TEN TIPS TO BECOME A BETTER ARTIST

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And I don’t mean better as in making prettier pictures. You can do all of this AT YOUR CURRENT LEVEL OF SKILL.

1- Go over all your drawings and stuff, may they be on paper or computer. Select the ones you like. Separate in piles: best work, cool work, good idea, need to be worked on. FINISH THEM.
2- Print them. With a good color printer, no margin (cut them yourself if necessary). Put your favorites in frames (dollar store has a lot, buy document and diploma frames for 8,5×11 pics). Go to Staples if you don’t have a printer. Don’t forget: with bleed margins, gloss paper.
3- Make a paper portfolio. Nothing big or complicated, just a binder and clear sheets. Travel with it. When people ask “Oh, you’re an artist? What do you draw?” You’ll have an example of your best work to show off.
3,5- If you need to make something professional, put it together on Photoshop and bind it, with cover page and everything.
4- Get an online portfolio. Yourname dot com. Go to sites like Wix.com to make it look professional, or get a friendly neighboorhood graphic designer to make it. Good art needs good presentation. Ask a professional.
5- Make calling cards. Your name, your dot com, your email. A detail of your best drawing. Leave them with people that seem interested.
6- Get a professional facebook page so people on there can follow you. With a catchy name (mine is Talhi Design). Very important if your family and school friends are there. Make them follow you. They’re proud of knowing an artist, never forget your first social circle. Keep them updated and interested in what you do.
7- Tumblr, twitter, facebook, etc are your friends. Get accounts in what you’re comfortable. All under the same name if possible.
8- Make accounts on sites like Redbubble or ArtofWhere or others like that. Upload your designs. Spend a couple of days doing that at first, and them upload once in a while. You’ll never know if a design will sell if you don’t put it up for sale. Even if you only make a couple of dollars a month from them, it’s always more money than nothing.
9- Your doodles, bring them all, take the best and make a doodlebook. Everything is good if you give it the right presentation.
10- FINISH YOUR STUFF. May it be drawings, comics, anything, THE BEST KIND OF WORK IS A FINISHED WORK.

tl:dr

THE BEST KIND OF WORK IS A FINISHED WORK.

THERE ARE TWO KIND OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. ARTISTS LIKE YOU, AND PEOPLE WITH MONEY. DON’T WORRY ABOUT IMPRESSING ARTISTS, IMPRESS THE PEOPLE WHO’LL BUY YOUR STUFF.

PRINT THEM. BIGGER THE BETTER. GOOD GLOSSY PAPER. NO MARGINS.

PUT THEM UP FOR SALE ON THE NET.

PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING.

About C.A. Jacobs

Just another crazy person, masquerading as a writer.
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