Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist


Advice

  • Why I Keep My Associate’s Degree on My Resume

    In life’s journey, certain choices become a catalyst for change, steering us in unexpected directions. Getting my associate’s degree was one of those pivotal moments. On the surface, it’s just a Computer Science credential from a community college, not as fancy as degrees from a fancy four-year institution like Rutgers or Notre Dame. But, it…

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  • Make Them Yearn to See, Touch, and Own Your Art

    Frequently, we encounter clichés like this presented as sage advice. However, the truth is that making this a reality requires effort. Let’s dive into this cliché by asking crucial questions that artists should consider. Who are “them”? Artists should pinpoint their audience. It’s not just “everyone” or “people who buy my work.” It goes deeper…

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  • Refining Your Artistic Identity: Part 2

    The Power of Formal Analysis In the vast world of art, where subjectivity reigns supreme, there exists a structured approach that artists can employ to understand and refine their work: formal analysis. This method, rooted in the history of art criticism, offers a systematic way to dissect and understand artworks. For artists, formal analysis is…

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  • Refining Your Artistic Identity: Part 1

    Honing Your Voice Web3 is a vast Metaverse, with artists of all shapes and sizes carving out their niche. And the journey to refine one’s artistic vision can often feel overwhelming. Below, I offer tools I used earlier this year and found them both enlightening and transformative. Deep Diving into Your Portfolio There are many…

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  • Constructive Critique for Artists (and Collectors)

    Mastering Constructive Critique Art, with its inherent subjectivity, often becomes a fertile ground for passionate discussions and critiques. While debate is essential for the growth and evolution of any art form, it’s crucial that these discussions are rooted in logic and fairness. One of the pitfalls many fall into, whether they’re artists or art enthusiasts,…

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  • Finding Balance as an Artist

    Coping Strategies for Artists The life of an artist, especially with social media, is a blend of emotions, experiences, and expressions. While the journey is filled with rewards, it also presents unique challenges, from the quest for recognition to personal creative blocks. This guide offers some coping strategies artists can use when things get tough.…

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  • On Deciding How to Mint Your Art

    The Artist’s Distribution Framework First Things First I won’t prescribe a definitive or ‘best’ method to mint your art. What I share is my approach, tailored to my journey and experiences. It may not resonate with everyone. Certain aspects might align with your perspective, while others might not. Use what feels right for you and…

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  • Low Effort Art and the Fallacy of Sunk Costs

    The world of art, with its myriad forms, styles, and interpretations, is a fertile ground for discussing the concepts of effort and value. One of the enduring debates revolves around the perceived effort behind a piece and its intrinsic value. Intertwined with this is the logical fallacy of sunk costs, a concept borrowed from economics.…

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  • Art in the Age of Commercialism

    The Artist’s Dilemma In the vast and varied world of art, a tension simmers beneath the surface, one that has been present for centuries and has only intensified in our modern, hyper-connected era. This tension is rooted in the age-old debate about the purpose and value of art, and it manifests in the form of…

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  • Network Effects for Artists

    The digital art space offers artists unprecedented opportunities to reach global audiences and achieve lasting impact. By understanding network effects artists can maximize their reach and influence while staying true to their artistic vision.

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