Last night, I read a great blog post by the talented and successful artist/illustrator Lisa Congdon. I was searching for advice on self-promotion. Not in the how-to-do-it sense (although there is always lots to learn there) but rather on how to feel less queasy about doing it. Cogdon has a lot of experience with this subject, and I highly recommend her book Art, Inc. for all those interested in making a living through art.
In her post On Doing the Work, Cogdon offers some pointed thoughts on selling art:
1) this could take awhile so get started now (ie: don’t wait!)
2) show up and do the work every day
3) be patient.
She goes on to quote Twitter founder Biz Stone: “Timing, perseverance and 10 years of really hard work will eventually make you look like an overnight success.”
Condon's conversational voice is both inviting and confident. She is honest and she doesn't bother with the blushing self-consciousness that I realize is often my security blanket.
I'm not going to say anything else about this piece. Go read it. And in the spirit of 1, 2, and 3, please vote for my latest Treadless design. You can do so here:
Thank you. As Lisa says with the title of her blog, "Today is Going to be Awesome."
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