I have been dumbfounded and disappointed by the lack of interest in my art(or myself/comments) through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Deviantart. I knew people who were making a profitable living through sites such as Ebay selling their art but did not know how to do this myself. This is all answered in this great resource, ‘New Markets for Artists’.
Firstly, I grew tiresome of Facebook (especially those silly games)and never realized it could be used as a tool to showcase my art and make connections with people to become interested. I thought maybe my art was just too horrible, thought of myself as a talentless artist or maybe some of my humour and subject matter was in poor taste or I offended someone. I have this same fear sometimes when I quickly send a tweet of a joke on my mind via Twitter, and have no followers.
This is not so much the case as Mr. Carey has eloquently pointed out here in his excellent book ‘New Markets for Artists’ and how to use social media to sell yourself. Connecting to people through social media is a process, and one that requires patience. I never was very good (and still am not) at selling myself and artwork. Using social media as Mr. Carey explains is easier and less daunting that I thought. It also gives fantastic advice on how to use your website with widgets linked to social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, etc. This book is a must have for artists who wish to make a living through social media and/or use social media for business/business contacts in attracting potential customers, organizations and sponsors.
I have changed my perspective about my career ,I have never felt more optimistic about the art as a way to make money.
Yes, I believe Brainard is a brainstorm in Art.He is a Guru mentor and his books are jewels.
Not only did I love this book as way to generate sales for my art on […], I received a one man show immediately after following the directions and posting a correct page on Face Book!
The book is easy reading and right to the point on how to succeed in the art world.
Not only have I used the book for my own carreer, I have introduced the book as a resource in my college classes where I teach high end web and print design as well as traditional courses in painting and drawing. The students love it!
Great resource for the established artist as well as the novice artist.
I recommend this book for everyone wanting to make his (her) way in the art world. Brainard Carey’s enthusiasm is very invigorating.
Do you know the feeling of to be inmersed in a ocean of possibilities and know that you don’t have any idea what to do with them? Well that was me. Brainard Carey’s book opened for me the door of understanding and made me believe that internet and social media is an accessible way to make your work known and that there are, using these tools, a real chance to sell my art.
Brainard grabs your hand and takes you step by step in a very easy to understand way to know “how to make it work”. This is a must to read book for all artists looking to increase their marketing potential.
I think Brainard Carey’s new book is just as inspiring, educational and informative as the first. Delving deeper into the use of the internet with all its social networking resources for the up and coming artists. Helping to promote yourself as well as your art. I will definitely pick myself up a copy.