The Art Journey
Michelle Staub aka StitchingSabbatical on Filling Holes in the Market

Michelle Staub aka StitchingSabbatical on Filling Holes in the Market

April 21, 2019

Michelle Staub is an embroidery artist who specializes in amazingly realistic pet portraits. Listen to her art journey from studying fine arts to running a successful business as a full-time embroidery artist. How does she price her work and how did she get started? Listen to this episode to find out!

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WHERE TO FIND Michelle:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stitchingsabbatical

Website: https://www.stitchingsabbatical.com/

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THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

https://www.emillie-ferris.co.uk/

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EPISODE LESSONS:

 

1- Don't compromise your mental health for your art. Listen to what your mind and body need and take care of that first.

2- If you want to do something, start now. If you don't, you'll regret it a year from now.

3- Don't be afraid to price your work high. If you wouldn't accept low pay from an employer, don't accept low pay from yourself.

Kristina Yu on the Advantages of Internships and Building her Brand

Kristina Yu on the Advantages of Internships and Building her Brand

March 14, 2019

Kristina is a digital artist who creates adorable digital illustrations for her brand Cheery Human Studios. She used to do UI/ UX design for the tech industry and transitioned into creating her own personal brand. How did she go about that and what helped her along the way? Listen to her story to find out!

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WHERE TO FIND Kristina:

Instagram: https://instagram.com/cheeryhumanstudios

Website: https://cheeryhumanstudios.com

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THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

 

Danielle Boinay - https://www.danielleboinay.com/

(I also have an episode I did with Danielle! https://www.theartjourneypodcast.com/episodes/2018/12/19/ep-4-danielle-boinay-on-making-unique-art-products-and-finding-your-style)

Katnipp Illustrations - https://www.katnipp.com/

(I also have an episode I did with Katnipp! https://www.theartjourneypodcast.com/episodes/katnipp)

Designer Con - https://www.designercon.com/

Creative Pep Talk Podcast - http://www.creativepeptalk.com/

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EPISODE LESSONS:

 

1- The skills you learn in your day job can help you when/if you decide to build your own brand. Whether or not you currently work in art, the lessons you've learned will help you.

2- Don't be afraid to do something even before you have it all figured out. Figuring it out as you go along can be a great way to learn and there's no better time than now to start doing whatever it is you wanna do!

3- Internships are amazing tools for developing your career and skills so if you have the opportunity to do an art internship: DO IT.

Eliza Kapitan from Craft Hangout on Pushing Past the “Ugly” Phase

Eliza Kapitan from Craft Hangout on Pushing Past the “Ugly” Phase

March 4, 2019

Eliza Kapitan is a podcaster and creative director from NYC. Her art varies wildly and is always producing new and interesting pieces. Her art journey is equally interesting having worn many hats in her 20+ year career. Listen to how she found her way through art and how she makes a living doing what she loves.

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WHERE TO FIND Eliza:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loveelizadesign/

Website: https://love-eliza.com/

Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crafthangout/

Podcast Website: https://www.crafthangout.com/

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THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Lila Rogers painting class: https://makeartthatsells.com/online-courses/lillas-art-recipes-drawing-faces-self-paced/

Don’t Keep Your Day Job podcast w/ Cathy Heller

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EPISODE LESSONS:

 

1- Don’t be afraid to gettin scrappy. People will tell you a career in art is not viable unless you become an art teacher or something else that’s socially acceptable. Forge your own path in a way that feels most authentic to yourself and your career will grow and follow

2- Push past the weird, ugly phase. Sometimes you feel like your art, or career, has reached a point where you feel like you ruined it. You haven’t. You need to relax and keep going. This is where the real magic happens

3- Find the sweet spot where your art and what’s popular meet. This is where you will most likely find success 

Nicolette Leigh Yates on the Importance of Finding Your Voice

Nicolette Leigh Yates on the Importance of Finding Your Voice

February 24, 2019

Nicolette Leigh is an artist from North Carolina who produces colorful and whimsical art both in the traditional and digital worlds. She's a part-time artist who dreams of going full-time. Learn what steps she's taking and where she is in her own art journey!

