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Artist Career

For Artists: Keep Records

The end stages of anyone’s life are likely to be somewhat chaotic. Ailments consume one’s thoughts, strength wanes, memory fades, and the ability to take care of ordinary activities, albeit work or just shopping for food, declines. Those with jobs are apt to retire – the business will go on – and devote the remainder of their lives to a less stressful existence. In 1996, multimedia sculptor Nam June Paik (1932-2006) suffered a stroke that largely curtailed his ability to create new installations, but his career was far from over. Exhibitions of his work were being planned, new pieces were still being fabricated and existing works continued to be put up for sale at galleries. What’s more, a series of…

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Artist Networking Sites – Promote Yourself!!!

In this day and age when millions of average people across the globe are feeling isolated and are reaching out to each other through social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Friendster and other similar sites, there are emerging social networking sites for groups of people based on their professions like musicians, artists, actors and business people as well as social networking sites for groups based on their hobbies. This is a new and rapidly growing phenomena on the internet. Artists need a place to show off their creative talents and see what other artists are up to and to just hang out and chill and chat with other artists and make new contacts and make new friends. There…

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What it’s like to be a rich and popular artist :)

First of all, it doesn’t matter if you can paint. It helps a little bit, but the majority of fine artists making tons of money today are not representational painters! This means they draw geometric shapes or splashes of paint, using heavy brushstrokes and scratchy movements. Those artists who are painting recognizable things in their art, are usually using a simplified, stylistic (not realistic) cartoonish method, which is a million times easier than actually painting objects and people as they are. I’ll say it again; representation it out. What should I paint? What you want to do is develop a theme and a style. Use the same colors (and not a lot). Pick your 5 favorite colors. Muted and dull…

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Promote Your Art!!!

The art fairs are festivals that are organized to promote and put emphasis on the visual arts as well as on other forms of art. Artist from different locations find such fairs as the right place to share their common interest to encourage art and artists. The art fairs are held annually or at irregular period around the globe and artists with their amazing adroitness swarm together to display their work to public. Art fairs are the right place for art lovers as they can acquire knowledge and meet artists personally. If you are an art lover and want to have a clear perspective into the mind of the artist then such fairs act as a niche. The prime subject…

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Pencil Portrait Drawing Tips on the Line Drawing

In this article I will discuss the importance of a line drawing in producing a pencil portrait drawing. I will also discuss the details of rendering such a drawing. We start with a gridded reference image that has the same dimensions as the drawing we will produce. By the way, a gridded image which has the size of your actual drawing, will usually be too large for most printers to handle in one piece. So, print out the image piece-wise on regular 8.5 by 11 inch paper. The first step is to draw the same grid on your drawing paper that you drew on your reference image. Use an HB or F pencil with a sharp point and draw very…

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Artist and Income –

Art Licensing Art licensing is a viable and highly attractive way for talented, commercial artists to leverage their skills into money making careers. Licensing consists of providing someone else certain and specific rights to reproduce and use your creation (generally called Intellectual Property or ‘IP’) on a new product while you maintain ownership of the IP Rights. These IP rights can be in a drawing, a musical composition, a trademark, a brand or words. By licensing certain rights to a third-party (usually a manufacturer, but it can be a retailer as well), you are allowing the third party to manufacture a derivative product using your IP. By doing this, you give someone else the responsibility and the risk for manufacturing,…

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Self Employment for Artists

Being a business takes a lot of hard work, to put it mildly, for the artist who has experience in creating beauty, but is less than knowledgeable in the world of business and self-employment. In my experience, after twentysomething years of working on marketing and promotion of my enterprise, life is pretty good. Still hectic, but that goes with having your own business. It pays to work hard, to avoid that horrible starving artist cliche. Who needs to starve? By spending a lot of time building a reputation and trust in clients, the business will grow all by itself. The trick is to think like a savvy businessperson, not a fine artist. First of all, advertising is very important. Without…

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Commercial Artist in Fashion

This month we shine the spotlight on the illustration works of some of our commerical artists including some fashion illustration from one of our most prolific illustrators , some creepy goings on and a nimble fingered paper sculpture. It could only be Jacqueline Bisset when the jewler Thomas Sabo was seeking illustration for their Charm Club catalogue comprising of approx 50 illustrations. Commissioned by ad agency AHD to create a Charm Club Girl, Bisset then placed her high society creation in various scenarios: clubbing, shopping etc and an illustrated lifestyle was the end result. This type of brief is perfectly suited to Bisset’s free flowing style, inspired by the high society charm and decedance of the 40’s and 50’s. The…

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OUTSOURCE PROJECT- FOR FREELANCE ARTISTS

Today, undertaking a business has become very difficult. There are ample numbers of tasks which are to be performed in order to ensure the smooth functioning of the business firm. In order to increase the flow of working, the business owners have come up with an exclusive method which involves the outsourcing of their projects. An Outsource project involves the working being undertaken by a freelance artist. In this competitive world where everybody wants to achieve a great amount of popularity within a short span of time, the concept of an outsource project has come up as a great source of help. The big business firms who have to undertake a huge number of tasks can rely on the outsourcing…

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