Ep 32 Cory Huff on Marketing and Selling Your Art

ep 32 podcast Cory Huff on Selling your Art

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We recently asked on social media what topics you would like to cover and Nea Edmans was interested in advice on selling art. So this week our guest is Cory Huff from theabundantartist.com. Cory has a unique blend of expertise in the creative industry along with the experience of working in online marketing. He now helps artists to market and sell their art offering advice through his blog, podcast, courses book and coaching.

Some of the questions covered during the podcast

  • How does an artist know when they are ready to start selling their art?
  • How does an artist go about finding an audience for their work?
  • When selling art through social media, how do you keep interest going?
  • How important do you think it is to build an email list and do you think it works?
  • What do you think is a good way to decide what to charge for your work?

You can find out more about Cory Huff, his book and courses at his website theabundantartist.com

Ep 31. Ways to Improve your Drawing Skills

Podcast Ep 31 Ways Improve Drawing Skills

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In today’s episode, we talk about ways that you can improve your drawing. And of course, as with everything, the key to improvement is practice. But there are things you can do to help speed up your progress. We share some of our ideas, and also some of your suggestions. Different things will also work for different people. For instance, I love doing timed drawings. I get a total buzz out of it and you can fit drawing practice into a short amount of time. But timed drawings bring Sandra out in a cold sweat.

Some of the things we discuss:

  • How a few basic materials can get you off to a good start if you are a total newbie
  • It’s better to practice little and often, rather than in sporadic larger chunks
  • Why practising working on one subject can be a good idea
  • Drawing hands attached to things is harder than on their own  – ooo-er!
  • Practice making marks
  • How to measure angles and size of elements, and looking for things that line up.
  • Our thoughts on tutorials
  • Having discipline, but not so you get bored to death

Of course, as usual, we can’t promise we’ll stay on topic, but we’ll do our best.

This week’s creative question

Q. What do you do to stay creatively motivated?

 What do you do to stay creatively motivated

The best answers will be read out on the next joint podcast.

You can Tweet us your answers @KickCreatives or let us know in the Facebook Group, which by the way if you haven’t already joined, I highly recommend that you do! We will put the question up there and also on the facebook page… and of course, on our Instagram page @kickinthecreatives.

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If you have any suggestions for the podcast or our challenges please feel free to get in touch.

Ep 30 Inspirational Chat with Artist Stewart Hill

ep30 podcast Artist Stewart Hill

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Today’s guest is Stewart Hill, an ex-army officer who in 2009 suffered a traumatic brain injury during a second tour in Afghanistan. Along with perforated eardrums, a loss of his sense of smell and taste, Stewart’s ability to process and organise information were also affected. Since then Stewart has found a new purpose in art, initially using it as a way to help him focus. He is now a professional award-winning artist and he is also an inspirational speaker. We apologise for a bit of noise interference from Stewart’s squeaky chair during the interview.

In this podcast, Stewart talks about his life before he became an artist and how his brain injury completely turned his life upside down. Not only did the brain injury have multiple challenges in itself, but it also meant that he was discharged from the army, which meant a massive life change.

Stewart Hill Artist

Art in Aftermath exhibition featuring Stewart’s portraits of Nick Knowles, Ray Winstone, Piers Morgan and the Duke of Bedford

A few of the topics Stewart talks about in the podcast

  • how he rediscovered his creative side
  • the first painting he created after his injury and how it made him feel
  • how painting has helped him with his rehabilitation alongside other creative pastimes
  • how he went about learning painting techniques?
  • the challenges he has faced in the process of becoming the artist you are today as a result of his injury
  • why he paints a lot of portraits of soldiers who lost their lives in combat
  • raising money for charity through his art

 

You can find out more about Stewart Hill, his art and work on his website www.stewarthill.co.uk

Ep 29 Sketching More Confidently in Public

Ep 29 Sketch in Public more confidently

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In today’s episode, we talk about sketching in public places and how to do that with more confidence.

After our sketching trip to London late last year, we thought now would be the perfect time to talk about the topic.

