Monthly Archives: October 2007

How to Make a Sketch Blog People Will Actually Enjoy

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An art blog should showcase your work and keep people excited about it. Is it working? Or are you just boring everyone? To keep things fresh and interesting on my own sketch blog, I try to take a moment once in awhile to evaluate a few things.

Here’s a few guidelines I’ve come up with, so have them in mind before you put up your next post.

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New Bookstore Page

I wanted to take a moment to point out that there is now an official DaniDraws.com Amazon Bookstore. You can find the link at the top of the page, or just go here.

I wanted to have some cool way to share all the cool books and stuff that I like, and keep an archive of my “Books of the Month.” Amazon.com provides a pretty nifty way to do that. Plus, if you end up buying anything, a small percentage helps support the site. I don’t mean to get all commercial on you…I just like art books A LOT!

All of the stuff in the store are products I can personally recommend. I will try to keep it updated as I think of more stuff or new books come out. Enjoy!

Book of the Month: Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer by Michael Fleishman

As artists, we work hard every day to sketch and draw and paint so we become better at our craft. Sometimes, though, you forget that there is a whole different side to the illustration world called business.

That’s why you need books like Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer by Michael Fleishman. I bought myself a copy a while ago, and I’ve been pleased with it overall.

The book discusses different subjects, such as:

  • Is art school necessary?

  • How to find potential clients

  • Creating a business plan

  • Organizing your finances

  • Choosing the right equipment

It’s hard to find really good books that delve into this creative business, but this is probably one of them.

The Blues

Sadly, I think a lot of girls go through days like this in school.

This is my Illustration Friday submission for the week. I went through some of my old sketches and chose this to color and finish. I’m kinda glad I found this one because the IF theme got me using a color scheme I probably wouldn’t have used otherwise.