The Perfect Bait
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"When I was a student in art school, I had an idea of making a book. It would be about how to become a successful artist, as seen from the viewpoint of somebody who wasn’t successful yet.
Over the next ten years, I wrote down all the thoughts and methods that worked for my career, so that one day, if I ever DID become successful, I would have a “step by step” of how I did it. During this time, I’ve been very fortunate to do a lot of the things that I’ve always wanted to do, and live the way that I wanted to live.
In addition to doing art, I’ve also been lucky enough to meet some of my favorite artists, each very successful in what they do, and interview them at length. In learning their stories, I felt that it was time to put this book together."
still nobody knows about. Perhaps you link your blog to your website. What does that do? It just creates a little bridge between the two deserted islands. Still, your islands don’t appear on any map and nobody knows how to get to it. Your website and blog ARE very important, but it’s not enough to simply have them; you have to show people how to find them. The best way to do that is, instead of waiting for people to come to you, you have to go to them. Visit the blogs of other artists and
even more exposure more efficiently by also going to the cities of the internet where there are tons of people, such as forums. On an active art forum, there are thousands of artists making art, checking out each other’s work, and doing all sorts of activities. Go there and talk to people, post messages, and participate in the community. Put a link to your blog or website in your signature so that everywhere you go, you leave your imprint behind. At least, that’s the basic idea. In reality,
that’s the online equivalent of leaving junk mail in people’s mailboxes and is more likely to annoy people and turn them off from ever visiting your little island. Don’t be lazy; take the time to read the posts, read the comments, look at their art, and say something meaningful. And by “meaningful”, I don’t mean to criticize the heck out of it. If I’m to criticize somebody’s art, I try to be very gentle, especially if I don’t know the artist. I try to start off with a compliment—“I like how you
basis. If you always post a new drawing at a specific time on specific days of the week, people will learn to depend on you and therefore be much more inclined to a) come back and visit, and b) tell their friends about you. However, don’t fall into the trap of posting things for the sake of posting, just to maintain your schedule. Your work should always maintain a certain quality, that’s a big part of consistency as well. Keep these two variables in mind when determining how regularly you want
you’re in effect committed to constantly and consistently improving your artistic skills. This means putting in the necessary time and effort to become a faster, more accurate, and more creative artist. Story artist Khris Pearn is one of the fastest artists I know. On the subject of speed he told me: Khris Pearn: Mentally, you’re always trying to make good judgments… You’re always trying to design good shapes. You’re always trying to create good art. Let’s suppose when you do this, you’re