Posts made in February, 2009


Taken from the book 2008 Artists & Graphic Designer’s Market [even though it’s a year old, it’s STILL relevant! Also this is to answer Jennifer’s question about portfolios.] The overall appearance of your portfolio affects your profession presentation. It need not be made of high-grade leather to leave a good impression. Neatness and careful organization are essential whether you’re using a three-ring binder or a leather case. The most popular portfolios are simulated leather with puncture-proof sides that allow the inclusion of loose samples. Choose a size that can be handled easily. Avoid the large, "student-size" books, which are too big to fit easily on an art director’s desk. Most artists choose 11 x 14 or 18 x 24. If you’re a fine artist and your work is too large for a portfolio, bring slides of your work and a few small samples. Don’t include everything you’ve done in your portfolio. Select only your best work and choose pieces relevant to the company you are approaching. If you’re showing your book to an ad agency, for example, don’t include greeting card illustrations. Show progressives. In reviewing portfolios, art directors look for consistency of style and skill. They sometimes like to see work in different stages (roughs, comps and finished pieces) to examine the progression of ideas and how you handle certain problems. Your work should speak for itself. It’s best to keep explanations to a minimum and be available for questions if asked. Prepare for the review by taking along notes on each piece. If the buyer asks a question, take the opportunity to talk a little bit about the piece in question. Mention the budget, time frame and any problems you faced and solved. If you’re a fine artist, talk about how the piece fits into the evolution of a concept and how it relates to other pieces you’ve shown. Leave a business card. Don’t ever walk out of a portfolio review without leaving the buyer a sample to remember you by. A few weeks after you review, follow up by sending a small promo postcard or other sample as a...

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I was reminded of how much I do love this designer via a Facebook post. She’s got an interesting background in farming and fashion! Crazy, huh? But nonetheless, simplistic and chic. Anyway if you’ve never heard of her, check her out on the following pages: http://jansdotter.com/ and her Facebook fan...

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http://www.charlestoncity.info/dept/content.aspx?nid=343&cid=12313 h2oly city photography competitionCharleston Civic Design Center: 85 Calhoun Charleston, SC 29401 From the skyline down to the waterline, Charleston is a city shaped by water. The h2oly cityphotography competition and exhibition aim to promote awareness of the role of water in our lifestyle and how it influences Charleston’s civic environment. ELIGIBILITY: Registration for the competition is open to all. There will be two categories for judging: the open classification is available to anyone; the youth classification is reserved for entrants 15 years of age and younger. All eligible photos must be taken in Charleston, be the sole property of the photographer, not be previously published, and should include a depiction of how our water influences our lifestyle and Charleston’s civic environment. REGISTRATION & SUBMISSIONS: All participants are required to register their photos and pay the entry fee determined by their submission category. Applicants are allowed to submit up to five photos; each photo will count as one entry. After submission all photos become property of the Civic Design Center. For each photo entrants should submit one 8” x 10” print mounted on foamcore. No identifying marks should appear on the printed image; affix the registration form to the back, and mail/ bring them to the following address: (Charleston Civic Design Center / H2OLY CITY 85 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401) Payment by mail must be made by check or money order payable to the City of Charleston. Cash payments will be accepted if delivered in person Mon-Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm. Entries must be received by 5:30pm on May 8, 2009. QUESTIONS: Inquiries should be e-mailed to ccdc@ci.charleston.sc.us or sent to the address above. We will post the compilation of questions and answers on our website:www.charlestoncity.info/h2olycity REGISTRATION FEE: Open classification $10 / Youth classification $1 AWARDS/PRIZES: All eligible photos will be included in the spring exhibition opening May 14, 2009. There will be up to three winners in each category as well as the “ People’s Choice Award” which will be voted on by attendees at the opening of the exhibition.Prizes will be awarded under the following guideline:Open 1st Place $300, 2nd Place $200, and 3rd Place $100Youth1st Place $100, Youth 2nd Place $75, Youth 3rd Place $50Peoples’ Choice Award $100 JUDGING CRITERIA: Photos will be judged on aesthetic quality, and effectiveness at promoting an awareness of the role of water in our lifestyle and how it influences Charleston’s civic...

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Mikayla Mackaness is a lover of words and images. Currently, besides involving herself with these passions, she part-time teaches Photography at the Arts Institute of Charleston. I met her several years ago at a music show and somehow, managed to stay in touch after all these years! Thanks Mikayla for your time! 1. Who are you and what do you do? The daughter to Mamma Mia and Daddy, a sister to two incredible women,Your-Kayla. Hopefully, I live every season of my Life in absoluteLove, as an instructor, a humanitarian worker, a poet, a Light seeker,a student… and your friend. 2. Where do you live? Does where you live inspire you? I currently reside in Charleston, South Carolina. Everyone inspiresme. Literally. And here, yes. It’s amazing, because I am sad over somecultural events here and elated at what is happening in this city aswell. This is a culture filled with subcultures and tensions andfreedom. Being near close friends here and meeting new people withdreams and drives and days, has given me an indescribable hope in thisseason. 3. Of all the places you’ve been, what has been the most creative for you? Why? [If you cannot narrow it down, then give me the top 3]. Top three? Seriously 😉 I could just say: my bed, my shower, andoutside 😉 Okay, I. My birthplace: Montserrat, West Indies: there issomething to seeing a space in this world yearly; something to feelingthe transition of a nation so gorgeous. It’s like when you see afriend’s baby every month instead of everyday, wow do we notice themove 😉 II. Anyone’s home, that intimacy inspires me gigantically.III. Somewhere wherefore a culture pushes and pulls me, straining thebody to breathe just to find and be found within: Manhattan, Sydney,Roseau, Montreal, Ventura, Chichiriviche… (oops). 4. When did you notice your creative/artistic leanings? Wow, I have no idea how to answer this… Okay, I think that the onlyway I can answer this is to say that one of the most important waysbecame to me, when I was little, to be able to share: how to expresswhat we are feeling, what we are doing, how we are being together orseparated. How to word this, how to visually share this; I want tofeel you, I want you to feel me. I suppose I noticed I craved this thefirst time a friend moved off island and I thought, how to reach themnow? 5. Who/What influences your creativity? Life and finding or being found within. You. 6. What project[s] is/are next on your creative calendar? I’d like to bring a group of people to Montserrat (again) this summerto teach within the Summer Youth Programme...

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