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I'll take up to three poetry pieces totalling no more than 120 lines, up to three non-poetry writing pieces totalling no more than thirty pages, or up to ten photographs of your choice from your gallery. I will absolutely fucking tear them to shreds. I'll then write you a report about them and how to improve them and your overall style, and send it to you privately so your remaining feels can stay unbruised in public.
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Journal Entry: Thu Mar 26, 2015, 11:40 AM



First, before I get to the art, a few points and a few excuses! I'm in the middle of painting my office and bedroom, so have no desktop computer access for a week or so - and as such, only online when at work. Therefore, I'm melting. Also, having no home office right now means I'm working out of a phone and a padfolio:

Untitled Drawing by tiganusi

And my living room looks something like this:

Img 20150323 161042 by tiganusi

Which is like 30% messier than usual, at least.

JenFruzz has a contest on the go that could use even more entries (and I get to mercilessly judge your work if you enter, so bonus points) so go check out A Contest for YOU! - Purple - ENTER NOW! and if her exclamation points didn't get the message across, enter the fucking contest. We're also taking new pupils and mentors at seniormentors so be sure to drop the group a note if you are a senior who wants to mentor people or anyone else who wants to be mentored by one of us notorious badge-holders. And Mrs-Durden is hosting a week at projecteducate for artists who use art in their professional life coming up in late April, so be sure to keep an eye on the group and if you have a badass idea for an article shoot the angry Frenchwoman a note and she'll only bite a little. Lit kids, bonus points if you have an article idea for her since she has nothing literary yet.

Next order of business, which you could probably infer had to do with the lit community based on that gif: Go give gigantic love to inknalcohol who's recently stepped down as a CV. Harass him about cake, because ain't nobody want pie. Then go harass HtBlack, who until this week didn't know who Chaka Khan was. She's looking for admins at theWrittenRevolution so if you've got free time and a critique lust you should call her up on the rotary phone or whatever the fuck they have in rural Italy.

Today's feature of art was found by browsing my message centre's first 30 items post-nuking-it this morning, then browsing across the photography galleries by newest, with typical focus on street and darkroom and little bits of other things too. With very little further ado, here is a two-week-overdue:

Browse by Newest

El psicoanalisis by yolandagarciafoto
Graphy by EinsilbigVeiled by HoydadiSymmetical View by deliafgfjChristopher by NathalieBergstrom
Behind the Red Curtain by aValentine
Waves of Delight by gunsPiercing line by ezkilzonCouple in the fog by FloG31Breathing lifeless... by mirpiphotography
Relaxing Cats by artofdan70
view over a friend by 7StregheIoConoscoL-O-V-E by LoveYourPathDimensional confusion by 333Sparky333In-Door Light by vinsky2002Bulimia by MellodyDoll
Ljudmila by Lemagel
Smoke by ReikiPhotoPerch by Vermontstertreat yourself by lightdrafter
Dogs by sandas04
Disguise by CracowPoland2013. by gluchaciszaspring by Sonjachni
Memories of the hokku of Basho by Daykiney
X-factor by falkenmire85Next To The Window by falkenmire85Twin Top Hats. by TheGothamLounge
Sabryna by Steve-Lease
... by joannacoraInsight by JSBourkePhotogram by JSBourke
Ethiopia-Pilgrim (3) by ItalianGraffiti

Publishing for the Non-Lit Artist

Tue Mar 17, 2015, 9:15 AM by tiganusi:icontiganusi:

Publishing Week


So this week, we're focusing largely on publishing literature - which makes sense. When you think "published [blank]" the first words that come to mind to fill that blank are probably "poet" or "novelist" or "hack". Right? But, little-known fact - There are as many routes for publishing visual art as for literature.

Seriously, though: Whether you're a writer or not, there's a niche for you in publishing. This article will outline some of the most common venues to answer that ever-present question, "Where can my work go once I'm done with it?"

If publishing visual art sounds like something you would like to do, I cannot stress enough that you should read the rest of the articles in Project Educate: Lit Publishing Week. Most of the themes you'll see apply to visual art as much as literature. It's still important that you read submissions guidelines, don't take rejection too personally, don't go like this when your work gets accepted somewhere--

--and that you take the time to research the editorial policies and styles of the publishers you're thinking of working with. And it goes without saying that your work needs to be high-quality and print ready, just like literature needs to be for publication. Now, onto the opportunities:

Literary Magazines

Bet you didn't see this one coming! Most of the major literary magazines (and even more of the small ones) publish a selection of visual artwork in every issue. With few exceptions, lit mags don't have in-house creative departments dealing with illustration and cover art. Just like they rely on literature-submitting writers for original text content, they rely on visual-art-submitting artists to pretty up their pages.

