I found the Minted community almost 3 years ago. I entered one challenge, did not win anything, became incredibly discouraged and did not enter another challenge for almost a year.
I am a self taught artist. I have taken the odd class here and there but I did not go to art school. I have, only recently, started calling myself an artist outloud. Looking back on my past 33 years, I have always been an artist but the confidence has never really been there.
The Minted community has helped me a lot with my confidence, with the helpful criticism and encouraging advice. I even have a minted "buddy" that lives across the world who has been super helpful.
Above is one of my entries to the Minted x Pottery Barn Kids x PBteen Wall Art Challenge. It is a print that I have had in my head and in one form or another on my computer for EVER.
That is what I think the coolest part of Minted is. It helps me keep working, keep producing, keep getting better.
OK... Minted gush over. Feel free to click on the link and vote for some entries. Minted usually gives discount codes for voting on more than 50 entries so it will be well worth your time!
Here are some other things that have been floating around in my brain...
Speaking of tooooo good... Lorraine Loots . Her art is so tiny, the size of a quarter... AND SO FREAKING GOOD.
Looking forward to watching this.