Artists Arise

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Selling art through an agency?

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

Getting ready for 2015...What are your goals?

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Learning Graphic Design questions

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Comment by Deby Dearman on October 8, 2014 at 11:54am

Interesting article! I 'd love to hear your thoughts about this.

Why Doubling Your Rates Doubles Your Success

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Comment by Deby Dearman on September 25, 2014 at 11:02am

Ed, thanks so much. Honestly, I was surprised at how difficult it was for me to paint commissions. I never dreamed that it would be hard, but inevitably I spend 3 to 4 Xs longer on them. So unless I can charge 3-4 Xs more, I figure that it's not worth my time.

Comment by Ed Ouano on September 25, 2014 at 12:18am

Great interview, Deby! It's very neat to learn more about you and your art. I completely understand what you mean about having a job and also not wanting to do much commission work. People ask me fairly often about freelancing and doing custom work and like you, I honestly prefer not doing it either. As I've been creating my art these past few years in addition to having fun, I'm also discovering how personal it is for me generally speaking something I enjoy doing for myself. I used to think about freelancing or illustrating other people's books, but not so much any more. 

Best of luck on your new business venture! 

Comment by Melissa AuClair on September 24, 2014 at 11:24pm

Thank you for the replay link Deby!  

And thank you for the clarification of the story!

Comment by Michael Brugh on September 24, 2014 at 10:47pm

You keep on keeping on. And, don't say you are too old! That's just the voices of others trying to label you, so they can place you in a box. I know, because I have to tell the voices to be quiet, myself!

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Comment by Deby Dearman on September 24, 2014 at 10:11pm

Welcome to Artists Arise, Dan. It was an honor to do the interview with you last night. I really enjoyed it, and I was especially happy that you mentioned the patron concept. I do think that it's as needed today as it was in earlier times. The Patreon site has received great reviews and many artists are finally getting the support they've needed. It's interesting to me that the guy that started the site is a very successful musician, but he admits that even with his successes - he still struggles with the feast or famine scenario. I think that's true for many artists - even the successful ones. In the creative world finances seem to come in chunks. It takes a very disciplined person with great budget skills to stretch the funds till the next chunk comes in. This is a huge issue creatives face when making a living with their art.

Comment by Dan Miller on September 24, 2014 at 7:12pm

Deby - I'm so delighted we stumbled on the Patreon.com discussion.  What a great concept.  It certainly embraces the way artists were supported in earlier times.

Thanks again for a great interview last night!

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Comment by Deby Dearman on September 24, 2014 at 4:14pm

Here's the link of the replay: 

9/23/14 replay with Deby Dearman (interview on overcoming the 'star...

Click HERE for the replay of the interview.9/23/14: In this episode, Dan interviewed …Continue

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Comment by Deby Dearman on September 24, 2014 at 4:12pm

Hey Melissa and Michael. Thank you for the kind comments. 

Melissa, the story was from speaking at a college in Denmark. The president said that they are warriors from birth, but the subsidies have taken the 'fight' out of the Danish people. He said that they were now lazy and he envied what we had as Americans - the will to fight for our passions.

I'm honored to be an encouragement to you. Let me know if I can help in any way.

Michael, the site is https://www.patreon.com/  I think it's fabulous!! I've actually created a page for my art, but haven't launched it yet. At first I thought . . . I'm too old for this . . . it's for younger people. Now I think . . . .what the heck . . . why not . . .

Comment by Michael Brugh on September 24, 2014 at 4:03pm
Thanks so much for your testimony and story. Was that Patreon you mentioned toward the end?
All the success to you.

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