Obviously, our number one tip would be to get yourself an incognito disguise like a furry hat and moustache or horses head mask. Failing that, we do have a few other suggestions from ourselves and the advice you all shared on social media (thank you).

Some of the things we discuss:

  • Most people won’t bother you, or if they do they’ll usually be kind
  • Places to go when you first start sketching in public
  • What materials to take
  • Why simple is sometimes the best idea
  • Ideas to deter people from approaching you
  • Going out alone or in company. Sandra talks about how she was almost murdered twice (Note: Sandra has a vivid imagination)
  • How to be discreet drawing people

Also, Sandra mentions a light tent that she got for Christmas. If you want to check out what she means you can get a similar one on Amazon.

This week’s creative question

Q. The Creativity Genie wants to grant you one creative wish? What would it be?

No cheating “more wishes” answers please!

The Creativity Genie wants to grant you one creative wish? What would it be?

The best answers will be read out on the next joint podcast.

You can Tweet us your answers @KickCreatives or let us know in the Facebook Group, which by the way if you haven’t already joined, I highly recommend that you do! We will put the question up there and also on the facebook page… and of course, on our Instagram page @kickinthecreatives.

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If you have any suggestions for the podcast or our challenges please feel free to get in touch.

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Ep 28 Creative Chat with Children’s Illustrator Will Terry

Ep 28 Will Terry Childrens Ilustrator

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This week’s guest is Will Terry. Will has been a freelance illustrator for 23 years. After finishing his BFA project at BYU he began working for magazines and newspapers not far from where he grew up in Washington D.C. His early clients include publications such as Time, Money,  Wall Street Journal and Mastercard. He has illustrated around 30 children’s books for many of the top publishers including Random House Scholastic and Penguin. He has created several indie ebooks that have sold tens of thousands of copies. He also co-owns www.svslearn.com – online illustration classes for children’s book illustrators selling in over 80 countries.

A few of the topics covered in the podcast

  • How Will was first on probation for college in his first year as his work wasn’t up to standard, and how he turned that around and improved.
  • How Will switched from doing his illustration with acrylic paints to digital work and what that transition involved.
  • How and why Will switched from editorial design to children’s illustration
  • Where Will gets his inspiration
  • Will’s top tips for someone who wants to get into illustration
  • Whether an illustrator needs an agent or not
  • Will also shares a funny story about one of his past illustration mistakes

You can find out more about Will on his website www.willterry.com . Also at SVS Learn which he co-owns with Lee White and Jake Parker (Inktober) and at his podcast 3 Point Perspective.

Ep 27 Are You Ever Too Old to Start Making Art?

Art Podcast Too Old to Make Art?

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In today’s podcast episode, we talk about whether you’re ever too old to start making art

And the answer to that question is NO.

So that’s it for today, we’ll see you next time!!

No, but seriously It’s a question you hear from older people, wondering if they’ve left it too late to learn. And Sandra remembers wondering the same thing when she started because she didn’t start taking art seriously until she was in her early 30’s… and even then she wondered if she had missed out on too much learning time.

So get your reading glasses on (mine are on already), grab a cocoa, turn up the volume, and we will begin. How do young people today hear with all those background distractions? It’s like being in a disco!

Some of the things we discuss

  • The different reasons you might start creating art
  • The social aspect of art
  • How art can help your mental and physical well being
  • How art can be something you can leave behind for future generations
  • How art doesn’t have to cost much and so can be a great hobby.
  • How being older can make you a more confident artist

Plus we share some of the ideas you all suggested (thank you so much!)

This week’s creative question

This is a question suggested by Deb Saine who is an artist in our Facebook Group
Q. If you could create with two famous creatives- one living; the other, dead, who would they be and why?

This week’s creative podcast question

The best answers will be read out on the next joint podcast.

You can Tweet us your answers @KickCreatives or let us know in the Facebook Group, which by the way if you haven’t already joined, I highly recommend that you do! We will put the question up there and also on the facebook page… and of course, on our Instagram page @kickinthecreatives.

