just completed a new work and – lucky you! – there’s someone interested in buying it. But how do you price your work in a way that’s fair to both you and your collector? There are very few hard-and-fast rules in the art world, except when it comes to pricing, and ...
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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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    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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    Portfolio Development for Artists

    Portfolio Development for Artists
    Your artistic portfolio is a valuable tool in your arsenal as an artist, and it is often the first opportunity you have to impress and influence those in charge of making the decisions that affect you and your work. By developing and preparing a professional portfolio, every artist is taking a step towards ensuring their own success. In general, a portfolio ...
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    Inspirational Quotes for Artists and Designers

    There's nothing more frustrating to an artist than a creative block. You strain your brain to make something happen, but nothing comes out. You’re out of ideas. And it seems like there's nothing you can do to fix the situation. But as a professional artist, you know you must get back in the zone — your job depends on it! Here ...
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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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    Freelancers: Beat Work-Alone Loneliness

    Freelancers: Beat Work-Alone Loneliness
    When I first started doing the freelance "graphic design":http://artbistro.monster.com/careers/articles/107-what-to-expect-from-a-career-in-graphic-design gig a while back, I thought to myself, "Great! I can work alone and not be bothered by other people!" Being somewhat an isolationist anyway, this prospect appealed to me very much. With the advances in Internet and wireless communication, it was even better. I was able to do my work on ...
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    Protect Your work: Copyright Infringement

    Protect Your work: Copyright Infringement
    My hometown of Keene, NH holds a huge Pumpkin Festival every year around Halloween. It’s become pretty famous, with over 25,000 jack-o-lanterns lighting up Main Street. So, if you’re ever in the area at this time of year, be sure to take a visit (and bring a pumpkin or two). Anyway, this year as I was stuffing myself with maple cotton ...
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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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    Creating Commissioned Work as an Artist

    Creating Commissioned Work as an Artist
    Commissioned Work Clients commission an artist for one main reason: They want a work that is in someway personalized. Whether it is a portrait of a family member or a rendition of a landscape — the work holds personal significance. The best way to acquire a commission? Find interested clients already familiar with your work. This way you’ll have a better ...
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    5 Unique Ways to Get Creative Juices Flowing

    5 Unique Ways to Get Creative Juices Flowing
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com. Whether you are a writer, a painter or a creative person of any sort, there’s nothing more intimidating than staring at a blank canvas. At times, it feels daunting and can even cause anxiety. After all, a step in any direction is the first step down a creative pathway… …and what if it’s the ...
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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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    Create the Design Portfolio that Will Get the Job

    Create the Design Portfolio that Will Get the Job
    Pack that Portfolio When we get ready to graduate from those long days of design school, it's time to think about our portfolios. What do we include in there? What kinds of work should we show? Do we just throw every project in it? I have a few thoughts on this and want to share them with you. The Best of ...
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