One of the major reasons people gave for not submitting to EMG-Zine was not having something comfortable to write about!
So, I have some article/review ideas for you.
I would love to include these in the January issue if anyone possibly has enough time to make that happen:
Review of any 'following your dreams' books or movies about artists, musicians, writers, etc.
Review of that Robin Williams movie about being dead... where his wife commits suicide... can't think of the title, but didn't it have 'dreams' in it? What Dreams May Come, thanks! Someone want to review this??
Other non-specific articles/columns I want:
Why does mirroring art 'look bad,' and why should you do it to find flaws.
eBay - how to use it best. Basic ebay html templates.
Certificates of authenticity. Do you need them? What should they look like? A few templates.
Contracts for basic commissions, or commercial use of existing work - templates that artists can use.
Discussion/comparison of online galleries for your artwork - where will your work fit best, and what kind of community/gallery experience are you looking for?
My full notes file for future issues:
January 2007 - Dreams
To sleep, perchance to dream...
Following your dreams, keeping a dream journal, dreams of publishing/self-publishing?? Dream meanings. Doing artwork from dreams.
February 2007 - Swine
It's the Chinese new year, and we're going into the year of the pig!
Being pig-headed, stubborn, dealing with failure.
Self-publishing, if it doesn't get finished for January
Otherwise 'Free Art,' discussing art for free, pricing, 'undercutting' other artists, copyrights, redistribution, reference article on what to do with theft from Ren. Can be moved to another month if we have to bump self-publishing to here.
March 2007 - Arabian Nights
Genies, bellydancers and more!
The importance of drawing from life and how to get into a group/class, how to do gesture sketches from life in motion.
Get someone to do mettalic surfaces walk-through using a genie lamp as an example. (Annie's column?)
April 2007 - Travel
Where are you going?
Travelling light, portable artsupplies
Creative ways of making a portfolio portable enough to take to conventions... maybe what to do with it/how to present it, the following month, or combined.
May 2007 - Music
Music for making art. Recommend your favorite art-making music! Composite article from random recommendations.
June 2007 - Sun
Reviews of good lamps and lighting? Reference Janet's Let there be light column and Marina's sun symbols.
The physics of light? Discussion of light-speed?
July 2007 - Computers
What kind of webpage can you get?
Reviews of coders?
Program tricks! - write photoshop actions article for here. "Make the computer do it."
August 2007 - Cats
Pets and art - how to pet-proof your studio
How to draw or paint or photograph cats
September 2007 - Pirates
Maybe something on live-action LARP stuff with fake weapons and costuming.
Pirates versus Ninjas - where does that come from? Who would really win?
October 2007 - Ninjas
Craft fairs and bazaars - get Deb to turn her report into an article on being a first-timer. With pictures! Review some of those places she linked to.
Finish article on doing craft bazaars in general.
Display tips for bazaars/conventions/faires
Also, for 2007, payrates will go up, since that was the second reason listed for non-submissions. :) $15 for features, $5 for reviews, and any artwork used for desktops (generally the 'top' 3 pieces as graded by the artboard) will receive $5. It's still EMG credit, and not, you know, LOTS, but it's a little better.