Look it up!

 I am always happy to learn of a new blog on art licensing, especially if it’s a good one chock full of useful information. When I began studying art licensing in 2006, there were no blogs to speak of, and no informational websites, save for one lone Yahoo group called The Art of Licensing. I had only been privy to learning about that one due to a Joanne Fink seminar I took at Licensing International Expo that year. Isn’t it ironic that I went to a big conference and took expensive courses to gain this cost-free information? But those were the times. (The rest of the conference was good, too. Money well spent.)

Back then, this Yahoo group was the saving grace of social media for art licensors. It’s still in existence now, though there are other social groups these days such as The Art of Licensing on Linked In, and there’s probably one on Facebook as well. So I am very pleased about this growing trend. Of course, you always must use your best judgement when reading people’s opinions, but that goes for any blog or post on a niche subject. The way I see it is, the more information sources we have available to us to sift through, the better!

Here are some of the more shiny new blogs I’ve discovered more recently. I enjoy reading them and I have gained some valuable resources and information from them.

• The Business of Art Licensing blog by Lance Klass of Portersfield’s Fine Art Licensing
• J’Net Smith‘s All Art Licensing Blog
Two Town Studiosblog of Jim Marcotte

Here is a short list of my “good old”, solid stand-by blogs. These blogs are much appreciated for the information and resources that they have regularly and consistently provided for several years now:

Kate Harper Greeting Card Artist Blog
Joan Beiriger’s Blog
Tara Reed’s Art Licensing Blog

There are also several artists who keep their own blogs. I have some linked in my side bar, but it is just as easy to check one artist’s side bar and visit their peers that way to discover other art licensing blogs. Voila, instant art licensing community. Last but not least, you can just Google it!

Do you have any art licensing blogs or message boards that you would like to share? Please leave them in the comments!! Information is power!