Lit mags may or may not pay for your work, but tend to pay more per page for their cover art than their inside content. An example of a magazine with this policy is Arc Poetry, which is considered a "pro" poetry market and pays $40/page for interior poetry or visual art. If they choose your work for their front cover, you get $100. That's $100 in actual money, albeit actual Canadian money. If they pick your work, the bit earlier about not thinking you're a god applies now. You've just made more money in one sale than most magazine-publishing poets make in ten years.

Lit mags invariably have submissions guidelines on their website, and if they welcome visual art they will specify that in the guidelines. So the same resources for finding markets - Duotrope, Newpages and so on - will help you find potential lit mag venues for your visual work.

Non-Lit Magazines

The above general rules also apply to non-lit magazines. In fact, there are a ton of magazines devoted specifically to visual/contemporary art. Too many to make sweeping generalizations about how to approach them, so here are some helpful pointers:

  • Check where the magazine is published. Visual art (and lit) magazines in Canada, for example, tend to get National Arts Council funding and to be eligible for that they need a certain percentage of original Canadian content in each issue. Magazines in your country are more likely to take your work, and to pay you for it.
  • Make sure the magazine takes unsolicited submissions for art. Some very major magazines only take submissions arranged by agents/publicists, or submissions by artists they approach. Unsolicited submissions mean they invite submissions from the general public.
  • If the magazine requires queries instead of just "submit your art and move along", what they want is a letter to their art editor outlining the project you're thinking of and why you think it fits in their editorial vision. Don't get pushy in your query, but don't undersell yourself either.
  • Check what specific license the magazine wants for your work. Generally a magazine wants first rights, which means they want to be the first place to show the work. If that's the case, send them work you've not shown in galleries and not put online (or frantically put it in storage on DA before submitting, like poets do). Usually after the issue is printed all rights revert to you and you can show it wherever you want, but the considerate thing to do is to acknowledge the original publisher if you show the piece online or in another publication afterward.
  • Browse a few back-issues of the magazine and get a feel for what they actually print. This is key. Don't send The New England Ranch-Style Architecture Review a painting of an anthropomorphic duck eating an anthropomorphic pondweed.

Keep in mind that not all magazines are printed these days - many exist online-only. In fact, there was a submissions call just yesterday on DA for a mag curated onsite and distributed on- and offsite - Submit to the 7th edition of Designn Magazine - so keep your eyes open on any social networks you frequent.

Art Books

This one gets trickier. Later in the week, projecteducate will have an article by vglory about varying sizes of publishing house and another by PinkyMcCoversong about agents and query letters, and I'm writing this section assuming you're going to read them later this week, then come back and read this again.

The Big Five have several art imprints that publish coffee table type books and instructional/genre art books, and some other large publishing houses like Taschen focus strictly on visual art collections in book form. But to get into any of those houses' works, you're going to need an agent or publicist who will bust down doors for you. If you have a very strong concept for a book-length corpus of work, though, and can find an agent to represent you? It's worth it. It's a hard route and not one for everyone so do your research about querying and representation and set realistic goals, because you're going to be rejected a million times before you get accepted to one of these houses.

There are also many small presses, though, that do visual art books - and for many of those, you can query directly. No agent. Check out Wikipedia's list of art publishers for a starting point. This list includes small presses, major houses, and big five imprints. Also, go to your local book store and browse their selection of art books - you'll find it to be overwhelmingly major houses, but local book stores are more likely to have local artists who've published with local small presses, too. And think about joining your local arts councils or galleries and asking other members if they know any presses that'd be into your work.

A General Note Before Publishing

Now, this note here is just personal insight and experience, so feel free to disregard it. But it will help your chances of getting published if you have either a unique style and approach to your medium or a perfected grasp of the style "standard" of your medium as set by other people's current published/shown works. You want the publisher to say exactly what Jessica Lange is saying here:

Not saying you need to be 100% perfect before you can submit your work - but it will definitely help if you can justify in your head why it is worth the publisher's money. Yes, publishing costs money. Even if the publisher doesn't pay you for your work they're paying to print it, host online copies, design a layout for all of the above, and/or throw a launch party where you're going to get invited and be offered free champagne.

And yes, those launch parties happen. Even lit mags throw them sometimes; if you're local, go. It's great networking and an opportunity to put your face and personality next to your works.

And one final note - don't worry about editors "owning" your work or being able to screw it up however they want to and make you look like a goose-stepping Satanist. As a visual artist you have the copyright and moral rights and all those other fun things that your local laws allow you, even if the work is in a magazine or book. Unless the publisher has explicitly purchased your copyright - and that's very rare and should be a red flag when you're placing a work. You're generally assigning them a one-time license to show the work in that issue of the magazine, and maybe a continuing license to show it on their website/in ads too.

