Some time ago during one of their “Career Talk” articles for 3×3 Magazine, Gail and Vicki discussed the potential of diversifying one’s illustration business. If you aren’t familiar, you should be! Just click here to take a look at some of their awesome ideas.
Interestingly, it seems that a lot of illustrators have taken this wisdom to heart, and we’ve seen more and more of our favorite artists creating wonderful lines that feature their works. From prints to pins and tshirts to tapestries, there is no shortage of fun products to decorate and make your own.
We are all familiar, of course, with Etsy, the awesome platform that showcases these unique products. Recently, the company released a great article in their Seller Handbook series entitled, “How to Get your Wholesale Products into Museum Gift Shops.” It’s chock full of good advice, and if you have a side business yourself – or have considered exploring that avenue – we encourage you to give it a look!
So much work goes into creating a beautiful children’s book, and thankfully, much of the “behind the scenes” effort ultimately reveals itself in the quality of the illustrations and engaging storylines. However, it’s incredible to consider the amount of work that many artists and authors put into helping to market these gems after they hit the market – and one way that they often try to reach their target audience is through blog posts and guest blogging.
Susan Gal recently did a terrific job discussing her work on “Abracadabra, it’s Spring!” and we are delighted to share her post with you.
It has certainly been a difficult week. We have been bombarded by images and messages of hatred, violence, murder, anger, misunderstanding, and misinformation. It has been exhausting.
There have been multitudinous artistic reactions to these horrifying acts of terrorism, and it is always inspiring to witness creatives reacting to such ugliness by making something beautiful.
I took a moment this morning to come at it from a different direction however. I wanted to see the images in our archives that were tagged with words such as “love” and “peace”. I wanted to feel joyous, to feel warmth, to see vibrant colors – and admittedly a lot of doves.
And I’d like to take this moment to share these images with you.
We have been admiring Jonathan Bartlett’s ever-evolving work for quite awhile now, and it has been truly enjoyable to follow his ascent as an illustrator. He has continuously impressed us with his juxtaposition of classical imagery and fresh symbols, and we’ve always appreciated his subtle surrealism that is grounded in nature. And don’t even get us started on that impeccable technique!
When is the last time you brushed up on Copyright law? How in tune are you with your rights as a freelance illustrator?
It is prudent that all artists take a moment from time to time to brush up on their knowledge – especially before trouble hits!
The Graphic Artists Guild has a great list of tools on their website that we wanted to share with you, in addition to in their invaluable printed handbook. If it’s been awhile since you’ve last read up on the ins and outs of the legal side of the business, we strongly recommend that you take a look.
Victo Ngai was recently approached by Peter Norton and his wife, Gwen Hill, to create this year’s holiday card for the annual Peter Norton Family Christmas Art Project. Founded in 1998, this year’s commission was to focus on the couple’s romance, along with the festivities of the season.
“The Sighting, the Search, the Meeting: A Romance” is a beautiful, whimsical story, told sequentially as this year’s holiday greeting.
Image by Victo Ngai:
To be invited to work on this year’s card is quite the honor, as Peter Norton (inventor of Norton Antivirus Software) is one of the world’s leading contemporary art collectors – as well as a board member at both the MoMA and Guggenheim Museum. How incredible and flattering it must be to have caught his eye.
We wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season, and we’re looking forward to sharing more exciting projects in 2015!
Victo Ngai is a remarkably prolific young woman and as usual, she’s been quite busy – so let’s just consider this entry your one-stop-shop for all things Victo this week!
First and foremost, check out the latest issue of Communication Arts for a wonderful interview with the talented young artist – even after working with her for a few years, your humble blogmistress felt that she had learned something new about the artist. The piece is well-written and illuminating, and those that are fans of Victo’s work will be thrilled. We were very impressed, to say the least.
The artist is everywhere these days, it seems, but for those that would like a little extra Victo in their lives, she is now offering her distinctive artwork on iPhone cases through the site Gelaskins. Take a look here to see her beautiful designs!
Do you long to paint quickly, boldly and fearlessly? Do you enjoy working en plein air, and perhaps most importantly, would you enjoy working and learning in beautiful Cortona, Italy? Then Patti Mollica’s got quite the experience lined up for you!
Join her in September of 2014 for the learning experience of a lifetime. Just click here to learn about this incredible opportunity…painting in idyllic countrysides, unparalleled Italian cooking and wine…it sounds just incredible.
Victo Ngai’s recent campaign for Tiger Beer will make your jaw drop, and it would be doing her a great disservice to take away from her articulate post about the experience. So instead, we’ll just go ahead and link to her blog and let her explain in her own words.
Gaby D’Alessandro’s recent inclusion in the 2014 NPR calendar was an exciting moment, as it is both a high profile gig AND a venue that enriches the artist’s own personal life. Her piece, which was used for the month of June, is stellar, and the work she put into it clearly demonstrates her admiration and appreciation for their programming:
NPR continues to honor and promote the contributing artists on their blog, and we were so happy to see this recent entry about Gaby.