Sieben on Life: Start Right Now

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 14, 2015
"How do you get started?" That question, or some version of it, is probably the most frequent subject of emails from younger artists. It's a valid question. However, the answer is remarkably simple: you just start. Now, I know that feedback probably sounds almost dismissive and/or naive. And I know that the underlying question is more, "How do you make money as an artist?" But the answer remains the same...

Sieben on Life: Stop and Smell the Sharpies

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 05, 2015
Working as a commercial illustrator for the past decade plus, I've designed hundreds of T-shirts for numerous companies, bands and individuals. But if I had to pick my very favorite shirt that I've ever designed, it would be the one you're looking at above these words. I drew this at my kitchen table when I was 12 years old.

Sieben on Life: 'Sounds Good, Now Write it Down'

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 27, 2014
One of the best pieces of advice that I wish I'd been given as a younger illustrator is this: Don't start a job without a contract in place. Of course, the younger me would have scoffed at that advice and said something stupid, like, "Contract? What am I, some kinda business?" At which point I wish an elder illustrator could have stepped in, slapped my tender, pimply face, and said, "Yeah, dipshit. You are." But enough reminiscing about shit that never happened. 

Sieben on Life: Two for Life

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 09, 2014
I've had two art show concepts in the back of my mind for numerous years now, and chances are I'll never actually have the time or motivation to execute either of them myself. Rather than letting them disintegrate like dusty skeletons in my closet, I thought I'd share the ideas with you guys in case somebody out there wants to run with either concept...

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