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Adult Colouring Book Continued

I submitted two illustrations for Papyrus’s later to be published adult colouring book, making sure to adhere to the brief. The deadline is tomorrow and the drawings took quite a  number of hours each, with the extra added time that was taken digitally editing them and then rendering them to the format that the brief desired. As the illustrations are for a charity I won’t be payed but they’ll be a little bit of exposure as they publish your name and contact details (including a link to your website) and it’s still good to be able to have work that’s published in more of a professional context and to build up a portfolio.

One of the main lessons I learned from this was about the importance of time management as I spent a disproportionate amount of hours doing these submissions compared to other higher priority things like my main studio project for university and I only really started a couple of weeks before the deadline.  I’ll have to wait and see what they say about them and when the colouring book will be published.

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Writing Opportunity Continued

After lots of emails back and forth with me proposing ideas for articles, getting feedback on them, emails discussing how to upload the drafts to the site and so on I submitted my draft of ‘5 New Technologies and How They’ve Been Utilised in Art’ list article and am awaiting feedback/information about when it will be published. I expect it to take at least a few weeks because of the huge flux of new writers to the site but I’ll post a link when it’s published.

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Design Opportunity

I received an email for an opportunity to design for PAPYRUS, a suicide prevention charity based in Warrington, to make some designs for them to make an adult colouring book out of. I enjoy drawing and want to gain a wider portfolio and experience with designing and working to briefs so I sent an email to the address provided.

Pretty sure I won’t be paid for it as it is for a charity but I’m still up for doing it. In the lectures and online I’ve heard a lot about not working for free with regards to designing and doing commissioned art because of lots of companies exploiting artists (especially with competitions – they can have hundreds of artists spending hours on unpaid work for one opportunity at getting a bit of recognition and practice and only one will be chosen and paid) and because if you start to make contacts when you’re charging a low price (or no price) when you’re starting out then you’ll likely lose them later on when you want to start charging higher prices. But as I don’t have much of a professional portfolio or experience, or the contacts to get properly commissioned work I have little else to work on so I’ll take what I can get.

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Writing Opportunity Continued

After sending an email and getting a reply saying that they expect us to take initiative and suggest ideas for articles as well as them getting in touch with us about articles that they want written, I sent a list of three ideas for list articles based on art. I got a reply saying that they all sound good and to write drafts for them all, with a paragraph or two on each.

I sent a draft for the first article and have been awaiting a reply and feedback for almost a week now which is probably to be expected because I believe there is one editor and they’ve just had a mass of writers joining them

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Writing Opportunity

I was excited to receive an email from the university staff about an opportunity writing for Coney’s Loft, an online culture magazine and creative studio and thought it would be a great opportunity to have, even if I don’t get paid for it. As it is a culture magazine I will be able to write about art or other topics such as music and film. It basically is an opportunity to combine two of my biggest interests: art and writing.

I have been considering the career of becoming an art journalist and although I have had previous experience writing things like reviews and obviously lots of analysis of artworks due to the academic side of my course, but I haven’t had any writing officially published before. So this will be a good opportunity to gain some exposure, experience and begin to build a writing portfolio of sorts.

Anyway I emailed the address enclosed within the email as instructed and communicated my interest as well as what I could be able to offer and am awaiting a response.