Why talking to your biggest fans can save you from critical failure

Why talking to your biggest fans can save you from critical failure

Know your audience. This is not exactly an uncommon advice. It is something you find a lot of freelancing blogs talk about. It is also one of the holy commandant of building a good business. And why not, it is important. You don’t know your audience, you don’t sell, it’s simple. You’d be surprised how despite this is the one of the biggest fundamentals to creating a successful freelancing career, most artists I’ve talked to dragged their feet on it….

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The Ultimate Breakdown of Pricing (And What They Don’t Tell You About Pricing)

The Ultimate Breakdown of Pricing (And What They Don’t Tell You About Pricing)

Just how much should I be charging? The bane of every starting freelancer out there. I remember that was the very first question that I typed into Google when I decided to turn my art skills into a freelancing career. And it was horrendously frustrating, because this is what comes up when you search about pricing: Oh. My. God. JUST GIVE ME A NUMBER ON HOW MUCH MY WORK IS WORTH. TELL ME HOW MUCH SOMEONE STARTING SHOULD CHARGE. WHERE…

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“I Want a Refund!” — 3 Things Nightmare Clients Do

“I Want a Refund!” — 3 Things Nightmare Clients Do

So. Funny story. Just a few days ago, I got an email from a client telling me that she wanted a refund for her deposit. She did it right on my birthday and it really did spoiled my celebration spirit quite a bit. Which is funny, because just two weeks ago, I just talked about how “nightmare clients” aren’t the end all of freelancing careers and that we shouldn’t be scared of them despite the terror that they can bring….

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Don’t Be Perfect (Because It’ll Kill Your Art)

Don’t Be Perfect (Because It’ll Kill Your Art)

I did something extremely terrible. A few months ago, I submitted a super ugly commission. Something that was way below my usual standards. But there was a deadline and that was it. Time’s up. I remember thinking, “Oh man, this client is going to give me an EARFUL about how I produced such a bad artwork for such a high price. MY CAREER IS DONE.” This was just going to be a complete disaster. She’d tell her friends and post on…

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Why I fucking love Starbucks

Why I fucking love Starbucks

Here is a somewhat well-known fact about Starbucks, actual baristas hate them. The barista that taught me how to brew a perfect coffee told me to “stop drinking that crap unless you wanted to die.” So, I know how to pull a supposedly perfect latte that’s not too harsh or acidic and all that coffee mumbo jumbos. I do not have to spend $3.65 for a latte. I love Starbucks though. It’s a deeply shameful secret of mine. Regardless of…

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3 Things That the Best Artists Do to Make a Living

3 Things That the Best Artists Do to Make a Living

It’s not easy being a paid artist. Actually, we have a reputation for suffering for our art. Any child (or worse, adult) who says they want to be an artist immediately gets asked whether we are scared of becoming one of those “artists in the streets” who will die a cold wintery death huddling their canvas and bottles of paint to the last. It makes me sick. This myth of the ‘suffering artist’ is something that should be burned thoroughly…

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The Art of Commissions Podcast Episode 2: The Story Behind His Successful Kickstarter Campaign and Eldet Feat. Marccus Ehren

The Art of Commissions Podcast Episode 2: The Story Behind His Successful Kickstarter Campaign and Eldet Feat. Marccus Ehren

“You have to keep in mind, when you are making something, you are so horribly familiar with what you are making. You know the in’s and out’s of everything about it and you are just bored by it because that’s all you’ve been doing.” For this episode, Marccus Ehren, the game developer and artist, is here to talk about his recent successful Kickstarter campaign of Eldet, a LGBT and medieval fantasy visual novel. Not only did we touched on what…

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The Art of Commissions Podcast Episode 1: Dissecting the Science of Social Media Success Feat. Benjamin Ee

The Art of Commissions Podcast Episode 1: Dissecting the Science of Social Media Success Feat. Benjamin Ee

I am super excited that I am finally revealing the first podcast episode of Art of Commissions! From now on, I intend to showcase artist feature via podcast instead, since I believe that audio will give the interview format a more personal touch to our listeners and it also allows for greater details to be communicated. As always, I am open to feedback and any other ways to improve Art of Commissions as a resource website for budding freelancing artists. Much…

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Social Media: An Artist’s Lifeblood or… a Pointless Endeavor?

Social Media: An Artist’s Lifeblood or… a Pointless Endeavor?

Oh, social media. I have such a love-hate relationship with it. There were days when I finish an art project and I am superbly proud of it. I think to myself, man, this must be my best work! My followers will love it! So, I go and post it… excitedly waiting for the feedbacks, likes, and shares to roll in. And then… Nothing. My brain implodes with shame and I am left wondering if my art just really sucks. I…

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Networking and the Shy Syndrome

Networking and the Shy Syndrome

“I am terrified of networking! What if they don’t like me?” “I am simply this nobody, why would someone famous will even work with me?” “Oh, my skill sucks! There are so many people out there that is better than me… they’ll definitely reject me.” Does any of this sound like you? If yes, don’t worry, you are definitely not alone. If no, then I am not entirely sure why you are reading this, you are probably a networking master already. The…

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