Last year I had the pleasure of attending The Fantastic Workshop as an attendee. I brought a notebook and a list of questions with me and left with over 30 pages of incredibly insightful notes and answers to questions I didn’t know I had. It’s hard to summarize such a rich personal experience but I can say that it was revitalizing, informative, and I’m incredibly excited to be joining as an instructor this year to share that experience with you from the other side.Read More
As an artist, entrepreneur, and educator, I am well aware of the wide spectrum of options available in the world of art education. College courses, ateliers, workshops, books, magazines, tutorial videos, local artist gatherings, conventions, discussion panels, online forums – there are so many different resources for finding your individual path to growth as an artist and creator that it can often be overwhelming to decide where to focus your energy. But I would argue that there is one important factor that can mean the difference between a positive and a negative outcome in any one of those categories: the experience.Read More
For the past few years, I have been sharing what it is like to be an independent artist in the form of video on my YouTube channel. I’ve found that it is an incredibly powerful platform to be on. Today I’m going to share with you some tips and strategies for artists that you can apply to your YouTube channel.Read More
As I mentioned in my previous video on the One Fantastic Week YouTube channel, I managed to sustain a (thankfully mild) injury because I was drawing in a way that was unhealthy for my body. I don’t want you to end up in my place or worse, so I’m about to introduce you to an amazing and relatively inexpensive product that I feel is a real game changer for me.Read More
1. Your portfolio should only consist of your best pieces, remember one weak piece will weaken the whole portfolio. Don’t put too many images in either. 10-12 images are usually optimal. The content of the portfolio depends on what kind of illustration you want to do, make sure to do your research on the field you’re interested in first.
2. A good, strong …Read More
In this post, I'll talk about what I know regarding content and what makes decent content.
How to generate maximum content: Take lots of photos during the process of creating the piece. From sketch to finish, photograph it in decent light (I can talk about image editing apps at a later time but taking a decent photograph is the first step). It can be taken with a phone, considering it's not going to be viewed larger than, say, an iPad screen. But you still want to at least try for a relatively decent image. Set up your phone to be able to take a few videos, or if you have the capability, film the entire process. These videos will be chopped and shredded and used up until it's compost! But videos are the best content on Instagram. IG loves videos and will push it to the top of your followers timelines.Read More
"I'll be back again next week for "Twitching Tuesday" at 7pm EST! Let's go raid my buddy Blake's channel, have a good night everybody!" I'd sing into the microphone as I bid goodnight to my modest yet loyal and enthusiastic audience. I'd click "end stream" and the spell I had been under for the past 4-8 hours would suddenly be broken, and I'd awaken once more to my eerily quiet studio alone with my art. For the first time that night I could finally gaze upon what I had made with an undistracted eye, and many - many times my reaction has been "What have I done???" Then I would sigh, pick up my paint brush and get back to work.. fixing everything I'd gotten wrong. The evening chatting and making jokes with friends and fans had been so much fun... but at what cost? After a solid year and a half of consistent live-streaming I'm looking back at the results and wondering... is it all worth it?Read More
Instagram provides a free marketing platform for visual content creators. The days of advertising executives making all the decisions is over.
This is GREAT news for creators. It means that we have a free stage and a free bullhorn with which to bring an audience to our art.
"Ok great. So how do I fight the algorithm?" -you, maybe.Read More
This year, one of my goals is to regain a lot of lost time spent on social media while growing my online presence. When I refer to lost time, I don’t mean the lost hours of endless scrolling looking at friends posts, what I’m referring to is the tedious task of maintaining a business presence online.Read More
Hashtags. They are crucial in reaching new followers on Instagram and there are millions of hashtags out there. How do you know which hashtags are good? How do you know if a hashtag is effective?
Here are some tips on how to maximize your use of Hashtags on Instagram…Read More
Hey everyone! I've had a recent surge of growth on my Instagram and have had a lot of questions about how this happened. I thought an overview blog post would be beneficial to some of you! As a follow-up, I will be getting more in-depth for each of the Cs.Read More
When getting serious about becoming an artist in this digital age one of the many things that you’ll probably here is that “you should have a newsletter.” In a nutshell, a newsletter is a way to connect directly with your audience in their inbox. Since the beginning, I’ve kept a relatively simple bi-monthly newsletter for this very reason, and I'm happy to add that it works.Read More
It’s a simple question with a plethora of answers. Is it a corner in your apartment? The dining room table? Outside with nature? A spare room of your house? Or as in my case...a walk-in closet.
Wherever this magical spot is, it is in fact magic cause we’re all Wizards, its main purpose has always been the same: it’s your secret place (studio) for making amazing art.Read More
I was recently a guest on One Fantastic Week and briefly spoke about Floating. We later decided that it deserved its own article for those of you who want to try it for yourself. Although increased creativity is touted as a benefit of Floating, I see few artists writing about how or why that is. After giving my lecture about Floating for Light Grey Art Lab’s Iceland Residency, I discovered there’s a lot of interest among artists in this community and I wanted to help other creatives get the most out of their experiments in the tank, and to continue my own explorations.Read More
An oracle deck is often confused with the tarot but the difference lies in its structure. An oracle deck is free-flowing and can be of any content, unlike the tarot which is defined by its traditional structure and common meanings. The oracle deck can be anywhere from 12 to 100 cards but a tarot deck is usually 78 cards. It's also common to use an oracle deck side by side with the tarot for an intuitive reading. An example would be to pull an oracle card to set the 'theme', energy or feeling of a situation, and then a tarot spread for more detailed interpretations or advice.Read More
For the past 5 years I have been exhibiting as an artist at shows big and small, and I have found that one of the most common questions I get asked from fellow artists is “How do I know when I’m ready for an exhibitor booth?”
While each artist’s situation and every show is different, there are some things I consider when deciding what to book. Here are some of my thoughts and what I take into consideration when thinking of upgrading on a show-to-show basis.Read More
Being an artist is hard. Figuring out your style, finding your audience, choosing your path. There are a lot of resources out there to help us figure the art game out, but I think one of the best free resources that everyone has access to are… hashtag challenges.Read More
Still wiping the sleep from my eyes after a long greyhound bus ride, I stumbled into the city of Atlanta early Thursday night. It was Dragon Con and the city had sprung to life with heroes, villains, celebrities, and artists of all kinds. Everywhere I looked there were bodies rushing from place to place, eager to celebrate in the overflow of geek culture and festivities. I was excited to finally be a part of it all, in my own small way.Read More
When showing at your first convention, or your 20th, grabbing your audience's attention and making sales in the moment is usually the #1 goal for any artist. But once you have them, taking that captive audience online with you for the longer journey is key to growing a sustainable business.
Inviting your audience to join you online can happen in many forms. It can be as easy as giving out a business card or mentioning the fact that you have a website or Instagram account. Here are some ways I make it easy for fans to maintain the connection past our in-person experience at the convention.Read More
I’ve recently started collecting art & I thought I’d share with you some of the challenges I’ve run into in hopes that my experiences will help those of you who sell your personal art. You’ll notice that all of these issues are PRE-BUY. I was trying desperately to buy art for two weeks and kept running into the same issues.
As a buyer, I’m not so concerned about shipping, which artists have no control over or even about things like broken glass, etc. (I had one item damaged in shipment). As long as the artist makes me feel like they still care about their item and about me as a customer after I’ve bought from them, then I’ll not only still feel good about them, but I’ll actually feel better knowing they’ll take care of me should something go wrong.Read More