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Do Artists Need Business Cards? (Warning: They Can Kill Your Trade)

By Kevin Hayler
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Have you ever heard someone say your business card is your first impression so make it a good one? No one talks about how it’s likely it is to be your last impression too. So do Artists need business cards? Are they important in the digital age? An artist must use …

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How to Start Drawing Wildlife and Make Your Life Happier

By Kevin Hayler
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Drawing wildlife is an enjoyable niche and one that I’ve managed to turn into both a job and a lifestyle. When I tell people that I’m a wildlife artist and I travel the world looking for wildlife subjects, they almost swoon with envy.  The public has a love for charismatic …

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Why Art Competitions and Juried Shows Are Not Worth the Effort

By Kevin Hayler
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There’s a great temptation for artists, especially at the start of their careers, to enter art competitions and exhibit in juried shows but are they really worth your time and effort? Entering an art competition is an expensive, time-consuming, lottery. The selection process by self-appointed unaccountable experts is arbitrary and …

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How to Motivate Yourself to Draw When You’re Not in the Mood

By Kevin Hayler
Two cats sleeping under plant pots in the dappled shade. A pencil drawing by Kevin Hayler

How do you motivate yourself to draw when you feel like crap, have no energy and you’ve run out of coffee? We’ve all been there but there are strategies that can help. Motivation requires self-discipline and that requires a routine. Give your day a work structure. Get up at the …

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Can You Draw With Mechanical Pencils? Folly or Game-Changer?

By Kevin Hayler
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Onlookers are often surprised to see me draw with mechanical pencils, yet I use them all the time. They are my tools of choice. Mechanical pencils are excellent for drawing. The ‘leads’ range in size from 0.2mm – 0.9mm and graded from 6H – 4B. The ‘leads’ are made of …

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