093 Prepping to Teach a Workshop

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: February 27, 2017

 

Topic: Prepping to Teach a Workshop

 

Points of Interest:

This episode is packed with relevant tips for preparing to teach a class or workshop. John and Lisa talk about choosing a location, the importance of preparing well in advance, selecting a payment method, and creating a positive vibe for your class.

 

Links Referenced:

 

Episode 027: Are You Ready to Start Teaching?

http://sharpenedartist.com/podcast/2015/11/23/027-are-you-ready-to-start-teaching?rq=teach

 

Submit a question for one of next month’s Q and A episodes here:

www.sharpenedartist.com/qanda

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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092 Fixing Mistakes

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: February 20, 2017

 

Topic: Fixing Mistakes

 

Points of Interest:

Continuing with the “mistakes” theme this month, John and Lisa talk about several tools and techniques for correcting mistakes made in colored pencil. Be sure to check out the links section below for specific product suggestions mentioned!

 

Links Referenced:

 

Episode 010: Eraser and Removing Mistakes

http://sharpenedartist.com/podcast/erasers?rq=010

Tombow Mono eraser (amz affiliate link):

Faber Castell erasers:

http://www.fabercastell.com/products/more-products/eraser

 

Strathmore 500 Series Bristol paper  (amz affiliate link):

 

The Colored Pencil Painting Bible by Alyona Nickelson

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Products-Colored_Pencil_Painting_Bible.html

 

Powder Blender

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Products-Colored_Pencil_Powder_Blender.html

 

Titanium White

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Products-Colored_Pencil_Titanium_White.html



 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri


 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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091 Misplaced Marketing

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: February 13, 2017

 

Topic: Misplaced Marketing

 

Points of Interest:

Not all marketing is created equal! John and Lisa chat about several branding/marketing moves that just don’t work for artists. Are you using your time wisely? Listen in to find out.

 

Links Referenced:

www.patreon.com

www.kickstarter.com

www.indiegogo.com

www.gofundme.com

 

Our listeners can receive a FREE 30-day Audible trial:

www.audibletrial.com/cppodcast

 

John recommends listening to “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield.

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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090 Making Mistakes

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: February 6, 2017

 

Topic: Making Mistakes

 

Points of Interest:

Last week’s episode talked about 10 common mistakes made in colored pencil. This week, John and Lisa are talking about why you shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes! Making mistakes is a necessary part of the learning process, and helps us understand what NOT to do. Listen in for a pep talk encouraging you to keep pushing through.

 

FREE 30-Day Audible.com trial for Colored Pencil Podcast listeners:

www.audibletrial.com/cppodcast 

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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089 Top 10 Mistakes Made in Colored Pencil

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: January 30, 2017

 

Topic: Top 10 Mistakes Made in Colored Pencil

The entire month of March we'll be answering all your questions. So submit them now by clicking here!

 

Points of Interest:

John and Lisa share 10 common mistakes they often see in new (and seasoned) artist. Whether it’s an issue with technique, materials, or mindset, you’ll learn what NOT to do!

 

Links Referenced:

 

FREE 30-Day Audible.com trial for Colored Pencil Podcast listeners:

www.audibletrial.com/cppodcast 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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088 Point of View

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: January 23, 2017

 

Topic: Point of View

 

Points of Interest:

This episode features a pep talk for artists who find themselves making excuses. John and Lisa encourage a change of perspective, and an emphasis on looking for solutions in the midst of discouragement.

 

Links Referenced:

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

Special audible trial for listeners- click here!

 

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087 Painting's Perceived Value

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: January 16, 2017

 

Topic: Painting’s Perceived Value

 

Points of Interest:

Many colored pencil artists find that potential customers have a greater perceived value for painting rather than colored pencil art. John and Lisa talk about a few reasons this tends to be the case, and also provide some tips and suggestions for increasing the perceived value of colored pencil art when you go to sell.

 

 

Links Referenced:

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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086 Setting Art Goals

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: January 9, 2017

Topic: Setting Art Goals

Points of Interest:

As the new year kicks off, many people are making resolutions and setting goals. John and Lisa share 8 tips for setting art goals this year, and encourage developing goals that are specific, measurable, and time sensitive. With the right goals, you’ll find that you are driven and focused on moving forward!

 

Download the Goals Workbook!

