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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Great for any occasion!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
If I can find some formal training on these topics, I will persue this training as well.
If you know of any courses in webdesign, search engine optimization and internet marketing, that are local, or online training, and that are reasonably priced, quality training please email me a link or contact number.
Search Engine Optimization- I plan to study books on this subject, learn how to maximize
and drive a targeted market to my website, who will use my services. Once I have mastered this knowledge and techniques successfully I will offer these services to others.
Cambridge Who's Who, Recognized Toni McMillan, of Tonidraws.com as an honored member for outstanding achievement in the field of Art. She was added to the Cambridge Who's Who Registry of Executive's and Professional for the 2007-2008 Edition.
Buying and Selling on EBay- Center for Workforce Training- completed 2.5 hours of instruction on buying and selling on Ebay- 2006
Marketing Award- New Women's Council- For achievement in helping Market the New Women's Council in the media.
"Big Ideas for Promoting A Small Business," Idaho Small Business Development Center
3 credit hours according to the guidelines set forth by the National Task Force on the Continuing
Education Unit. -2005
"Basic Advertising & Media Strategy," 4 credit hours according to the guidelines set forth by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit. 2005
"Do It Yourself Market Research," 4 credit hours according to the guidelines set forth by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit. 2004
"Idaho Premier FastTrac II," for successful completion of the Intensive Business Course, Survival Skills for Small Business Owners, Idaho Small Business Development Center- 1995
"Basic Advertising & Media Strategy," 4 credit hours according to the guidelines set forth
by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit. 1995
"First Place Award," Business Plan Competition, Idaho Premier Fast Trac II- 1995
Honor of Outstanding Achievement. The Premier Fast Trac II course, was an intensive course for entrepreneur's in preparing a business plan. The four month's of training included
many classes, expert speakers and preparing your business plan. The plans were judged by Presidents of local banks, and included dozens of businesses from Boise and Nampa.
My business plan received the highest award, even though I didn't actually have a business at the time. All the other competitors actually had businesses. This award is one of my highest achievement other than my Bachelor of Arts Degree. It illustrated to myself and the business community that I not only had talent but that I had a good business mind, and the number one business plan for success out of dozens of businesses that competed.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Twelve week course in over-coming fear of public speaking, techniques, how to win friends and influence people.
DALE CARNEGIE AWARDS- I received the first award, "Personal Progress Award," for my first speech. I spoke on the topic of a childhood horseback riding accident.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE RECOGNITION- 100% Attendance for the entire 12 weeks.
PUBLIC SPEAKING EXPERIENCE:
TAKE THE LEAD- Leads Group- Chill's Restaurant- 2010- I was asked to be a guest speaker for this years group after sharing a story about my success in Texas this past holiday season.
I spoke on the topic of my efforts to reinvent myself and my business to survive the recession over the past 2 years. My efforts include:
Designed new Website, and trimmed it down
Added new online art store- where my art can be purchased on dozens of products under $30.
Art Stimulus Package- Offered drawings with pawprints, drawing and shadowbox to customer to offer package deal at only $150 framed.
Museums are now carrying my products in Texas now- retail sales, more public expose, and free publicity and residual income from art.
Teaching Private Art Lessons in Home- to keep costs down, and to bring in steady income
I started receiving requests for private lessons from my old website. I enjoy teaching private lessons and making new friends of all ages and sharing my passion.
PUBLIC SPEAKING - PAST
Boise State University- Spoke at John Killmaster's art Class- inspirational speech on following your dreams as an Artist-
University Christian Church- Boise State University- Spoke at a woman's church luncheon on the topic of, "Portraiture through the Ages." I spoke on when the human image was first used in time on cave walls, how Alexander the Great was the first to use his image on coins, to how photography effected portraiture and current trends in portraiture."
FUTURE PLANS - Public Speaking- High School-Art Departments in Boise Area.
I feel it is important that student's planning their career in the Arts, need the opportunity to hear an experienced artist share their history, in site and encouragement before deciding what direction to go with their talents and continuing their education.
Public Speaking-Leads Groups, Pet Groups, etc. I feel I have many stories that would be interesting for any group or any age. My art is very visually interesting, and many of my successes most people find inspirational.
I told them I had dreamed to be published in their publication for years. Many of my Boise State University Professors had been published in their magazine regularly. They are located in Nampa, Idaho. I never met them or even showed them my portfolio. I asked them if they would just give me an assignment, and told them I would complete the project and they would not be obligated to publish or pay me for the illustration if they did not like the drawing.
The article was on the right to prayer in schools. I tried to get into a public school to use a child as a model, and wasn't allowed. I went to a Christian school and was allowed to photograph an 8 year old girl sitting in front of a chalkboard praying with a math problem on the chalkb0ard.
They were happy with the illustration, paid me $300, and I was published in a National Magazine for the first time. I tried to get more assignments but they worked through a design firm and only made this exception for me that one time. I was very excited to be published in their magazine! I haven't tried to work with publisher since this. It is very difficult to get in, and get steady work and to find a publisher that is interested in your style and will work with individual artist's anymore. I would be interested if a publisher approached me and my style is what they were looking for, if they were reputable and paid well.
Friday, March 5, 2010
I will be organizing this blog by category for now so I can go back into the past to demonstrate my training, accomplishment and future goals.
The first category is EDUCATION- Past
Most of you know I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from Boise State University, in 1989. I graduated cum laude with a GPA of 3.89.
I had planned to go into Graphic Design, and Illustration. I did freelance logo design for a variety of organizations and businesses.
