Creating an Artist Résumé

I very rarely need an artist cv (artist resume) because most my work is with organizations that know me.

However, now and then I get a request for my artist resume and maybe an artist statement. I imagine a lot of different types of artists will need to provide these on a regular basis to galleries, potentials employers, groups offering grant money, or organizations.

No matter how annoying it may be to create, remember that if someone requests your résumé that they find them helpful. Part of asking you for your résumé is to see you are a professional and if you are willing to do the work (like create an artist’s cv) to be a successful artist.

Step 1 – Design

If you are an artist, it is fine to use a standard résumé template using Microsoft Word or other text editing program. However, since I am a graphic designer, I like to make my résumé visually different than my peers. Having a unique look that is creatively designed helps you stick out in a flood of résumés and makes it more enjoyable to read.

If you are not a graphic designer, don’t panic. I have a secret weapon that will make designing your résumé easy and a bit fun. It is called Canva. is a website that allows you to design different things right on their website with ease. Not only is it easy to use, but it is also FREE!

Designing a Resume

Your design is simply the layout of the résumé.

This includes:

  • Fonts (no more than 2)
  • Font Size
  • Background Color
  • Images or Illustrations
  • Basic text layout (in mine I used two columns)

Here is my design:

Artist Résumé Design

Step 2 – Fill in the Important Stuff

Next, you start filling in the design with the important information.

If you have any of these, they need to be in your résumé:

  • Contact Information
  • Education
  • Awards Won
  • Past Experience
  • Professional or Scholarly Membership
    (Include position if applicable. ex. President)

Step 3 – Fill in Extra Space (if needed)

At this point, you have to look at your résumé and ask yourself a few questions.

Is there anything the reader of my résumé needs to know that isn’t on here?

If yes, add it. More importantly, put it somewhere that is prominent where you know the reader will see first. Upper left corner is usually the most obvious choice.

Does the page look too full?

If the page is overcrowded, you must decide if you can make the fonts smaller or if you are better off cutting the least important information.

Does the page look too empty?

If you have too much open space, it can be distracting to read your artist résumé. You have a few options. First, you can increase the font size. You can also rearrange the text to make the blank space a natural part of the design. Last, you can add more information.

I tend to go for adding more information. Make sure it is still relevant to what you want to do.

Step 4 – Proof Read

Remember that your résumé is a reflection of your professionalism. If there are mistakes, spelling errors, and bad grammar, this reflects you as an artist.

I have another secret weapon. This one is for proof reading. It is called Grammarly. is a free grammar check website, plugin, and browser extension. I am a premium user because spelling is something I struggle with. Grammarly helps me look smarter than I am.

Step 5 – Save & Send

If you are using canva, it saves it right on the website. This is awesome because it means you can access it from anywhere. You just need to sign into your account through their website.

If you are not using canva, I recommend saving it somewhere you can easily access and where it will not get lost.  I always keep a copy on my Dropbox account.

Here is my final resume:

Jason Love's Resume



YouTube Production Skills Boot Camp

I was excited to be invited to take part in a YouTube Production Skill Boot Camp.

From June 15 – 26 I put in an hour every few days to watch videos and took quizzes related to film-making. It was a lot of fun and enlightening to see behind-the-scenes of several accomplished YouTube Filmmakers.

Part of the camp involved a webinar. On the morning of June 23, YouTube held a live broadcast of Andrew Russo of CreatorUp and Bayan Joonam of SoulPancake. They talked about ways to make videos better.

You can see the archive of that live stream here.

Subjects Covered in Boot Camp

I learned a lot of little tips throughout the courses. I always love hearing how other artists create their films and learn from seeing their process.

The main topics covered were:

  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Visual Design
  • Backgrounds
  • Getting Props
  • Finding Talent
  • And more…


How can you get started?

  1. Go to Creator Academy on YouTube
  2. Sign in at the top of the boot camp home page.
  3. Click “Start lesson” for each of the six lessons.
  4. Watch the video (subtitles are available in your language).
  5. Read the text section and answer the questions.
  6. Take the quizzes at the bottom of each page.

To receive a letter of completion, sign in and correctly answer at least 75% of the questions on the course quiz.

Letter of Completion

Cool Links:

You can visit the full creator academy –

Join them on Twitter –

Honeycomb Pom Pom DIY Tutorial

I’ve never considered creating honeycomb paper art. After the article on the cool stuff Li Hongbo is creating, I have taken an interest in the possibilities.

In this video, Alex (from DaWanda) shows how to build honeycomb pom-poms out of tissue paper.

Material needed:

  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • craft knife
  • pencil
  • glue stick
  • needles & thread

The pom poms are awesome. But I have no idea how Li Hongbo takes the honeycomb paper and turns it into this.

Honeycomb Paper Sculpture of Face Stretched


Strawberry Men

Proof that artistic expression is not confined to the studio!

I love it when people give me permission and instructions, on how to play with my food. And so simple too!

At first look, these little strawberry men seem like they’d be uber-hard to do. They aren’t, and I have everything I need already in my kitchen, even the melon baller!

Well, maybe not the cute lil’ sugar hearts (for their adorable faces) but you don’t need them if you don’t want them.

I love that I’m excited about food art. One note, if you’re unfamiliar with the melon baller, buy extra fruit so you can practice lots!

The possibilities for the creation of alternate ‘strawberry men’ are endless. There are plenty of ways to bring your personal touch to it.

I’m envisioning little multi-cultural strawberry men. Substituting honeydew, grapes or even peaches for the apple… I’m just compiling a list.

How do you plan to personalize your strawberry men?

How to put on a Maternity Support Belt

1) Fasten the upper tummy strap by lightly stretching top strap over and velcro it to other end towards the top of your stomach.

2) Fasten the Abdominal Support Pad under your belly.  The belt is fastened with the Velcro on each end.

3) Position the Abdominal Support Pad as low on your abdomen as possible, but not so low it is touched by your legs when you walk.

4) Attach the belt to itself to lock in place.


Your maternity support is made of elastic, which means as your baby grows, the support belt will expand by velcroing the ends for proper fit.

Washing your Maternity Support Belt

Ideally if you have the patience, you will want to hand wash your maternity support belt in your bathroom sink in cold water with a little bit of detergent then hang it over your curtain rod to dry.  I, however, have never hand washed anything in my life so I stuff the girdle into a garment bag (or else the Velcro will snag on other items in the wash) and let it go through a normal cycle.  I still let it air dry overnight, so it’s ready to go when I get up.

Maybe this decreases the lifespan of your belt or girdle but it’s a time/cost evaluation.  Plus, in my experience, hand washing never fully de-stinkifies anything.  My girdle held up fine and is ready for another pregnancy, maybe two!  Use your judgment.