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Selling on Instagram made easy

Of all the social media platforms, Instagram is the easiest for us artists to gather a following. Getting thousands of people keeping up with you is nice but if you’re trying to sell stuff, it can be tough. Instagram makes it very hard to get users to take action or buy anything.

You’re going to want to set up your account to tag products. Once you do that, you can embed a purchase link directly into your images on IG. Getting it set up is a little bit of a pain, but once you’ve got it, it’s powerful. People can make purchases from your personal site without leaving IG.

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How to Make an Amazing Patreon Cover Image

As an artist it is becoming more and more clear that Patreon is the place to be. The format and fan interaction possible over on Patreon is amazing! We’ve written several articles at 1FW about how to start your Patreon (seriously go start one already). Today let’s talk about making an amazing cover image.

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Driving to Conventions - Pros and Cons

I keep it no secret that I drive to almost all of my shows. This routinely has me on the road for between 3 and 20 hours each way, depending on the show. Why did I decide on this path? To be honest, initially it was because I’m something of a nervous flyer, but overtime I’ve learned to take full advantage of the space in the vehicle and learned to love the long days alone in the car. Let’s talk about the Pros and Cons of driving to conventions.

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Meditation, Well-being and Levitation

I started meditating recently. The short version of this story is, it’s good. The long version is more interesting.

My history with meditation goes way back to my earliest memories. My parents were both involved in a movement called Transcendental Meditation and I remember them regularly locking themselves in the bedroom so they could sit on the bed quietly. It’s one of those things that doesn’t strike you as strange when you are a kid, but then you grow up and realize that no one else you know had the same experience.

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How to Find Work Online as an illustrator

Finding Work Online as an Illustrator is Hard. But you don't need me to tell you that, do you? There are a few things I have learned along the way that have helped me earn my modest living. And while I am always looking for better methods, I want to take a minute to help my brothers and sisters get a hand up! So let's take a look at some of the things I have learned to be important…

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Why Artists Should Live Stream on Twitch

What if there was a way to push yourself to draw or paint uninterrupted for hours everyday and at the same time create a wealth of content to utilize. But wait, there’s more, you’re also building meaningful relationships with fans that last much longer than the 15 seconds someone sees your post for on other social media. This magical place exists right now and it’s just waiting for you to join in.

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Top Tips to Level Up your Newsletter Game

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.

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One Review at a Time: Studio Plants!

Several years ago Dan Dos Santos did an article on Muddy Colors about studio plants. In the article he talked about the benefits of having green living things in your studio. While there are many benefits, the one that stood out the most to me as an oil painter was that some plants actually detoxify the chemicals that oil painting mediums release into your studio!

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Where do you make your art?

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.

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Convention Strategy - Pros and Cons

Balancing our time as independent artists can be a tough thing. In a perfect world we would all be in a position to hire an assistant to work conventions for us. The reality is only a small percentage of artists can do this. Until we reach that point we have to navigate the convention scene and find time to create artwork. I’ve seen some things work for one artist and totally different things work for another - so let’s talk about the pros and cons of a few different convention strategies.

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One Review at a Time: Work Bench Organizer

I’m always looking for ways to improve my studio. I find it’s easy to build up lots of clutter on my cutting table, and then I end up having to clear a bunch of stuff off so I can use it. I finally realized that most of the clutter was tools that I used regularly so I started looking for a way to organize everything. With a lot of Amazon searching I discovered this guy…

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Floating for Creatives

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.

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