Three Ways To Know If Your Art is ‘Honest’ To You

I don’t want to sound pretentious but I don’t want to think of it otherwise either. Art is subjective and if you are not feeling quite ‘honest’ about the results of your artwork, you may reject your final result.

While yes, the process should win over any artist before their results, the results is the thumbnail to the giant blown-up version of the photo — which is equally important.

So how do you know if you were honest to yourself during the time of your artwork’s inception?

Did You Find It Difficult?

If you found it difficult to brainstorm the concept to application phase, then you probably gave it everything you needed.

But if it came easy to you, then you are lying to yourself. It is highly likely that you had lied about expressing yourself.

But if you had used these artworks for commercial purposes — such as making a commercial or poster of some sort for a business or for corporate use — then you have honestly used it for your needs, not your wants.

Producing a masterpiece shouldn’t be so easy. This is this rule. Find it difficult, then you gave effort.

Did You Enjoy The Process?

If you didn’t like the process of what you have done, then none of you would have impressed on your canvas or paper.

A friend of mine who loves music once told me that to write a good song, he must spend time imagining it like a clock. One arm should count the seconds, another should count the minutes and the other the hours.

In other words, the components have their own patterns to follow that create a complex idea that is quite subtle, but reflects his thoughts.

These types of depth, if you crave them, should appear in your honest artwork.

Rubbish or Sellable?

Valuing your work is most difficult. If you price even your best artworks at a very low price, you might need to review whether you have been expressing yourself properly in the process.

You understand that it takes great effort to produce art and other self-expressed work. Why they become expensive is because the expression is unique. While it is sellable at a high price, if the effort feels like rubbish and you feel like selling the work for a smaller price, then you have not been honest with yourself in the entire process.

Therefore, the unlikeable results you have reaped has materialised.

Finding the Right Domain For Your Artworks

So, like me, you’ve decided to run outside of DeviantArt or whichever artwork-posting network you’re using and you’re opting to create a portfolio from scratch and not something made out of Wix or WordPress’s own blog route.

Here are a few things to know because choosing the right domain will matter if you want attention.

Citation and Trust Flow

Building a website is easy; just use the WordPress installation app that most control panels of web domains provide. But if you want to get more attention from relevant customers, audiences or others, it would be wise to know a bit about metrics.

I actually learned this from a friend. Citation and trust flows from your web domain matters. It is possible you aren’t the first person to use the domain. A good number is the higher number of trust flow and citation flow. The more people who trusted the former content of that website, the better news for you.

Be wary of seeing the citation flow’s links. Some of them may come from spammy or corrupt websites. In basic Search Engine optimisation, that’s a big no-no.


Lastly – because this tutorial is a bit short – check the websites in your hosting. If the hosting is home to tons of spammy websites (you’ll know it when you see it – if not, well they’re these websites with tons of links and unintelligible and unrelated gibberish), then you might not rank well with Google.

Make sure to spot the right hosting for yourself before you land your own domain and start building your website.

Next time, I’ll be teaching you how to back up your website!

Here Are Three Things I Think Of When Producing Art

It can’t be helped that you expect some sort of huge technical achievement per artwork you create. It’s not a bad thing at all. It’s great to aspire for greater things each time you create an expression of yourself.

But there will always be great times that you would produce something that really, really doesn’t meet your standards. It can be disappointing. So what do you do?

It Will Suck

When I create art, I often think that “this one will really suck.”

Accepting this fact, I definitely understand that everything I do from the first stroke of pencil or brush would not be to my liking.

It is here that I release myself of my inhibitions to create art. Now, I lay the ground for more potential.

Bad Art Always Happens

It’s a hit-or-miss thing with artists.

You can’t expect everything you produce to turn out as you planned it.

The one thing I do is imagine it as a journey; I’m someone travelling on a mountain without a plan. I have a goal to reach the top.

But my methods may have me reach the other top of the mountain, or something even more special, like a waterfall.

It sounds great, right?

Keep Creating

Like any artist, it helps to express yourself. By expressing yourself, you help your mental state.

You can express your disappointment, your tired soul and everything that you think of your reality and cope with it.

Art is more affordable than therapy. In fact, it can gain you some money, too!

Need To Close A Deal? You Just Need To Remember Two Things!

Often, big companies would devalue your work as something that anybody could do. But it’s not easy to create art. Art is all about self-expression and having a unique voice when it comes to delivering your message. That’s what they pay for. However, companies don’t want to look at your own ability to express yourself.

But how can you close deals while preserving your personal integrity as an artist? Here are two things I believe can help.

Have Confidence in Your Work

Be confident in the price you set for your work. You’ve invested time, talent and concentration in your work.

If you can’t find confidence in your work, break down the expenses you’ve incurred in the creation of your art piece or art set. Once you find the total of your expenses, set a price. Whatever figure you’re thinking, double it.

Rate The Service

When your client gives you a low price or tries to use your artwork for free, ask them this.

“On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate my artwork?”

Or, “Can you compare my artwork to anyone else?”

