Despite the return to teaching high school art this week, I managed to complete my entry with time to spare. 100% iPad Pro with ProCreate/Word.
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RE: Pursuing art when you already have a career.
I'm a high school art teacher AND artist. It takes a lot of creative time management, but for 20 years I wanted to pursue children's book illustration. I've been working on fine art for a good chunk of that time, but also raised a family. My children are now 22 and 18 so a "little" bit of time is opening up to increase my studio time.
But here's what I can offer you:
You ARE an artist.
If you are passionate about having your art move from "hobby" to "professional artist", you will make it happen. Look where you are at this point in your life. No one handed it to you. You worked for it. If you want to be a professional artist, you will make it happen.
Work on your "exit plan"...you decide the number of years (mine was at 5 as of last Fall). Begin crafting your life based upon what you want that "exit year" to look like. You have to work backwards. So in 5 years I will be teaching high school art on a part-time basis and I will be in my studio on a full-time basis. I will continue working on portraits in my fine art part of my studio. I will be continuing to write/illustrate my Christian based children's books. Now I fill in the spaces in between then and now. I attended SCBWI NY this past February and I intend to go again next year. Networking and studying the market is very important. One of my main goals was to land a children's book contract by the end of 2017.
Well, HELLO SUNSHINE! On Friday, I was offered a 3-book deal through a Christian book publisher. This is my first "official" children's book contract (I have been published in fine art book compilations and technique books along with educational books.)
So it's baby steps. But your definition of what a "professional artist" means to you may be different to me. But take those baby steps because 5 years from now is still going to arrive. However, what you do during those 5 years will determine what it looks like.
So it is only March and I have nailed a major goal.
Keep us posted!
Would it be possible to set up the topic for the next 3rd Thursday challenge on the last day of the month for the next month? We don’t need to know who the winners are before receiving the next challenge, but it would be nice to have a bit more time to work on it instead of 2-2 1/2 weeks. Personally I have enough hard “deadlines” that it’s nice to have one I can slow down a bit and enjoy like a tasty, chocolatey treat! LOL
RE: Agents and Reps
Awesome podcast! So what do you do if you are not ‘just out of college/art school’? I’m a 51 year old artist who has a successful fine art career and has taught art for 20+ years. I’m building my illustration portfolio and will be launching that area of my art career in the beginning of 2020. I want representation but I do not fit the “newbie” narrative. Any advice? Thanks!
RE: Pencil and Pencil Crayons
I am a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. They put out a Lightfast Chart for their members that is regularly updated. They also do all their own testing so it's independent of specific brands. There are certain colors in Prismacolor (for example) that might get a higher rating by the company than was tested by CPSA.
I only use those colors deemed of the highest quality of lightfastness by CPSA and Karen Hull (an Australian/New Zealand artist who also puts out a lightfast chart that you can purchase directly through her).
Prismacolor and Caran d'Ache Luminance are pretty much the exclusive brands I use. You also get what you pay for and if we are going to be producing art that we want people to purchase, it can't be on copy paper with Crayola or Rose Art pencils that are meant for children (that's how I inform my customers of the value of what they are getting when they refer to my drawings since they are not watercolors or oils.)
RE: Episode 09: How Much Will I Make In Illustration?
@davidhohn As a high school art teacher, I do not find your comments to be harsh. It’s a blunt reality. I’ve seen way too many students who do not have the passion, motivation, desire, and for some, the ability to actually persevere full-time in the field of illustration. Many of my students have gone to well known art schools, only to return home with their tails between their legs and realize that unless they are willing to eat, breathe and drink art, they are not going to make it since there are 100’s lined up behind them that are willing to “show up”.
RE: How Do *You* Rest?
Here's my weekly schedule:
4am wake up - get ready for day - post to social media image from previous day's work
5:15am leave for gym
7am - 2:30 teach high school art (work on iPad Pro during periods without students)
On Tues/Th teach Industrial Design Studio at local college 3:30-6:15
On M-W-F run errands, have dinner, take husband (doesn't drive - legally blind) or daughter (does not have her drivers license yet) to where they need to be.
