There are three awards:
- The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal
- The Make Me Think Gong
- The Best Book by an Art Blogger Blue RibbonThe Home Front
- regular posts on a blog wholly focused on the development of artists
- a really good series of posts on a particular topic of major relevance to artists
- a new art instruction book
- a new book about the artist and the art business
|The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal|
values those art blogs which aim to share useful information for artists - including what they have learned with/from others
Previous winners are:
- 2006: Justin Clayton (Daily Paintings)
- 2007: Charley Parker (Lines and Colours)
- 2008: James Gurney (Gurney Journey)
- 2009: Roz Stendahl (Roz wound up)
- 2010: Stapleton Kearns (Stapleton Kearns)
- 2011: Leslie Saeta, Dreama Tolle Perry & guests Artists Helping Artists on Blog Talk Radio
|The Make Me Think Gong|
for the person who makes me (and others) think and offers insights that are transferable to the activity and business of being an artist.
This award leans more towards matters relating to career and business aspects of being an artist rather than artistic practice per se. So less "how to paint" and more "how to avoid being a starving artist"
- 2006 shared by:
- 2007 shared by:
- 2008: Seth Godin (Seth's Blog)
- 2009: Edward Winkelman (edward_ winkleman)
- 2010: Joanne Mattera - Joanne Mattera
- 2011: Luann Udell (Luann Udell)
My goal is to teach artists to be empowered to take charge of their own art business, and to not let others dictate to them whether or not their work is good enough, commercial enough, or fits some pre-determined mold of what an art career should be.
|The Best Book by an Art Blogger Blue Ribbon|
for the most helpful book written/produced by an art blogger
- 2009: Imaginative Realism : How to Paint What Doesn't Exist by James Gurney (Gurney Journey)
- 2010: Landscape Painting in Pastel by Deborah Secor (Landscape Painting in Pastel)
- 2011: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney (Gurney Journey)
- the author MUST be somebody who blogs about art - BUT they don't have to be an artist.
- the book MUST
- have been published in the previous two years ie after 1st January 2011 in the case of the award for 2012. This is to avoid any bias towards books published in the early part of this year as opposed to those which have not yet had time to build a following.
- add value as opposed to being more of the 'same old, same old'. or just nice to look at.
- will have a structure, content and design which speaks of the passion and priorities of the artist blogger who has written it (ie "identikit books" will NOT win this award!)
- may have been produced and marketed by the artist blogger.
There was never any question which book was going to win this award in 2012.
The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World by Gabriel Campanario. is the first book created via contributions from participants on the Urban Sketchers blog. It probably couldn't have been created without blogging. It's also an excellent book. It provides a comprehensive guide as to how to sketch in an urban environment - on locations around the world. Plus it displays a wide variety of freehand sketches done from observation - of different subjects by different people. However one of its main claims to fame - in terms of spreading the gospel of sketching from observation - is its stonking sales record! (link for those who need the Brit definition of the word!)
- The book topped the Best Seller Lists for Drawing Books BEFORE it was published on 1 February 2012.
- In went on to notch up the #10 spot in the top 100 books in the Arts and Design Category on Amazon (which now includes music) on the strength of pre-orders alone.
- It then sold out immediately it was published
- It went straight to reprint which also sold out within a few weeks.
- It's now on its third print since publication. It's proved to be so popular that its sales and ranking have only been limited by how fast this book can be printed!