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WHERE TO FIND Nicolette:

Instagrams: 

https://www.instagram.com/nicolettelyarts/

https://www.instagram.com/earlynerdstudio/

Website: https://www.nicoletteleigharts.com/shop1

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THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

"Notice what you notice" - Allen Ginsburg
What's pareidolia? https://earthsky.org/human-world/seeing-things-that-arent-there

Creative Pep Talk podcast w/ Andy J. Pizza
Don’t Keep Your Day Job podcast w/ Cathy Heller
The Saavy Painter podcast
Positively Creative podcast

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EPISODE LESSONS:

1. Start building an audience with your friends and inner circle.

2. Don’t be afraid to change your path even if you think you’re too far down a different path. it’s never too late to try changing your path back to art

3. The more no’s the better. it means youre closer to your next yes

4. Plan things in advance. you want to be in art show? you need to start planning now! take action

Kolbie Blume aka Thiswritingdesk on Self Confidence in Your Art & Career

Kolbie Blume aka Thiswritingdesk on Self Confidence in Your Art & Career

January 27, 2019

Kolbie Blume is a hand lettering and watercolor artist from Washington DC. Kolbie’s art is very much inspired by the beauty of life and nature coupled with inspiring quotes. Learn about her art journey from being a kid who thought she was terrible art to having a unique art business that combines hand lettering, painting, and communication!

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WHERE TO FIND Kolbie:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thiswritingdesk/

Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThisWritingDesk?ref=search_shop_redirect

Website: https://www.writingdeskcreativeco.com/

Skillshare Classes: https://www.skillshare.com/profile/Kolbie-Blume/3373158

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THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Andy J. Pizza’s Dad’s Quote Art- https://www.instagram.com/p/BpjtcizAbdV/

 “Everything is figureoutable”― Marie Forleo

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EPISODE LESSONS:

1. The most important step to becoming a good artist is believing that you can be a good artist.

2. Handlettering is closer to drawing than it is to handwriting so if you’re an artist interesting in learning how to do it, go for it!

3. The fear of making the leap of becoming a full-time independent artist never 100% goes away. So make sure you have your financial affairs in order (make sure you’re making enough money to sustain yourself + accumulate some savings) and any remaining fear might just have to be ignored!

Ela Moss aka Bubblegumgrrrl on Your Validity as a Part-Time Artist

Ela Moss aka Bubblegumgrrrl on Your Validity as a Part-Time Artist

January 16, 2019

Ela Moss aka Bubblegumgrrrl is a digital artist from Florida, USA who makes the most colorful, psychadelic rt you’ve ever seen! In this episode we talk about SO many things including: finding your art style, how to balance a day job and your art, and handling the pressure of social media.

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WHERE TO FIND SAVANNAH:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bubblegumgrrrl/

Shop: https://bubblegumgrrrl.tictail.com/

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THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Yoshi Yoshitani - http://www.yoshiyoshitani.com/

Kyle T Webster Brushes - https://www.kylebrush.com/

artist alley network international - https://www.facebook.com/groups/143875999117732/

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EPISODE LESSONS:

1. Put yourself first because you know because if you’re not [feeling] good then you can’t make art

2. Your medium of choice is very important when it comes to finding your art style because it can affect how you feel about your art

3. Just because art is not your full-time job it doesn’t make you any less of an artist

 

Savannah Alexandra on the Animation Industry and the Importance of Perseverance

Savannah Alexandra on the Animation Industry and the Importance of Perseverance

January 2, 2019

 

Savannah Alexandra is an illustrator based in Atlanta, Georgia who works on the award-winning show Archer. When she's not working on the show, she's creating art that mixes kawaii style with vintage inspiration. Learn about her story and the animation industry and get some firsthand tips from a professional!

