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Cartoonists: Don’t be Afraid to Break the Rules

*Excerpt from 2001 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market and written by Doug Hubbuch. Aspiring cartoonists should follow the familiar advice handed down to writers through the ages: write about what you know. Right? Wrong, says Lee Salem, executive vice president and editor of Universal Press Syndicate. “I don’t buy into the old saw of...

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Illustrating for Children and Loving It!

*Excerpt from 1999 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market! Those among us who can honestly say, “I love my job” are indeed lucky. And while good fortune does play a part in the careers we end up with, hard work, education and research are involved, too. Illustrator Joy Allen learned this as she mustered up...

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Art Freelance Must-Have Skills

*Originally published in Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market 1999. Are you wondering what the art world is expecting from you? Then here’s a few helpful tips you might want to consider before mass querying all your favorite agencies and firms. Advertising agencies and design firms hire the following freelance creative talent on a project-by-project...

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Networking at Animation Festivals

*Excerpt from 2000 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market by Brooke Comer. Aspiring artists can maximize their chances of getting work, according to Kat Fair, head of recruitment for Nickelodeon Animation Studio, by taking advantage of recruiting opportunities at animation festivals. Fair, who makes the rounds of art schools to recruit new talent, always tells...

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Free Comic Book Day is Here!

Are you geeking out over one of the biggest days in a nerd’s life? Then you’ve come to the right place! For Free Comic Book Day, the IMPACT community is giving out a free downloadable excerpt from some of their how-to-draw comic books! Seriously, what more could a person want? So go and visit...

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Posters and Prints Tips

Research print outlets. Visit galleries, frame shops, furniture stores and other retail outlets that carry prints to see where your art fits in. You may also want to visit designer showrooms and interior decoration outlets. Find a niche. Many artists do well in small, specialized niches. Limited edition prints with Civil War themes, for...

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How to Price Your Art

There are no hard and fast rules for pricing your fine artwork. Most artists and galleries base prices on market value – what the buying public is currently paying for similar work. Learn the market value by visiting galleries and checking prices of works similar to yours. When you are starting out don’t compare...

Art Licensing Tips

Jackie Frerichs’s Licensing Tips 1. Keep on top of the industry. Browse stores and malls often to study what’s popular on shelves. Don’t forget to peruse gift catalogs, too. Frerichs recommends a subscription to Greetings Today, a quarterly magazine that covers the giftware industry. Attend a stationary or gift show, such as the annual...

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Make a Profit With Licensing

Jackie Frerichs knows how to keep several plates in the air at once – plates and mugs and two kinds of napkins. She’s been juggling her designs on a variety of products since 1991, and it’s a trick she feels every artist should master. Learning any new skill takes time and practice, but the...

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Book Industry Terms

Looking to kickstart your career in the publishing field? Then check out these top terms found in every publisher’s vocabulary. Even if you don’t plan on working with all of these trades, knowing these book industry terms are an essential for anyone wanting to make a good impression. Mass market books are sold in...