Should they answer you with anything, make sure to ask them what you can do to have them pay at the price you want. Not only will this a helpful experience, it can also increase the value of your artwork, provided your client is truly a connoisseur.

It’s Getting A Bit Offensive, Ain’t It?

The funniest thing that can happen to an artist is when social media tags your photo as unsafe or troublesome for work. The problem is, they designed their filters to make sure your stuff gets tagged as NSFW any time you post it shortly on your account.

Social media is an outlet even for artists. Anybody who says otherwise, even an artist, is a hypocrite. I’ve made huge sales of my work online. But one time, they banned my photo because it looked offensive.

It’s not just that well-known platform that begins with an “F”. Even the reliable artists’ lounge at “T” tagged it as offensive.

Now, it’s not that I want to head to 4Chan and sell my stuff (for probably less), but it’s just that maybe there’s a better way for social media sites to manage NSFW tags. I know it’s unrealistic to request that my work not be removed because it is NSFW. However, an age check, and a time check filter, would have been awesome.

YouTube had implemented these filters effectively, blocking all content streaming by having you click the photo twice because it is indeed, NSFW.

I’d take that and let my work get tagged as NSFW if it doesn’t mean nobody will view it or the social network would ask me to take it down.

Just my thoughts. What do you think?

Five Things Worth Knowing To Survive The World Of Freelance

The world of art isn’t as easy as you think it is. You’ll be down-balled for your projects. Some big-time companies can forget paying you. It can be hell. But if you want to survive, know these five things!


Nothing Will Be Easy

This is as obvious as it gets. You’ll be fighting for your very own stability and you’ll be working more than 9-5 sometimes. There is solace in knowing you’re just at home and your bed is behind you, but that bed will be instrumental for your sanity.

Three Months Of Hell           

Finding projects is hell. Clients won’t respond immediately. At this point, contacting your natural market and having people know about your profession. You want people throwing your name and business card everywhere. Make noise.

Network-Building and Socialising

After three months of hell, you’ll be building your networks and socialising once the work starts to pick up. You might not be paid for some projects, but it will give you exposure. However, do nt let this rule your work. As much as possible, get paid for everything.

Build Your Personal Profile

Get people to trust you and your work by publishing your online details and accomplishments online and LinkedIn is a great place to start. You might want to host a blog that would showcase your portfolio as a freelance in your industry.

Competition and Making Frenemies

Don’t loathe your competition. Instead, embrace them. Go to gatherings and get to discuss ideas. Keep close to freelancers with great success and find out their secret in a civil and proper manner. Keep your friends close as they are your competitors too.


Three Things That Artists Should Know About Clients

Clients are our lifeblood and the biggest thorn stuck in our backs. We need them to survive doing the things we love. Clients differ from one another. An experience with one client can be extremely awesome. Another might seem like hell. But whichever client you’re working with, these three things are important to keep you alive (doing the things you love).

  1. Clients Will Afford To Pay You

Clients must afford to pay their artists else they should not be in the business. If your client tells you they couldn’t pay you but can give you exposure, you could tell them to shoo away and find someone else. If they do tell you up-front they couldn’t pay you, they likely don’t have a network because they do not have a payment and real distribution system.

  1. Stay Away From Ranters

If your client rants about you being short-sighted when it comes to exposure and fame, don’t even think about arguing. Instead, close your email, put down your phone and hang up or just step away and don’t even turn back. Sure, there’s scammers everywhere, but one who’s still living in his or her experience will not treat you well (or pay you very well, or give you exposure very well).

  1. Don’t Believe Their Promises

Sometimes, these clients can offer to pay you $50 for something. However, if they find the same work that could pay for about $5, you’re nothing to them, or you get paid the same amount. Remember, your work amounts to something great.  Your work amounts more than $5.


Having Some Trouble With Concentrating On Your Work? This Is What You’ll Need

We have to accept the fact that we artists will face a creative block as we think up so many ideas. A brief moment of meditation, or even just walking outside, can really help. Listening to music also helps, but listening to a meditative guide is exponentially better.

So, guided by this world-renowned artistic meditation coach, you could get yourself right back on track with your work. You’re welcome!

Beauty and The Truth.

I’ll really have to say that this guy definitely knows what he’s talking about. We’re both the same when we started. I started to know about beauty and love when I began drawing. I understood what looked pretty for me. However, it was quite different when you understand that love is all about perspective.

I definitely enjoyed this hour presentation about beauty. I think you would too. This is something different and refreshing.

How Society Perceives Beauty In The Western World. [Infographic]

Now, before you even begin poring over this infographic, don’t say that this is only happening in America. In reality, plenty of Europeans, Chinese, and even British believe in these metrics to help make themselves more attractive.

However, it’s not the common people who know this, but its actually companies looking to make their advertisements more attractive by using metrics.

Once you understand these Internet metrics, you’ll be shocked that your favourite make-up, lipstick or dress isn’t the one catching your potential partner’s eye, but actually the time and camera you used to take your photo.

Now, why can’t I find a metric for selling art online? Hmm…