The Art of Denying: Why being able to say 'No' is important as an artist.

Being able to say no helps prevent your business from failing and helps maintain a healthy economy for the creative world. 

Now I know what you are saying, "What a negative article! I was taught being a yes man/woman is the best way to progress in life!"

I would like to take a moment to disagree with you. I have been designing for a few years now and being only agreeable with every client or person you work with can be toxic. Many people won't take advantage of you and will work with you and whatever terms you set, but in some cases, people will try to squeeze anything and everything they can from you. As an artist or designer you need to be able to identify these people before it is too late.

The Art of Intermission: Why artist should know it is ok to stop making art for a while.

The Art of Intermission: Why artist should know it is ok to stop making art for a while.

Four Months.

This is how long it has been since I have felt passionate about making art. Four months of walking into my studio space only to look around for a brief moment, then softly back out and close the door behind me. Four months of questioning if I am on the right path. Four months of insignificant doodles in my sketchbook that only made me feel more cumbersome.

The Art of Prepress: How Artist can Utilize Basic Print Knowledge to Their Advantage.

Malcolm Gladwell states when I person practices something for 10,000 hours they then become an expert. I have been in printing since I graduated college and I am estimating my printing experience to be around 6,000 hours (You can do the math to try and figure out how much overtime I have done in less than 3 years!). Now I don't claim to be an expert by any means, but I feel confident enough to say that I have mastered the basics.

My Goal to Be a Better Artist: Going Against the Grain

So I ran across this awesome survey from How to be a Con Artist from 2014:

 2014 Artist Vendor Survey

I am pretty weird and love to do research and study numbers. It is really cool to see what artist have reported from 2014 and what they sold and not to my surprise or Kiriska 67% of people reported selling fan art at their conventions.

Page 8 of the report shows this images. Source:  2014 Artist Vendor Survey

Page 8 of the report shows this images. Source: 2014 Artist Vendor Survey

Challenge accepted.

My last convention which was Tsubasacon I sold over 90% original artwork and this was with almost all artist around me selling fan art. 

It is possible! Not easy, but possible! 

My goal for 2016 is to keep increasing this number and start to write articles about how as an artist, you can sell art that isn't based off of a show or something that wasn't originally yours.

I am going to make this happen.

I have met so many artist in the past year of traveling that share the same cumbersome feelings towards fan art as I do. 

If you want to make art from your heart (see how I rhymed there) but are not sure where to even begin the battle. Don't worry, I will be your front line soldier. 

See you at the end of 2015. 2016 is going to be a good year.

Your biggest fan,
- Kasandra