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THE COMPLETE ARTIST: How to Succeed in the Creative Industry

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This book is in it's final stages of production and will be shipped in June. $49 Printed book is towards a Trade Soft Cover Edition os 224 Page book. Look at the Rewards Package for bonus prints and goodies. Books will be shipping out in June. All the Videos will be available in May by accessing them through Video Workshops Interface here on the site.

Here is one EPIC Art Book written by Top Industry Pros & Truly Amazing Artists that will take you to the top of your creative career

Hey, I'm Jason Seiler (, I'm an artist, painter, illustrator and an instructor on I've been fortunate to make it in the industry and paint and draw for clients that include TIME, Billboard + Rolling Stone Magazine, The New Yorker, Der Spiegel, Wall Street Journal, New York Observer and many others. My latest Painting is Pope Francis and it's featured on the 2013 Person of the year Cover of TIME Magazine.

If you want to know exactly what it takes to become an Elite Artist and to succeed in the Fine Art, Magazine, Video Game or Film Industry with so much competition, then this book is the road-map for your career. We will explain and show you techniques and steps in succeeding in your chosen profession. You will read and watch video interviews from 20+ of the biggest names in the art, publishing and advertising world and they'll tell you what they did and what you should avoid. We answer all questions that most 'artsy books' don't. You'll learn painting techniques, increase productivity, be inspired, know what to include and how to present portfolios for pitches and galleries. You'll learn about copyrights and how and where to sell your artwork. You'll learn how to stay ahead of competition with self promotion, understand taxes and time management as a freelancer in having your own business and so much more.

This book has over 300 years of high level professional experience from the biggest names in the industry: Cesar Santos, David Jon Kassan, Grigor Eftimov, Jeremy Geddes, Sean Cheetham, Justin Coro Kaufman, Sterling Hundley, Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen, Robin Eley, William Wray, Shawn Barber, Aleah Chapin, Marcin Migdal, Grigor Eftimov, Tyler Jacobson, and art directors working for Rolling Stone Magazine, Der Spiegel and others, that told us things we didn't even know. 

Read what other artists, animators, photographers have to say about our book project at this link.

Who is this book for?  

This book is for every person that wants to unleash their creativity and turn it into a successful career in a shorter amount of time but is short on discipline, ambition, knowledge or the know-how of how to get started. It will teach you to stay motivated, how to stay ahead of competition and what the industry is looking for when they hire. In this book, you’ll learn how 20+ acclaimed artists and professionals made it to the top of their industry. You'll get an inside look into their portfolios and techniques through Interactive videos, painting sessions, articles and interviews. You'll understand how to get noticed and be exhibited in galleries, sell and promote your art, and have your work in publications like Rolling Stone, Billboard, TIME, Der Spiegel. 

  What can I expect from this book? 

  • To be 200% satisfied with the knowledge you will gain regardless of what creative profession or country you are in
  • To learn from professionals who are in the TOP OF THEIR INDUSTRY with an average of 15 years  experience. That's 300+ years of Top-Level professional advice in your hands
  • You'll enjoy hundreds of beautiful illustrations and artwork on large high quality pages
  • You'll learn methods and best practices to produce mind blowing artwork in less time and learn how to stay focused on goals
  • Expect to have all your questions answered about Art, Business, Clients, Promotion, Copyrights, taxes and much more
  • Get many hours of bonus videos and QR Codes inside the book
  • You'll be motivated and inspired to move ahead in your career
  • You will learn and discover how Jason and his friends went from a struggling artist to globally acclaimed artists
  • You get to create this book with us and ask our pros questions
  • You will even know what these artists EAT for breakfast :)


Guest Artists

Shawn Barber ( Shawn Barber's body of work focuses primarily on painting, portraiture, and documenting contemporary tattoo culture. Barber's intimate renditions of tattooed individuals, balance both meticulous brush strokes and loose energy. Figurative in nature, these large paintings take on abstractions with explosive colors, meandering lines and paint dripping down the canvas. Shawn earned his B.F.A from Ringling College of Art in 1999 and A.A.S. from Cazenovia College in 1997. His paintings are held in private collections throughout the United Stated. Canada, Asia, Europe and Australia. His paintings have been exhibited in diverse solo and group venues including: The Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC,NYC; Billy Shire Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ; Southern Illinois University Museum, Carbondale, IL; FFDG, San Francisco. Among his extensive achievements, he has taught drawing, painting and the business of art for over 10 years at various art schools throughout the country.

