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If you want an easy way to display your art in style. . . Our one-click website builder will create a stunning website for your art that has all the features of an expensive managed site but is dead simple to use. And for a few more days, you can still lock in our super-low pricing of just $10/month. Click here to see every

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Have you ever lost track of time watching painting tutorials on YouTube? I know I have! And I’ve found some really AMAZING painting videos I’d like to share. Today I’m going to list over 50 of the best “how to paint” videos that I’ve watched in the last few weeks. I’ll start with the vi

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Show of hands. . . who’s frustrated by their art website? We’ve put together a simple, easy way to display and sell art on your own website. If your current site is a pain in the neck, or you just need a better website for your art, click here to see how easy your website could be! Recently published on EE How t

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Maybe you’ve always though you needed gallery representation to sell your artwork and be successful as an artist. . . but in today’s digital world, that’s no longer true. In this article, I am going to give you actionable tips on how you can sell your art from home so you can pay your bills and enjoy creat

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Save over 75% on our drawing guide this summer! We’ve reduced the price for How to Draw EXACTLY What You See from $29.95 to $6.95! Dive into drawing this summer with our step-by-step guide to drawing, featuring over 100 images and 55+ pages of instruction. You’ll learn everything from choosing your drawing tools

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A lot of art-related articles encourage us to finish what we start. I’ve even written some of them! It’s a valid topic and one we need to be reminded of regularly. But before we can finish something, we have to begin. . . and sometimes choosing your next art project can be as difficult as finishing one. So how do you de

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Coming up this week: Do you ever get stuck deciding which art project to pursue next? I know for me, sometimes it feels like there are just too MANY ideas to finish all of them! This week, Carrie Lewis will share her methods for choosing her upcoming projects—maybe it’ll help you, too! Is your art website a pain in

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Recently published on EE Is Creating Commissioned Artwork a Good Choice for You? by Carrie Lewis 6 Steps to Selling Art Without Ever Selling Out by Jessica Serran Plus, we’re giving away 50 custom-built portfolio websites this month! If you’ve never had a website for your art (or just need a better one) click he

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One of the most stable ways to generate art income is by creating commissioned art. A successful commission artist has a base of satisfied (and hopefully repeat clients) so happy with his or her work that they’re promoting it to all their friends. That’s what makes the commission art business model so easy once it’s e

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What’s your favorite drawing tip or technique? After publishing EmptyEasel’s new drawing guide last month, I’ve received a ton of feedback from artists asking for additional tips and methods of drawing—and so I’d love to open up the floor to all of you. What’s the best drawing technique you&#

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I remember when I first started trying to learn how to draw. . . it was actually incredibly frustrating. :) As much as I tried to get the shapes I was seeing down on paper correctly, every drawing still looked off. Until I finally had a breakthrough. Drawing Tip #1 – Draw the negative shapes My drawings only started t

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When people talk about marketing and promoting artwork, the common platforms that come to mind are Instagram or Pinterest. But let me ask you a question. . . Are you truly maximizing your online exposure as an artist? Or perhaps you’re missing out on a platform that can change how you do your marketing and even attrac

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A frequent question that comes up for artists who want more exposure for their work is, “How do I become a known artist?” Or, to put it another way, how do you make the move from being a living room-studio hero to an acclaimed, world-renowned (or at least nationally-renowned) bonafide artist? There are certainly

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Recently published on EE Painting Tutorial – How to Paint a Starry Night Sky by Monique Cudbertson How Much Money do Artists Make in a Year? by Carrie Lewis Coming up this week: We’re sharing two unique posts on promoting your art! One post will emphasize using traditional means (press releases, etc) and the oth

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When most people consider a career, one of the first things they want to know is how much they can expect to earn. If you’re considering an art career, you’re probably wondering the same thing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has income statistics for every profession, including artists, so that’s where I w

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Have you ever wanted to paint a night sky, with all its stars and galaxies? Today’s tutorial will show you how! This tutorial tends to be a bit messy, so it is a good idea to prep the space you are working in with a drop cloth. We will be using sponges so you can also opt to use gloves if you don’t want to get paint

