art business practices for professional artists
by Daniel Flores -curator/artist/mentor
My name is Daniel Flores, I was born and raised in East LA.
From an early age, I was interested in the Aztec history and mythology as depicted throughout East Los Angeles. Especially in my neighborhood, there are murals in every building and every block. The story of the Chicano, The Aztec and the Immigrant are evident.
All my life memories contain drawings. Drawings on paper, on cardboard, on clothes, on walls: drawings with pencils, crayons, pens and paints. I cannot remember a time in my life when I was not drawing.
Even with all that art in the neighborhood and the rich creative history Chicanos share with the Aztecs and Mexicans, it was tough growing up an artist. I didn’t know that art classes existed. I didn’t know there were clubs, organizations or even higher education schools that could teach me to hone the skills I was born with. It never occurred to me that i could grow up to be an artist. I thought i would grow up to be a Doctor or an Attorney. I like helping people and I can logically argue people out of their opinions.
Sometimes I don’t know what label to use for myself because my art mediums are broad but all centered on art. I am an artist; my earliest surviving drawing is dated 1975. I am a designer; I started designing websites and flyers in 1998. I am a Tattoo Master; I started tattooing in 1995 and now I teach. I am an illustrator; I learned Adobe Illustrator in 2001 and now I teach classes at BINDERS Art Store in ATL. I am a mentor; I founded Art Is King, The Black Book Conversations and Mano A Mano Art Shows to give young artists the opportunity to learn the business aspect of art and encourage their development into independent Working Art Professionals.
I believe in creativity and the unbridled expression of that creativity in positive forms. I have a saying for artists: If you don’t make money with your art, then someone else will.
I am focused on my art career as a professional. I have many goals and 2014 has started with a bang. In 2014 I have to draw every day for work, for fun and for practice. I have a saying that goes like this: “Amateurs do it till they get it right, Professionals do it till they cant get it wrong”. At the end of this year I will have 365 drawings that I will compile in an art book. I see a Kickstarter campaign in the future of that art book!
This column is one of my goals for 2014. I will share some my professional stories and steps in building my art business with you thru this column and whenever possible, bring in other professional artists from time to time to share their stories.
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The goal is to Educate each artists to succeed in the art business.
Till the next drawing!
Daniel Flores - Curator/Mentor
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