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A pile of my sketchbooks

Sketchbooking: What Works For You, Works

Sketchbooking: What Works For You, Works

by Daric Gill

A pile of my sketchbooks
A pile of my sketchbooks

Many artist concerns could be remedied by suggesting that whatever works for you, works. However, this doesn’t really help map out possible solutions for what is causing the concerns to begin with.

Sketchbooks have been the artist’s companion since the invention of paper. It’s one of the best ways to form simple ideas into reality. But finding the right idea-making process isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Not everyone has landed on a type of sketching that works for them. What process works well for a painter might not work for a sculptor, digital artist, or a photographer. In this article, I’ll land on a few suggestion/tips along the way. Read on for more.

 

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Reversing The Starving Artist Paradox: Why Constructive Language Matters

Reversing The Starving Artist Paradox: Why Constructive Language Matters

by Daric Gill

We use the term “starving artist” as a playful descriptor for the career, a cheeky marketing ploy for arts events, and even in catchy brand names for arts related businesses. Its influences are so ubiquitous that we often fail to see the phrase for exactly what it is, a harmful title that doesn’t actually jive with how we see creativity in today’s world. In this article, I will make the case that this little idea is at best a self-fulfilling goal, and at worse one of the most damaging outdated paradoxes one can wear as an artist. Read on for more.

“I Haven’t Made Art In A While”: Getting Your Art Groove Back

“I Haven’t Made Art In A While”: Getting Your Art Groove Back

by Daric Gill


“I’d love to get back in the studio, but I haven’t really made anything for a while.”

Say no more. I’ve got your number. Here’s some help. In this article you’ll find a few remedies to help you get back into the groove.

 

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Brush & Notebook

Tips For Writing A Better Artist Bio

Writing A Better Artist Bio

by Daric Gill

Composition NotebookThere are a couple pieces of writing that can greatly enhance an artist’s professional utility belt. Among those are the artist statement and artist biography. In this article, I’ll outline what makes a better artist bio and give several examples of what to avoid. This is a companion article to, “Writing An Effective Artist Statement”, which I feel is also a good resource to check out.  Read onward for more.

 

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