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Micro Funding for Artists

Do you have big art dreams but a small bank account? Are you intimidated by the prospect of applying for a bank loan to launch or improve your art business? You don’t have to give up on your dreams just yet. In “Micro Funding for Macro Dreams,” Sean J. Miller explains how artists and...

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Promoting Your Work: Self-Promotion Tips for Artists and Designers

Artist Promotion Tips Whether you’re just starting your creative career or you’ve been at it for a while, promotion is an essential part of your art business plan. You can send a postcard, email or show your art in person, but you have to get your work “out there” to find potential buyers. In...

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Creative Problem Solving for Artists: Go to Plan B

Artist Backup Plan Have you thought of a backup plan for your creative career? While you probably have no intention of giving up your art, sometimes life has a way of surprising us. What if like illustrator Holly DeWolf, you suffer a serious hand injury? Or what if your equipment is stolen or ruined...

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Creative Problem Solving for Artists: Planning for the Unthinkable

Here at Artist’s Market Online, we’re all about planning for the future, whether that means creating a solid business plan or learning the latest skills and technology for your creative trade. However, there are some events that you just can’t plan for and can have serious repercussions on your career. In this next part...

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Creative Problem Solving for Artists: Relocation

Tips for Moving Thinking about moving? Whether you’re changing your home address or studio location, moving is hardly ever a good time. Sure the new digs may be bigger and better, but the sorting, packing, cleaning, heavy-lifting and unpacking? Not so fun. In this next section of our Creative Problem Solving series, Holly DeWolf...

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Creative Problem Solving for Artists: Embracing Imperfection

Wabi-Sabi: Embracing Imperfection in Your Art Is striving for perfection in your art driving you crazy? Let it go, and learn to embrace imperfection! In this next installment of our Creative Problem Solving series, Holly DeWolf encourages you to drop the pursuit of perfection and look for the perfectly imperfect. Keep reading below for...

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Creative Problem Solving for Artists: Dealing with the Inner Critic

Everyone expects to deal with rejection now and then, but what if you’re the one rejecting your artwork? Creatives can be their own worst critic, and learning to deal with the inner critic is crucial to growing creatively. In this next part of our Creative Problem Solving series (below), Holly deWolf offers tips for...

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Creative Problem Solving for Artists: Rejection

Every creative faces rejection now and then. If you’re just starting out, the rejection letters can be discouraging and overwhelming. If it’s any comfort, know that you are not alone. I love this thoughtful rejection letter that a Disney editor sent to a young Tim Burton. For tips on how to deal with rejection...

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Creative Problem Solving for Artists: Procrastination

How to Stop Procrastinating Have you been honing your procrastination skills along with your art techniques? No worries, artist’s block comes to everyone now and then, and it frequently leads to procrastination. The question is, how do you stop procrastinating once you start? In this third part of our Creative Problem Solving series, Holly...

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Creative Problem Solving for Artists: Burnout

Has the thought of starting your next illustration or art project made you want to bury your head in the sand? Even artists who love their work suffer from burnout occasionally. In this second part of our Creative Problem Solving for Artists series, we’ll take a look at Holly deWolf’s tips for working through...