How To Become a Famous Artist and Still Paint Pictures

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Maybe You Don’t Want To Become Famous

A successful international artist offers a no-holds-barred approach to making it in the arts and selling your work.”This profound, funny book, full of hard truths and smart advice, is must reading for artists. Read it and you just might transform your life and jolt your art career awake! Are you ready for some high voltage inspiration? Then come listen to the master’s voice.”Eric Maisel, A Life in the Arts”The best bunch of advice I’ve ever seen for someone who is serious about this crazy addiction called art.”Barnaby Conrad, artist and best-selling author.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Authors Guild Backinprint (October 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595144551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595144556
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

For the serious artist

33 people found this helpful.
 on November 10, 2001
By Michael Beverly
That want to be able to sell their work. Innis lays down a lot of information, and he has some strong opinions. While you might not agree with all he has to say, he offers straight forward advice and no holds barred points of fact.

Crusty but tasty

29 people found this helpful.
 on May 24, 2001
One of those gotta-have books for the artist. I laughed my way silly as I read through this book and pestered my friends with quotes from it for months! Unless you’re married to an abstract expressionist who makes their living with grant money, you’ll think it’s funny and right-on too. He’s sarcastic, biting and not a little cranky when it comes to Academic, Museum and Gallery commentaries. But hey – my experience as an artist has been pretty much the same, so I can’t fault him for tellin’ it like it is. And he does it with buckets of humor.

Stunning Work

5 people found this helpful.
 on November 30, 2007
By Lavender Chartreuse
This book was really entertaining. I was sad when I finished reading it as I enjoyed every anecdote, every story. Innis not only imparts his philosophies of art and artist, but gets into the nitty gritty of how to put it all together to make a living as an artist and become internationally famous. Make sure to read the introduction, as it tells you what you can expect life to feel like as a famous artist-its not what you may be expecting. He also describes other roads that artists often take to try and make it and explains why they don’t work; he knows because he tried many of them first hand. The step by step path that he lays out is so clear and clever it was shocking, and struck me as completely achievable. Get this book; its funny and it gives you what you’re looking for and more. I’ll be keeping my copy around for future re-reading.

(a comprehensable) Mark Leyner meets the How To Book

3 people found this helpful.
 on January 25, 2007
By R. L. McIntosh
This book is a nice break from the popular “list of resources” type of book available to artists seeking career clarity. The author is actually a very skilled writer and is quite funny and creative in his meandering tale of how he became uber-wealthy making art. The book tells you specifically the critical elements necessary to create hype and sell your work. The ultimate path that this artist takes would be difficult to recreate for most. But by reading this book you should get some bright ideas of your own. It was a fun read.

My paintings aren’t famous yet…

One person found this helpful.
 on March 28, 2011
By S. C. Hunsaker
This book does lay down some very useful information and steps. I enjoyed his advice and practical guide to the art world. I don’t know how successful this artist is at being an artist. He’s probably making more as an author. This alone should cast an unfavorable light on his advice, but it was still useful and worth the read. Simple things like you don’t have to paint huge canvases to become famous, save your money. Art stores don’t make their money on professional artists but on weekend warriors, again save your money quit thinking you need every toy in the store. Make connections(we all know that). Don’t forget about other markets in Asia and Europe. Don’t complain that you don’t have the space, or the this or the that, you most definitely do. Ok, maybe the book was even a tad bit inspirational. Well written and worth the read. That said, it hasn’t worked yet…lol.

Fun read

 on December 27, 2012
By S. Leiker
I bought this because I thought it was a humorous satire. It is funny, but also practical. I am an artist and many of Mr. Innis’ observations are so true.

A Great read

 on July 27, 2013
By Irena
Written lightly about a serious subject. The author speaks from wisdom gained through experience. A great tool for any artist.

Five Stars

 on June 21, 2016
By Nancy Swope
just started reading, but loving this book so far

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