Read your contract. You'll get a contract of some sort from any publisher before they run your work, even if it's just them asking you to send their legal inbox an email saying "Hi, here's permission for you to publish my work in Issue X of Publication Y". If the contract has any weird conditions you're not comfortable with, you can always consult a lawyer and/or negotiate the terms. The publishing house doesn't have to agree to the changed terms, and you don't have to agree to give them the work if they have terms you don't like. If you reach a contract impasse, just think: One house liked it enough to take it, maybe another one will too - with terms I can live with, versus this crap.

And when you place a piece, pat yourself on the back because you're awesome.

Questions? Comments? Discuss!

Tagged: I'm It, +WIP

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 10, 2015, 9:28 AM


Updates First

Spent Saturday in the city (Royal Ontario Museum in the morning, drinking at the Caddy in the afternoon, drinking at the Horseshoe in the evening). Also bought more paper than I'll ever use, and juggled the paper in one of those big-ass watercolour paper bags on the Queen streetcar from Curry's at Doverport to our car on Spadina. At 5pm on a Saturday. That was about as fun as it sounds. We didn't even have one of those fancy new streetcars, it was one of the shitty old ones, but at least when you get on at Doverport you're pretty much guaranteed a seat. A nice Irish guy told me "Good luck with your art, my brother" and then looked disturbed when I replied and wasn't Irish.

Upside of the streetcar paper fiasco though? I finally got some yupo watercolour paper to try. It's plastic, translucent, and with a tooth just a bit rougher than hotpress, almost like a velour pastel paper. Very light, 78lb weight I think, and you don't have to stretch it. Will be testing it soon and sharing a more comprehensive review. Also bought some larger Arches boards, which are my new favourite thing ever even though they don't unmask well. Then yesterday the news of the Islamic State bulldozing ancient Babylonian ruins in Iraq got me angry so I started this:

Sketch (21 of 1) by tiganusi

At my current painting rate I should be done in like 2026, so don't hold your breath while you wait for updates.

Now, onto the tags. I usually don't indulge these things (haven't since about 2008) but two people tagged me so I kind of felt obligated. Here goes nothing.

Rules of Tag

1. You must post These rules.
2. Each person Has to share 10 facts about themselves.
3. Answer the 10 questions asked by the person who tagged you and make up 10 questions for the 10 you tag.
4. Choose 10 people and put Their icons in your journal.
5. You have to legitimately tag 10 people.
6. No tag-backs.
7. You can not say That You do not do tags.
8. You MUST make a journal entry!

Ten Facts

1) I lost my passport at a devmeet in Toronto in 2009. I blame sodalicious.

2) I'm filling out a passport application right now! Which helped me come up with another fact...

3) I was born with a different last name than I currently have. Specifically, I was born with my mother's maiden name (Bernard), then my parents married when I was just over a year old and we all switched to my father's last name (Perry).

4) I'm an only biological child, and was an only child outright until I was 17. Then my parents started adopting dad's relatives' children. As such I have a much younger adopted brother who's currently eleven, and two new sisters as of this summer who are four and five.

5) But that doesn't matter because I come from a very blood-connection-based society in the French parts of the East Coast, and I'm the only biological grandchild of my grandparents on my mother's side, so I'll get all the inheritance. :stare:

6) My family's native language, and the one I've spoken since birth, is a very specific localized dialect of Acadian French with very archaic syntax and a heavy use of English loanwords for modern-er items. I was raised bilingual but went through school in English so most people wouldn't know it wasn't my home language for the first few years of my life, but my mother has a distinct accent and my grandparents all sound like they're fresh off the boat when they speak English. And get me drunk enough and the accent comes out, if I don't revert to broken Franglais completely. Our dialect, however, is so fucked up that most of the francophones from Quebec or France that I know refuse to acknowledge that they understand it.

7) I have three tattoos that I'll admit to and a half-dozen piercings that are still functionally open, of which I only keep jewelry in three. Gaping hole in one ear that I keep a tunnel in to keep it from sagging to my shoulder, 8ga barbell through my tongue, and another 8ga barbell on my nether-regions.

8) February-March are usually my busiest work months, because I do tax prep for half the people I know. I've been preparing income taxes since I was old enough to hold a calculator; my grandmother is the extended family's tax accountant and I'd always be at her house for March break so you had your choice of helping prepare taxes or helping to bake bread. Nowadays I can usually count on her to call me in a panic in March at least once with a question about HST regulations or medical expenses, since her siblings are all getting older but she still does their taxes.

9) I own a guitar shop and don't play guitar. Pretty much everything but guitar. A few people from dA have heard recordings of me on piano (first instrument I learned, one I am most comfortable on) and flute (the instrument I use when teaching theory at the shop, because we don't have room for a piano).

