Using a “tough love approach” to pursuing a career in the visual arts, Jackie Battenfield expands on her highly successful classes and workshops to provide a comprehensive guide for both emerging and mid-career artists.Providing real-life examples, illustrations, and step-by-step exercises, Battenfield offers readily applicable advice on all aspects of the job. Along with tips on planning and assessment, she presents strategies for self-management, including marketing, online promotion, building professional relationships, grant writing, and portfolio development.Each chapter ends with an insightful “Reality Check” interview, featuring advice and useful information from high-profile artists and professionals.The result is an inspiring, experiential guide brimming with field-tested techniques that readers can easily apply to their own career.
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The Artist's Guide Review
- January 24, 2015Walter OhWhile I'm not an artist, i still find this book refreshing and relatable. The tips on managing your finances were extremely helpful. It's truly a survival guide for all artists out there.Warmly,Walter
- February 21, 2010Suzannea compelling, down-to-earth book on the challenges of being born with the need to create -- a great guide no matter where you are with your art practice
- August 23, 2013DreaThe useful information found in this book should be a fundamental university/college course for all art students/artists. It is also a great book to keep has it has ideas for resources, layouts/formats, and more. Even though it is more directed to America Artists, it is still a great resource for any artist wanting to take the next step towards creating income off your work. Obviously, it isn't the only way or necessarily the route you have to take to be successful, but it will definitely give y The useful information found in this book should be a fundamental university/college course for all art students/artists. It is also a great book to keep has it has ideas for resources, layouts/formats, and more. Even though it is more directed to America Artists, it is still a great resource for any artist wanting to take the next step towards creating income off your work. Obviously, it isn't the only way or necessarily the route you have to take to be successful, but it will definitely give you a jumpstart on brainstorming and taking action towards your future art career.more
- November 1, 2013Betsy PowersThere are a lot of self-help books for starting an art career, and I've read many of them. Reading this one was where it "clicked" for me. It gives very specific examples, advice, and 'homework' that made the most sense to my mind. I really enjoyed going through it page by page and feel like it will be a trusty reference for a long time. Highly recommend it to artists and creative people starting or refreshing a business.more
- October 23, 2012Rachel LoutschJackie Battenfield gives great practical advice that spans beyond the career field of artists but to any entrepreneur. Filled with personal stories and experience, "The Artist's Guide" is inspiring with a well-humored voice that makes it a delightful read.more
- February 17, 2016Shannon AbbeyI have read this book through twice and am starting it a third time.There are a lot of people telling professional artists how to make a living, this woman is a working artist with a good career, having also run a not for profit gallery.
- August 11, 2010JeffInsightful and helpful info for anyone wanting to sell their artwork.
- May 21, 2010JillianThis was excellent. It reminded me of The Artist's Way, and was a great overview of the business of selling visual art.
- February 12, 2013SarahVery helpful guide. I will definitely be referencing this one throughout my whole career.
- May 7, 2010Carl LondonLots of good practical information that I wasn't taught at university.
- September 26, 2014MelanieLove it for being both useful and practical. Written with a kind experienced voice.
- July 30, 2011James ProtheroOk. More aimed at the high end art market, not a lowly watercolor painter like me
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