Preparing For Your First Art Licensing Trade Show

Today I published a video on everything you need to know before exhibiting at your first art licensing trade show. I’ve covered costs, things you need to buy, and what you need to have before even considering exhibiting. Check out the video below. Along with the video, I’ve created a timeline to help you plan your first show. 12+ Months Start saving money Research trade shows Attend a show Set budget 12-6 Months Have at least 50 designs Contact show rep Set goals Continue designing 6 Months Start booth/banner design Start designing marketing materials Continue designing 4 Months Plan giveaway …

New York Trip & My First Trade Show

It’s been almost a month since Blueprint…how is that even possible?! Since then I’ve been working on going through my portfolio and uploading new designs on to places like Zazzle and Society 6. The trip was great and my sister & I learn a lot about exhibiting at trade shows. Next week I’m posting a video and blog on preparing for your first art licensing trade show. New York Here We Come The drive up to NJ was pretty uneventful. I didn’t have to drive so I was able to sit in the backseat and snuggle with Willow. Isn’t she …

Licensing Deal, Blueprint, and More

Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve updated you guys on what’s been going on with me. Earlier this year I made the decision to step back a bit from the blog. Things were super busy with work and preparing for the (fast-approaching) trade show. Recently some things have changed in my life and will now make it much easier to keep this site up-to-date. I’m looking forward to being able to spend some more time on here. 🙂 Anyways, here’s a quick look at what’s been going on for the past couple of months. My First Licensing Deal!! (yay!) …

Creating Patterns in Affinity Designer (Skillshare Class)

Hi guys!! It’s been a while since I last updated. I’ve been traveling a little in the US and the UK, more on that in another post. In June I discover a newish designer program call Affinity Designer. I think it’s a really great alternative to Illustrator and it’s MUCH cheaper, only $50. I decided to make a new class on skillshare to show everyone how to create patterns in AD. Let me know what you think. Click here to go to the new class. =)

Just the Beginning

Late last year I discovered surface pattern design via CreateLive. Before that I always thought it was graphic designers that made patterns while working in-house at major companies that produced the products. Wow, was I wrong. It was a really amazing feeling when I discovered you could make patterns and license or sell them out. I would highly recommend watching Bonnie Christines’ class on CreativeLive, it will change your life. Fast forward a few months and several patterns later, I still want to know more. This is where Make It In Design comes in to play. I want to be …