While teaching art today I was in a classroom and saw this sign on the wall. What a fabulous message, and it is a phrase I know I have appreciated SO MUCH since I started my career in Art Licensing.
When we’re in grade school we are taught that sharing is good. I am reminded of this all the time at my teaching job. It is beautiful to witness how pure that sharing spirit looks in a child. As we become adults it seems that spirit fades a little. I get it, sharing isn’t always easy, especially in hard times. However, the artists I have run across that are generous in sharing their professional tips and wisdom, have made all the difference in the world to me (and to many others). I try to keep that spirit of sharing alive as much as possible in my life, and as I accumulate my own bit of professional ‘know-how’, I am all the more inclined to ‘pay it forward’ too! :0)
I want to shout out a big THANK YOU to a few of the artists who have helped me break through the scary unknown of Art Licensing! Check out the links I’ve included to see their blogs, ebooks, podcasts, etc…
Tara Reed’s Art Licensing Blog – There is so much that Tara does to help encourage artists in the world of Art Licensing. She’s a WEALTH of knowledge and so generous in sharing her wisdom.
Kelly Rae Roberts – Kelly Rae has a super fun blog to follow, but even more fantastic are her books Flying Lessons. Check them out if you’re interested in building a creative business.
Joan Beiriger – I ran across her blog a couple of years ago. She’s got awesome tutorials and tips for photoshop. She also follows many other amazing blogs and I find her info a tremendous resource.
Escape from Illustrator Island – For me, Thomas James is a rockstar in the illustration world. His podcasts are a favorite of mine to listen to while I work.
Cindy Ann Ganaden’s Blu Penny Blog – is another inspirational resource for artists. She has a terrific series called “Sketchbook Stories” where she profiles artists and their creative process.
Dani Jones – Her tutorials are amazing! She also posts some of them live to watch. Check out her site for more info.
Kate Harper’s Greeting Card Designer – Kate is such a gracious soul. She is one of the most prolific bloggers I’ve found and she is an INCREDIBLE resource for info. I look forward to every single one of her posts.
Terri Conrad – Terri is a fabulous artist and a wealth of info. We are also good friends, so in addition to her blog I have the good fortune of getting together with her and having long coffee “meetings” discussing all the ins and outs of Art Licensing. Thanks Terri!
I know I’m forgetting some others, but as I remember I’ll keep ‘paying it forward’! :0)