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How to Use Skinny News

If you’re new here, you may want to take a moment to check out our quick introductory video simply by clicking the image above.  We’ll give you a quick tour of the site and show you how easy it is to share your stories with us!

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Why Stephen King Spends ‘Months and Even Years’ Writing Opening Sentences

The author of horror classics like The Shining and its 2013 sequel Doctor Sleep says the best writers hook their readers with voice, not just action.

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125+ Places Artists Can Sell Online | Artsy Shark

Where can you sell your Art or Craft online, besides your own website? Here’s the BIG LIST, in alphabetical order, with brief descriptions. Now expanded to 150 places to sell!

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Worrying About What You’ll Be When You Grow Up Is Pointless

Worrying about what you’ll be when you grow up is pointless because we’re all becoming in the moment. Creatives are always on a quest of one type of the other. Always altering reality around them. Getting bored with “who they are” and what they do. To be a creative is to be a well-spring of […]

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Animals Say Cheese at Zoo Picture Day [PHOTOS]

It’s that time of the year again — picture day at the zoo. Animals don their trendiest threads and prepare for their time in front of the camera. In reality, Zoo Portraits is a project by photographer Yago Partal. He was interested in “humanizing animals” and decided to create portraits by mixing the animal world […]

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Why (and How) Creative People Need to Say “No”

Time is the raw material of creation. Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work…

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This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids

Over the course of two weeks, the museum’s smallest visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color.

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Stop Apologizing for Your Art | Jeff Goins

I was doing something that most people do when they’re unsure of themselves: I was rejecting myself before someone else could. Many of us creatives do this from time to time. We say no for other people, because of our insecurities and fears…

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30 Artist Names You Are Probably Pronouncing Wrong

Art history is tough. Not only is it difficult to keep in check the movements, media, and masterpieces, it’s nearly IMPOSSIBLE to pronounce most artists’ names.

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How To Recognise Famous Painters According To The Internet

Art history has never been so easy! For example, Da Vinci’s works can be recognized by the bluish mist and locations reminiscent of Lord of The Rings movies, while Rubens’paintings can be identified by the figures’ large behinds…

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When Street Art meets Mother Nature

Nuxuno Xän is a streetartist who creates cool streetart with great use of the enviroment. This is what happens when street art meets nature..

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Body Flowers : A blooming metamorphoses of the human body

Los Angeles-based artist Cecelia Webber uses photographs of the naked human body to create digital images of flowers — kind of like the grownup version of Geddes babies.

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Famous Faces Fused With Their Modern Day Equivalents

These are just some of the celebrities that visual artist Marc Ghali has used in his gracefully series whereby he fuses former stars with their modern-day equivalents. It’s stylish and unique, finding a common ground between our past and present.

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25 Reasons Being a Photographer’s Kid is Tough

Growing up is tough, but growing up with a photographer as a parent is tough on a whole different level…

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Incredible Permanent Marker Installations by Artist Heike Weber

Germany-based artist Heike Weber needs only two tools in her work: permanent markers and endless patience. The artist decorates large spaces by tracing thousands of loopy lines on the walls, floor, and sometimes even the ceiling. Some of her installations measure around 5000 ft!

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Slaves of the Internet, Unite!

They really do admire your work, just not enough to pay one cent for it.

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This Guy Stopped Charging Clients And He Has Zero Regrets

That guy there, with the incredibly cute baby, is a Philadelphia web designer named Adrian Hoppel. A couple of years ago, he decided that working a traditional job was toxic. So he started to give away his work on a pay what you want basis.

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9 Embarrassing Company Logos That Make Us Uncomfortable

There are embarrassing logos, and then there are these embarrassing logos. Welcome to the graphic designers hall of shame…

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Losing the plot: How famous authors including J.K. Rowling battled to plan out their novels

Gathering your thoughts when writing a novel can be a tricky process. Which is why many of the greats made sure their planned their plots beforehand.

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8 Things Star Wars Can Teach Us About Writing | WritersDigest.com

Nothing against Star Trek, but as a Star Wars nerd, I felt it was my intergalactic duty to step up and represent the other side of the sci-fi universe. So here they are, my 8 Things Star Wars Can Teach Us About Writing!

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Five Mistakes Artists Make Selling Their Art

From time to time, we invite professionals in the arts to provide career development insights. Cory Huff is one such professional who has helped thousands of artists through his consulting and writ…

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Steve Simpson Remixes the Ubiquitous Barcode

Check out these seriously fun remixes of barcode design from Irish illustrator Steve Simpson.

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How to Feel Confident Sharing Your Creative Work In Public

Putting yourself on the line publicly with an idea you’ve hatched or art you’ve created is one of the toughest things you’ll ever do. Here is a powerful but simple process that will build your confidence quickly.

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101 Great Reasons to Be an Artist | Right Brain Rockstar

Have you ever wondered what motivates people to be artists? Find out what 101 artists said in our recent survey, and share your own greatest rewards.

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10 Best Free Graphic Design Software

Here you can find some of the most excellent, free graphic design software that can lead you to an creative start in photo editing.

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5 awesome free Image Resources Around The Web


Beautiful imagery is an essential tool for making any website look good. But the cost of high-quality images is often too high for most website building budgets. Here are 5 places online where you can get great images for your website.

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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators

The psychological origins of waiting (… and waiting, and waiting) to work

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Discover Your Life Purpose In 3 Simple-ish Steps | When I Grow Up

We all want to feel like we’re here for something greater. But often, we’re so stuck in our daily lives that we can barely see past how we’re going to make the rent, let alone change the world…

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The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever | NPR

We’ve hand-picked over 300 addresses going back to 1774. You can search through them by name, school, date or theme…

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How to Sell Art on eBay

Opinions abound when it comes to the viability of selling art on eBay. However, there is no doubt some artists have been able to do so successfully. Dan Byl is one such artists who has been selling…

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Artist Gets to the Point With Amazing Fingertips Portraits

With the rise of the Internet, people started creating avatars — fictional alter egos that allowed people to hide their real identities or simply create a different one. That’s what pushed a 33-year-old Italian art director to become Dito Von Tease and start creating portraits of famous people on finger tips.

