Here’s a Freebie For You – Make It Count – Inspirational High Resolution Download

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I recently signed up for Graphic Stock, a micro-stock agency that has a pretty smoking deal going on compared to some other agencies out there. As an experiment, I decided to craft an image based on some of the images I downloaded from there, and this is what I came up with. I made this as a reminder to myself to take every opportunity to make the best out of what we're doing. I have a tendency to rush things, push them out a bit to early and with haste. Sure, I can fix things, but I get a bit impatient. This reminds me to take that extra effort to make the work count for something, and that means take care of what you put out into the world. Click the image and you can download this 8" square, high resolution image to print out, hang on your wall give as an inspirational gift for a friend, or whatever you want to do with it. You can also share it on Pinterest, Facebook or Tumblr if you like. Enjoy.   … [Read more...]

How NOT to Approach a Website With Your Art

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I got an email today from an artist, unsolicited. It's something I see repeated almost daily, most of which get ignored, but this gentleman gets the honor of being featured because I needed to post something and this seemed like a good lesson opportunity. What you see below is exactly how the message came across: Dear Fresh Rag,Thought you might enjoy my art so here are a few samples below, plus the link to where some of it is shown. I draw my pictures from photos I take. I've been drawing for over 50 years and my family and friends said I need to do more than just art as a hobby, so this year is a new beginning for me as I let others know and see what I enjoy. Let me know if you want my portfolio... well, at least a basic outline of my life. So far several local galleries and museums have expressed interest. I would like people in other parts of the world to see and enjoy my art (and hopefull buy it), and would like to do commissioned art too.Thank you for your time, … [Read more...]

What Promise Are You Making to Your Customers With Your Branding?

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Click Here to Listen to This Episode This episode of Off The Books is a replay of my most recent webinar, Brand Mastery. Some of you may not have joined in, for whatever crazy reason, but now you can listen in to the entire webinar and get some tremendous value, if I may say so myself. You didn't even have to give up your email address. I want to give a big shout out to my friend, Berni Xiong for being the moderator of the event. She fielded questions for me during the webinar, posted up on social media, and totally engaged the crowd, for which I am eternally grateful. Please give her a big thumbs up, and visit her podcast, The Shut Up Show. What we discuss in this episode What is branding and why it's important How to implement a 5-step branding process Sharks with lasers and rockets (no, really!) Q&A live coaching with one of my favorite contemporary artists How community can help build a brand Introduction to Fresh Rag Masters, a mastermind training group for … [Read more...]

Vince Lombardi Had Wisdom Beyond The Grid Iron

"Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what make a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. " — Vince Lombardi … [Read more...]

Why Your Problems With Technology are Not Actual Problems

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At this exact moment, I am terrified and excited at the same time. In less than 36 hours, I'll be hosting my first ever live webinar, and to say that I'm nervous would be an understatement. How is that possible for someone who spends as much time talking on a microphone as I do? My anxiety and nervousness does not come from being worried about my speaking skills. I feel good about those, as I should. My only concern in that area is keeping my dirty trucker vocabulary to a minimum. There are going to be a lot of people who don't know me that well, and might not take kindly to my potty mouth. No, my current fear is all based around technology. There's a lot of knobs and pulleys that need to be operating at one time for this event, and it gets me a bit edgy thinking about it. Like I'm sure many of you have personally experienced, I want this event to go off perfectly. However, we all know where that path leads, don't we? Yes, me, the guy that preaches Done is Better Than Perfect … [Read more...]

Artist and Illustrator Quyen Dinh Talks About Quitting in Order to Find Success

Listen In on This Episode Now Here at Fresh Rag HQ, I get multiple emails a week from people asking to be part of the site, either as a blog post, or featured on the podcast. It's a good problem to have because I get to discover new people on a regular basis. A majority of the requests are not a good fit for the show, and it happens so often, I get a little jaded with the requests. However, every once in awhile, a golden nugget lands in my lap, and I can't help but take advantage of the opportunity, and that is how Quyen Dinh came to be on the show today. Quyen is an artist and illustrator based in Orange County, California, just a few miles away from me, and she's tapped into a gold mine with her current work. Her pension for traditional style tattooing has her crafting some truly interesting work that is a mix of that traditional style combined with various pop culture references. It's a unique idea that has taken off for her to the tune of 10,000+ sales on Etsy in 2 years. I'm … [Read more...]