FAQ: Do I have to retype my artist statement in D Emptyspace?

“I’ve already written descriptions for my art and my artist statement. Do I have to retype them on D Emptyspace?”

This is one of the most common questions we’ve gotten from artists and photographers using D Emptyspace (download for iPhone) so far. In the long run, the best way to bring existing text into your galleries will be using the web version, slated for release later this summer.

In the meantime, here’s a relatively straightforward workaround for transferring text from your Mac or PC to the iPhone version of D Emptyspace.

Using a Mac

Note: For this to work, your phone and your Mac must be on the same iCloud account.

Step 1: Write or open your text.

Everything can be together in one document, just note which descriptions go with which images.

Step 2: Open the Notes app.

You can just click on Notes if it’s in the dock.

If it isn’t in your dock, you can click the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of your screen to search for “Notes” in Spotlight.

You can find Notes in the Launchpad, which you can open by pressing the F4 key or by “pinching” your trackpad (on a laptop) with three fingers and your thumb.

Step 3: Create a new note and paste in the text.

Click the new note button or press Command + N

Copy (Command + C) your text from whatever app you wrote it in, and paste it into the Notes App (Command + V). You can also write the text directly in the Notes app.

Step 4: Copy from Notes to D Emptyspace

Open the notes app on your iPhone.

Copy the text you need for a section of your gallery by holding your finger on the screen until a select box appears. Once you select the text you need, select “Copy” from the menu that appears.

In the D Emptyspace App open the gallery or photo that you’re editing. In the text entry space, hold your finger down just like you did to copy. A menu with the option to “Paste” will appear.

Tap “Save”

Using a PC or a Mac

Step 1: Write or open your text.

Everything can be together in one document, just note which descriptions go with which images.

Step 2: Send yourself an email

Open your email app or website.

Compose a new email. Put your own email address in the TO field.

Copy (Command + C) your text from whatever app you wrote it in, and paste it into the email body (Command + V). You can also write the text directly in the email.

Send the email.

Step 3: Copy from the email to D Emptyspace

Open the email app on your iPhone.

Copy the text you need for a section of your gallery by holding your finger on the screen until a select box appears. Once you select the text you need, select “Copy” from the menu that appears.

In the D Emptyspace App open the gallery or photo that you’re editing. In the text entry space, hold your finger down just like you did to copy. A menu with the option to “Paste” will appear.

Tap “Save”

Other Methods

Many messenger apps like WhatsApp and KakaoTalk allow you to send messages to yourself. You’ll need to install the app on both your phone and your computer.

You can create a shared Google Doc using your Gmail account and access it from both your computer and your phone.

If you prefer Microsoft to Google, you can create a shared document on Microsoft OneDrive or OneNote.

Download D Emptyspace for iOS: https://apple.co/2MhsxCs

Android version coming soon!

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7 Self-Improvement and Productivity Tips From Incredible Artists

7 Self-Improvement and Productivity Tips From Incredible Artists

Photo by Pedro Sandrini from Pexels

Have you noticed how everyone seems obsessed these days with being better today than yesterday? It’s true! It’s such a hot topic that I’m writing this article because “self-improvement” and “productivity tips” are two of the most clapped-for tags on Medium. (Jokes, real reasons include a love of famous quotes and badass artists).

Rather than looking to the usual sources for life hacks — you know, famous CEOs, world leaders, cult leaders — It’s time to look to a profession that often gets a tough rap (yet requires more grit and determination than most): Artists.

Artists put in endless hours on “got to pay the rent” commissions, day jobs, night jobs, teaching gigs, community service, families, and occasionally even sleep. And they still find time to work on pieces they’re passionate about.

They draw on trains commutes, paint in the midnight hours, squeeze in sketches between lunch breaks and use every spare second to create. It’s obvious that artists have some made productivity skills… or at least coping skills. So here are 7 things we can learn from successful artists both in modern and classical times, about getting stuff done.

1. “I dream of painting and then I paint my dream” — Vincent Van Gogh

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

We all get caught up in dreams. Whether it’s the raunchy one you had last night or a life-long desire to buy a twin-engine jet and start your own superhero club — a good dream can be the spark you need to transform your life.

While you may feel instantly encouraged by Van Gogh’s whimsical quote, remember this. For your dreams to come real, you need to pick up the proverbial paintbrush and translate them into reality.

Without doing something to make your dreams happen, they’ll stay outside your reach, teasing you from afar.

2.“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” — Pablo Picasso

Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso

Pop quiz time: How many artworks do you think Pablo Picasso created?

