Artists

Interview with Leslie M. Ward

When artist and designer Leslie M. Ward closes her eyes, she sees a world infused with broad strokes of vibrant color. As a result, Ward’s deeply emotive, abstract ink and watercolor paintings are experimental and elemental in approach. While working, she allows intense colored inks to flower and spread organically across...

2016 Artist's and Graphic Designer's Market

Target Your Talent

Finding your footing in your art career can be as simple as figuring out what, in particular, you do well. Artists sometimes try to over-reach by attempting to do everything instead of focusing on what they most enjoy and excel at. Fletcher Crossman made the decision to target his talent by...

Payment Options: How to Accept Payment for Your Art by Daniel Grant

So you’re ready to start selling your art, but have you thought through the logistics of accepting payments from your customers? There are a variety of payment options, each with a distinct set of advantages and disadvantages. In “Payment Options: How to Accept Payment for Your Art,” Daniel Grant takes you...

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Have a Little Courage

*An an excerpt from 2001 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market. Linda Maron e-mailed, “After fooling around for way too long, I finally put a portfolio of digital images together and used your resource to make a list of six greeting card and licensing companies. Within ten days of sending out the...

Speaking Metaphorically: The Language of Visual Art

*Original excerpt from 2001 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market. I love the flowing, lyrical style of artist Yevgenia Nayberg. Nayberg sent us a package of samples of her past illustration assignments. Much of the work she sent had been published in magazines listed in AGDM, but I couldn’t help but notice...

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Sabatino’s Strategy: Send a Sample Arsenal

*An excerpt from 2001 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market. When humorous illustrator Chris Sabatino told me he’d send along a few samples of his work he wasn’t kidding. I got an envelope packed with an array of samples – tons of postcards, 8½ x 11 promo pieces, even a booklet entitled...

Art Lives On

“Art is an Active Force in Life.” * An original excerpt from 2001 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market. Another inspiring fine art package came from Nadine LaFond. The outside label featured a sketch of a smiling flower ad the words “Art Lives.” Looking inside, I saw that LaFond’s business card and...

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Follow Your Dreams – Literally

*An excerpt for 2001 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market. Illustrator Theresa Smythe was offered – and followed – career advice from her own subconscious. Smythe graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in film/video and worked in animation (including Warner Bros. Quest for Camelot). She tried watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, pen...

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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...

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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...