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WHERE TO FIND SAVANNAH:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/savannahalexandraart/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/savannaha_art

Website: https://www.savannahalexandra.com/

Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Savannahalexandraart

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THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Derek Yaniger: https://www.instagram.com/derek.art/

Sveta Shubina: https://www.instagram.com/sveta_has/

Ida Hem: https://www.instagram.com/idasomethinghem/

Amber Aki Huang: https://www.instagram.com/amber_aki_huang/

Chris Sanders: https://www.chrissandersart.com/

Carter Goodrich: http://cartergoodrich.com/

KDA League of Legends Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOxkGD8qRB4

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EPISODE LESSONS:

1. Save your sketchbooks. They might be cringey now, but you’ll be thankful that you will be able to look back and see how far you’ve come.

2. If you want to work in animation, you’ll want to really pinpoint what exactly you’d like to be doing. There are so many possibilities in the field.

3. Make sure your portfolio is catered to what you want to do. If you hate doing background work, don’t fill your portfolio with backgrounds, for example.

Acacia Rogers on Following Your Gut Towards an Art Career

Acacia Rogers on Following Your Gut Towards an Art Career

December 26, 2018

Acacia Rogers is a traditional painter based in New Hampshire. She paints beautiful landscapes and wildlife art and also works as an assistant to the prolific painter, Todd Bonita. So how did she go from working as a pet store manager to working full time as a painter with works featured in galleries? Hear her exciting, fast-paced story in this episode!

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WHERE TO FIND ACACIA:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acaciarogersart/

Shop: http://acaciarogers.wixsite.com/artist/store

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfk4JnWUEkuMqLmySmWlWHQ/videos

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THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Todd Bonita: http://www.toddbonita.com/

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EPISODE LESSONS:

1. Search for opportunities and be open to them

2. To sell your first pieces, try within your social circle like friends and family

3. Look for art coops or art associations to begin displaying art

4. Try to find a mentor who is doing what you want to do and incorporate some of what they’re doing into your own practice

Danielle Boinay on Making Unique Art Products and Finding Your Style

Danielle Boinay on Making Unique Art Products and Finding Your Style

December 20, 2018

Danielle Boinay is a dreamy painter from Oregon, USA. Her art is full of starry portraits of beautiful girls and whimsical animals. We talk about an easy way to tie all your art together and how significant art friends have been in her life.

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WHERE TO FIND Danielle Boinay:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danielleboinay

Shop: https://www.danielleboinay.com

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THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

 

Mighty Fine: 

Art Money Success by Maria Brophy: http://mariabrophy.com/business-of-art/art-money-success-make-full-time-living-art.html

Stephanie Boinay: https://www.stephanieboinayart.com/

Kristina Yu aka Cheery Human Studios: https://cheeryhumanstudios.com/

Holbein Gouache: http://www.holbeinartistmaterials.com/designer-gouache-sets/

 

Authenticity, Experimentation, and Losing Your Fear of Failure - Felice Regina aka iamlunasol

Authenticity, Experimentation, and Losing Your Fear of Failure - Felice Regina aka iamlunasol

December 12, 2018

Felice is a pin designer based in Texas who specializes in adorable and funny fan art products. We talk about the importance of being authentic in your business and your art. Also how experimentation in your art and product design can take you farther than you think. Learn how she went from studying accounting to owning her own online business in this episode!

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WHERE TO FIND iamlunasol:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamlunasol/

Shop: https://shopiamlunasol.com/

Patreon/ Monthly Pin Club: https://www.patreon.com/iamlunasol

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THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Manufacturing Authenticity by Lindsay Ellis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FJEtCvb2Kw

Pink Samurai's Enamel Pins 101 Series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqy5WU576MQ&list=PLUlZYQMWL-izOgEYEz835AWBZ8Gd1EpUh

Unicorn_Paper Pins: https://www.instagram.com/unicorn_paper/

Lolstasia aka Ugly Plants: https://www.instagram.com/lolstasia/

Miss Snooty Cat Pin: https://shopiamlunasol.com/products/miss-snooty-cat-hard-enamel-pin-lily-studio-ghibli-kikis-delivery-service-lapel-badge-rose-gold-copper-white-cat-anime-jiji