He was 91 years old when he died, so if we generously assume he created 150 artworks per year (even at age zero), he’s have made 13,650 of them. Or let’s go crazy, one artwork ever single day (365 a year) would equal 33,215 works of art.

But no, instead he created 50,000 works of art over his lifetime. 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs.

What we learn from Picasso is this: If you’re not doing the work consistently, you won’t get the result you want. So, do the work. Even if you don’t feel like it, and the reward will come.

3. “I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.” — Frida Kahlo

Self Portrait 1 by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo lived an exceptionally difficult life. She suffered from Polio, was in a car crash that required her to have 30 different surgeries, had her leg amputated for gangrene, suffered a life-threatening miscarriage and more. Her days passed in clouds of physical pain and depression. But she always kept fighting.

From Kahlo, we learn that it is never, ever time to give up. That if you try, little by little, you can survive. And little by little, things WILL get better. On your quest to self-improvement, keep this in mind like a guiding star. Sometimes it will feel pointless, but often it’s not.

4. “You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.” “What mood is that?” “Last-minute panic.” — Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbs comic by Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson is the mastermind behind the famous Calvin and Hobbs comic series. In this quote, we learn something very astute about productivity.

Nothing makes you more productive than last-minute panic. I hear it’s extra effective if it’s self-inflicted.

If you need a burst of energy, find ways to put yourself under unavoidable pressure. You’ll be surprised at how much you can achieve.

5. “The thing about being an unstoppable force is that you can really only enjoy the experience of being one when you have something to bash yourself against” — Allie Brosh

Snapshot from Menance Post (click here for full post)

Allie Brosh is the artist behind Hyperbole and Half, a personal fusion of comic and blog that’s maintained a cult following despite years of inactivity. She talks about depression and her childhood often and reveals her innermost struggles.

This quote highlights something intrinsic I think all humans feel. There’s no satisfaction in being super clever or strong if you never get to use your power. When setting goals and moving upward on your self-improvement scale, give yourself barriers to smash. Remembering that satisfaction will help you keep going when you start to stagnate and get lazy.

6. “Go and play. Run around. Build something. Break something. Climb a tree. Get dirty. Get in some trouble. Have some fun.” — Brom

An illustration from Lost Gods a Novel by Brom

When a gothic author and fantasy illustrator who thrives on painting in his basement tells you to play, there’s a lesson to be learned.

Being productive and improving yourself doesn’t have to be boring. You don’t need to wake up at 7:05 and follow your strict daily routine. At least you don’t need to do that EVERY morning. Give yourself time to play. Playing is how we learn, it’s how we refresh. It’s an important part of mental health. If you don’t play, you’ll just work all the time.

You only have one life, and it’s a magical thing. Don’t forget that on your journey to become “The Most Productive Person” in the room.

7. “Become good at cheating and you never need to become good at anything else.” — Banksy

Artwork by Banksy

Banksy is the world’s most famous graffiti artist. The mystery surrounding his identity has captured the imagination of millions. His artwork continues to make powerful statements about the world.

It’s difficult to choose a quote from Banksy — he has so many good ones. But how can you beat the lesson of cheating? All through school, society tells us that cheating isn’t how you become successful. But in the real world, things aren’t so clear cut.

Taking shortcuts, finding the fastest way to get something done, we call it “cheating” but in reality, it’s just being smart. Not everything needs to be hard all the time.

What will you create today?

Which artist inspired you the most? Let us know in the comments or by highlighting a quote. Productivity is an elusive thing, but so’s creativity. At the end of it all, the trick is to just have fun with it.

Need a better way to showcase your artwork? D Emptyspace is a free virtual gallery space where you can curate the exhibition of your dreams.

Make your portfolio stand out.

Download D Emptyspace for iOS: https://apple.co/2MhsxCs

Android version coming soon!

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Do you know how to create a fine art portfolio online?

Do you know how to create a fine art portfolio online?

To make money as a fine artist, you need to put your work in front of gallery owners, professional curators, and art collectors.

Creating an online portfolio seems like an obvious way to start, but with

at least 100 platforms, apps, and websites that promise to help promote your art, it can be hard to know where to spend your time.

We’ve put together a guide to 5 of the most popular and effective online portfolio tools* specifically for fine artists.

*No social media tools are covered in this article as they are something different altogether. If you’d like to know more about using social media to gain popularity and market your art, then jump to our article about marketing art with zero budget.

Web & App Portfolio: Behance (FREE)

www.behance.com

At a glance: Behance gets 60+ million page views every month so the opportunity for discovery is high. But with 10 million members and counting, your portfolio might struggle to stand out.

