No More Starving Artist! #1 – Create Artwork That People Want To Buy!

I hate to see to see artist starve!

It drives me nuts to see talented artist have to starve simply because they don’t know how to market and sell their artwork.

I despise the urban myth of the “starving artist” or the idea that if you want to be an artist that you have to starve.  Screw that!

Therefore, I decided to create a series called, “No More Starving Artist!” to prove to everyone, especially other artists, that you don’t have to starve as an artist!

I believe that artists starve because: Continue reading No More Starving Artist! #1 – Create Artwork That People Want To Buy!

Artist Interview #1: Street Artist Kapitan Kartoon – Los Angeles

Artist Hangout Interview With Kapitan Kartoon By Artist Tai Zen
Tai Zen interviews street artist Paul Dale (aka, Kapitan Kartoon) Circa Sep 2014 (Click to enlarge.)

I was in the city of Santa Monica which is in the northern part of Los Angeles located in the state of California.

I was walking through a very popular tourist/shopping area called the Third Street Promenade and ran into a very interesting manga/anime artist named Paul Dale who goes by the nickname “Kapitan Kartoon“.

(I believe the term “Kapitan” means “captain” in English.)

We had an interesting conversation about art and the Kapitan agreed to the following interview to share his knowledge and experience with other artists.

Here is the photo of my wife, Sasi, that Kapitan Kartoon used as a reference for the portrait:

Artist Hangout - Sasi In Red Dress
Tai Zen’s wife, Sasi.

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Eben Pagan Self Made Wealth Review

In this video I will review one of the best wealth creation “mindset” programs on the market.

It is called Self-Made Wealth by an internet marketer and entrepreneur named Eben Pagan.

He also has some really good dating programs Double Your Dating in which he goes by the name “James De’Angelo” as well so you might have heard of him before and not realized its the same person but it is.

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Nixon 51-30 & Nixon 51-30 Chrono Tide Watch Review

This is a very ruggedly built watch. It’s beauty comes from it’s simplicity which is very similar to how Apple designs all their products.

It is simple, clean, solid and reliable!

Artist Hangout - Nixon 31-50 Stainless Steel & White (front)
Artist Hangout – Nixon 31-50 Stainless Steel & White (front)
Artist Hangout - Nixon 31-50 Stainless Steel & White (back)
Artist Hangout – Nixon 31-50 Stainless Steel & White (back)

As you can see from the pics.  Everything on these watches are very beefy and solid.

The gold version of this same watch is shockingly amazing!  Check it out:

Artist Hangout - Nixon 31-50 Gold (front)
Artist Hangout – Nixon 31-50 Gold (front)
Artist Hangout - Nixon 31-50 Gold (back)
Artist Hangout – Nixon 31-50 Gold (back)

It was jaw dropping at first sight and will leave you breathless!

I would have bought in on the spot but I already had a gold Invicta watch and did not need another one at the time.  Plus, it would not have been appropriate for my job because it would have been to much “bling”.

Nixon also has a rose gold version that is pretty badass too.  Rose gold is basically gold with a small amount of copper added to give it the slightly reddish/pinkish color:

Artist Hangout - Nixon 31-50 Rose Gold (front)
Artist Hangout – Nixon 31-50 Rose Gold (front)
Artist Hangout - Nixon 31-50 Rose Gold (back)
Artist Hangout – Nixon 31-50 Rose Gold (back)

The rose tone is insanely cool looking and I’m very tempted to get it… you never know. LOL!

If you prefer darker color watches you can check out the black version:

Artist Hangout - Nixon 31-50 Black (front)
Artist Hangout – Nixon 31-50 Black (front)
Artist Hangout - Nixon 31-50 Black (back)
Artist Hangout – Nixon 31-50 Black (back)

 

If I were to wear a darker color watch, I personally would prefer to wear the gun metal version.

Artist Hangout - Nixon 31-50 Gun Metal (front)
Artist Hangout – Nixon 31-50 Gun Metal (front)

The Nixon 51-30 Gunmetal edition is very interesting as well. In my opinion it looks a lot better in real life than in photo:

Artist Hangout - Nixon 31-50 Gun Metal (back)
Artist Hangout – Nixon 31-50 Gun Metal (back)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IHFGFG?ie=UTF8&tag=04216078-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003IHFGFG

Whichever color you get, you will definitely not be disappointed.

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Cowboy Lighting 3000 Watt Softbox Lighting Kit Review

In this video, I want to review the Cowboy Lighting 3000 Watt Softbox Lighting Kit.

It is a fairly decent and workable set of light boxes that are fairly priced for video and photography work.

If you are:

1. On a budget.
2. Don’t care to have anything fancy.
3. Doing semi/professional photo/video work.
4. Will not be moving the light set around from
one location to another.
5. Do not plan on disassembling and reassembling
the light set often.

Then this light set is perfect because you will get the most bang for the buck!

However, if you plan on moving from one location to another often and assembling/disassembling the light set frequently, then I do not recommend it.

2010-10-27 UPDATE:  OK folks, I have been flooded with questions about the light kit since I put up my video review and have been busy and haven’t had a chance to answer any of them so here are some answers and a quick update.

I have used the lights almost EVERYDAY since I bought them at the beginning of 2010 and they work great!

The light switches, bulbs, hoods, etc. all work fine.

Pay close attention to what I said in the video about over tightening the screw and “cracking” the plastic neck piece in my video. Don’t over tighten it and you should be fine.

The lights work really well for me cause I don’t move them around much.

If you plan on breaking it down and setting it up often cause you are shooting in a different location all the time then don’t buy these lights!

They say it’s portable but it’s really not durable enough for repeated assembly/disassembly.

However, if you plan on just moving it around inside the studio and rarely have plans to disassemble it, then I think it’s the best bang for the buck out there!

All the bulbs that were working when I first got it are still working today. The stands, fuses, and everything still work great.

Also, the rice I used for the counter weight bag is still working out well 🙂

(I apologize to all you folks who sent me email questions throughout the year and I didn’t answer them, but hopefully I was able to answer everything in this update. Basically, if I had to start over, I would buy them again cause they provide the lighting I need and they are affordable for me, and I would just be cautious not to over tighten the neck portion.)

2015-11-10 UPDATE:  The lights are still working fine and nothing has changed.  It collects dust like anything else if you leave it in one place for a long time.  You can clean the dust off using a dust broom.  Do not use a towel or any of those chlorox cleaning wipes because they don’t work well.

I have 2 bulbs die on me on one of the lights but I have not bothered to replace them because I haven’t had time and it did not make a big difference in my lightning.

I will replace the 2 dead bulbs the next time I’m at the store and I can remember to get them.   Hope this update helps everyone.

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Cowboy Lighting 3000 Watt Softbox Lighting Kit