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Happy Memorial Day, everyone! For those of you celebrating here and abroad, have a wonderful holiday weekend! Recently published on EE How to Travel AND Create Art by Carrie Lewis Coming up this week: On Tuesday Monique Cudbertson will share a step-by-step tutorial on how to paint a starry sky. Then, on Thursday, Carrie Lew

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For many years, I thought of art as something I had to do in the studio. I didn’t think I needed a dedicated space to paint (I painted in a corner of my bedroom for years) but was of the very firm opinion that the only place I could do art was in my painting space. In more recent years, I’ve discovered that’s simply n

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Recently published on EE How to Draw EXACTLY What You See (A complete still life drawing course) Currently the first 3 lessons from the course are free! Click here to learn more and download your free lessons! Coming up this week: Just in time for your summer vacation plans, Carrie Lewis will share how to travel light AND c

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First off. . . Happy Mother’s Day! To my mom, and EVERY mom out there, have a wonderful day of celebration, love, and relaxation. :) Recently published on EE How to Know When a Drawing is Finished By Carrie Lewis Plus. . . EmptyEasel’s brand-new drawing course is finally here! If you’re looking to improve

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I often have trouble deciding when a drawing is finished. Every drawing begins with such lofty goals—I can see it in my mind’s eye—that it’s impossible to meet them. There always seems like something else to do. The end result never meets expectation, so it can be difficult knowing when to sign a drawing and

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After a few delays. . . our brand new drawing ebook is nearly ready! Yesterday we got our first glimpse of the cover. Take a look! As I mentioned last week, this all-new drawing guide builds on our most popular drawing tutorial, How to Draw What You See. If you’re interested in improving your drawing skills, check out

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Our brand new ebook for artists is almost here! We’ve created an in-depth drawing guide based on our most popular drawing tutorial, How to Draw What You See, and we’re launching it this week! If you’re interested in improving your drawing skills, check out the original post here and sign up to be notified

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Coming soon: A brand-new drawing ebook from EmptyEasel! This week we’re working hard to finish a new ebook based on one of our most popular articles, How to Draw What You See! If you’re interested in improving your drawing skills, visit that post and sign up to be notified when the ebook is ready! Is there somet

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Recently published on EE How to Make a Living Selling Art at Juried Art Shows By Marjorie Bowers Magical Photo Illustrations by Regina Dmytryshyna EE featured artist Is there something you’d like to share on EE? Send it in! EmptyEasel is proud to publish reader-submitted articles nearly every week. Please submit your

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In my “former” life (as I like to call it) I owned an exhibits company. For years, my job was to work on trade shows, build exhibits, and create product show rooms for big companies like AT&T, Samsung, and so on. So I was intrigued when I learned that there was an entire community of artists who traveled fro

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Regina Dmytryshyna is a fine art photographer who specializes in creating fantastical scenes using photography and photo manipulation. Her goal in crafting these surreal photographs is to give a glimpse of the inner feelings of her subjects—whether those emotions are dark and sad, or full of hope. In Broken Doll, below, R

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Recently published on EE How to Get Back to Your Creative Center By Janet Bonneau The Meaning and History of “Guernica” EmptyEasel’s in-depth analysis of Picasso’s most famous Cubist painting Plus, coming up later this week. . . You may have noticed that we bumped a few articles from last week’

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About a year ago I began struggling with these questions: “Why am I painting? What is my real purpose? Why bother when it’s all been done before?” I needed to find some deeper meaning to my art. I’d become bored with my own art and kept thinking “What more can I say that hasn’t already been said?R

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Recently published on EE How to Sell Your Drawings By Carrie Lewis 5 Salvador Dali Paintings Every Artist Should Know By Dan Duhrkoop Valeria Feliú – Powerful, Contemporary Portraits in Oil Featured artist How to Make Time to Promote Your Art on Social Media By Laura Barbosa And, coming up later this week. . . Janet Bonn

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