Nurturing a budding artist

What’s your earliest creative memory?

I remember sitting on the floor at our lounge coffee table drawing a giraffe. It couldn’t have been very good, I was only four at the time.

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Passive income: my advice on selling art as digital products

Selling artwork to earn passive income in the form of digital products or resources is a growing attraction for many designers and artists.

It’s not a new concept though. Royalty free image libraries for example, have been going for decades. But things have changed since then. Dramatically. Now artists have more control over their work and how they sell it.

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Why being a designer rocks!

In Episode 22 of the Honest Designers Show we look at the positive aspects of being a designer. The four of us absolutely love what we do! Sometimes it’s important to stop and think about how awesome it is that we get to create and design for a living.

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Finding confidence in your creative work

Creating art for a living is a true privilege and extremely fulfilling. But the act of creating requires some level of vulnerability which could be cause for huge anxiety. Putting yourself out there for the world to see, and possibly criticize, can be daunting and scary. Sometimes even crippling.

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How to draw a cute bear

I take you through 10 easy steps on how to draw an adorable bear. Drawing cute characters doesn’t have to be daunting. Once broken down into simple shapes, you can tackle just about any cutie!

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Why non-designers matter

So often as designers, we get totally wrapped up in our design that we forget all about the end user and how they’ll be interacting with our work. Some designers even make the mistake of designing with their peers in mind instead of their clients! They seem to care more about what their fellow designers think of their work than the client who is paying for the job.

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A look at the process of design

In this weeks episode of the Honest Designers Show, we talk about each of our design processes. We look at everything from the initial brainstorm, to the initial ideas, early stage designs, refinements, and final mockups. This is an insight into the workflow of four successful designers.

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Other ways to make money as a designer

If you’re a freelance designer, you’ll know all to well that income can be erratic! Some months are great, others not so great. But these days it’s pretty easy to add an extra stream of revenue as a buffer against those uncertain months. And if you’re full time employed, it’s a great way to save for that long-awaited holiday. View full article >

Best free flower images

It’s not secret that I love flowers. A recurring theme you’ll see in both my graphic products and pattern designs. I even have a pinterest board dedicated to flowers only with over 325 pins and growing!

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