August 2022 update
I’ve had a number of fellow artists reach out to me to see if the organization behind Curatorial is legit and if the promotion is worth the money. Here’s my honest assessment.
The folks doing the outreach were very friendly, I had a video call with them to make sure they existed, and exchanged several emails before making the deal. I believe they had the best of intentions, but they talked up the exposure element a lot and how many industry connections they had (galleries, museums, record labels, corporations, etc). They never outright promised commissions but it was implied. I paid $400 to have my bio and a few images of my work put in a lovely and rather hefty coffee table book. That’s all. If you want something to show your mom, it’s a cool thing. Too many talented artists to count featured in this volume, but there are so many better ways to spend $400 on self promotion and marketing, in my opinion.
Life has changed drastically since my last update!
I started work as a Content Strategist at Facebook in January which meant uprooting and moving to Silicon Valley. The West Coast is definitely a change of pace from Atlanta, but the California coast undeniably beautiful and the weather in NorCal can’t be beat.
With all the work and life changes over the last two years my art production dwindled, but I’m happy to say it’s back in full swing. I’ve been attending regular figure drawing sessions, classes and general creativity meetups. I was also lucky enough to attend user research sessions in Barcelona and Athens last week, the architecture and culture of which were profoundly inspiring.
I also have some exciting news. I’ve been selected for inclusion in Curatorial Volume. 1: Leaders in Contemporary Art, a global directory of artists that will be distributed to 200+ businesses around the world, including Sony Music, Warner Bros., Universal, Buzzfeed, agencies like Ogilvy and more.
It’s a beautiful hardbound book that will also have an e-book version and will be put out by Capsules, a creative publishing house based in Melbourne, Australia. Pub date is set for July 2019 and 100% of the proceeds will go to Book Aid International. I’m honored to have been selected and excited about the opportunities that may arise.
Incredibly enough, the team found my portfolio on Behance (which I’d not updated in roughly six years and had all but forgotten about), and emailed me with the query. Funny how things like this just happen sometimes.
Something New is in the Works
This development has also inspired me to pull my paintbrushes back out and dust off my palette paper. I’m about to finish a new portrait in my signature graphic gradient style, but I’ve begun to explore a new color palette which has been a bit harrowing but I’m liking the results. Keep an eye out for that post soon. In the meantime, here’s a teaser.
I received an offer from Capsule books recently and would like to know, what was your experience with them? Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Hi there, thanks for reading!
From my experience Capsules has been pretty positive. I had a video call with Michelle and Kayle when they first approached me and it seems like a legit organization. They had great advice on self-promotion, art direction and their network of contacts is impressive. The book is pretty much an advertising service, and because it’s just now being distributed, it hasn’t garnered any work for me yet. I’m hopeful though.
Hope this helps,
Thanks Sarah. Helpful.