LOGO Design Future Goals- I currently have a new online art store, at http://www.tonidraws.com/
where I can design anything for any purpose, that can be added to up to 50 products priced under $30, that can be used for the following:
Organizations- Events, Team Identity, Prizes, Promotion, Marketing and Awards!
Each member can order their own style of T-shirt and size! You don't have to collect money for the group, no set up fees, and you can order 1 or thousands. They will be shipped anywhere you want within a week or two depending on quantities. ex. of products include: tote bags, mugs, mouse pads, greeting cards, hats, magnets, clocks, pillows, etc. Check to see all the products and how they look with designs on them at: http://www.tonidraws.com/ or call 208-345-4-ART to discuss ideas for your organization. There will be a charge for the designing of the logo or art to be negotiated. If you want to resale these items this will need to be negotiated as well.
LOGO DESIGN- Past Projects
Boise City Police- my logo was used for the off-duty officer's softball hats, for the entire Boise Police Department.
Boise State University- I designed a Bronco horse logo for an Ice Cream cart, that was
taken around to all the sporting events and campus.
Idaho Revolver League- Logo for the organizations T-shirts
Idaho Bird Hunters Association- Logo for organization's T-shirts and organization brand
Wolf Recovery Foundation- Logo for T-shirts and organization's brand
Jan- 2010- Timberline High School- Athletic Department- Six Graduating Seniors
Project- Six Line drawing of the six 2010 graduating seniors. I was allowed to present the drawings to the seniors after a win against Boise High at a special event ceremony. Each athlete and their parents were very pleased with the drawings. Here is the testimonial of the parent that contracted me:
February 25, 2010
My name is Lisa Hall, and my first encounter with Toni was the day I called her to see if she could bail me out of a tough position. Graciously, she agreed knowing that if she said no, there was not enough time for the project to be completed by anyone else.
My story is as follows:
I have two sons who play basketball for the Timberline High School Team. We asked the Art Department to create caricatures for each of the six seniors to present to them on Senior Night. Their versions did not turn out how we wanted, so we had to move on and come up with another plan.
At the time it was Tuesday and we needed them by Thursday. From a referral artist who teaches for the Young Rembrant's Art Program, we called Toni to see if she could produce line drawings for each of the boys by Thursday, and she agreed. We provided her with a physical photo of each player, and we didn't give her much time. She worked diligently late nights to create the awesome drawings of each player. The boys love them, and the parents were thrilled with the final product. Success!
Toni is a wonderful artist, and I would definately refer her to anyone I know, and I plan to hire her for some personal projects myself.
Book Illustration: I am a published illustrator. This book was written by two physical therapist in Boise Idaho. It is a parenting book for anyone that is involved in raising children, parents, child care providers, teachings, grandparents, etc. I am proud of the 65 drawings I completed for this book. I did all the photography for the book as well as 65 line drawings. It took 9 months to complete these drawings.
ILLUSTRATION FUTURE GOALS- I would be interested in doing more illustration and perhaps write and illustrate my own childen's book in the future, however I prefer to work with only individuals and publishers that know copywrite laws, and those that have adequate funds to pay for quality illustration.
COPYRIGHT LAWS on book illustration and Ethical Hiring of Artists:
Please do not take advantage of artists or even hobby artist. Pay them for their time and work, even if they are not experienced and even if they don't ask. Art is valuable and so is the artist's time and talents. Do your homework and find out what is fair, just because you wrote a book, do not expect an artist to invest in your project that may never get published. Pay them on time and fairly!
Pay the artist 50% upfront: We need this to pay the costs of art supplies, and living expenses while creating and to insure the client is committed and won't back out of the project while you work on it.
Future Plans in Illustration:
I am only interested in working with experienced and professional publishers in the future. It is insufficient to only offer an artist their name in a book, or royalties based on possible future sales as payment. These are standard perks and do not offer much value in gaining more work for an artist. The artist delivers images now, and should be paid a reasonable rate for each illustration as it is completed and accepted. There is a lot of time involved with creating art, pay for their time fairly. Pay them an extra rush fee if you need things in less than 2 weeks. Be Realistic: When you see a sketch artist at the fair doing a drawing in 15 minutes, that doesn't mean every drawing will only take 15 minutes and you should only pay $10 for an illustration. There are many steps to creating an illustration, and each drawing requires different skills and different hours to create. Some artist are more experienced and better than others. Expect to pay more for these skills and experience. Some Illustrations can take 5 hours some up to 50 hours. Most illustrations can start at least $50 to $500 per drawing. Try to be realistic as to how much time your project would take. Think about how much you would want to be paid if you were doing it. If you worked for 4 hours doing anything , would you want to be paid $10? That's $2.50 an hour. Do you think because you enjoy your work, you should be paid less? If you got your name on a book cover, would'nt you still need a paycheck to pay your costs of living and supplies? Recognition is not enough, and the artist has bills and cost of living too, and needs to be paid fully and also given recognition for their hard work. Referrals are always nice too. The artist keeps the original drawings when they are used for publication. The publisher is only paying for the use of the drawings not ownership. The artist retains full ownership to the images even if they are contracted and paid to do the drawings for a specific book.
The artist should be paid for each use of the drawings. For the cover, interior, and each time it is reprinted according to their agreed terms of their contract. To print or alter an artist's work without payment or permission is Copyright infringement and you can be sued. The artist is paid each time and image is reproduced, because this is how they make their living. This is true in music, writing, and any other performancing art.
"Kids Learn from the Inside Out," Shirley L. Randolph, MA, PT and Margot C. Heiniger, MA, OTR, Illustrator - Toni McMillan 65 line drawings of children, illustrating the developmental stages of children from birth to age 7 years.