art books, artists, book review, Books, creative entrepreneur, creative industry

Great Books for the Artist Crafter Creative Entrepreneur

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Here are my go-to favorites for the artist who wants to be a professional. I have always needed wanted LOVED to read so I am always ready whatever is out there on anything to do with art, career, finance, running your own business or life advice I LOVE BOOKS! So anyway her are my Favorite and a mini review of all.

  • Craft Inc. Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Cho
  • Blog Inc. Joy Cho
  • Creative Inc. Meg Mateo Ilasco
  • My so called freelance life Michelle Goodman
  • The anti 9-5 guide Michelle Goodman
  • The Boss of You Lauren Bacon
  • The handmade Marketplace Kari Chapin
  • I just like to make things Lilla Rogers

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I began this journey of wanting to have my own creative biz at birth lol, but of course that dream was dashed and reshaped and reignited over and over in my life.The most recent re-ignition was about four years ago. I was working as a graphic artist making visuals for display at a very corporate place that forcwd ne to work weekends and really late like midnight hours and travel for weeks at a time.it was soooo helpful in so many ways especially in that i realized that kind of job wasn’t the right fit for me….. But anyway Michelle Goodman wrote My So-Called Freelance Life and The Anti 9-5 Guide. They really spoke to me. She is a writer and she explains what it takes to get there and the biggest gem i got from these books – see also  The Boss of You  by Lauren Bacon - is that you need to figure out how to finace your creative enterprise and then set the time aside to do it and let it happen gradually. Basically, try to go part time at your current job that should be in the industry or get a part time job at a corporation in your industry and set up some projects and freelance gigs AS YOU WORK, and talk to everyone you come in contact about it so you can network and get insight. But generally speaking don’t quit your day job just yet hahaha. I know, its kinda a tough fact to come to terms with. Then of course one your rolling in these freelance projects and begin to get re-curing freelance projects now you quit the office thing and set up shop. So I actually did this! Its working for me too I haven’t jumped ship and I dont know if that right for me, but having an extra day for my art in a personal or freelance way has really helped my soul. And soon (ish) I will have my Etsy shop up and that stream of revenue and possibilities will start flowing.

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Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Cho wrote Craft Inc,. Blog Inc., and Creative Inc. he Craft Inc. planner is a supplement to Meg Mateo Ilasco’s Craft Inc. These are all incredibly helpful and also pretty up to date social media-wise. But of course technology keeps changing to keep up with these. I enjoy these books thoroughly but what I gained was blog often with a scheduled for posting. Be genuine in your topics and feeling and I thinks the craft planner will be really helpful to me when I finally get to craft shows and trade show events. Its like this overwhelming issue I have with reading and preparing for the dreams I want, There is this missing step in between trying to get from obscurity to recognition and success. I know its little steps to get there, its gradual progression and the can-do attitude is very inspiring from these two intelligent entrepreneurs. I want to get there too!

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I Just Like to Make Things By Lilla Rogers is really great. I would love to take her classes online which are over $1000 so this book is the next best thing (lol not really) but there is really good advice on markets and venues that are FANTASTIC for illustrators or artists. I plan on applying to every venue she mentions. Also there is a psychological component where she helps you get in to a routine to make art and figure out what kind of style you have. I plan on someday taking one of her workshops and this year I will enter her competition. She is an extraordinary agent, and her artists do all these incredible jobs and have amazing opportunities. She also has incredibly insight to licensing which is every illustrator dream, your personal work turning in to sales and royalties! So I love working through the exercises in this book and dreaming my dreams are possible.

The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin is awesome! Yes, it is a library book (sorry Kari!) It is GOOD. really informative, especially about craft and trade shows. I did a lot of note-taking in here as well, probably because I don’t own the book haha. But writeing down notes really forces you to ABSORB the fantastic information. I really learned a lot about press packages and how to brand myself. I love to think about branding and marketing its very creative and so fun! Also I learned about amazing craft-ers and artists out there and pricing! pricing is so hard for me because its math and that tenses me up because I don’t believe in myself about knowing what I’m doing with numbers. But I am getting there. All these books are written by woman who made it happen for them. Successful, smart and kind enough to share with their fellow artist sisters out there. Let em know in the comments any other books you love out there!! I am literally craving more info on this awesome field.