10) Had I been born female, my parents were going to name me Keesha. I'm white. Very white. And French-Canadian. I genuinely don't know what the hell they were thinking when weighing baby names.

Now onto the questions:

Set One

From Astralseed :

1. What's your favorite comet?
Hale-Bopp, since it has the funniest-sounding name.

2. How do you feel about punctuation?
I love punctuation, use way too many em-dashes and semicolons, and embrace the Oxford comma.

3. Favorite constellation? 

4. Tuesday, Thursday or Wednesday?
Wednesday. Wednesday I get to close shop at 6pm, the other two days I have to stick around til 9pm while lessons happen. Both days of lessons involve small children learning violin.

5. When was the last time you tried to lick your elbow? 
I don't know that I ever have. :u

6. Did you just try to lick your elbow?
Nope. :paranoid:

7. (34-368) a4 / 13 (4576 x 3 + 2736) x a2 - 437 + b (a x b + 13) = ?
Expanded, to five SD: 
-0.0015605a2 + ab2 + 13b - 437
I give up past that because two-variable algebra fml, but it smells like it should be factorable.

8. Do you like math?
It's like a good third of what I do for a living so I've got to enjoy it or at least tell myself I enjoy it. But yeah, I like it - it was my best subject through high school/university. Prefer calc to algebra, hate statistics.

9. Do you fart freely, or are you ashamed of your farts?
I try to be ashamed of them but then I forget to be ashamed and they sneak out. I usually blame the dog.

10. What would be a really fun question to ask people?
I'm stealing a slightly modified question from JenFruzz - would you prefer to own ten dogs or twenty cats?

Set Two

From Moonbeam13 :

1. If you were a worm, how long would you be?
I'd be content as just a, you know, average nondescript wormy-sized worm. So maybe 3-4"?

Who do you love enough to cook or bake for?
Anyone! I'll cook for anyone, and bake regularly. I'm usually the one saddled with making dessert for family dinners and that sort of thing. I do not, however, like to cook for picky eaters, people who don't eat pork or shellfish, and vegans. And refuse to bake for any of the above because I need lard and egg yolks dammit.

3. If you could speak another language, what would it be?
Hindi so I could shriek appropriately at neurotype. When I yell at her in Arabic she only catches like every fifth word.

4. What is a cause that you're willing to fight for?
Equality. Not superiority or pride, not integration or mass participation or affirmative action, none of that. Just equality for people. But that's a hard one to actually make an impact on, so my personal pet causes are usually cultural preservation ones. I'm fiery about language preservation in particular, and open access to objects and documents of cultural-historical significance.

5. What is your most prized possession?
I have a tie, tie clasp and cufflink set by Dior that a client gifted me for my birthday a few years ago and it's kind of my good luck charm. My Yashicamat TLR camera's also pretty high on the list, it was a Christmas present from Andrew the year after we started dating.

6. What is your least favourite vegetable?
I have to say two: carrots and corn. I refuse to eat food that's got either in it, even traces. The smell of cooked corn nauseates me and carrots just piss me off.

7. What is the strangest talent you have?
I can smoke a king-size cigarette in 45 seconds or less.

8. Do you have an innie or an outie?
I'm hoping you mean navel :stare: and if so, mine's an innie but pretty flat, not one of those navels you can hide a snack in for later.

9. What is the last song you heard?
Good God Danie now you're exposing me as the French-Canadian stereotype I am, because this is playing as I type this:

10. Do you believe in magic?
Yes. One-word answer is the best you're getting though.

And Now My Part

I'm going to be the asshole who breaks the tag. Instead, I'm inviting anyone who reads this to post three random personal facts as a comment. Y'all are pretty awesome and you should get to know each other better, so read through the comments and see what you have in common. Discuss. Debate. Start a knife fight.

Journal will return to regularly-scheduled programming later in the week. :pringles:


Artist | Professional

[The above is a found poem biography/artist's statement made of animated gifs. Oops.]

I'm C "Mark" Perry, the picture-taking former Gallery Moderator for Photography who proselytized about pringles, pandas and polaroids. In meatspace I worked as a designer and staff photographer for several years, then swapped into marketing management; I still freelance, show and sell my work but I don't like to talk about it. I'm a once-upon-a-time lit kid who's had a poem/editorial published here and there. I paint too. P is not my favourite letter, but you'd never believe that based on this paragraph.

I was around the site, dAmn and IRC on a few other accounts on and off since before dinosaurs had feathers, most notably on the account `IBinsanity, where I probably left you with a very [un]favourable first impression.



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My pleasure, that piece rocks. :u
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