How to Become a Professional Artist:

Do you know what you want to do with your life? Have you ever felt your dreams and goals of becoming a professional artist are nearly impossible? Today’s article is going to try to help you make that dream a reality (or, a closer reality if you’re too young to have a career). We’ll be talking about the technical sides of having this as a job (classes you need to take, degrees you need to earn, etc.) and the more motivational side such as how to earn a good living with this job.

First off,  there are a couple classes you need to make sure you take in high school. Although it depends on which course you take exactly in the arts/fine arts section, most of them require you to have a 30 level Pre-Calculus or Foundations Math course, and a 30 level English course. You also need to have your high school diploma to get into these courses. Along with all these things, most of these courses require you to put together a portfolio showcasing some of your artwork. The University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina both offer great courses in the arts and fine arts field of study.

Now that you know the specifics of getting the job, the next goal is to stay motivated and figure out how to earn enough money in your job. One of the greatest things you can do with the job of an artist is be weird! Originality and weirdness is the one of the best qualities an artist can have as it makes their work different and unique when compared to others. This attracts people, and in the end it will probably make you earn more money. Another big thing an artist needs to have is the right mindset for the job. There are quite a few challenges that come along with a job like this, and you need to be prepared on how to handle them in a healthy way! You need to be able to take constructive criticism in a healthy way as well, as this will help you learn and grow in your career.

In the end, this article was only a small glimpse into what the job of an artist is all about, but I hope it was able to give you some valuable information about the skills and academic elements you need to follow this career path! There’s a lot more to being an artist than what meets the eye, and it takes a lot of skills and dedication. It’s definitely a challenging road, but the benefits to this job and getting to do what you love every day is worth it!

Sources:

http://learn.org/articles/Artist_How_to_Become_a_Professional_Artist_in_5_Steps.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelhennessey/2013/04/02/3-keys-to-making-it-as-an-artist-without-starving/#663a53f75254

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Struggles of Being an Artist:

Everyone struggles with things in life and artists are no exception. Being an artist is actually a lot harder than it looks as it takes a lot of creativity, skill, self discipline, and motivation. Sometimes when artists struggle it’s a dark time because they feel all alone. Therefore, I thought I could put together a small list of struggles that every artist will go through at some point, so you can see that it isn’t just you in these struggles!

  • Envying another artist’s skill:

It seems as though everyone always envies another artist’s skills, even though they’re an amazing artist themselves! It can be frustrating and upsetting because you put in a lot of effort, but you always seem to find someone better than you. Just remember that there’s always more learning to do and you can always grow as an artist! It’s suggested that instead of envying other artists, turn that into inspiration.

  • Some people don’t take you seriously:

Every artist will come across someone that will laugh when they hear about your job choice. Art is usually looked at as a hobby and not a profession, and some people just don’t understand what being a professional artist is. Just smile and keep doing what you love, even if others don’t understand you!

  • People don’t understand the struggle:

Non-artists will never truly understand the struggle that being a real artist is. A great deal of people assume making art is extremely easy and anyone can do it with no skills at all. However, they don’t see all the training you’ve done to learn different techniques, new skills, and how to make high quality art! Many people think you can pick up a paintbrush (or any other medium you like to use) and learn instantly, but that isn’t the case at all.

To conclude, these are a few of the top struggles that artists go through, and I’ve gone through all three myself. It can be rough, frustrating, and tiring, but remember why you love art so much and keep going! Things will get better, and remember that you’re a truly amazing and unique artist!

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Sources:

https://keetonsonline.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/7-real-struggles-every-artist-goes-through/

https://suchnakendra.com/listing/tezpur-assam-contact-apoorva-nath-wall-painting-flex-fixing-art-painting-artist-in-tezpur/

5 Best Places to Buy Art Supplies:

Last week’s article talked about alternatives to some of the highest quality markers on the art market. As you might have noticed, most of these markers are a bit on the expensive side of things, and the story with other art supplies is no different. So unless you’re a millionaire – and I envy you if you are – you’re probably a bit worried about your budget when you buy the supplies you need.  With this in mind, I thought this week’s article should be about great places I’ve found to get the art supplies you need both online and in real stores without spending a small fortune in expenses.

1. Michaels:

Michaels is both an online and real store you can visit in places like Regina and Saskatoon. They stock many types of art supplies, and they also stock many crafting products as well. You can find high quality brands such as Copics and Prismacolor here, and even some smaller less expensive brands. They put on sales that can save you tons of money, and they also have coupons for you to use.

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2. Hobby Lobby:

Hobby Lobby is another store that you can purchase products from either online or in store. The only downside for us Canadians is the fact that Hobby Lobby is a US store only. However, they have a couple of stores scattered in North Dakota (such as Minot) which isn’t that far from the border! Whether you’re looking for art supplies or crafting materials, this store is sure to have it! There are many coupons and sales here, so you’re sure to save some money on something too (and I mean really, who doesn’t like to save money?). Hobby Lobby has a 90 day return policy both online and in stores.hobby_lobby_logo_detail_long

3. Blick:

Blick is one of the most popular online art supply stores among artists. They offer a ton of art supplies that include their brand along with other professional art brands. This store also has special limited time offers such as free shipping on orders over $160, 15% deals, and more. When you order online, you can pay with Paypal, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, etc. and they have a 30 day return policy.