Millions of creatives, from designers to fine artists host their works on Behance. The portfolio site was bought by Adobe and ties in nicely with Creative Cloud apps (if you use them).

Behance is free to use and you can throw a portfolio together really quickly. Here’s an example:

Click here to open the portfolio

If you gain followers, likes, and views from the Behance community, your art will be featured on the front page. That means you have a high chance of getting discovered by curators and collectors.

Behance also has an app for IOS and Android that allows you to access your portfolio on your device and offline. On the downside, your portfolio layout will look just like everyone else’s and your image thumbnails will always be displayed in the same way.

Get started on Behance

Web Portfolio: Small Victories (FREE*)

At a glance: Put all of your images in a dropbox folder, connect it to Small Victories, select a template, and get a gallery-style website. Fast, easy, and basic.

If you don’t want to spend lots of time creating an online portfolio this is perfect. The free tool is the passion project of two coders and is really easy to use — even if you’re not good with technology.

Drop all your art into a Dropbox folder, log onto smallvictori.es, connect Dropbox, and choose a site template. For an art portfolio site, we suggest using the Slideshow or Feed theme. Remember to resize your images so they load quickly.

On the downside, this tool is pretty basic. If you want anything fancy you’ll need to do the HTML code yourself. And if you want to customize your domain name, you’ll need to buy the Pro version (only $36 a year).

We think this is perfect if you want to create multiple portfolios for different uses, but is a little too limited to be your only online portfolio. Plus you can’t access it offline.

*Pro version available for just $36 a year.

Get started on Small Victories

Web & App Portfolio: DeviantArt (FREE*)

At a glance: This is the place to go if you want a community of artists (even if most of them are digital creators).

If you want to know where the artists hang out online — it’s here. DeviantArt is the most popular site for artists on the internet. As with the other options on this list, you can upload your art and make a portfolio with ease, but the biggest advantage to DeviantArt is community.

You can write journals, comment on artwork (and get comments in return) and participate in highly active forums. It’s a great way to build connections with artists around the world.

If you want to sell digital prints of your artwork, DeviantArt makes the whole process simple with their online store. Upload your work, choose the option to make it a ‘print’ and let people buy prints on paper or canvas.

On the other hand, the majority of art on Deviantart is digital, so as a fine artist you might need to work a little harder to find like-minded artists.

Get started on DeviantArt

App Portfolio: D Emptyspace (FREE)

At a glance: If you want your portfolio to stand out, a virtual gallery space ought to do the trick! This is a new app, but it’s easy to use and not oversaturated with millions of creatives.

Our app is a great way to set up a unique online portfolio. Unlike other options on this list, you’re able to create a full virtual gallery with walls and everything. You can upload your art, scale it to whatever size you like, and make multiple galleries in different colors.

It’s a great option if you need to show a potential curator a specific theme or series of work. And yes, you can share your galleries with people who don’t have the app.

To be fair, D Emptyspace is still new and developing. You can only get it on IOS — we’re still working on the Android and Web versions. But we’re a small team dedicated to building a diverse community of artists around the world. Bonus: It’s early days, so the chances of getting noticed and followed by others is high!

Get started on D Emptyspace

Web Portfolio: Fabrik ($11 Monthly)

In a nutshell: If you want a no-nonsense customizable website AND portfolio, this is how you do it.

Fabrik is your ultimate hack to create a beautiful website with an art portfolio. The system is pretty intelligent and handles the complicated stuff like image resizing and embedding. In their own words, “let us spend our time thinking about things like load-balancing, geo-locational efficiency, site-caching and scaling infrastructure. We have people here that enjoy that sort of thing, you just get on with making great work”.

You can choose from 8 themes and customize the layout even further. Added features include blog scheduling and email support. All this doesn’t come for free though. You’ll still need to buy a domain name (if you’d like it customized) and pay $11 a month or $110 a year.

Get started on Fabrik

Tips & Trick to Build Your Online Portfolio Fast

Before you launch into signing up and making a portfolio, prepare yourself with these items. They’ll help you work much faster and save time when creating portfolios over multiple platforms.

  1. A folder of hi-res photographs of all the art you want to upload (here’s a guide)
  2. A pre-written artist’s bio in a word document that you can copy and paste (here’s some good advice)
  3. Artwork names (and descriptions if you need them)
  4. A sense of how your artwork fits together to tell a story

Download D Emptyspace for iOS: https://apple.co/2MhsxCs

Android version coming soon!

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