In Conversation with Design*Sponge 9/17



New York City friends! I’m super excited about my Art Inc. book launch party next week at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn on Wednesday, September 17. Come listen to Grace Bonney (aka Design*Sponge) and me talk about building a career as an artist, followed by a social hour (with wine!) and a book signing for Art Inc. You can RSVP for the event here. Hope to see you there!

Can’t come on this night? I’m also speaking the following evening at CUE Art Foundation in Manhattan. Or come to both events! Info on that event here.

Have a great Monday!


New Online Class: Become a Working Artist


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Friends, I am so excited to announce a new online class I’ll be teaching through CreativeLive starting September 30. It’s called Become a Working Artist. In the two-day class we’ll cover:

+Embracing yourself as an artist and mapping your future

+Setting actionable goals

+Understanding the fine art world

+Developing your business’s personality

+Promoting your work successfully

+Making money selling your own work

+Understanding the worlds of illustration and licensing

+Preparing for and managing success

The class is FREE if you watch live on September 30 and October 1 between 9-4 pm. It will also be available for purchase after the live taping for $79.

Want to participate in the live class as part of the studio audience? We are still taking applications. You can apply here.

The class text book is Art Inc. (order that now if you plan to participate) and you’ll also receive a workbook with extra tools and information.

Hope to see you in class! RSVP today!


New Podcast: Accidental Creative


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I am so thrilled today to let you know that I was interviewed by Todd Henry for his podcast over at The Accidental Creative. We chatted about several things, most notably the “U” curve in the creative process. You can listen here. Enjoy!

CATEGORIES Art Inc | Podcasts

I’m Giving a Talk in New York City



New York & NY Area friends: I’m giving a talk in Manhattan on September 18th at 6:30 pm called I Am An Artist: On Ownership & Other Enterprising Acts. This talk at CUE Art Foundation (on West 25th Street) will be followed by a book signing of Art Inc & cocktails. Space is limited and you can purchase tickets here (free to CUE members!).

Hope to see you there!


CreativeLive Interview




As part of my book launch for Art Inc, I recorded an hour long interview through CreativeLive. Last Tuesday Meg Ilasco interviewed me in front of a live studio audience about how I got started making art, managing my workload, my personal projects, and a range of other art-making & art-career related topics. You can watch the interview for free right here (scroll down to see the video link).

I’m also going to be teaching a business class with CreativeLive at the end of September. Stay tuned for more information on that next week!

Have a great weekend.



New Podcast :: What’s Your Story



Friends, it’s launch week for my latest book Art Inc, so I’m posting all of the different podcasts I’ve recorded recently (see category Podcasts for all of them). Last week I sat down with my friend Meighan O’Toole (who, by the way, is an amazing social media and digital strategist for creative brands) to record for her new podcast series What’s Your Story. We talked about the information I share in my new book and a lot about my own experience with social media, self doubt, and community.

Folks who have been following along with my work for awhile might remember this podcast I recorded with Meighan in 2011 where I talk more about how I got started as an artist.

You can listen to the new 30-ish minute podcast over here.

Happy listening and have an excellent Friday.

CATEGORIES Art Inc | Podcasts

New Podcast :: Converge on Fasttrack Creative




I am so honored to be part of Dane Sanders’ podcast series Converge. Dane and I talked recently about the idea of making money and expressing yourself honestly as an artist — along with many of the other challenges and opportunities that are part of being a working artist.

Host Dane Sanders is the real deal. Like me, he fell into art-making later in life (he’s a photographer). An educator at heart, he spent the first part of his life in academia and has now dedicated his life to helping other photographers and artists find their voice & place in the market. He is a fantastic interviewer to boot. I hope you will give it a listen.

In the podcast Dane and I refer to my new book, Art Inc, which came out yesterday! You can listen to the podcast here.

Have a great Wednesday!

CATEGORIES Art Inc | My Books | Podcasts

Art Inc :: Out Today!



{My beloved dog Wilfredo posing with Art Inc!}

Friends, I am so thrilled that today my new book ART INC: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist hits bookstore shelves and is widely available for sale online (you can even download the iBook on iTunes)! To celebrate, we’ve organized a blog tour, which will run through August 20. Check out these blogs on the following dates for excerpts of the book, giveaways, interviews and studio tours!

