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Last updated 11-12-16.
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Ashly Lovett Patreon Page
My Patreon page is a place where people who admire my work can be a part of studio life and support my work. A place where I share exclusive process work, tutorials, composition lessons, and a whole lot of other stuff. Check out the 50sec video for a full view of what is offered. Pledges start at $1 and help me keep doing what I'm doing.

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Self-Promotion, Contracts, Building a Client List, etc.

Getting Started and Online Portfolios

Convention Conduct

Understanding Art Directors' Roles

Building Your Client List

Books


Portfolio Website Builders

Personal Online Stores

  • Etsy
  • BigCartel
  • Storenvy
  • Shopify
  • eCommerce options through your website provider

Merchandise Stores

  • RedBubble
  • Society6
  • InPrint
  • Threadless
  • TeePublic
  • Zazzle
  • Sticker Mule
  • Gumroad (digital products)
  • Awesome Merchandise

Print on Demand

  • coming soon

Guide to Print On Demand companies

 

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Social Media Advice
It can be a slow process when trying to grow your social media presence. A growing following is useful for freelance illustrators who are trying to get their work in front of the right clients and connect with people who will share, buy prints, originals, merchandise, etc.

The 4 Essentials
Instragram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Usually I'll post on my Instagram, which will then post on all my other sites. I also use IFTTT, which will assists me in posting across even more social media platforms like Pinterest, Linkedin, etc. And if I'm posting from Instagram to Twitter, it allows a photos instead of a URL link.

Some Things to Remember

  • Know your Audience. Post consistent work. If you consistently post concept art, then that is what your audience was drawn to in the first place and that's what made them click the Follow button.
  • Connect Everything. Use IFTTT to post across all your social media. Always have links to your website and other social media platforms, so people can choose how to receive your information.  Some people prefer Twitter over Facebook or Instagram over Tumblr.
  • Post Regularly. Post at least once a week. Every 3-4 days is best.
  • Engage. People want to get to know you, your artwork, and your process. Always try to respond to comments and engage in other people's accounts. Tell people thank you if they share your work or sales. Don't be shy to share other artist's work that you admire too and tag them.
  • Process Work. People love process shots and videos. I get the most likes/views with those.
  • Share. Share your work with other accounts that post the same genre. Do your research.
  • Tags and Hashtags. Use tags to help people find your work. If you've created pop culture work, be sure to tag the creator, fan groups,actor, etc. See examples in the gallery (bottom left). Look at other artist's with large following and see what #hashtags and accounts they are using.
  • Online Challenges. I've seen accounts grow so fast by participating in challenges. InkOctober is a big one. Here is a PDF of all the challenges I know about: Monthly Challenges #hashtag List. A big thank you to Amanda Makepeace for collecting this information.
  • Leave a Trail. Add your website to EVERY jpeg you put out on the internet. Typically a low opacity website link that doesn't distract from the image (see examples here). Another extra measure is to have your name in the file title. For example, AshlyLovett_Title.jpeg
  • Create a Brand (hardcore marketing when you're ready) - Using your story to create a personality/brand. This webisode is helpful. Creating a Brand Story - 1FantasticWeek.

Security and Your Copyrights

Except from Drawn and Drafted "Getting Found" PDF. Download all their PDFs for free here (donations accepted too)


Exposure Opportunities

Online Submissions

  • Illustration Age
  • Illustration Friday
  • Juxtapoz Magazine
  • Hi-Frutose Magazine
  • Imagine FX Magazine
  • 1xrun Magazine
  • Beautiful Bizarre Magazine
  • DPI Magazine
  • Month of Fear
  • Month of Love

Online for Hire Websites


Convention & Seminar List

 

Comic/Gaming/Pop Culture

Scifi/Fantasy

Textiles

  • Print Source

Design

Computer Animation

  • CTN

Editorial & Advertising

Children's Book

  • SCBWI

Useful or Just Fun Websites, Blogs, ect.

Personal Favorite Articles

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My Favorite Artist Interviews


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Online Illustration Educational Programs
(Unless otherwise noted, these are programs I recommend because I or an associate of mine have vouched for the quality of learning.)

