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For Artists

I’ve decided to create this page for you, to support you, because I believe in that each and every one of us can uplift the other.
Secondly I receive a lot of emails from artists asking me for some advice.

Here we go.

  1. INSPIRATION. My first advice to you is to shut down the internet. You must rest your brain, go to the church or a bar, if that’s your vibe and feel who you really are. The inspiration is great, but it can kill your confidence.
  2. ATTITUDE. Doesn’t matter which leg lands first on your floor in the morning. If you’re feeling stuck, go for a walk. Julia Cameron swears on it. Morning pages might be awesome too; I’m still procrastinating on them though. You must sort yourself out either by drinking a glass of wine (why not..), talking to a friend (you can even email me!), having sex or plainly showing up to work it through.
  3. PERSISTENCE. Art business (yes, you must treat it as a business, if you want to be in business) tends to take more time to build than any service based business. I know it because I owned a very successful design business with a waitlist for 8 months ahead. You need talent, but most importantly you need persistence and know tricks or two regarding how to grow it.
  4. TOOLS. I use Arches + Fantastico watercolor paper. It’s expensive and it can intimidate. When I was exhibiting my Lost Genius women series I used only the best paper and mates and frames. For some quicker sketches, studies I use Canson and Strathamore.
    Brushes are important as well. I like to use natural hair but also teklons. Each brush has its own mind and you need to learn it before knowing which to reach for. For the paint I love to use M.Graham and W&N, and DICKBLICK has everything online.
    Photoshop is my main digital tool for rendering and cleaning up.
  5. STYLE is important. Once I emailed a very successful illustrator and he suggested to take down everything but the watercolors. I used to paint with acrylic and even do some digital work. Within the watercolor you can have hundreds of styles. Paint, paint and paint, the style will emerge.
  6. DONATE. Only if it’s a YES. 
  7. COPYCATS. We want to uplift each other but you need to protect yourself against infringements by copyrighting all your work on a regular basis.
  8. PLAY. Be responsible, fun and hope for the best. But most importantly, work hard and play hard!

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES. 

  1. CONSULT. If you’re confused/lost in the art biz — there is one lady you MUST hire. Her name is Maria Brophy and she’s amazingly knowledgable and super nice. Let me repeat — hire her!
  2. SUPPLIES. DICKBLICK for art supplies. Always and foreva.
  3. PRICING. How to price your work by Jessica Hische and Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines book. (aff link)

Have a good life and just show up!

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