Today 8/12 – The Jealous Curator: Blog tour debut. Danielle is giving away a copy of the book on The Jealous Curator!
Today 8/12 – Jonathan Fields: Jonathan, the amazing guy who wrote my foreword, shares a book excerpt
Tomorrow 8/13 ; Uppercase: A story by Uppercase Founder Janine Vangool about our work together over the years
Friday 8/15 – Inc: The fine folks at Inc. Magazine are going to publish an excerpt
Monday 8/18 – Design Crush: Kelly will feature a Q&A with me about the book and also do a book giveaway
Wednesday 8/20 – Art & Lemons: Nikki will feature a Q&A with me too
Wednesday 8/20 – sfgirlbybay: Last but not least, come with Victoria to my studio for a peek into my world

I’d also like to thank Maria Popova, who wrote this fantastic piece on Art Inc on Brainpickings today.

Oh, and I hope you will take a look at this lovely trailer we made for the book based on the books gorgeous illustrations by Karolin Schnoor:

We’ve also got a few book events planned, and here’s the 411:

Today, August 12, 5 pm PST: Global Book Launch at CreativeLive. Anyone all over the world can participate in & view this event, since it will be broadcast live over the internet! The amazing Meg Ilasco will be interviewing me about my journey as an artist, the writing of Art Inc, and the lessons & advice in the book.Get all the information you need to either watch this event online here.

Wednesday, September 17, 7-9 pm, EST: In this special event at Powerhouse in Brooklyn, New York. I’ll be in conversation with one of my favorite people, Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge! We’ll discuss my journey as an artist, the lessons I’ve learned along the way, and the tips I give to other artists in Art Inc. The conversation will be followed by a book signing. RSVP’s are recommended. You can do that and get more information here.

Thursday, September 18, 6:30-8:30 pm, EST: I’ll be giving a public talk entitled: I Am An Artist: On Ownership and Other Enterprising Acts at CUE Art Foundation in Manhattan followed by a book signing. Seats for this event are limited. Tickets available here!


Have a great Tuesday!


New Podcast :: While She Naps



I’m so excited today to be featured with my agent Lilla Rogers on Abby Glassenberg’s awesome podcast series! We talk about working together (Lilla has been my illustration agent since 2008), our books, and making a living as an artist. You can listen to the podcast here.


Tomorrow Art Inc is released! I’ll be back first thing in the morning announcing the blog tour for the book! Stay tuned!

And happy Monday.


New York Art Inc. Events



New York friends, I have two Art Inc. events scheduled in September and I’d love to see you there! You can RSVP for the September 17 event at Powerhouse Arena here. Information about the event at CUE Arts Foundation coming soon! Save the dates!


Art Inc. Book Tour Dates!



Friends, as you know, my latest book Art Inc. is released August 12. I have a few exciting book events scheduled and I wanted to share them with you:

Tuesday, August 12, 5 pm PST: Global Book Launch at CreativeLive. Anyone all over the world can participate in & view this event, since it will be broadcast live over the internet! The amazing Meg Ilasco will be interviewing me about my journey as an artist, the writing of Art Inc, and the lessons & advice in the book. There are also live audience seats for the taping in San Francisco. The seats for this event are close to being filled, but you can sign up for one of the remaining seats here. Get all the information you need to either watch this event online OR get live audience seats here. I’ll be signing books after the interview (you can purchase a book there if you don’t have one already).

Wednesday, September 17, 7-9 pm, EST*: In this special event at Powerhouse in Brooklyn, New York. I’ll be in conversation with one of my favorite people, Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge! We’ll discuss my journey as an artist, the lessons I’ve learned along the way, and the tips I give to other artists in Art Inc. The conversation will be followed by a book signing (Grace will be signing copies of her book too). RSVP’s are recommended. You can do that and get more information here.

Thursday, September 18, evening, EST*: I’ll be giving a 45 minute talk at CUE Art Foundation in Manhattan followed by a book signing. Seats for this event are limited. Tickets will go on sale soon (the event will be free to CUE members), and I’ll keep you posted here on the blog with all the information you need.

*Please note: when I originally posted this information I had the dates mixed up! The event with Grace Bonney is on Wednesday, September 17, and the event at CUE is on Thursday, September 18. These are the correct dates, not the ones I had previously posted.

There will be more events and book signings to come, so stay tuned for updates & please email me with any questions you have about any of the events!


Art Inc :: Global Book Release Event!