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activities, bohemian, goddess, Myth

Palmistry – Your Fate is in Your Hands

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Do you ever read palms? I have been doing it since forever. I have tons of tiny lines all over my hands that means lots of worries and very sensitive. If your hands are very bony and thin then you have “water” hands and have a gentle artistic soul. Mine are a mix of earth and water. You have air hands if your have very long fingers longer than your plam, you are a good communicator and write. Earth is short squart hands that are good for creating and you may have a pragmatic personality. I’ve just read a lot about it, I don’t have any special insight. A gypsy read my palm once and said I would have twins one day and that my bf at the time and I would break up, were married now and have been together for 10.5 years lol. side note : agh twins?! If your heart and head line are twisted up then you cant make good decisions. If you have no fate line you don’t know what you want to do with your life yet, it may appear there someday though, it has for me. As you get older you may discover what is your true fate and your palms change and reflect that. Also there is a line of escape I look for on other peoples palms, it means you have an addiction problem its a tiny little line that goes across the bottom of the palm, cross on the life line. Some people are very lucky in love, life and wealth and they have a perfect M connected from the head heart and life, if you have it you have success and perfection as your destiny (I do not have this lol and I have never seen it, if YOU have it take a pic and show me that is so awesome!) I love getting my palm read, so fun, ancient and a cool party activity.

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Hand Lettering, Fonts and the Rustic Movement

all images ©mollyjacquesillustration click to go to website

all images ©mollyjacquesillustration
click to go to website

That hand lettering look is super trendy right now, everywhere I look a brand is revised and super good looking because a really nice organic style of type has been updated to it. Of course we all know the original mover and shaker of the retro inspired hand drawn lettering as illustration master is  Louise Fili ( is she married to that other behemoth of design Steven Heller? I’ve read/loved all his books) And also this rustic etsy crafty watercolor thing that’s going on in the ether is a great influence as well. I can’t get my fill I love it so much. Some one I just discovered is Molly Jaques (see above). This girl is killing it with the calligraphy. I also saw this chart on the  On the Spot blog and she is featured on there (her company great-lakes-lettering)

Don’t forget to help your fellow brothers and sisters of design and always buy the fonts you use. We should always play nice on this playground of creative endeavors.

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Working Girl – Lunch Making

What do you do for lunch everyday? I always leave the office and wander around NY going to one of the parks in Midtown. I try to make a decent lunch every night before work for me and my husb. I also make nutribullet blasts. I prepare by cutting a variety of fruit, then spinach or kale, add nuts, flaxseeds and chia. Then in the morning add the water, blast and that’s breakfast. I hate salad and I think i only like soup because the crackers or delicious fresh bread I can eat with it, unless its a really good potato leek or garlic tomato basil.  Anyway that mostly means good sandwiches and carrots, grapes or a million other fresh fruits.  I can’t really be trusted to buy my lunch or bfast on a work day. I have every option available in NYC so left my own devices I’d have to get a muffin or bagel w/CC and for lunch a huge sandwich with salt and vinegar chips or white cheddar or caramel popcorn. I have eaten unhealthy most of my life and it shows in energy levels. When I make my own work meals I also don’t buy my 3:00 snack.

Someone has to buy all these groceries, maintain them annnd make these meal too though and it is so daunting. But it is possible. If I can do it anyone can because I have .01% willpower but the benefits are so worth it. The nutribullet blasts is really my only source of vitamins everyday. These micro-nutrients and fiber are so essential to your life and your being and just energy level. But if I had so much money then I would buy super healthy lunch everyday instead of making it. Nutribullets are super pricy but can also make sauces and soups with them. Also your teeth will never chew and break down the nutrients of food as well as the nutribullet blasts them. You are able to really absorb all the goodness from fruit and veggies like never before. Its an investment, if you have a blender try that first, but I love how my nutribullet is to-go style, we got ours at target.  (click below image to get a full size printable recipe card for your fridge.)

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Which brings me to the part I hate most about the movie Working Girl. At the end of the movie harrison ford gives melanie griffin a sacked lunch to take to work and Im like one your first day of work at this new job you wont eat out? hahah you must treat yourself and celebrate sometimes even if its not the healthiest thing to do without treat/cheat days whats the point.On a weird tangent I think that movie was all kinds of weird I mean i love it its a classic so I’ve watched it often. But this film could never be made now. MG is so puffy, why does everyone look so old back then? Not sigourney weaver, I love her saucy face and angular patrician figure. Also I should mention I always want the villan to win in every movie. I feel like its more sexy and true to real life and I also like to root for the bad guy underdog because its a twisty ending. I feel like this is weird to admit outloud lol. OMG btw you really should watch this incredible heartwarming viral video about yoga/weightloss overcomming obstacles and being a war veteran. If your at the office you can watch it without sound, when he first fails he says “Just because I can’t do it today, doesn’t mean I’m not going to be able to do it…someday.” My eyes are sweating.

