A (brief) Moment of Gratitude

We spend a lot of time on this site talking about all of the things we should be doing in order to build our online reputation as an artist/writer/musician/etc…  What happens, however, is that we spend so much of our time running after these goals, that we sometimes forget to take a step back and […]

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Parting with your Art

If you love something you have to set it free (right?) Question: When you sell a piece of your art/writing/music, do you feel. . . (a) Elated — Yay! Let’s go grocery shopping (b) A little sad to see it go, but that’s part of being a professional artist isn’t it? (c) Racked with guilt […]

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The Care and Feeding of a Muse

  This is not the way we had imagined it to be. . . When we first come to our art, we came to it filled with hope, secret wishes, and visions of unseen worlds.  We imagined our muse taking us gently by the hand and whispering inspiration into our ear as we recreated those […]

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Is Etsy Dying?

Etsy is a dream come true for Artists (isn’t it?) Etsy is widely known as one of the premier websites for selling arts & crafts online. They essentially took eBay’s shop concept and focused it squarely on the creative niche so you no longer had to sift through lawnmowers in order to get to beaded lanyards. […]

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The Delusional Freedom of an Artist

The only limits artists have is their imagination (right?) Let’s face it, part of the fun of being an artist/writer/musician is being able to do whatever the hell you want.  After all, if we wanted people telling us what to do, we would have become an accountant or a manager at Taco Bell. But what […]

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Who’s in Your Five?

Gimme Five You’ve probably heard it said before that we become the average of the five people we hang around with the most.  This supposedly not only determines our level of career, success, and income–but our general attitude and outlook on life as well. Twenty years ago, this essentially meant that whatever motley group of […]

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Why Art School (may or may not) Suck!

Actually, I guess that’s not really fair because as a writer, I never actually went to art school because I was stuck in “writer’s school” which I’m pretty certain sucks. What I’m really talking about is any type of  so-called “art school” whether it’s music school, design school, fine art school, or your plain old […]

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How long is all of this going to take?!

Let’s face it, only bad things happen quickly One of the things that I’ve learned about this whole building your artistic repuatation online process is that it’s going to take a heck of a lot longer than most people think.  In fact, one of the biggest complaints I hear from frustrated artists is that they are doing […]

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9 Warning Signs of an Amateur Artist

Are you a “Professional” Artist? I’m not talking about if you have a corporate sponsorship or whether or not you are earning the big bucks.  I’m not even talking about quitting your day job, if you have one, and living on ramen noodles and Starbucks (because even if you’re poor you still need your Cafe […]

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Peering into the Future. . .

  What is a peer group (and why should I care)? When we’re growing up, there always seems to be a lot of talk about our “peer group”, but what exactly is a peer group and why would I be talking about any of this now? Well according to our good friends in the  dictionary […]

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21 Artists to Watch in 2010

Now that we are entering into the second half of 2010.  I wanted to take a moment and share with you 21 amazing artists I have had the pleasure to meet over the past six months, and artists that you’ll certainly want to keep your eye on in the years ahead. Some of these artists […]

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Follow me Dammit!

Dear Twitterite, We know that it was a bit rude to unfollow you this afternoon, but let’s face it, we seemed to be growing apart these past several months.  Even though I saw you there in my Twitter stream each and every morning, I found myself ignoring you more and more and I just wasn’t listening […]

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Stop stealing my sh*t!

  The internet is great.  With the world wide web we are connected like never before.  News travels almost instantly and communities of like-minded individuals can easily come together and share their passion. Without the world wide web, witty and informative websites like Skinny Artist could never exist. Unfortunately, as many of you already know, […]

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Are you Afraid to be an Artist?

“But you’re a writer, you’re not an artist!” (insert mildly derisive tone here) I hear this from people all the time when I tell them that I help run a website called “Skinny Artist”, and then reveal that I am a writer and not a visual artist.  To many people (mostly non-artists) it seems almost […]

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There’s no place like home

  Where’s your online home? As an artist marketing yourself and your work online  do you have a home or do you find yourself virtually homeless? In other words, after you spend a long hard day schmoozing with your groupies on Twitter and Facebook and displaying your wares on Etsy, Amazon, ImageKind, and deviantART, do […]

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5 Fears that can Destroy an Artist

#1 Self-Doubt (What if I’m not good enough?) This is probably the number one fear of any creative professional.  After all, we are not creating necessities but luxuries for the most part.  As much as our art enriches our life and the lives of others, it remains something that we (at least as consumers) could […]

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Radiohead is Dead?

  Okay, okay, Radiohead is not the “Dead” (but they’re closer than you think) Many of you may remember a few years back when the band Radiohead decided to release their album “In Rainbows” as a name-your-own-price download before it was ever released on CD.  This was considered nothing short of crazy because, at the […]

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Yeah, we know we suck!

  How many times have you decided to get serious about marketing and selling your art only to become quickly confused by all of the conflicting information out there? Everywhere you go online these days there are books, websites, videos, forums, and webinars all telling you what you should and should not be doing (not […]

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5 Ways to Boost your Creative Productivity

  One of the biggest challenges many creative artists have is simply finding the time to be creative. We really do enjoy creating our art (most of the time) but there never seems to be quite enough hours in the day.  We know that we just need to sit down and do it, but we […]

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Don’t wait for anyone’s approval!

These are amazing times to be an artist! Thanks to the world wide web, we now have a direct connection to a world wide audience.  We no longer need a booking agent, gallery owner, or editor to approve of our work before our customers/audience are able to see what we do. For example, if you […]

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What we can learn from the Dead

What can we possibly learn about online marketing from a rock-n-roll band that hasn’t even been around since the world wide web was an infant.  When that band is the Grateful Dead, it turns out that we can learn an awful lot. For those of you who may not be familiar with the Grateful Dead […]

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Are you ready for the big time?

  Unless you’ve been living an artistic rock for the last two years, you have probably heard about a book called “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell.  Even if you have heard about this book, chances are, you probably haven’t read it.  Why? Because let’s face it, it looks like one of those boring ass business books […]

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But I’m an artist, and marketing is lame!

One of the biggest myths out there in the art world seems to be that a true artist should do nothing but create their art and perfect their craft.  This is known as the “Field of Dreams” art marketing theory where if you build it, the customers and financial reward will eventually come. For whatever reason […]

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Welcome to Skinny Artist!

However you found us, we’re glad you’re here! Skinny Artist is a website dedicated to giving struggling artists all of the tools and resources necessary to market their work successfully.  Skinny artist was created by artists for artists.  We are writers, photographers, painters, poets, graphic artists, potters, singers, composers, musicians, jewelry designers, cartoonists, entertainers, and […]

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