Helpful links to grow your art career

Grow Your #ArtCareer – Helpful Links, pt. 1

1. Good News, Art Students: Your Degree Is Actually Paying Off

Good news for the Art Students: “A massive new survey from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) suggests those recent arts alumni are actually doing more than OK. People who have earned degrees in the arts are actually thriving, despite the stereotype of the “starving artist” and economy-wide setbacks from the 2008 recession. ”


2. Seven Piece of Good Advice that Stayed

Accomplished artist Dave Palumbo shares 7 piece of good advice to push your career forward.


3. The Art and The Artist

A great article by Greg Ruth on how the artist as become as iconic as their work.

“The artist must now pass as a figure on the landscape as well as his or her work. Even hiding from it can create a public persona that can affect this. There really is no way of getting around it. We live in a time where it’s harmful to not recognize and consider this as artists.”


4. 10 Things about the Business of Illustration

10 Things.. is an on going series on Muddy Colors by Greg Manchess in which he shares near endless amounts of good advice. I’d suggest you read every article in the series, here’s one to begin with.


5. 10 Mistakes Illustrators Make

Grosset and Dunlap Art Director Guiseppe Castellano shares the 10 most frequent mistakes illustrators make. Read up on it so you know how to avoid making the mistakes, it’ll increase your chances of getting hired and rehired.

I hope you find these links helpful and if you have come across any great articles on the topic, please feel free to share them in the comments.

Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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