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Writing about Drawing

 

DSC_7386Making art is an extremely uncomfortable thing for me to talk about, let alone write about. Every second of my life is spent half in daydream about beautiful things I would like to draw and just make or see. I am a drawing type of artist, things get sticky right around the time I need to complete a piece which really means add color and polish it up. Sometimes I love my pencil drawing too much and don’t want to mess up the subtlety of the line. Other time my drawing is awful and it needs ink and color and cropping to save it. But its never as satisfying to end the whole process as it it to dwell in the possibilities and reference material that inspires the whole thing. The above drawing is my “finish” (for what? for who?) and below is some reference:

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The cheekbones and the peacock. I love cheekbones. Not in a hanibal lector collect them way of course. The dress is a Dolce and Gabbana inspired by Frida Kahlo, its originally in green. This picture is a way of procrastinating from my other freelance work I am busy with. I have to draw a lot of men and children for this current project and its aargrhh. I like to draw fashion girls more. One question before I go, can you grow a small pineapple from the stem of a pineapple? I heard on NPR someone did this.. I am going to try it:

DSC_7389I just finished Dan Brown’s Inferno today and it is SPECTACULAR. Its about world overpopulation, the plague,  Florence, Venice and **spoiler alert-Istanbul, *** and Dante’s Inferno. Very good highly recommended. I thought about Ebola often as I read it ( there are a lot of pandemic viruses mentioned) Have a great mondayyyy lol. I do not have Columbus day off. Its ok, making art for work is not really work.

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Fashion Illustration Friday

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Every Friday should be Fashion Illustration Friday. That bag is Coach’s RHYDER bag it is $650. I I’d rather look at fashion as art and admire it. I don’t need to use it to enjoy it. I am happy to draw it and admire the quality and the craftsmanship that goes in to it. I don’t want a knockoff either, luxury pieces will remain as they are to me : something I admire from a distance and fit into a unique narrative of my dreams. My fashion mags and blogs I follow are fuel for inspiration. Purchasing won’t deliver the promise of a better life, though the fantasy lets me escape my ordinary life for a moment. Except my moment is hours … my head is in the clouds for hours a day. Sweet pink blooms, luxury goods, Lana Del Rey and straight unfrizzy hair is where I escape today.

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bohemian, Books, docmentary, inspiration

No Beginning and no End


Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking is a documentary on Netflix told in his “voice” which is computer generated, he uses the muscles in his cheek to communicate because due to his ALS he can no longer walk or speak, however using his magnificent brainpower helps keep the disease at bay (its a muscle atrophy situation). It was nice to learn more about his personal life. Did you know he says the big bang isn’t just god but that universes and planets solar systems are constantly spontaneously being created – for the universe has no beginning or end. As I sit here typing there are planets blooming in the sky like night flowers and while we sleep galaxies are burning up and suns are dying stars. Sometimes makes me think you could never doubt a higher power for science is almost as unknowable as gods and goddesses.
Of course if you see that other doc on netflix ‘The Unbelievers’ (which has scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss) its difficult to believe in any one religion and completely see that Darwin’s theory of evolution can bring us in to a new age of enlightenment that can still be filled with love and compassion for our fellow earthlings. I watch these docs as Im drawing or working on freelance projects so I know I’m missing info. I know from experience…I watched all of madmen this way and when I saw an episode in person I realized there were nuances and scenes that are pretty integral haha I watch tv like its a radio.

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Even more unrelated I just got through the book by Damien Echols and Lorri Davis – Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row. Damien is a west memphis three member who was wrongfully accused of murder and sentenced to death ( all in Arkansas) and imprisoned for 18 years during which time Lorri and he met and got married and now they live happily together in Salem, Ma. never to return south. But this book is their prison love letters. They are really beautiful and poetic and have a lot of reference to Magik which D practices through Wicca. And which seemed to have helped him remain unbroken through his ordeal. Now I have got to read his memoir Life after Death which is not at my library like Yours for Eternity was. It is $11 in kindle store which is too hard to swing now, I will wait Im sure it will show up at the library someday. I have to say the love letters made me cry and get a bit worked up so I had to skip a few and see the end often, to make sure he gets out. Also I watched Paradise lost the three part HBO docs and I started Devils Knot which is a movie about the whole thing starring Reese Whiterspoon- also on netflix, but i stopped 20 mins in I was too annoyed at the whole ignorance and plain silliness and its just too awful. (the true story, not he movie or anything, the cinematography and compositional shots as well as lighting was very nicely done) So thats my “religious” question mark post today. Also something sweet I read in the book was in Kabbalah (btw happy Rosh Hashanah if you celebrate it!) it is believed that before we are born one spirit exists and it is split in two going one half in to a girl and the other half boy and when you meet you are real soul mates in every sense. Its a pretty thought right?

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