Artists Arise

Explore ways to overcome the 'starving artists' mentality and find new strategies to touch the world with your creative gifts!

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Digital Artist?

Started by Dawn Blair. Last reply by Michael Wade Apr 16. 3 Replies

Creating an audio download product with music

Started by Arlene Rattan. Last reply by Dawn Blair Mar 18. 1 Reply

Indivual or Organization

Started by Jeremy Sabacek Feb 10. 0 Replies

Selling art through an agency?

Started by Luke Townsley. Last reply by Luke Townsley Dec 8, 2014. 3 Replies

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Comment by John Chang on March 20, 2014 at 2:22pm

It was a cool event - good energy and good dancers!

Ironically, even this was my 1st paid gig in a while, (Here's my blog post on this..) it wasn't as fun as some unpaid events I've DJ'd for friends. In the end DJ's want to see people dancing to music they're playing, right?

There were mostly swing dancers, and no one really came by for tango. Still, I was ready with my playlist and felt like it was payment for some past unpaid work.

Plus, I know I can help the organizer make her next event more successful. This was her first one involving tango - she's mostly a swing dancer.. (Coincidentally, my partner for my first gigs teaching tango is also a world-renowned swing dancer.)

Comment by Eric Pulsifer on March 20, 2014 at 11:44am

Thanks, y'all. Melissa, the mental blocks are a little easier to deal with these days, at least for now. Putting on my steel helmet helps a lot.

Deby, you'll find some of my writing on creativeanddangerous.com. As far as the music, the best I can do right now is an old myspace page. Yeah, I know. Been so long I can't even remember the password to get in.

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Comment by Deby Dearman on March 20, 2014 at 7:19am

Tony, those look great! Do you think their prices are good?

Eric, welcome to the group, we're happy that you're here! Please share a link to your music and your writing. We'd love to see what you're doing.

John, how did your even go? It sounds really interesting.

Dean, cool idea! Congrats on the job. Do you have a different characters to choose from?

Comment by Melissa AuClair on March 19, 2014 at 8:18pm

Tony, I love the mug and the pillow- how fun! Great print.  

Welcome Eric.  Hopefully you are not having mental blocks currently :)

Deby- thanks for the article link. My thoughts echo Timmery's. Also, thank you for the guidelines for commissions. I was asked what I charged for a commission design and I had absolutely no idea!

Dean, Congratulations! Commissions have an extra component of challenge, but it sure feels good to know people are connecting with your art.

Comment by Eric Pulsifer on March 19, 2014 at 5:53pm

This looks like a good place to sit down ... I'm a writer (fiction and nonfiction) and musician, so I'm quite familiar with all the pitfalls. And the mental blocks. And the bad self talk.

Comment by John Chang on March 18, 2014 at 12:36am
nice, Tony!
Comment by Tony Snipes on March 17, 2014 at 10:53pm

Concerning the prints question: I've dabbled with several online print on demand resources. I started with Cafepress.com but now I'm enjoying the variety that Society6.com allows. Here's a pic of a gift set I created for one of my daughters on her birthday. I took the original art and printed to canvas,a mug...even a pillow case! She loved it!

Comment by Timmery Clark on March 17, 2014 at 9:28am
Thanks for the article link, Deby. I enjoyed Vonnegot's infectious urging to go and do. Making prints sounds more involved than I would have initially thought. Look at you guys trail blazing and sharing your discovered insights with us!
Comment by John Chang on March 16, 2014 at 6:31pm

Congrats, Dean - any paid gig to practice our art is awesome! 

Tonight I'll DJ'ng the Argentine tango portion of this Roaring 20s event - stop by if you're in the area! :-)

Comment by Dean Mastern on March 16, 2014 at 4:31pm

I did my first commercial render this weekend!

The client wanted something different for their introduction video, so I suggested a 3D character holding their logo, rather than a plain logo on screen with text. The bullet points that they wanted to mention come up in the space below the logo that the girl is holding (all purple areas in the picture are transparent, with blurred moving video behind).

The client loved it, and I'm pumped because I'm actually getting paid, even though I just started doing this 3D building a couple of months ago!


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