Some good advice that never hurts

• To find your own style, pick little pieces from different styles and disciplines. Experiment with them in your sketchbooks as much as you can and after a prudent time, look at the entire map to find a pattern.

• Do not compare yourself with other artists. Focus on creating quality artwork instead.

• It’s ok to copy your favorite artists for practice and ONLY FOR YOUR EYES.

• When you’re working on a client’s assignment, turn off your digital devices. You’ll see how fast you’ve done with your to-do list. Pomodoro Method (30 min work chunks with no interruption) might be helpful.

• When pricing your artwork consider your monthly expenses, the cost of production, your experience and the average paid to other artists. Don’t be afraid to go high.

• Sometimes you’re tempted to accept low price commissions because you need the money desperately. Think twice; cheap clients will bring other cheap clients to your attention. HOLD ON!

• Don’t try to do the accounting or legal paperwork yourself. Hire an accountant and a lawyer please!

• Pay for the use of your digital apps licenses (Adobe/Microsoft/etc) Do things right.

• Healthy finances are made of challenging sales goals and committed budgets.

• All your activities fit in the calendar. Writing down things like “work on your personal project, exercise or have coffee with friends” besides professional activities, helps you to find balance in your life.

• Listen to mom and dad, they might not be the smartest on trends or business, but they are wise on life matters.

When I started my artistic career back in 2016, I just had a notebook, some markers and a backpack full of dreams. I worked a lot to afford the best tools, however, I have learned over the years that it takes more than the latest tablet to build a successful creative career.

Here you’ll find a list of books, content and tools that really helped me to unpack some of those dreams as an artist.


Books

Becoming a Successful Illustrator: Derek Brazell & Jo Davies.
The Illustrator’s Guide to Law and Business: Simon Stern.
Cómo crear un Portfolio: Fig Taylor
Find your artistic voice: Lisa Congdon
Psicología del Color: Eva Heller


Podcasts

The Striving Artist
Creative Pep Talk
Grupo de autoayuda de dibujo
Perspective Podcast


Online Courses

Workflow, Time Management and Productivity for Creatives: Lisa Congdon
Freelance: Claves y herramientas para triunfar siendo tu propio jefe: Martina Flor


Favorite apps

CamScanner: Scan high resolution pictures or documents.
Cuanto: Receive payments with credit/debit cards.
Perfect video: Create nice and decent videos for your social media accounts.
Freelance Calculator: A nice tool to calculate hourly rates as a freelancer.


Favorite art supplies:

Staedtler pigment liners
Posca Markers
Amsterdam acrylic paintings
Moleskine art collection notebooks
Strathmore Papers
Fabriano Papers


Management tools:

Workflow Template: This document helps me to keep track of my clients’ assignments. Every activity registered in this spreadsheet is synced with my calendar/agenda as well. IMPORTANT: CHECK IT EVERY SINGLE DAY!


Finance Monthly Control: This is the spreadsheet I use to track my expenses every month. You’re free to use this format for personal use. IMPORTANT: UPDATE EVERY WEEK!


Rent Declaration Spreadsheet: This is the template I use to register my sales and operation expenses for the annual rent declaration according to my Accountant requirements. You’re free to use this format for personal use. IMPORTANT: UPDATE EVERY MONTH!


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