What is EmptyEasel, exactly?
EmptyEasel is a website for artists and art lovers. It has two purposes: first, to bring greater understanding of art through clear, well-written tutorials and articles; and second, to help new or unknown artists reach a wider audience by encouraging ALL artists to use the internet to promote and sell their artwork.
In addition (not that I should really have to say this) much of what is written on EmptyEasel falls under the category of opinion. Art is subjective, after all.
Why don’t you allow comments?
For a number of reasons, but mostly because I just don’t have the time to moderate them or deal with spam. Plus, I’m not a professional web programmer, so when I started EmptyEasel I took the simplest route I could.
I’ll admit, though, I’m also something of a perfectionist and I wanted to be able to control exactly what appeared on EmptyEasel.
So why do you let other people write articles?
Because I know my own limitations, both as a writer and an artist.
Let’s face it, I’m an oil painter, but that's about it. I can’t help artists who need watercolor advice, or people who want to start sculpting. I realized, however, that what I can do is allow all the fantastic artists out there who DO have that additional knowledge to share it through this website.
Can I write an article for EE?
Probably. : )
I’ll accept any type of art article, and I’m even willing to edit them for spelling and grammar to make sure they’re as good as they can be. (To be honest, I won’t be able to help myself—like I said before, I’m a perfectionist.)
I WILL turn down articles that don’t have any value for readers, or are self-promotional—and please don’t copy/paste someone else’s writing.
In general, if you write an article that shows HOW to do something, or discusses another artist in-depth, or gives an interesting art-related opinion, I’ll publish it. And I don't even mind if your opinions are different from my own.
Take a look at the article submission form. I tried to make it as easy as possible.
What’s in it for me if I do?
This is the best part—not only will you get recognition for the article on EmptyEasel, but you’ll also get two links back to your art website, art blog, or online art portfolio.
Those links will send direct traffic from EmptyEasel, and help your website rank higher in Google and other search engines as well. If you don’t have a website but you’re selling original artwork or prints online through some other website, I’ll link directly to the page where your art is for sale.
It’s really a win-win-win situation. Other artists get the benefit of your knowledge, you get the traffic that you need to sell your work, and I’ll get to take a break from writing once in a while. : )
Are there any rules for submitting artwork?
Yes, but only a few.
I’ll need an image or two of your artwork, a short paragraph about yourself, and the URL of your website or another place online where I can go to see more of your work.
See the artwork submission form for more details.
I submitted my art weeks ago—where is it?
Unfortunately not all artists who submit their work will be featured on EmptyEasel. There are just too many submissions per week to ever show them all.
That doesn’t mean you won’t be featured eventually, however. Every submission is kept on file, and it may just be taking some time to reach the front of the line.
Are you working for another art company?
No, but I did start a company in the Spring of 2009 which provides easy-to-manage websites for artists. I also sell advertising to help support EmptyEasel.com.
Will you link to my website?
Maybe. You can always send me a message and ask. Keep in mind that best way to get a link from EmptyEasel is to contribute, so sending in artwork or writing an article is a much surer way to go about it.
So where’s YOUR art? And who are you?
Good questions! : )
First off, let me say that I'm not the only one writing the content here at EmptyEasel anymore. Several very talented artists have contributed articles on a regular basis over the past few years. Our current writers include Alyice Edrich, Cassie Behle, Steff Metal, Carrie Lewis, Aletta de Wal and Luke Montgomery.
There are also hundreds of other one-time guest posts on EE which were written by artists just like yourself.
As for me, I don’t promote myself or my own work too much on EmptyEasel, because that’s not really what this website is about. However, here's a quick bio:
My name is Dan Duhrkoop and after living on the West Coast for most of my life, I've just moved to the Midwest. Originally my background is in commercial art (I have a BA in graphic design) but as life would have it, I ended up liking oil painting a bit more. I've done both design work and fine art, but these days I spend most of my time managing EmptyEasel and Foliotwist, studying how artists can use the internet, and writing.
If you’re curious about my art, here are a few of my oil paintings.
Anything else I should know?
Well, you might want to sign up for the EE newsletter—it’s a short email sent to your inbox every week with information about upcoming articles. You can’t beat the price (it’s free!), there are no ads, and a lot of people seem to like it. : )