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Art Licensing Story: Ronnie Walter

It’s been a while since we had a new art licensing story so I’ve taken to arm twisting… :)  Today we hear from Ronnie Walter who will also be our Ask Call Expert this month.  Get to know her background so you can put a face and a story to the voice and info.


I’m so excited to have Ronnie on the phone for an hour on Wednesday, January 22, 2014!  Have you submitted a question yet?  We need them by Thursday, 1/16/14 so they can get all organized and Ronnie can be ready to answer them.  I’m making it super easy – you can enter it right now, right here!

Here’s to  your creative success!

– Tara Reed

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every art licensing story is different… what’s yours?

I bet you could talk to 100 artists and ask how they got into art licensing and each story would vary… there is no “art licensing degree” and no two artists work their business in the same exact way.

License to Draw by Ronnie WalterRonnie Walter’s new book – License to Draw – is a great combination of business and story.  Licensing her art since the 90’s she has seen some major changes in the industry.  (I’m a bit jealous that she got to experience the “good ol’ days” I have been hearing about with larger lines, longer run time and bigger royalties… I missed them – bummer!)

Her fun writing style might leave you thinking you just read a fun story but I assure you – when you are done, you will have a better understanding of the business of art licensing as well.

I think it’s also pretty darn cool that she asked me to do a blurb on the back of her book!  I’ve never done a book blurb before so THANKS Ronnie – I feel I’ve arrived at some new level of… something. :)

As I said on the back cover (in my first book blurb ever!)

“It’s important for artists learning about the art licensing industry to have a realistic view before diving in – Ronnie delivers that and more in a humorous and easy to read book chock-full or real-world stories and examples.  She makes learning the ins and outs of licensing your art fun!  If I had more thumbs I’d give her more than two thumbs up! I highly recommend this book!”

And… apparently I really like exclamation points. :)

So… get the book.  Read it.  Enjoy and learn.

I have also asked Ronnie to create a little video for our Art Licensing Story library on this blog – something that hasn’t had much new content lately.  (hint hint ANYONE??)  To see more stories and learn about how artists got going in art licensing, click the tab or click this link…

Now I ask you, WHEN DO WE GET TO SEE AND HEAR YOUR STORY?

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

A new Art Licensing Story Video from Tania Hassounia of Drawer Full of Giants

It has been a while since anyone has submitted their art licensing story video – I’ve missed them!  So you can imagine how thrilled I was to get on yesterday!

Tania Hassounia decided to give video a try and did an excellent job sharing her art licensing story and the beginning of her journey with the camera.  In fact, she said the process has given her ideas about doing more videos in the future.  :)


Tania Hassounia
DrawerFullOfGiants.com

Thank you so much Tania and we wish you and your Drawer Full of Giants continued success with your art!

Drawer full of Giants

Want to see more? We now have 42 art licensing story videos right on this blog!  Click the Artist Video Stories link or go to > http://artlicensingblog.com/stories/

– Tara Reed

P.S.  Who will be next?  These videos are such an inspiration – we need more!  And to sweeten the pot, you will get a coupon for $20 off any of my products just for following the submission guidelines and sharing your story.  Get all the details here, turn on that built in camera and tell us about you!  http://artlicensingblog.com/stories/#storyRules

Licensed art under the Christmas tree!

Debra Jordan Bryan - Gift Wrap

I just love what I do!  I love the process, the flexibility and getting to know the amazing artists in art licensing as well.

On Sunday we had an early Christmas celebration while my sister and niece were visiting from Pennsylvania.

As my mom started handing out some gifts I looked at the wrapping paper and said, “Hey, I think Debra Jordan Bryan did that!”

Upon further investigation I confirmed it – her signature was right there by the cute Santa – how cool is that!  I’ve gotten to know Debra and her art a bit through years of us meeting in the aisles of SURTEX.   Debra is a talented and experienced artist who has built a great art licensing business.  You can learn more about her on her website at www.DebraJordanBryan.com and watch her video about how she got started in art licensing below.


 It is so much fun to find things with art by people I know in unexpected places!  And this example is another reason to include having your signature and/or copyright on products featuring your art – I wouldn’t have been 100% sure it was hers without it!

Happy Holidays!

– Tara Reed

P.S. want to watch more inspiring stories?  Click the “STORIES” tab above… and if we don’t have yours yet, lights, camera, action!  Send it in!

Art Licensing Story – Kelly Rae Roberts

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly Rae Roberts – live and in person and not at a trade show!  (Novel, I know!)  She’s a Portlander like myself and has hit the ground sprinting in art licensing.  With licensees including Demdaco, Creative Co-Op, Calypso Cards, Magnet Works and more, her business is, like her first book – Taking Flight.