  • John English's Applied Art Program - online Bachelor of Arts program where classes are taught by artists who are redefining the visual arts industry. The classes are delivered live and online. This is a 2 year program that I completed myself. I highly suggest it.
  •  Skill Share. - $10 a month individual classes for design. I highly suggest Anita Kuntz's lessons.
  • Smart School - Mentorship program
  • Schoolism - Individual Classes based on a subscription.
  • Rev Art Academy - founded by my previous teachers, the Lemens. Excellent teachers.
  • Society of Visual Storytelling. - Note: I have no inside review of this program.
  • The Oatley Academy - Note: I have no inside review of this program.

On-Site Illustration Workshops


For an additional Listings and Information
• Illustrator Kelly McMorris put together some great resources here.
• Illustrator Kiri Ostergaard Leonard wrote a great post about online courses and mentorships here


More Coming Soon

  • Convention advice, online merchandise websites sources, newsletters, etc. coming soon.
  • Kickstarter and crowdfunded campaign advice coming soon.
  • Artist Representative advice and list coming soon.
  • Advice on Limited Edition print sales, giclee prints, archival inks, etc. coming soon.
  • Printing and shipping advice coming soon.
  • How to do your taxes as a freelancer, retirement fund, keeping the books, etc. coming soon.
  • Mounting and Framing Artwork coming soon, I do already have 2 blog posts on Fixatives and Mounting Paper on Wood.

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Children's Books Industry
SCBWI Membership
I highly suggest joining the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) guild. It is a national organization with many very useful resources, which include grant and scholarships, local and national conferences, online forums, monthly bulletins, a membership profile page, etc. The biggest perk that is worth the yearly membership is their annual PDF handbook, which is updated regularly and lists all the big and small publishers within the US. It includes the publishers' contact information, publication type, what they are looking for, art director and editor information, etc. It also includes a lot of other useful information on how to submit to publishers, pricing, copyright information, etc. etc.
That book is gold.

• It is also smart to join local guilds, art communities, groups, etc. This way you can talk directly with people who have the same interests and goals. It is always about networking and getting your work out there and seen. Networking, networking!

Useful Websites
Writing and Illustrating                       
Children's Illustrator  (includes useful interviews from Art Directors)                                                     
Publisher's Weekly:Children's Books    
Publishing Trends                               
(more coming soon)


Useful Books:
There are many great resource books out there. These happen to be the ones I have purchased and have used personally or have been taught from.

For Composition
Picture This by Molly Bang
Writing the Natural Way by Gabriele Rico

For Visual Storytelling
Story by Robert McKee

For Human Anatomy and Draftsmanship
The Human Figure by David K. Rubins
Atlas of Human Anatomy for Artists by Stephen Peck
Dynamic Figure Drawing by Burne Hogarth
Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery: Solutions for Drawing the Clothed Figure by Burne Hogarth
Perspective Drawing Handbook by Joseph D'Amelio
Creative Perspective for Artists and Illustrators by Ernest Watson
Drawing DVD with Ron Lemen by Ron Lemen
(more coming soon)


Additions To the Artist Resource Page:

I read through everything and only add links that I feel are a good addition and not just repeats of the same info. Cheers!


 November 2016 Additions 

  1. Simplest Way To Calculate Your Prices (Euros) - Kristina Gehrmann
  2. 5 Tips for Freelance Artists - video by illustrator Bobby Chiu
  3. Portfolio Book Makeover -by illustrator, Kelley McMorris. How to create an impressionable portfolio for an in-person interview or critique.
  4. Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market 2016
  5. The Drawing Board for Illustration - List of currently useful books for all creative fields.
  6. Format - website builder
  7. Carbonmade - website builder
  8. Supadupa - website builder
  9. Folioplanet - online hire website
  10. Creative Bloq - inspiration, articles, news, etc.
  11. Little Planet People - Youtube channel from Schoolism teacher, Bobby Chiu
  12. Anyone Can Improve at Art - Tumblr of artist's past vs present drawings.
  13. Faceout Book-  created to appreciate the practice of book cover design.
  14. Casual Optimist - Book covers, design inspiration, comics, publishing, and pop culture
  15. The Book Archive - exactly as the title says
  16. Women in Fantastic Illustration - 30+ interviews conducted by illustrator Kiri Østergaard Leonard.
  17. Interview REBECCA GUAY - PPPBlog
  18. Video Presentation Sam Wolf Connelly - by Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  19. 1 Fantastic Week Interview - Youtube channel of 140+ artist interviews. Gold mine :)
  20. TLC Workshops - Seattle area
  21. Society of Visual Storytelling. - Note: I have no inside review of this program.
  22. The Oatley Academy - Note: I have no inside review of this program.