Asking for advice: tip number one

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Hello everyone.

I do apologize for not blogging the last few days.  I am still in the process of transitioning to a hosted site, and have been creating a lot of new art work especially in the form of sketch cards. The one thing I want you to take away from today’s blog is the value of asking for advice especially from those who have gone through a similar process that you are going through.

What do you mean by that Dutch? Well, for the past few weeks, I’ve been stuck trying to find a print service to use and to understand what type of paper to use, and what file format does it need to be in.  After spending too much time on Angie’s List looking for local print services and investigating what others used on Etsy, then searching You Tube, I just decided to ask.  I reached out on Facebook and messaged an illustrator I’ve been following.  When contacting someone, do it in a professional and sincere way.  You are asking for advice, and being rude about it won’t make them want to go out of their way to assist.  However, don’t be overly flattering either.  This isn’t the time to brown nose.  Be sincere in your admiration for their work and be up front that you are looking for advice. Or explain that they inspired you to follow a similar path and these are the hurdles that you are facing.  Ask how they over came this challenge. Obviously you should first check to see if they’ve already discussed in their posts, You Tube video or on their Facebook site. They can relate to your challenges and might even have felt the same way when they first started out. Now, that doesn’t mean trial and error doesn’t come into play here.  Keep in mind with some things like pricing and rates, you are just starting out and they have been around the block, so they might be getting a better rate than you are.  You will get there also. If you end up talking or messaging with their manager instead of the artist directly, still be sincere and appreciate that they are taking their time out of a busy day to answer your question.  Be grateful and thank them sincerely. Don’t go over the top with praises or say you will rush out to buy their shirt for helping.   Yes, they will likely be grateful if you do buy their product, but do more than that, go out and blog about them or thank them by bringing their site to attention of your friends and family. They might turn into new fans, like their work and even become followers. However as always, don’t say you will do something and then fail to follow through.

In the end, ask. It doesn’t hurt to ask and if they don’t answer, don’t take it personally. They may have 50 thousand fans that are following them with just as many questions. So thank you Amy of Karen Hallion’s Illustration for taking the time to answer my question on print services.  I sincerely appreciate it and if you haven’t checked out Karen’s work, see the link below and follow.

http://karenhallion.daportfolio.com

 

Cheers!

Dutch

 

Enjoy this Frozen X-Men theme picture I started a few months back and refining since then.

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