Off The Digital Shelf
This week I finished the ebook, Art, Inc by Lisa Congdon. I'm making it a goal to post more about books related to art and creativity as well as watch films by or about visual artists. So this is the first official blog post where I share that goal...yay!
I'm making it a goal to post more about books related to art and creativity as well as watch films by or about visual artists. So this is the first official blog post towards that goal.
I acquired this as an ebook through Amazon.
I've heard of this book before and was already familiar with Lisa Congdon from her illustrations. I follow her on social media and her comments are always positive and encouraging to artists. I was hoping this book would be a balance of encouragement AND practical advise. It did not disappoint.
She really covers all the bases from the decision of becoming an artist to how to handle the pressures of success. Some parts seem obvious e.g. how to navigate social media. However they aren't obvious to everyone and I'm also of the mindset that when you read something and there are parts you already know you feel more confident moving through the material.
She covers the different ways to make a living with your art. Including selling your work online, in galleries, art fairs, teaching, and becoming an illustrator. She points out the pros and cons of the different business models and gives solid suggestions of websites, associations, and documents to help you reach your goals.
She supports all advice with interviews from professionals in the field. Their added points bring depth to the book.
I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to enter the field of visual art. A must read for high schoolers serious about art or college art students. For seasoned art professionals the nuts and bolts probably won't be of interest but the book will provide a sense of your niche in the art market and will expose you to some resources you may not have been aware of.