Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist

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Chronicle Books, Aug 12, 2014 - Business & Economics - 184 pages
You don't have to starve to be an artist. Build a career doing what you love.

In this practical guide book, professional artist Lisa Congdon reveals the many ways you can earn a living by making art—through illustration, licensing, fine art sales, print sales, teaching, and beyond.

• Including industry advice from such successful art-world pros as Nikki McClure, Mark Hearld, Paula Scher, and more
• This art and business book will equip you with the tools—and the confidence—to turn your passion into a profitable business.
• Chapters on setting actionable goals, diversifying your income, copyrighting your work, promoting with social media, and so much more

A thoughtful gift for young artists, people interesting in making their passion a profession, and art and design school graduates.

Lisa Congdon's bestselling books, online classes, and Instagram feed (beloved by 375,000+ fans) have inspired so many people to follow their creative passions. In this book Condon does what she does best—bring bold and colorful flair to smart, creative, down-to-earth advice and inspiration.

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Art Inc. is part of a series of books for visual artists, crafters and bloggers on establishing their creative careers, and each has a very similar format. The books are written by working ... Read full review

Art Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist

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Nearly everything an artist, aspiring artist, or designer needs to know to earn a living through making art is contained here. Rather than teaching specific drawing or painting techniques, Congdon ... Read full review


You Are an Artist
Getting Down to Business
Promoting Your Work
Selling Your Art
Exhibitions and Galleries
Illustration and Licensing
Managing the Ebb and Flow of Success
About the Authors
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Lisa Congdon first started making art as a hobby in 2001, and five years later began showing and selling her work. Today, Lisa makes a full-time living as an illustrator and fine artist. Known for her colorful and intricate paintings, drawings, and pattern designs, Lisa works for clients around the world illustrating books and stationery and designing fabric and housewares. She is the author of the book Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, and she has participated in numerous exhibitions, including shows at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Bedford Gallery. Lisa keeps a daily blog about her life, work, and inspirations called Today is Going to be Awesome. She lives in Oakland, California.

Meg Mateo Ilasco is a designer, illustrator, and writer. A serial entrepreneur, she launched her first business in 1999 and is the author of several books on the topic, including Craft, Inc., Creative, Inc., and Mom, Inc. She is also the cofounder and creative director of home and lifestyle magazine Anthology. Meg lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jonathan Fields is a writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Good Life Project®. He is the author of Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love and Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance. In 2013, Forbes magazine named Jonathan's website,, one of the top 100 websites in the world for entrepreneurs. He lives in New York City.

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