How I’ll pick my next artist for representation

Our Global Talent Search is in full swing, with over 1,400 artists participating! We’re reviewing the work just in from the first challenge and we’re narrowing down the selections to the 50 top images. It’s exciting, thought-provoking and riveting as we study each image and dig into plenty of websites. It’s how we pick our artists, and we’ve loved doing it since 2013. Read more about it here.

There are so many factors in selecting our next artist. In this first round, we study the entry plus, if we like what we see, we go on to view the artist’s website.
What do we look for? We look for a fairly large body of work in a consistent style. That doesn’t mean that everything in the portfolio should look the same; as a matter of fact, we don’t want to see that. A variety of color palettes, moods, and even media appeals to us as our client base has varied needs.
We look for strong drawing ability–in any style–and a body of work containing a rich variety of imagery. Can the artist draw lots of stuff? A plus is strong lettering and the ability to draw faces and the figure. And finally, do we feel that the style will pull work? Will our clients respond favorably? In a sense, we try to be mind-readers.
Stay tuned. Over the next several weeks, you’ll see our top 50 Semi-Finalists, our 6 Finalists, and then the Winner.
Read more about our competition here.
Here’s Flora Waycott’s wonderful work in Flow Magazine’s new book, 50 Ways to Draw Your Ordinary Life.

New! We love this playful toddler quilt by our artist Carolyn Gavin for Anthropologie.

Below: I’m nuts about Tara Lilly‘s hand-painted moth on this wood slice resting on a swatch of fabric she did for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

This just in! Rebecca Jones‘ lovely paintings for a memory match game for Mudpuppy/Chronicle Books.

I hope you enjoyed the show! Want great art for you project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to hear from you for any of your art needs. Susan and Joanne are standing by!

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New! We love this playful toddler quilt by our artist Carolyn Gavin for Anthropologie.New! We love this playful toddler quilt by our artist Carolyn Gavin for Anthropologie.SaveSave




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