Category: Creative & Career Tips

6 Ways Artists Use SHOCK Value (With Examples)

  Shock value is something that has always been used in art and will continue to be used as long as artists can elicit strong reactions by creating pieces that are unforgettable… to say the least. Check out these 6 ways that artists use shock value in their art and examples of artists who use those forms of shock value… Read more →

Create Flame Art with this Free Online Tool

  Creative pyromaniacs, I have a safe solution for your fiery needs. To avoid actual flammable materials, take a look at Flame Painter from Escape Motions. A “unique paint application that lets you easily create original artworks, design or light effects with procedural brushes,” you can change up the color, brush/flame size, saturation, opacity, speed, focus, and more. Lotsa options to… Read more →

Here’s What You’ll Find On #ArtistTwitter

  Social media is an awesome way to promote your art as well as connect with other creative people. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (among other networks) each have their own ways of bringing together groups and that includes hashtags. And while there are plenty of art hashtags you can take advantage of, #ArtistTwitter is one that’s become particularly popular lately.… Read more →

5 Ways to Stimulate Your Art (and Art Business) This Summer

  Summer is a great time to seize the day and enjoy every moment of the beautiful weather and that doesn’t need to end when it comes to working on your art. Here are 5 ways that you can stimulate your art (and your art business) this summer:   1. Move Your Studio Outside Do you have a backyard? Deck? Balcony?… Read more →

50 Ways to Get Past a Creative Block

  There are times when you feel like a creative virtuoso, with the inspiration flowing and your skills totally on-point. And there are periods when the flow… slows… down. If you’re feeling like you’re experiencing a creative block, then you may be as frustrated as you are clueless as to what you should do to get your artistic vibe sparking… Read more →

MOCA’s “The Artist’s Studio” Goes Behind the Scenes of the Creative Process

  The creative process that goes into shaping a piece of art can be just as intriguing as the finished product. That’s why you’ll love “The Artist’s Studio” from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Found on their MOCAtv Youtube channel, the 36 videos (with more still being added) feature “films and interviews investigating and revealing the artist’s process.” With over… Read more →

20 Questions to Consider When Renting an Art Studio

  When you’re considering renting an art studio for yourself, it can be incredibly exciting. But it’s also an important decision that you should be sure to make carefully. Getting yourself stuck with a studio that you hate is definitely something you want to avoid. In order to make sure you’re in the best space for yourself and your artistic… Read more →

5 Easy & Effective Ways to Challenge Yourself as a Painter

  Painting often takes incredible skill as well as other-worldly patience that can sometimes lead an artist to delve too deeply into their work and become overly dependent on their preferred techniques, tools, and subject matter. Improve your creative output by challenging yourself from time to time. Here are 5 easy and effective ways to challenge yourself as a painter:   1. Leave Your Likely… Read more →

5 Clever Ideas for Your Art Studio or Office

  Do you want to freshen-up your studio and/or office? Are you looking for a few ideas to keep things organized while still being functional and inspirational? Well then, check out the suggestions below for some quick, clever, and quirky ways to enjoy your creative space even more.   1. Chalkboard Wall Chalkboard walls have been around for a bit… Read more →

Tips to Display Art in Your Home

  Figuring out where to hang art in your home can be trickier than expected. But with a little know-how, you can create your own personal gallery in any space. Whether you want to decorate your living room, dining room, or the wall leading up a staircase, check out the tips from below to help you display art in your… Read more →

Benefits + Tips for Working Remotely

If you work remotely as many creative professionals do — or have ever considered working from home or other convenient locations — then you’ll definitely want to check out this infographic from Lemonly which outlines the benefits of working remotely and includes a few helpful tips for how to make the most out of the flexible opportunity.     (photos via Daily Infographic/Lemonly) Read more →

5 Reasons Why Artists (and All Other Creative Professionals) Should Write Poetry

  Writing poetry isn’t something that should remain for poets alone. Artists, musicians, filmmakers, and other creative professionals can all benefit from penning their own poems.   Here are 5 reasons why artists, musicians, filmmakers, and other creative professionals should write poetry:   1. Open Your Creative Mind Inspiration, new techniques, and fresh insights can all come to you while… Read more →

5 Unique Ways to Choose a Pseudonym

  If you’re looking for a name to use professionally instead of your own, you could go with a few old methods to help you come up with a suitable pseudonym (e.g. The P⊗rn Name Method: take the name of your first pet and the name of the street that you first lived on and voilà, you have your p⊗rn name)… Read more →

5 Ways to Find Your Niche

  Are you looking to find your perfect niche? I’m sure you’re hoping for one that will be both fulfilling AND successful. Here are a few tips to do just that:   1. Look at Your Interests and Passions Outside of Art Take a look at what you fill your time with when you’re not working. What types of books… Read more →