In her own words from a snippet of her incredibly cool studio (yes, a little studio envy here!) – is Kelly Rae’s story:


To learn more about Kelly Rae Roberts, her art, her books and what she can teach you about a creative business, visit www.KellyRaeRoberts.com

– Tara Reed

P.S. Anyone who submits a video will receive a $20 coupon good towards eBooks, teleseminars (live or replays) or Ask Call Replays from ArtLicensingInfo.com as a way of saying “Thank you for sharing!”
It’s been a while since we got new inspiration – when can I expect to see your story?
For all the details or to see all the stories submitted to date, click the “Stories” tab at the top of the blog or go to http://artlicensingblog.com/stories/

Art Licensing Story: Jennifer Brinley

Here’s another video from an established, successful and really nice artist – Jennifer Brinley.  Jennifer is represented by art licensing agents at Ruth Levison Design.  For several years their booth was across from mine and I got to know Jennifer when she would come to their booth.  I’ve always been a huge fan and was very happy when she agreed to let me video her at SURTEX.  There’s a bit of background noise but I decided a little hard to hear was better than nothing, right?


To learn more about Jennifer Brinley, visit her agent’s website at LevisonDesign.com

– Tara Reed

P.S. Anyone who submits a video will receive a $20 coupon good towards eBooks, teleseminars (live or replays) or Ask Call Replays from ArtLicensingInfo.com as a way of saying “Thank you for sharing!”

When can I expect to see your story?

For all the details or to see all the stories submitted to date, click the “Stories” tab at the top of the blog or go to http://artlicensingblog.com/stories/

Art Licensing Story: Brady Lovell of Fat Tabby Studio

Brady Lovell – artist and creative mind behind the newly created Fat Tabby Studio agreed to share his art licensing story at SURTEX in May 2011.  (I twisted his arm a little telling him how under-represented his gender was in the videos… ;) )

On his website, www.FatTabbyStudio.com, he describes his company like this: Founded in 2011 – Fat Tabby Studio™ is an art licensing studio creating colorful, clean and playful illustrations for all of life’s occasions. From holidays to nature, creatures and critters – our collections of creative patterns and designs are sure to delight and inspire.

Here is what he had to say live and in person…


Thank you so much for sharing and giving in to a little artistic peer pressure Brady!

– Tara Reed

P.S. Anyone who submits a video will receive a $20 coupon good towards eBooks, teleseminars (live or replays) or Ask Call Replays from ArtLicensingInfo.com as a way of saying “Thank you for sharing!”

When can I expect to see your story?

For all the details or to see all the stories submitted to date, click the “Stories” tab at the top of the blog or go to http://artlicensingblog.com/stories/

Art Licensing Story: Sara Taylor

As I was wandering through SURTEX in May, video camera in hand and a few artists on my radar for filming, I turned the corner and saw Sara Taylor smiling at me.  I introduced myself, told her what I was doing and asked if she was game.  After a momentary look of “Is this woman for real?” she agreed. :)

So without further ado, here is another art licensing story from one of the 47 British artists represented at SURTEX.


You can learn more about Sara and her art at www.SaraTaylor.co.uk

Thanks again for sharing your story!
– Tara Reed

P.S. Anyone who submits a video will receive a $20 coupon good towards eBooks, teleseminars (live or replays) or Ask Call Replays from ArtLicensingInfo.com as a way of saying “Thank you for sharing!”

When can I expect to see your story?

For all the details or to see all the stories submitted to date, click the “Stories” tab at the top of the blog or go to http://artlicensingblog.com/stories/

Art Licensing Story: Debra Jordan Bryan

Debra Jordan Bryan shares some great advice with artists in her art licensing story video, filmed at the May 2011 SURTEX show.  She’s been licensing her art for over 20 years so she understands how to adapt and thrive through the changing face of the art licensing industry.

I’ll let her tell you about how she got into licensing and advice for artists herself…


You can learn more about Debra and her art at www.DebraJordanBryan.com

Thanks again for the great advice Debra!

– Tara Reed

P.S. Anyone who submits a video will receive a $20 coupon good towards eBooks, teleseminars (live or replays) or Ask Call Replays from ArtLicensingInfo.com as a way of saying “Thank you for sharing!”

When can I expect to see your story?

For all the details or to see all the stories submitted to date, click the “Stories” tab at the top of the blog or go to http://artlicensingblog.com/stories/

Art Licensing Story: Tom Weinkle

We don’t have too many “guy videos” so I was happy that Tom agreed to let me take a video of his story at SURTEX. Here is a little bit about him and Arts Organism…


To learn more about Tom Weinkle, visit his website at ArtsOrganism.com

Thanks again – you did a fabulous job!

– Tara Reed

P.S. Anyone who submits a video will receive a $20 coupon good towards eBooks, teleseminars (live or replays) or Ask Call Replays from ArtLicensingInfo.com as a way of saying “Thank you for sharing!”

When can I expect to see your story?

For all the details or to see all the stories submitted to date, click the “Stories” tab at the top of the blog or go to http://artlicensingblog.com/stories/

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