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Fine Art Shipping Tips: How to Save Money on Postage and More

Congratulations, you’ve just sold a painting! Now how do you get it across the country in one piece? Fine art shipping can be a tricky business. First of all, you want to make sure that it gets to the receiver undamaged, but you also want to make sure you don’t spend more on shipping...

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How to Stay on Track & Get Paid: Record-Keeping for Artists

Most creatives will freely admit that they’d much rather spend time on their craft than crunching numbers or organizing their filing cabinets. While paperwork isn’t necessarily fun, it is part of what allows you to do what you love for a living. There are a lot of components to running a successful business, so...

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John Howe: Fantasy Illustrator by Neely McLaughlin

John Howe Interview Are you excited about the latest Hobbit movie’s release this week? We are too, and I’m happy to share this excerpt (below) from our interview with fantasy illustrator John Howe. Howe has worked as a concept artist for all three Hobbit films, his illustrations inspiring the look and feel of each...

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Motivational Tools of the Trade by Jim Hunt

How to Stay Motivated Is your to-do list a mile long, but you’re having trouble getting started? Keeping motivated is a common problem for artists and one of the biggest challenges for freelancers. If you’re the boss, you’re also the one who has to make sure you stay on track! Experienced freelance cartoonist Jim...

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Revolutionizing Your Art With Kickstarter

It’s no big secret that social media can have a major impact on an artist’s career. In fact, artist Lori McNee explores this very topic in numerous blog posts and in the latest edition of our 2014 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market. I would even hazard to say that it’s near impossible, now a...

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Staying Alive by Ursula Roma

How to Make it as an Artist Tired of barely eking out a living on your art? The idea of the starving artist is romantic, but it’s not much fun if you’re actually living that way. The good news is you don’t have to. Freelance artist and illustrator Ursula Roma offers great suggestions for...

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Tom Davie: Hand-Made Design by Tamera Lenz Muente

Today is National Grammar Day, a day for us editorial types to gleefully pull out our biggest red pens (just kidding!), which reminded me of our 2012 interview with graphic designer Tom Davie. Davie’s handmade design artwork incorporates clever wordplay with fonts and editorial symbols. My favorites are his tongue-in-cheek Neue Helvatica (2011) and...

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Something to Talk About: How to Get Referrals by Peleg Top

How to Get Referrals Asking your clients for referrals may seem awkward, but you definitely don’t want to be in the position of forwarding your résumé through your cousin’s roommate’s dentist! To generate quality referrals, you simply need to provide a good service and then ask. Business development coach Peleg Top’s article “Something to...

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Loren Long: Soul of the Heartland by Holly Davis

Children’s Book Illustrator Loren Long Lots of artists dream of illustrating children’s books. Many have fond memories of their favorite childhood stories, and children’s books may seem more approachable than other forms of  illustration. Nevertheless, it’s a crowded field, and it can be difficult to get your first big break and make a name...