6:30-9:00 Studio work
9:30 Lights out
Weekends are heavy with the studio work.
I aim for 6 1/2 - 7 hours of sleep each night. Sleep in until 7 on weekends. When my body is telling me to slow down, I listen. (Take a day off from gym, to bed earlier, etc.) I also eat a VERY clean nutritional menu of foods. If you feed your body crap, you will feel like crap.
Back to work....I have only 30 minutes left of my study period when I am able to work on the iPad Pro!
Hope this helped!
RE: The future of online art classes?
Interesting article. It sounds good in theory. However as a high school art teacher, it’s the 1:1 communication, it’s getting to know the artist behind the work, it’s leaning into building a community that helps us thrive as artists. When I’ve taken the classes here on SVSlearn.com, it was the posting of the critiques, the interactions with the instructors that kept me coming back for more.
I hired 2 business coaches this year and rebuilt my entire website so I can launch private online drawing lessons to a limited number of students that I can pour all of my love of drawing into them and help them to grow as artists. No amount of artificial intelligence can compensate for that.
RE: Our SVS virtual studio
@burvantill Saw your comment on Procreate. I’m creating all my digital work with the app and trying to rely less on my Cintiq. This will allow me to bring my freelance work with me to the high school I teach at and work on it during free periods, or alongside my students.
Contracts: First right of refusal
Been a member for several years and yet I'm just discovering this Forum! Been up to my eyeballs in watching all the awesome videos!
Here is my question: I will be signing my first children's book contract within the next couple weeks. I do not have the contract in my hands as of yet (deal was made verbally on Friday!) But one of the "non-negotiable" items is a "First Right of Refusal" clause.
Any insights or comments about this? I'm assuming it's typical. But want your feedback.
RE: How Do *You* Rest?
@jabbernewt So glad I could help! In order to teach high school you need to be certified. Most school districts (at least here in New England) require a Bachelor's and a Master's. I have both. My BA is in Art Education and my Master's is in Early Childhood Education (and yes, it helps me out a LOT with my high school students...they are more like overgrown toddlers some days! LOL) At the Community College I teach at, they also require a Master's degree. I also have to keep my certifications up-to-date and I do that with a lot of the in-service workshops my high school provides along with online classes (like SVS) and going to SCBWI conferences (NYC).
Truly, my schedule has hit a sweet spot this year where I am juggling my teaching schedule, my family's schedule (and no, I couldn't do this when my children were young...they are 24 and 20 but still live in our home), and my very busy art studio (I have 1 commission on the easel, numerous illustrations that I work on daily for my updated portfolio, I create K9 portraits for the NH State Police and I have several outdoor shows coming up.)
Also, one more thing on the health aspect of life, I rehired my weight training coaches to guide me on my workouts and nutrition. I only rely on one cup of coffee each day to keep me awake and by eliminating refined sugar and eating "clean", I have a LOT of energy all day long...right up until bed. It's a total lifestyle choice, but one that pays tremendous dividends in my total well-being along with my ability to focus on my art! If you want it bad enough you make it happen. I learned that the hard way after many years!
RE: Looking for recommendations for video camera (for vlogging and demos)
Awesome, thanks Miriam! I’ll check it out!
RE: Do you use Pinterest?
@davidhohn Thanks for your insights David. I was listening to the “Should You Do Fanart?” Podcast this morning and Lee mentioned how you are quite well versed in copyright information. Your expertise is much appreciative.
Lion: that is exactly what I was doing...looking at all of the images to create my own version and understand the layout of the fur and facial structure.
Lamb: totally used it for composing how the arms would hang on the lion’s arm. Not many other photos out there to show that.
I generally use all my own photos...as my main work revolves around animal portraiture. However I’m building up my illustration portfolio and going forward, this incident will help me keep things in check! Thanks again!
RE: JUDGING FOR AUGUST CONTEST "MUSIC"! PICK YOUR FAV!
@bichonbistro Ok, so I’m not the only one who can’t find mine. I’ve scrolled through twice.