 

Links Referenced:

Lisa’s DIY Dry Erase Board video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqLqQa9ChFs

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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085 Marketing Ads

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: January 2, 2017

 

Topic: Marketing Ads

 

Points of Interest:

Should an artist spend money on marketing ads available on social networks? Do they even work to boost an art business? John and Lisa talk about the smart places to put your money, and the types of marketing to skip altogether.

 

 

Links Referenced:

Amazon Affiliate Program

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/

 

Dick Blick Affiliate Program

https://www.dickblick.com/affiliates/

 

www.facebook.com

www.amazon.com

www.youtube.com

https://plus.google.com/

 

 

 

 

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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084 Blogging for Artists

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: December 26, 2016

 

Topic: Blogging for Artists

 

Points of Interest:

This episode addresses an excellent question from a listener:

“Is it worth my time to start an art blog?”

John and Lisa answer with a hearty YES, and discuss the importance of identifying a target audience and specific post ideas that you are passionate about. Additional points include the need for consistency and the ways an art blog can solve problems for readers.

Links Referenced:

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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083 Colored Pencil on Sanded Paper

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: December 19, 2016

Topic: Colored Pencil on Sanded Paper

Points of Interest:

If you’ve been hesitant about trying sanded paper, you’re in good company—John and Lisa were both unhappy with sanded paper when they originally tried it, but have since been converted. Will it chew up your pencil? Can you really get fine details? Tune into this episode for a discussion of grit, sourcing information, and personal experiences with the use of specific techniques and tools like OMS and powder blender.

Ready to get started in colored pencil?  Download my guide today!  Just enter your email address.

 

Links Referenced:

UART sanded paper

http://uartpastelpaper.com/

You can pick up the trial pack of UART Sanded Paper here (amz affiliate link):

 

Fisher 400 sanded paper

http://www.proartpanels.com/fisher400-proart-panels/

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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082 Interview with Holly Siniscal

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: December 12, 2016

 

Topic: Interview with Holly Siniscal

 

Points of Interest:

This week, John and Lisa are chatting with colored pencil artist Holly Siniscal, who shares her experience getting started in colored pencil, the perks of working with one main model (spoiler--it's her daughter!), and tips for beginning artists.

 

 

Links Referenced:

Holly's website

Southwest Art magazine

http://www.southwestart.com/

 

Fine Art Connousseur magazine

http://fineartconnoisseur.com/

 

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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081 Colored Pencil Gift Ideas

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: December 5, 2016

 

Topic: Gift Ideas for Colored Pencil Artists

 

Points of Interest:

Gift-giving season is upon us, and John and Lisa have compiled a list of fabulous options for the colored pencil artist in your life. Follow the links to purchase for a friend, family member, or maybe as a present for yourself!

Some of the links below are Amazon affiliate links.  Affiliate links will help support Sharpened Artist at no additional cost to you!

Links Referenced:

Powder Blender Kit and Texture Fixative and Synthetic Hog Hair Brush

Sticky Putty

Colored Pencil Magazine subscription

Tombow Mono Eraser

Electric Erasers

Caran D’ache Luminance Colored Pencils

Derwent Drawing Chinese White Colored Pencil

Prismacolor Col-erase Pencils

Reference Photo Subscription Options - Shutterstock, Graphicstock, stock photo 99club, iStockphoto

Richeson Drawing Clipboard

Orbital Easel

Classes or workshops:

Craftsy, Patreon, SA Academy

UArt Sanded Pastel Paper

Kum Long-Pointed Sharpener

Derwent Super Point Sharpener

3-Drawer Wood Pastel Storage Box

YouTube Colored Pencil Playlist

Yupo Paper

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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080 Powder Blender

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: November 28, 2016

 

Topic: Powder Blender

 

Points of Interest:

This week’s episode is a product review of the Colored Pencil Powder Blender from Brush and Pencil by Alyona Nickelsen. John did not have a successful first experience when testing the product, but Lisa shares some tips and tricks she has learned that yield successful results. Here’s a hint—the proper applicator is everything!

 

Links Referenced:

Purchase Powder Blender here:

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Products-Colored_Pencil_Powder_Blender.html

 

Alyona Nickelsen’s instructional video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4MLp_kUUxA

 

Alyona Nickelsen’s artwork:

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Artwork.html

 

Wild Portrait Artist: Monique Castellani-Kraan

https://www.facebook.com/WildPortraitArtist/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

If you don't have Alyona's book yet, pick it up today!  This is still one of my go-to resources. (Use my Amazon affiliate link below at no additional charge to you.)

