Mable Tan


how to license your art in 12 months ebook

This is a complete guide for surface designers about how to license your art. If you are determine to see your art on fabric, homeware, fashion, stationery etc., then this is the ebook for you. Art licensing is a great way to make extra income for your creative business. Did you know there are at least 15 different ways to generate revenue through your art?

I'll be sharing everything I know about art licensing, which includes, how to price your work, how to pitch your portfolio to an art director like a boss, how to follow-up with art directors like an bad ass, how to negotiate with clients, plus, a BONUS chapter on how to develop your signature style + the power of a 100 days art challenge.

FULL DISCLOSURE: This book is based on my experience; so you should know, the strategies in this book are what works for me. Every surface designer will have their own way of licensing their work. Art licensing can be incredibly exciting and equally as frustrating because every company is different; every industry is different; and every contract is different. It's unique to every designer and their experience.

If you are brand new to the world of art licensing, and you've never opened Adobe Illustrator, I would highly recommend Bonnie Christine's Immersion Course. It was the foundation I needed to build my surface design career. The Immersion Course is an 8-weeks online course with videos, community and all the support you need to learn how to become a surface designer.

This ebook is perfect for existing surface designers who have completed the Immersion Course and needing that extra bit of direction and focus to get licensed.

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"It took me 12 months to license my art without the help of an agent, or by exhibiting at a trade show. Well, technically, I did have an agent and I did exhibit at Surtex in 2019, but ironically, I never got licensed from that. Everything happened when I decided to take responsibility and control over my creative career."

mable tan

i've been selling my art for more than 10 years but it's only been the last two years i discovered surface design and art licensing. it has taken my creative career to new heights. I wish I knew how to license my art sooner.

I've compiled four years of research, education and experience into this ebook.

 It includes bonus chapters on how to develop your signature style, plus 100 prompts for a self-guided 100 days art challenge. it's the complete package with work sheets to help you plan your path and create the habits to make your dreams come true.

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I highly recommend Mable Tan's e-book, “How To License Your Art in 12 Months,” to ANYONE considering a career in surface design. I have a BFA in graphic design, and been a professional designer, art director, and creative director for over 20 years, and I already have some of my work licensed. Yet, I still found an enormous value in this book. Being a practiced artist and designer is one thing, but understanding the world of licensing your art is a completely different skill. Mable’s book breaks down the information you need to approach clients and get your work licensed. I appreciate the positivity in Mable’s writing style. As I read the book, it feels like Mable is there with me as a friend, encouraging me and believing in me. It feels doable, and I also feel like I have gained a community of friends who I can ask questions to and grow with. Mable also shares real numbers as starting points for pricing your work, as well as her own negotiation strategies. Thank you Mable, for putting together this valuable information in such a fun read!

annie riker
surface pattern designer
InstaGram: @annieriker
website: annie 

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This e-book is like a coffee table read jam packed with useful information, personal stories and inspiration. I read the whole thing in one sitting and felt energised and that bit more ready to tackle the next steps on my own journey. I will be rereading it, no doubt, many times to refocus and find new motivation when I need. I'm about to start my 100 day project and Mable's chapter on it has given me the courage to embark on this quite daunting commitment. I'm sure I'll be dropping into her prompts list on the way. Thank you so much, Mable, for this gorgeous publication.

anna dourado
surface pattern designer

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Your e-book was exactly what I need at this point in my journey. I’m glad I jumped to buy it as soon as it was released! The book is filled with nuggets of wisdom, practical advice, technical tips and a good dose of attitude. There were so many relatable points in your story, it felt serendipitous. I opened it up while my 1-year old napped - on me - and took it all in in one sitting, despite my own desire to take a nap too. I have so much left to do, but it feels good to have a real handbook to help me get there. Thank you for your beautiful work. 

surface pattern designer

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