Brush care is important, and while it can be time consuming, it’s relatively easy. Here are a couple products that I use that will help make your brush care more effective.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.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
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.Read More
A company called Urban Art has an amazing deal on Holbein oil paints in 40ml tubes over on Amazon. You get 2 tubes for either $15 or $16. In many cases this is almost 50% OFF!!!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
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…Read More
Portfolio reviews never seem to be as useful as they feel like they should be. In reality, most of the advice in the totality of portfolio reviews can be boiled down into a single tweet. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Noah Bradley write that tweet.Read More
Todd McFarlane has always been a big influence on me. I was in the 5th grade when “Spawn” #1 came out and I was blown away. I bring up Todd’s philosophy of “drawing all the webs,” a good bit on 1FW so I thought I’d share the full quote and also plug McFarlane’s art book.Read More
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.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
Want to spark some real joy? Take that pile of stuff out your closet and throw it in the trash.
Learn to love again. Live an honest life. The answer is in embracing the pleasures of huge garbage can ownership.Read More
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!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
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.Read More
Here are links to those podcasts.
Akimbo (jump in anywhere): https://www.akimbo.me/
Marketing, but for the powers of good!
The Dream (start at Ep. 1): https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stitcher/the-dream
Exploring the past, present and future of the world’s biggest scams.
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…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