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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079 Q and A

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: November 21, 2016

Topic: Q and A

Points of Interest:

It’s Q and A time again! This time around, we’ll be addressing these questions:

-What colors should be used for skin tones, and how do you blend them?

-How can I avoid comparing myself to newer artists who are better than me?

-Can you use watercolor pencils as a base?

-How can I avoid scratch lines on my finished piece?

Links:

Lisa’s Instructions for Color Matching:

http://lachri.com/tag/color-matching/

Luminance Colored Pencils (affiliate link):

 

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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078 Rendering Hair In Colored Pencil

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: November 14, 2016

Topic: Rendering Hair in Colored Pencil

Points of Interest:

Sign Up for the FREE Live webinar: Drawing Hair With Colored Pencil 

This is an all-important topic for portraiture artists: how to draw hair! John and Lisa dish out their best tips for rendering hair that looks natural and dynamic: follow the reference photo religiously, focus on abstract shapes vs. individual strands, work in sections, work in layers, and more! Lisa also shares an archival alternative to the gel pens that many artists may be tempted to use for highlights.

 Links Referenced:

-Lisa’s video How Not to Draw Hair:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZFak2eAt2I

-Lisa’s Jon Snow video How to Draw Hair in Colored Pencil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma8FSKF4JeE

-Lisa’s video How to Get White Lines and Detail in Colored Pencil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H3hOHx-qZ8

-Touch Up Texture

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Store.html

 

-Colored Pencil Titanium White

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Store.html

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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077 Selling Your Art on eBay or Etsy

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: November 7, 2016

Topic: Selling Your Art on eBay or Etsy

Points of Interest:

This episode compares and contrasts the eBay and Etsy platforms for online artwork sales (with a brief cameo appearance of Amazon Handmade). Learn about the pros and cons of each site, including information about listing fees and best practices for driving traffic back to your own website.

Links:

eBay

www.ebay.com

Etsy

www.etsy.com

Amazon Handmade

www.amazon.com/handmade

Lisa’s Blog Post on Amazon Handmade:

http://lachri.com/selling-artwork-on-amazon/

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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076 How to Set Up Your Email List

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: October 30, 2016

Topic: How to Set Up Your Email List 

Points of Interest:

This episode is dedicated to all things email: why an email list can be a great tool for your brand, how to get it set up, and how to get people to sign up once it’s in place on your website. John takes the high-tech approach while Lisa prefers simplicity, so you’ll hear tips and suggestions from both ends of the spectrum.

Here’s a semi-comprehensive list of email providers you can use (there are hundreds out there):

-Mailchimp - Very easy to use and free to get started
www.mailchimp.com

-Aweber - Very easy to use

www.aweber.com

 

-Convert kit (affiliate link) Very easy to use and more flexible than Mailchimp and Aweber.  Super easy pricing structure because it's only based on list size and you still get all the features of a huge list.  This is the provider that John uses and recommends.

www.convertkit.com

 

-Campaign Monitor

www.campaignmonitor.com

-Zoho Campaigns

www.zoho.com

-SendinBlue

www.sendinblue.com

-Constant Contact

www.constantcontact.com

-Infusionsoft

www.infusionsoft.com

-Ontraport

www.ontraport.com

-Campaigner

www.campaigner.com
-Emma

www.myemma.com

-RedCappi

www.redcappi.com

-GetResponse

www.getresponse.com

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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075 Printing Your Artwork

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: October 23, 2016

Topic: Printing Your Artwork 

Points of Interest:

High quality archival prints are a must if you plan to sell them, and there are several ways to obtain them. John and Lisa compare the various options and suggest a host of print sites for you to consider.

Links Referenced:

Vistaprint

www.vistaprint.com

Robin Imaging (Cincinnati, OH)

www.robinimaging.com 

Fine Art America

www.fineartamerica.com

Shutterfly

www.shutterfly.com

Great Big Canvas

www.greatbigcanvas.com

Imagekind

www.imagekind.com

Art.com

www.art.com

Epson Printers

www.epson.com/printers

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com. 

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074 Art Shows and Fairs

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: October 17, 2016

 Topic: Art Shows and Fairs

 Points of Interest:

Have you ever considered entering an art show or fair? You’ll want to hear John and Lisa’s tips for having the best experience. This episode covers all the bases: setup guidelines, tips on customer interaction, the importance of marketing materials, travel/storage tips for your art, the pros and cons of a live demonstration, and more!

 Links Referenced:

Print your own business cards:

www.moo.com

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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