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7 Ways to Get Out of a Creative Rut – World of Psychology

it’s normal to experience ebbs and flows in your creativity. A creative rut, however, goes beyond these regular vacillations and lasts longer, she said. Mason Miller believes that a sense of powerlessness contributes to creative dry spells. “It is challenging to tap into our creative well if we are dealing with unsettling issues.

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling–Visualized

See the rules that make up the Pixar playbook as image macros.

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Show and Tell: The Dos and Don’€™ts of Artist Studio Visits

Art-world insiders dispense advice on what you should say, how the artist ought to display the work, and which refreshments to serve, if any

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“Hey, I Saw One Of Your Paintings In A Movie”

As I watched the film, I recognized that it had been shot in the swank loft of a downtown Los Angeles art collector who had purchased a number of my paintings in the mid-80s. I now understood how the painting had re-surfaced, but had to wonder: Shouldn’t I have been asked permission before the painting […]

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Where Do Great Ideas Come From? Neil Gaiman Explains

One of our favorite fantasy and sci-fi writers Neil Gaiman explains where ideas come from. Daydreaming, asking good ‘What if” questions & more.

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Where to Sell Art Online: A List of 3rd Party Sites

A vetted list of online art sales platforms. Their strengths, weaknesses, and all the important details you need to know when deciding where to sell your art online.

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Sure, I Do Creative Work, but I’€™m No Artist

Who, exactly, is an artist? A new study finds a large group of Americans who have every right to call themselves professional artists, but for some reason avoid doing so.

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Here’s Looking At You: Why We Like Art That Looks Back At Us

The old idiom states that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” however, a new study of art suggests that “beauty is in eye contact with the beholder.” Research shows that what we find beautiful, or at least engaging, are works of art that look back at us.

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The Rise of the Artist: You Are the Future

Artists have always feared that they are unappreciated and that the march of progress comes only from business, science and their machines. 1984 was imagined by an artist projecting these exact fears. Our guest essayist suggests the computer will never be our master, but only the super high speed counting machine it was meant to […]

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Five Things to Know When You Fall in Love with a Writer

Writers will write, and they will write about you. Talk honestly about your boundaries. Of course, if you ever break up all bets are off, so good luck.

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Be Mesmerized by this Synchronized Clock Art

Stockholm-based design studio Humans Since 1982 has turned time into clock art, using the clock faces to demonstrate fluid motions and shapes that are striking and sure to keep you entranced for hours…

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Like a Fine Wine, Many Artists Get Better with Age

Artists who are going strong at 80 and up find that old age offers freedom, self-assurance, and room to explore. A historical look reveals that a striking number have been highly productive and turned out some of their best work late into old age…

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It Takes Guts To Be An Artist

It takes guts to create art. At its core, to be an artist is to be vulnerable- to feel deeply and allow others into those feelings. It is about exposing and bringing to light those things found dee…

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What Great Artists Need: Solitude

The lesson author Dorthe Nors took from Ingmar Bergman: It’s not drugs, poverty, or wild lovers that make a great writer. It’s discipline and time alone…

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What Makes a Family of Artists – The New Yorker

The debate over the nature of creativity is an old one: Is creative talent, be it novelistic, musical, or artistic, something that you’re born with, or is it something that anyone, with practice and dedication, can acquire?

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Love of Art is Blind for Sightless Museum Visitors

Her eyes see nothing, but when Barbara Appel runs her fingers over the face of a Picasso sculpture in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, she sighs with pleasure. Most people go to museums to look at exhibits, but for some at MoMA, love of art is literally blind.

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Instagram Develops Into Career Path For Photographers

Photographers with huge Instagram followings are turning that currency into lucrative commercial assignments as brands seek to reach a younger, more engaged demographic.

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The 3 Keys One Artist Used to Grow Her Instagram Following to 95K

We all know social media matters. It’s a killer way to build a following of fans and connect with those fans. The problem often comes in “the how”. That’s why we asked illustrator, Morgan Davidson,…

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Can Facebook Really Steal Your Photos?

Facebook is often under fire for their policies, and the theft of images is a big concern for photographers. So, can Facebook really steal your images? Facebook doesn’t (technically) own user images, but Facebook doesn’t have to own images to use them.

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15 Best Free Online Photo Editors – Multy Shades

Adobe Photoshop is probably the most advanced and widely used photo editing tool but it may be complicated for someone who isn’t much familiar with it. Here we have rounded up 15 of the very best free online photo editors to help you edit your photos online, right in your browser…Enjoy!

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25 Signs You Were An Art Major

For most of the world, college is a place to expand your mind and begin on your path to a steady career. For a select few, however, this precious moment is the time to find your voice, create ’til the wee hours of the morning and shower as little as possible in the meantime. Yes, […]

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17 Flowers That Look Like Something Else

The flower, as a reproductive organ, evolved with one primary purpose in mind€“ to attract pollinators like insects or birds. This function has driven their astounding evolutionary explosion of distinct colors and shapes, some of which have even come to resemble various recognizable figures, plants or animals.

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Authors: Warning Signs That You’re Being Scammed

Your book is your dream and your baby. You want it done right, and you don’t want to fall prey to things that can a) cost you a ton of money and b) delay your success. It’s up to you to make sure that you don’t become the next victim of a publishing scam.

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