Sean Cheetham ( Sean Cheetham was born in 1977. He has a Bachelor of Fine Art degree with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He exhibited his work in 2005 at the Portrait Award National Portrait Gallery in London, England. In 2006, Sean had his first one man exhibition with The Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery in Pasadena. Sean has become recognized as one of the most acclaimed young figurative painters today! He was featured in American Artist’s Workshop magazine, with a tutorial article. 

Robin Eley ( Robin Elay is an Australian hyperrealist painter. Eley’s international exhibitions include Koi No Yokan (2013) at 101/exhibit in Los Angeles, BMG First Look (2013) at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York, and Journeys at the Ridley Tree Museum of Art in California (2012). Solo exhibitions include Singularity (2012) and Idolatry (2013), both held at Hill Smith Gallery in Adelaide, S. Australia, and in 2014 he will exhibit with 101/exhibit in Los Angeles. Eley has been a finalist in numerous Australian art prizes, most notably Runner Up (2010) and Highly Commended (2011) in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the world’s richest prize for portraiture. In addition, he has also been a finalist in the Archibald Prize (2012), the Eutick Memorial Still Life Art Prize (2010, 2012) and the Nora Heysen Still Life Art Award (2011). In 2012 he was the recipient of an International Presentation Grant from Arts SA which enabled him to accept an invitation to travel to the United States to exhibit his work in California. His work is held in numerous private art collections around the world and has recently had work acquired publicly by the Ridley Tree Museum of Art in the United States.

Sterling Hundley ( The work of illustrator and painter Sterling Hundley has appeared regularly in the pages of Communication Arts Magazine, American Illustration, Print Magazine, the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, 3 x 3, Graphis, Step by Step Graphics, the Society of Publication Designers, and the New York Society of Illustrators. Sterling is the recipient of three Gold and two Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators New York, as well as Gold and Silver medals from the Illustrators Club in Washington, D.C. Hundley has created work for a wide range of clients, including: Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Arena Stage, Marvel, Atlantic Monthly, the Grammys, GQ, the New Yorker, the Progressive, Vibe, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Red Bull, Harper Collins, Penguin/Putnam, Random House, Scholastic, Knopf, Sterling Publishing, Major League Baseball, and Virginia Living Magazine. Sterling and his work have been the subject of feature articles in Communication Arts magazine (2008), Print (Young Visual Artists, 2004), and RVA magazine (2008). Sterling lives in Richmond, Virginia, and is currently represented by Richard Solomon Artist Representative in New York City. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, is one of five core instructors at the Illustration Academy, and serves as Director of The Richmond location of The Art Department.

Jeremy Geddes ( Jeremy Geddes is a photo-realistic painter from Melbourne, Australia. He is widely known for the Cosmonaut series of paintings, and has illustrated for comic book covers, in collaboration with friend Ashley Wood. Geddess won the Spectrum Gold Award for his cover art for the comic, Doomed. His children's picture book, The Mystery of Eilean Mor, was shortlisted for The Aurealis Awards, won The Crichton Award, and was named as one of CBC Notable Books in 2006.

William Wray ( William York Wray is an acclaimed American cartoonist and landscape painter, notable for his Urban Landscape series of paintings, figurative and still life paintings in a combination of realism and abstract expressionism. Wray blends traditional skill sets of realism and the sheer energy of abstract expressionism in an ongoing evolution to find the balance between two seemingly unrelated styles. Wray has published Articles in Issue of Southwest Art, American Art Collector and The Artist Magazine. Amongst his exhibitions, he's been awarded  LAPAPA Best of Plein Air 2008, First place at the Art Interview Magazine - Second Quarter 2005 and he was the Finalist at the Art Kudos International Art competition. William has received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and contributed many pages for Mad and to The Ren & Stimpy Show.Wray has challenged himself to create a brand of realistic expressionism he hopes to use a bridge into the customarily circumspect contemporary art world. 

David Jon Kassan ( David Jon Kassan is a contemporary American painter best known for his life-size realist portraits. The paintings combine figurative subjects with abstract backgrounds or “tromp l’oeil texture studies,” reportedly inspired by Franz Kline and Robert Rauschenberg. Of this dual representation strategy Kassan notes, “my effort to constantly learn to document reality with a naturalistic, representational painting technique allows for pieces to be inherent contradictions; paintings that are both real and abstract.