When to Walk Away – How to Know When Your Piece is Finished

  Trying to decide if a piece is finished can be as difficult as any other part of the creative process. Whether you’re working on art, music, writing, or another creative form, deciding when a piece is complete (and being confident that it’s the right time to walk away) can take a clear and informed perspective.   Here are a few… Read more →

10 Questions Artists Need to Ask Themselves Regularly

  Artists can easily get wrapped up in their creative process and the end results. But along the way, it can be helpful and important to check in with yourself.   Check out these 10 questions that artists need to ask themselves regularly:   1. Why am I currently doing/making whatever is it that I’m doing/making? 2. Am I happy with… Read more →

Alizarin to Zucchini, An Alphabetical List of Colors

  How many colors can you think of that start with the letter A? Try these: Alizarin Amaranth Amber Amethyst Apricot Aqua Aquamarine Asparagus Auburn Azure   What colors do you come up with when you think of the letter B? Check out these: Beige Bistre Black Blue Blue Green Blue Violet Bondi Blue Brass Bronze Brown Buff Burgundy Burnt… Read more →

5+ Things Every Artist Should Include On Their Website

  As an artist, you need a website that will properly reflect you as a creative professional and feature your work in the best way possible. In order to do that, artists need to include the proper elements and information on their website. And what are those? Check out below!   Here are 5 things every artist should include on their… Read more →

Creative Professional Success When Times Get Tough: DOs and DON’Ts

  The term “starving artist” can be uncomfortably accurate at times — at least we know how to weather the droughts. But when things get really tough, you need to keep some basic rules in mind so you don’t cross a line you’re uncomfortable with or jeopardize your career in the long term. Whatever creative field you’re in, here are… Read more →

5 Unusual Ways Artists & Creative Professionals Can Brainstorm

Brainstorming can be one of the best ways to come up with new ideas or to find a solution for a tricky issue. Coming up with as many ideas as possible – no matter how big, little, random, or unlikely – can be the path that leads you to your next spark of brilliance. Artists, writers, musicians, designers, and more… Read more →

#Art Hashtags to Use on Social Media

Are you all about Twitter, Instagram and/or Tumblr? Whatever your platform of choice, hashtags can help get you (and your art) noticed, keep you up-to-date on the latest art news, and help you connect with the creative community. hash·tag (ˈhaSHtaɡ/) noun  (on social media sites such as Twitter) a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and… Read more →

25 New Year’s Resolutions for Artists

  Do you want to make a New Year’s resolution or two? Perhaps one related to art, music, theater, or something else wonderfully creative? And, ya know, ones that you can actually keep?! Check out the list of 25 options below and pick one that’s perfect for you. Or, if you’re feeling super ambitious, go for all 25! Make something… Read more →

23 Free Online Writing Courses

  Are you a writer who’s looking to sharpen their skills or a newbie who wants to get into the writing game? If so, here a 23 free online courses that include everything from fiction writing to song-lyric writing, essay skills to grammar skills. While some courses offer a certificate for a fee, you can study all at absolutely no cost.… Read more →

7 Art Accounts You Should Be Following On Twitter or Facebook

If you like to keep up with the world via social media, then here are 7 art-related accounts you definitely should be following on Twitter and/or Facebook.   1. bohemianizm (of course!) bohemianizm features the best from today’s creators. Also jobs, calls for submissions, sales, and more. Twitter: Facebook:   2. Hyperallergic The World’s Greatest Art Blogazine covering art and its discontents… Read more →

13 Free Online Photography Courses

Whether you’re an amateur photographer or are experienced but looking to sharper your skills, check out these free online photography courses. 1. Introduction to Photography and Related Media (MIT) 2. Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of a World in Motion (MIT) 3. Photography and Truth (MIT) 4. Cameras, Exposure, and Photography (Michigan State University) 5. Camera Control (Michigan State University) 6. Principles of Photo Composition… Read more →

15 Links to Help You Win #NaNoWriMo

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? The National novel writing month starts on November 1st and if you want to be ready to hit your word count each day and earn the title of winner at the end of the month, then here are 15 links with the tips, advice, and inspiration you need to succeed. 1. 12 reasons to… Read more →

20 Free Online Art Courses

Every artist can benefit from learning something new every once in a while. With the internet making it easier than ever to share knowledge, there are now plenty of free online courses being offered from universities, colleges, and major institutions that you can take advantage of. Allowing you to learn when and where it’s convenient for you, you can develop… Read more →

290 Websites Where You Can Sell Your Art Online

Do you want to make money with your art by selling it online? Whether you’re interested in selling original copies of your art, prints of your art, your art on products or your photography, the website you need is on this list. Check out the 290 websites listed below and start selling your art. 500px AbsoluteArts AbstractArtGallery AbstractArtistGallery AffordableBritishArt Aftcra… Read more →