I’m super excited to announce that on August 12 from 5-6 pm, the official book release day for my latest book, Art Inc, Creative Live is hosting a LIVE book release event! The great news about this event is that a) it will be broadcast live, b) anyone in the world can participate because it will be online, and c) it’s free! If you are in the Bay Area, there are 50 tickets available to come to the studio audience (and I’ll be signing books after the broadcast — more on that in a minute).

In this intimate broadcast, I’ll be talking Meg Ilasco about my path to becoming a fine artist & illustrator, and the lessons I share in my latest book. You may know Meg as an amazing designer, illustrator, art director at Anthology Magazine, writer, founder of the “Inc” series, and serial entrepreneur. Meg also happens to be the editor of Art Inc. This is an opportunity to hear us talk writing the book, my personal story about becoming a working artist, the lessons I learned along the way, and more!

There are two ways for you to participate in this global book launch event!

1) RSVP to WATCH ONLINE: If you are not in the Bay Area OR cannot get to the event at the CreativeLive Studios on August 12, you can watch online. To get access, you’ll need to RSVP (which means signing up for a CreativeLive account if you don’t already have one, but that’s SUPER easy). You can RSVP here by clicking on the blue RSVP button on the right hand side of the screen.

2) SIGN UP TO BE PART OF THE LIVE AUDIENCE:  If you are in the Bay Area and would like to be part of the LIVE studio audience for this event and get your book signed after the talk from 6-7 pm (Chronicle will be selling copies if you don’t already have one), you can sign up for FREE tickets here.


Have a great Wednesday, friends!



Art Inc. Advances are Here!



As you may remember, last year I wrote a book! It’s called Art Inc: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist, and it comes out in August. Just last week I got a very special package in the mail, which included my very first advance copies of the book! I was unexpectedly overcome with emotion when I opened the box. They are so pristine and beautiful! The book’s illustrations are by the amazing Karolin Schnoor.

Art Inc. includes seven chapters covering things like getting down to business, promoting your work, exhibitions and galleries, illustration and licensing, and more! The book also includes interviews with 14 successful full time artists & illustrators.


If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time, you may recall that it was a arduous process for me to write a business book. I wrote this post a little over a year ago on the pain of writing & editing (and owning all of the experience, even the hard stuff). I love to write, but I’d never given business advice before in such a detailed way, nor had I ever had the experience of having my writing (ideas, thinking, etc) edited by others. There were points in the process when I wanted to give up. Friends recall me saying, “I’d quit, except the train has already left the station, and I can’t!” Insecurity ravaged me, and I felt like nothing I wrote was right or good or worth reading. I realized how much I didn’t know about the worlds of art and illustration and how much I had to learn by interviewing people and doing research in order to write a decent book. Writing this book turned me inside out.


I obviously stuck with it, tears, anxiety, heartache and all, and I am so glad I did. I am so proud of this book, and I cannot wait to share it with the world. My hope is that my experience — and the experience of the people I interviewed for the book — can help more and more artists figure out how to happily and successfully build a career.

Art Inc. comes out August 12. In the meantime, you can pre-order a copy here. I’ll be going on another book tour this fall, so stay tuned for stops in your city. If you are interested in hosting me at your organization or bookstore, I’d love to hear from you.

Have a happy Thursday, everyone!



Art Inc :: Coming Soon!




Friends, remember way back when (almost a year ago, eee gads!) I said I was writing a book (and it was kicking me in the ass)? Well, I finally get to talk about it!

So it is with great excitement and pleasure that I announce my upcoming book, published Chronicle Books, which comes out in August. Art Inc is a business book for new & emerging artists, chock full of tips on organizing, launching and promoting your career and interviews with successful working artists & others in the industry. The art and illustration worlds can feel mysterious and foreboding when you are just starting out, and I’ve attempted to break them down into understandable elements — how they work and what you can do to increase the chances to breaking into whichever of them you choose.

The book is part of the already well-known and successful “Inc” series by Chronicle, and is edited by the amazing Meg Mateo Ilasco (who founded the series). My friend Jonathan Fields has written an incredible foreword and there are interviews with people like Esther Pearl Watson, Paula Scher, Jessica Silverman, Susie Gharemani, Dolan Geiman, Claire Desjardins and many others. The gorgeous illustrations are by Karolin Schnoor.

You can pre-order the book here or wait till it hits shelves later this summer.

Happy Friday, friends! Have a great weekend.

CATEGORIES Art Inc | My Books