Artists Arise

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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 Jeremy Sabacek on March 10, 2014 at 10:50am

Question for Illustrators and Artists and Everyone in the group:

I have illustrations (in infancy stages or in the process) that I would like to showcase.

Where are the best places on the web or elsewhere where I can get the most "eyeballs", chatter and interest in my work?

Comment by Melissa AuClair on March 9, 2014 at 8:49pm

Hey Jocelyn!  Thought about your comment over the weekend.

Working as an artist can be oddly lonely at times. I know I love have hours of work time alone but I recognize when I'm craving people time; even if that means being in a Starbucks with people around. Lately another desire has come over me- to have meaningful conversations about several of my key interest points- a lot of them surround art, working as artist, growth, frustrations of artist-entrepreneur- among other things- and there aren't many people in my physical sphere of people I'm.  THAT can be a creative zapper. There's nothing quite like trying to work towards significant goals (at least for me) and feel like the odd one out.

That communication and connection via Artist Arise (and a few other artist communities I'm so happy to be a part of online) have helped fill the creative community gap. 

I might be reading in to what you are inferring, but that is where my thoughts led me!

Hope you had a lovely weekend and were able to do some creating, dreaming, and/or resting this weekend.

Deby, thanks for the article link.  I loved it; I'm including it on my links page this Friday.  

Comment by Jocelyn Richard on March 7, 2014 at 1:29pm

hello, i miss you all. i need the creative conservation

Comment by Dean Mastern on March 5, 2014 at 2:29pm

Deby, those 18 Things are so spot on! I can relate to almost all of them!

As far as the video companies, I currently work with one, but we do mostly TV commercials, which are really not paying well unless you're at the national level. I do have access to all the equipment to make my own productions though. I just need to keep working on making a professional product.

Thanks for the encouragement!

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Comment by Deby Dearman on March 5, 2014 at 8:47am

Timmery, great idea to turn you're mistake into a special sale. Is it working? Were you able to recreate the order?  I ache with you, but this kind of stuff just happens. Life!

Dean, I would think video companies would be interested in your characters. Do you have an in road to pitch to them?

John, good thoughts - I agree!

Jeremy, I'm impressed with your work.

Group Leader
Comment by Deby Dearman on March 5, 2014 at 8:39am

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently!

You'll love this! Can you relate?

Comment by Court McCracken on February 28, 2014 at 5:44pm


I very much relate to what you are saying. I have gotten myself into a mess or two with my art stuff as well. One time I had to switch the type of paint I was using mid project because the original paint I had purchased (within the budget) just wasn't doing the trick. To make the project happen on time, I had to take a loss and replace the paint with a new type of paint from my own funds. It was because I had speculated wrongly about the surface and how it would absorb paint. It absolutely stunk and it was ridiculously stressful and I felt like I had failed, I had wasted tons of time, and the money part hurt too. But now, I know more about my medium than I did before. I chalk the time and money up to "paying for an education", though it didn't seem so funny at the time. Not sure I have ever been so stressed out about a project. Funny enough, it's some people's favorite mural I've ever painted! Even though I still feel a little insecure about it because I know about the stressful lessons that went into making it...but no one else by my friend who helped me paint it knows that I initially chose the wrong paint. We got the right paint and our work went four times as fast after that. *palm to forehead & sigh.....

Comment by John Chang on February 28, 2014 at 5:19pm

You'll find a creative solution - to me an entrepreneur is an artist that specializes in creatively finding business solutions.

Besides money, what separates a pro from amateur is their willingness to keep going. No, it's not easy - while it's great to be paid to share your gift - where it's almost like "play," the real "work" is this persistence and finding the juice in these life lemons. 

Comment by Timmery Clark on February 28, 2014 at 3:29pm
Thanks John. My buyer isn't a worry for me at all, we have a good working relationship. I think the real issue is that I'm discouraged after having invested a week's worth of time, labor, and money into the design and creation, and its all wasted. What a sense of failure :(
I know I can put together another batch of books next week, but I've got these creations I don't feel good about selling and I'm discouraged to redo all the work. It happens, I guess. How have ya'lls taken a mess in stride and not let it get you down?
Comment by John Chang on February 28, 2014 at 2:38pm

Fess up right away - most people put off uncomfortable talks. Delaying only makes things worse.. especially in business relationships!

See what you can salvage from the order. If the store is willing to take the orders and discount them with a caveat, then give them what you have and offer to produce the next batch to your original spec.

Some people see this as taking a loss, but my friend Dave - a great business wizard - treats this as ad / marketing dollars. Spending this kind of money on a relationship with an established buyer goes much further than trying to spend dollars on radio or newspaper these days!


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