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4. Jerry’s Artarama:

Jerry’s Artarama is another huge online store for art supplies. They stock a variety of art materials (oil paint, canvases, pastels, paper, etc.) and they have a large resources section that includes online art contests, art tips, product demo videos, product reviews, and more. When you order things from this store, you can pay with Paypal, Checks, Visa, Mastercard, etc. and they have a 30 day refund policy. Jerry’s Artarama also has a newsletter that you can sign up for and receive discounts and promotions.

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5. Utrecht:

Utrecht is a simple online art store that sells specifically art supplies. They offer many different professional brands along with their own brand of supplies. Utrecht also has sales on, and they even have coupon specials! They have a 30 day return policy as well.

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There you have it! These are the top art stores I found that most artists like to use. I’ve heard many great things about these stores, and I’ve purchased items from most of them. I hope this list was able to give you some places to shop and save a bit of money. See you next week!

Sources:

http://craftwhack.com/art-craft-supplies-online/

http://www.artpromotivate.com/2012/10/7-online-retailers-to-buy-art-supplies.html

http://www.hobbylobby.com/

http://www.utrechtart.com/

http://www.michaels.com/

http://www.artiscool.co/events/

http://www.stencilrevolution.com/dick-blick-coupons/

http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/new_logo_for_hobby_lobby.php#.WCOPC9ArLnA

http://www.hissingkitty.com/complaints-department/michaels-stores

Alternatives to Copic Markers:

In the world of art, the quality of the materials and tools you use will greatly affect how your final piece looks. However, some of these things cost a fair amount of money which isn’t something everyone has. One of the biggest coloring methods artists use is coloring with Copic Markers. This technique makes the finished drawing colorful, crisp, and clean. Unfortunately as I stated before, Copics are one of the tools that can cost quite a bit of money. Therefore, in today’s article we will be looking at different types of markers artists use as alternatives to Copics, and the pros and cons of each!

Before I tell you about the other markers, I should probably give you a little information about Copics first. Copic Markers are alcohol-based, dual ended, and available in a variety of different colors. They are refillable, you can easily mix your own colors, the nibs can be replaced, there is little odor, you can’t see overlapping lines, and they dry quickly. However, Copics are hard to find and they’re expensive to buy. Copics usually cost around $7.99 for one marker.

1. Prismacolor Markers

Prismacolor Markers and Copics are two of the most popular brands for artist’s markers. They have rich colors, the ink flows smoothly, double ended, easy to find, and the shape of the marker makes them easy to hold. On the downside, Prismacolor Markers have a bad odor, you can see the overlapped lines, the marker nibs can’t be removed or refilled, there aren’t as many color options as the other brands of markers, and the nibs can get worn down easily. It usually costs around $5.99 for one marker.

2. Promarkers

Promarkers function a lot like Copics do, and they share the similarity of being double ended and alcohol based. With that said, you’ll get nearly the same results with these markers vs Copic Markers. These markers are a lot cheaper than Copics, and the sets are themed (Spring, Summer, Christmas, Pastels, etc.), It’s been said that they also hold around 30% more ink than Copic Markers do. Promarkers also have a chunkier build, which can be both a pro and con depending on the style of marker you like. A couple downsides to these markers are that they aren’t numbered like Copic Markers are, so it might be difficult to match certain colors, and they aren’t refillable markers. Depending on where you buy them, Promarkers can cost anywhere from $3 to $5 for one marker.

3. Twin Touch Markers

Twin Touch Markers are also highly comparable to Copics. These markers are alcohol-based, refillable, the nibs can be replaced, there are 204 colors to choose from, the color name and family are on the cap of the marker for easy reference, and they’re easy to find. The disadvantages of these markers is the fact that they seem to be a bit dryer than Copics, and the brush tip seems to be gummy (meaning that it wants to stick to the page). Twin Touch Markers can cost anywhere from $3.40 to $5.80 for one marker.

        After looking at the pros and cons of each of these markers you can see that each one is different and unique in their own way, but they’re all good markers! Truthfully, the best marker out of the ones listed really depends on what you’re planning on using them for and what your budget is. It also depends on how big of an area you’re planning on coloring, how often you’re going to use them, and more. Nevertheless, I hope I was able to give some helpful information on these different types of markers!

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Sources:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/tool-product-talk-f128/promarkers-t522551.html

https://keetonsonline.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/the-ultimate-battle-is-on-prismacolor-vs-copic-markers/

http://nattosoup.blogspot.ca/2013/02/art-marker-showdown-copic-sketch-vs.html

https://www.amazon.com/Sargent-Art-22-1591-50-Count-Classic/dp/B005V9VBU8