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Book Review | Graphic Artist Guild Handbook

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I’m one of those people that have two wish list Pinterest boards on books, one for business and career and another for any book that catches my interest, that can compete with the other boards regarding the amount of pins inside. Somehow every time I manage to get one off the list, three more end up there and I like to think that “I don’t have many books, I have too little shelving”.

Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines by Graphic Artists Guild, has been on my wish list for almost 2 years and recently I managed to get a good deal on it through my favorite and go to online shop for books.
When I received it in the mail I was really surprised because I wasn’t expecting it to be so big and heavy (it’s almost the size of an A4 paper with an approx 3,5 cm in thickness) which doesn’t make it very travel friendly. Two bowls of blueberries and a whole weekend was all it took me to go through it. I was a little overwhelmed with all the resources and information so I wanted to go through it a second a time and organize its content in a way I could easily find any topic whenever I needed. I have now 23 little markers on the book marking the topics and themes I know that will be helpful on a daily basis.

“While technology has created the constant need for graphic artists to stay informed and upgrade their skills, it also has made possible a multitude of convenient, professional development and sharing opportunities – many of them free – via online courses, tutorials, blogs, webinars, podcasts, and professionals groups and social networking sites. At no time in history have creative professionals been more connected.” (page 78)

The book is organized in 15 chapters followed by an Appendix with contracts and forms, a Glossary and membership documents to join the Graphic Artists Guild. Each chapter focus on a different theme, although you’ll be able to find different information about certain topics scattered in different chapters. For example, regarding the Greeting Card industry, I have pages marked on both the Graphic Design (page 177) and Illustration (page 241) chapters. (more…)

Book Review | Art Inc

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To be honest, I was a little nervous while reading this book because I wanted to absorb as much information as I could from it. Art Inc The essential guide for building your career as an artist by Lisa Congdon (available here) covers pretty much anything an artist needs to know to get started, the necessary tools and mindsets along with lots of advice, resources and experiences from people who have already started building their path as an artist. For this one I recommend having with you a soft pencil and a lot of papers to bookmark pages because I can guarantee, you will be bookmarking almost every page!

“When you affirm yourself as an artist,
the road before you can feel equally exciting and terrifying”. (p.14)

The book is organized in seven main chapters followed by four pages of resources like call for artists sites, print competitions and annuals, print services to tax information, domains and hosting at the end of the book. Below (more…)

Book Review | Mollie Makes: Making It!

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(First book review of the year. Enjoy!)

For those who aren’t familiarized with Mollie Makes and you’re into crafting, diy projects, photography or any creative adventure let me tell you, you’re missing out! I first came across Mollie makes two years ago when I was browsing the internet with my mom looking for sewing patterns and we came across this crochet flower coasters tutorial. Super easy instructions with helpful step by step photos, you could say that they won two fans on that day. Since then I’ve been following the magazine through their website and last year when I traveled to London one of the things I had on my “to get list” was at least one copy of their physical magazine, I didn’t even care if it was an old edition. After not being able to find not even one copy while I was there (I probably didn’t look in the right places sigh), on my way back home while I was waiting for my flight at the airport (and for my peppermint tea to cool off, seriously who drinks tea that hot!) I was passing through one of those shops that have those tiny souvenirs, chocolates, newspapers and magazines and guess what I saw?! Yes! Me, myself and my chunky hand luggage and “lava” tea rushed immediately to the magazine rack. I won’t tell the whole story otherwise this post would turn into a traveling journal but long story short, I didn’t have money with me so I had to go to an ATM first and when I got back someone had already got a hold of it. *eye twitch*

Moving along, I had Mollie Makes Making ItThe Hard Facts You Need to Start Your Own Craft Business on my wish list for a while and was lucky to received it this Christmas (along with Art Inc). Right now any book that is oriented for artists that are building their career spark my attention so after reading a few reviews on it I knew there was valuable information on it that would come in hand. (more…)

Book Review | Grow your handmade business

Grow your handmade business book review

You know those books where you know it’s going to be one of those reading experiences that are going to change your life? Yeah, this one is one of those. I’ve been blown away with how incredible resourceful and interesting this book is. Licensing, online advertising, coworking, agents, marketing management, taxes, money, business models, I think Kari Chapin covers it all. Grow your Handmade Business – How to envision, develop and sustain a successful creative business is for sure a MUST HAVE in you bookshelf. Making Jay McCarroll words mine “If there was ever such a thing as a creative business therapist, I would be lying on the couch in Kari’s office gladly throwing cash at her” (well not really sure about the cash thing but I would bring her some cupcakes).

“When you’re dreaming up your dreamy dream business, you need to be clear about just what exactly you want to do.”

Through the whole book Kari guide us through the different emotional and practical stages of understanding the different sides of a business, with examples and exercises for us to do while reading the book (keep a journal next to you). Questions like My strongest creative skill is? and
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Book review | Show your work

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*May contain spoilers*

Today I’ll be introducing another topic: book reviews. If you don’t know already I love to read, if I like the book I usually read it in hours and if it’s a collection I can stay up all night devouring the whole story. Lately I’ve been collecting a lot of books about the creative business, design, illustration and similar topics so expect little reviews about each one of them.

Last week I finished reading “Show Your Work” from Austin Kleon (he is also the author of “Steal Like An Artist”). In addition to being very portable due to its size and having layouts and graphics very pleasing to the eye, this book is (more…)