Website Makeover Will Hübscher

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The Result

Will Hübscher is one of our most accomplished and talented artists. We love his curious assemblages and his evocative and thought-provoking monotypes. So when he asked us to spruce up his site, we were more than happy to oblige.

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Website Makeover: Nancy Bossert

 

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The Final Product

Nancy Bossert is an artist of many talents! She makes beautiful figurative and abstract paintings, using a variety of techniques. She also works in encaustic and makes fibre arts, jewelry and stoneware. She also takes the time to explain her techniques and her artistic philosophies. Since she has such varied and vibrant work, we thought it best to keep the site itself simple. We chose a cool-toned grey to showcase the warm earthy tones she often employs in her work. Continue reading

Website Makeover: TC3 Photography

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The Final Product

TC3 Photography is the website for the photography program at Tompkins Cortland Community College in New York State. The site provides information about the courses and the faculty, and the galleries showcase examples of the students’ work. They were using one of our older non-mobile-friendly templates, so we offered to update the site for them. I chose colors and fonts that remind me of old cameras and projectors. I kept the site design quite simple, and tried to make it look clean and technological.

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Website Makeover – Cathy Leaycraft

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The Final Result

“I strive for a dreamlike quality, and a sense of timelessness.” Cathy Leaycraft‘s beautiful, haunting images are created without the use of computer manipulation Rather, she photographs them through a glass sphere. “I do not directly photograph the landscape. I photograph its reflection on the glass surface; the environments behind and below the sphere create additional layers of imagery. On occasion, I insert an object into my sphere thus creating a reflected, surreal world for my selected subject.”

Cathy was using one of our older templates, which wasn’t mobile-friendly, and which meant she only had access to our older fonts. She agreed to let me update her site.

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Ten Magazines Accepting Photography and Art Submissions

Artspan photographer Katherine Minott recently had her beautiful photograph Naked Summer chosen for the cover of Sun Magazine. Inspired by her success, we’ve decided to put together a list of ten magazines that accept submissions of photography and art. See if you can find one that’s a fit for your work! If you have any recommendations for magazines to submit to, share in the comments.

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Ten Sites to Search for Resources for Artists

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It can be difficult to balance your creative and professional life. It can be hard to keep up with your bills and find time to paint or draw or pursue your craft, whatever it may be. The cost of supplies, alone, can be prohibitive. I’m sure we’ve all wished for a benefactor or patron at some point in our careers! Luckily, there are a surprising number of philanthropic organizations just waiting to help you out with artists’ grants! Grants range from a hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and with a little work you’ll find the right grant for you.  We’ve compiled a list of sites and organizations to help you in your search.

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Ten Places to Submit Your Jewelry or Craft Online

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A few weeks ago we published a post listing sites that will share a photo and a link of your artwork. Many of our Artspan members also make jewelry, textiles, and decorative arts, so we assembled a list of sites that will accept jewelry, wearables, and other handmade items. If you can think of any that we should add, let us know!

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Bracelet by Clare Marshall

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Ten Places to Submit your Artwork Online

A great way to attract traffic to your Artspan site is to submit your work to various design blogs and online galleries. Submission takes only a few minutes, and you can submit an image and a link to your Artspan site. Here’s a list of ten sites that feature various types of art in different mediums, but there are many others. Find one that’s right for your work!

Colossal, an Art Design and Visual Culture Blog

Eat Sleep Draw

Hi Fructose

Deviant Art

Artist a Day

Materialicious

Notcot

Lines and Colors

Artists Inspire Artists

Curating the Unseen

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Painting an Online Future

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Eric Sparre, Director of Artspan, the site which combines branded sites with an online gallery, argues that for visual artists, the internet is taking up where commercial galleries leave off. However, the two can work together

Once upon a time, establishing a career seemed a simple matter for visual artists. First: secure gallery representation. Then: back to the studio. Let the gallery worry about sales, which were sure to come and at steadily increasing prices.

Of course, the process was never that simple. Then, as now, dealers were often reluctant to take on new artists. But with no serious alternative, most working artists had no choice other than to keep knocking on the same doors. And even with representation, there was no guarantee of success: galleries could control client lists, veto outside opportunities, hold payments on sales, and dictate the extent of publicity. For artists without representation, particularly older artists, prospects were even bleaker.

The advent of the Internet has brought empowerment. Alongside social media, artists now use the web in two main ways: by creating personal, branded websites to promote their work as they please, and by using online galleries to show work for sale, joining other artists and/or makers (Saatchiart and Etsy are prominent examples of online galleries).

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