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If you have any suggestions for the podcast or our challenges please feel free to get in touch.

Ep 26 Get Creative in 2019

Ep 26 Get Creative in 2019 Art and creative Podcast

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Happy New Year (that sounds so weird when I’m writing this in December)

Today’s episode is a round-up of the arty things we’ve loved and what we learned in 2018, plus a look at what we’ve got coming up for 2019.

We want to start by saying that having great art materials does not make you a great artist. Any pencil or pen will do, but they are blooming lovely and collecting them is a hobby in itself.

Some of the art materials we mention

Some of the apps we like

Free Photo Reference

Life drawing Reference

Books and Courses

Things we learned

We also talk about the things we learned last year including:

Sandra realised the beauty of a cheap sketchbook – Not scared to spoil the pages. Plus, how some of the exercises like draw with your left hand and 5 Minute March allow people to be less critical of their own work.

I learned you won’t know you are good at something (or you like it) until you try it and that your creativity can inspire creativity in others. We saw this in our Facebook group

Creative Podcasts we like

We also go through a few of the challenges coming up for next year and we have a brand new question.

This week’s creative question

Q. You are allowed to draw only one more thing in your lifetime… What would it be?

Art Podcast Question

The best answers will be read out on the next joint podcast.

You can Tweet us your answers @KickCreatives or let us know in the Facebook Group, which by the way if you haven’t already joined, I highly recommend that you do! We will put the question up there and also on the facebook page… and of course, on our Instagram page @kickinthecreatives.

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If you have any suggestions for the podcast or our challenges please feel free to get in touch.

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Ep 25 Why Creative New Year Resolutions are Not Always a Good Idea

Ep 25 Creative New Years Resolutions Bad Idea

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Today’s episode is all about Creative New Years Resolutions. Don’t you just love them?

Why is it that after chugging down a load of wine and eating too much chocolate we feel that we need to make a resolution? Oh yeah, maybe it’s just that we’ve chugged down a load of wine and eaten too much chocolate.
Anyway, allow yourself to breathe and let that top button pop open, as we don’t think you should be making resolutions. However, we do think there are better ways we can make positive changes and build those creative habits too. One of your resolutions was going to be to be more creative or draw more, wasn’t it? And to listen to more podcasts?

Some of the New Year’s Resolution ideas we discuss:

  • Why you might make New Year’s resolutions in the heat of the moment (after wine) rather than thinking through what’s actually achievable.
  • You’re not taking into account what is really doable, how much time you really have to dedicate to it
  • How having goals rather than resolutions is more achievable
  • How chunking down your goals can help
  • How doing smaller challenges and reviewing them might be a better option

So get out that last chocolate you’ve been eyeing up (it’s bound to be a coffee cream – yuk) and savour it while you listen to the dulcet tones of Sandra and I nattering on about New Year’s resolutions.

This week’s creative question

Creative with a pencil question

What is the most creative thing you can think of doing with a pencil, other than to write or draw?
Now you may have trouble hearing the question on the podcast as I was practically crying as Sandra read it out, and she was too when she realised how funny it sounded. (Ahem… Let’s keep those answers clean shall we?)

The best answers will be read out on the next joint podcast.

You can Tweet us your answers @KickCreatives or let us know in the Facebook Group, which by the way if you haven’t already joined, I highly recommend that you do! We will put the question up there and also on the facebook page… and of course, on our Instagram page @kickinthecreatives.

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If you have any suggestions for the podcast or our challenges please feel free to get in touch.

Ep 24 Why Too Much Social Media Can Kill Your Creative Confidence

Ep24 Creative Podcast Too-Much-Social-Media-Creative-Confidence

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Today’s episode is all about why too much social media can kill your creative confidence. Of course, social media can be a great place to share your work and meet like-minded people. However, along with the good side of social media, scrolling through too much of it can be a sure way of feeling inferior and it can even end up destroying your confidence.