Grigor Eftimov ( Grigor currently owns, works, and teaches at 480 Studio.....He is a graduate of the American Academy of Art and the School of Representational Art in Chicago, IL. His artwork has been featured on the cover of American Artist's Drawing Magazine, and American Artist's Workshops Magazine. He has taught drawing, painting, storyboarding, and Plein-Aire painting in Chicago for many years and has a strong following of students in the Chicago area.

Aleah Chapin ( Born in 1986, Aleah Chapin is an acclaimed American hyper realistic painter and artist. Aleah grew up on an island north of Seattle. After receiving her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2009 she moved to NYC to complete her MFA. Since then, Aleah attended a residency at the Leipzig International Art Programme in Germany and in the fall of 2013 she will be a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Aleah has been the recipient of several awards including the Posey Foundation Scholarship and the Elizabest Greenshields Foundation Grant. Most recently she won first place in the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. She has exhibited her work in the US, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK.


Cesar Santos ( Cesar Santos is a Cuban-American artist. His art education is worldly, and his work has been seen around the globe, from the Annigoni Museum in Italy, the Beijing museum in China to Chelsea NY. Santos studied at Miami Dade College, where he earned his associate in arts degree in 2003. He then attended the New World School of the Arts before travelling to Florence, Italy. In 2006, he completed the “Fundamental Program in Drawing and Painting” at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, studying under Michael John Angel, who was a student of artist Pietro Annigoni. Santos’ work reflects both classical and modern interpretations juxtaposed within one painting. His influences range from the Renaissance to the masters of the nineteenth century to Modernism. With superb technique, he infuses a harmony between the natural and the conceptual to create works that are provocative and dramatic. The artist has received numerous accolades, including first place in a Metropolitan Museum of Art competition. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America, including the Frost Art Museum in Miami, the Villa Bardini Museum in Florence and the National Gallery in Costa Rica. The artist has received numerous accolades, including first place in a Metropolitan Museum of Art competition. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America, including the Frost Art Museum in Miami, the Villa Bardini Museum in Florence and the National Gallery in Costa Rica.

Justin "Coro" Kaufman ( Justin is an artist based on San Francisco and serves as a Founder and Art Director of MASSIVE BLACK ( A Studio that creates concept design and Pre-Vis Illustration for Games, Film and Television.

Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen ( Henrik is a Norwegian oil painter. Uldalen is a self-taught artist whose work includes classic figurative painting. He paints people in oils and then pieces these images in impossible scenes such as climbing upside down spiral staircases, or falling from tilted buildings. His work has been described as photosurrealism and ben exhibited and showcase around the world and recognized in many publications.

Tyler Jacobson ( Tyler as a graduate of the Art University in San Francisco. He is an acclaimed illustrator who's clients include Wizards of the Coast, Dungeons & Dragons, Simon & Schuster, NBC, Rolling Stone Magazine, Toyota, Men's Journal and more. He is the recipenct of the Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Art from the New England Science Fiction Association and was awarded a Gold Medal in Advertising by Spectrum 19.  


Why Kickstarter?

We're thrilled to have the collective of master artists and companies that agreed to be interviewed and showcase their works. It's already taken a lot of time, patience to produce the content, videos, and offer them not only as text but as interactive videos within this book. We still have a few more interviews to record, edit and add inside and then we need to print this book and bring it into your hands the way it's meant to be seen. So, if you feel there is a place on your bookshelf for a book like this, give us a hand.

Book specifications...

    • SoftCover Trade Edition
      250+ Pages printed on High Quality Gloss Paper
      Durable Perfect Binding
    • HardCover Large Edition
      9.5" x 11.75" 
      250+ pages on Higher Quality Gloss Paper
      Durable Section sewn Binding
      Full Color Gloss Laminated HardCover



If you'd like additional books or prints, simply add the dollar amount of the add on to your order on checkout. It's the same for everyone:

ADD-ON #1: Want to add another Hardcover book? Just add $35 extra to your pledge and we will send you a second book (however, it will not have all the goodies with it, like prints or signatures, it will come shrink wrapped). There is no additional shipping for a second book. 

ADD-ON #2: Want to add a Soft Cover book to your package? Just add $25 extra to your pledge and we will send you a second book (however, it will not have all the extras, it will come shrink wrapped). There is no additional shipping for 2nd book.

ADD-ON #3: If you're getting the standard SoftCover book only and want the rest of the prints, just add $15 to your order and you'll get all 5.


ADD-ON #3: If you'd like access to the "Sketching with Jason Seiler " Video workshop please add only $20 to your order (Normally $49).