We talk about how what you see on social media is not necessarily the whole truth. Images can be manipulated and filtered and you don’t often see the background struggle behind what’s going on. So you might see images of friends smiling and looking like they are having an amazing time at a barbecue. But what you don’t see is that all the food was burned (or maybe that’s just our barbecues) and the actual party was quite dull. It’s just that no-one is going to post an “I’m bored to death” photo online.

In general, it’s the same with art and creativity. We mostly share the work we like, not the pieces that look like you were using a wobbly jelly pencil (In case you were wondering, I don’t have a link where you can buy one of those). We only see a finished piece of art. We don’t see the bin full of scrunched up paper or the artist’s strop when arms were thrown into the air shouting “I’m crap at this!” prior to creating the finished piece. When I created a timelapse drawing of a 10-minute sketch of Danny Gregory, I drew him about 10 times. Plus I forgot to press record or set the timer once or twice. Only then did I think I had a reasonable version that we could use to promote our podcast interview with him. You didn’t see the previous 9 attempts – poor Sandra did!

Some of the social media creative confidence issues we discuss:

  • How easy it is to feel intimidated by other artists on social media
  • Why you shouldn’t take everything at face value (retouched eye bags)
  • How we can use social media for inspiration and encouragement
  • How timelapse can distort our view on the ease of creation
  • How we can curb our social media addiction
  • How we should compare our own work with our past work rather than anyone else’s

Apps we mention on the Show

This week’s creative question

Your in a plain white, empty room with no windows. All you have is a pen and a sketchbook. What do you draw?Creative question of the week

The best answers will be read out on the next joint podcast.

You can Tweet us your answers @KickCreatives or let us know in the Facebook Group, which by the way if you haven’t already joined, I highly recommend that you do! We will put the question up there and also on the facebook page… and of course, on our Instagram page @kickinthecreatives.

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If you have any suggestions for the podcast or our challenges please feel free to get in touch.

Ep 23 Time Management for Creatives

Ep 23 Time Management for Creatives

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Today’s episode is all about how time management for creatives. One of the common things we hear that creatives struggle with is finding the time to create something, whether it’s finding time to write each day, or time to draw or paint. In this podcast, we discuss ways that you can make the best use of whatever time you have to keep your creative projects alive.

One of the problems many people have is that creative time ends up at the bottom of their list of priorities. Even below those important things… like stuffing your face with that last piece of cheese in the fridge before anyone else had time to pinch it.

Some of the time management ideas we discuss:

  • How to curb your use of social media
  • How to fit your creative passion into small chunks of time
  • The Pomodoro time management technique
  • Taking the resistance out of creating by having your creative materials at hand
  • Getting up an hour earlier each day – That evil Sandra tortured me and challenged me to do this for a couple of weeks a while back.
  • Using waiting time (waiting rooms, picking up kids) for creativity
  • Scheduling ideas to build a balance of work, life and creativity into your day.

Our lovely followers on Facebook and Instagram also had some great suggestions for time management which we read out on the podcast. Thank you for all your suggestions

Apps we mention on the Show

  • Todoist – A To do App that Sandra and I use for Kick in the Creative
  • Trello – another To-Do app
  • Focus – Social Media and Website Blocker for Mac. If you are on PC try Cold Turkey and for phones and tablets Freedom (Mac, PC iOS) or Antisocial (Android).

December Challenges

We also give a quick mention of some of the exciting creative challenges we’ve got coming up for December

  • Doodling December – Create a doodle a day for the month of December.
  • Digital Art December – Create and share a piece of digital art, every day throughout the month of December.
  • Quick Kick December  – We are challenging you to sketch something ‘festive’ every day (in 15 minutes or less).
  • Kick Time December – Create one piece of art, writing, poetry, craft using December’s prompt trouble

This week’s creative question

What is a subject you most avoid in your work and why?

what subject do you avoid painting

The best answers will be read out on the next joint podcast.

You can Tweet us your answers @KickCreatives or let us know in the Facebook Group, which by the way if you haven’t already joined, I highly recommend that you do! We will put the question up there and also on the facebook page… and of course, on our Instagram page @kickinthecreatives.

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If you have any suggestions for the podcast or our challenges please feel free to get in touch.

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