Art By Shante'

Capturing The Human Spirit & The Essence Of Nature

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Black Girls Don't Paint

The Artist Handbook​:

An African American Artist Perspective in Pursing a Career in Art
This book was written to inspire and encourage people of all walks of life to pursue their dream despite all obstacles. This book was also written to help artists that are struggling to find their voice or unsure of how they should market their work the key components they need to get started.
Pursuing a career in art is not a means to an end. Art is such a broad field with many options beyond anyone’s imagination. Choosing a career in the art field has itsadvantages as well as it challenges. It is not easy choosing to pursue a career in the art field because generally it is considered as a dying field. But the misconception of how art is viewed can be very unrealistic. If art did not exist the majority of the products that we all buy or use would not be available to the masses. Products would not have labels, there would be no ads we would have limited resources to market products, there would be no designs, creative techniques, or styles to choose and certain creative career choices would not exist . Computer graphics, animations, and computer games have taken the world by a storm. But yet society still believes it is unreasonable to obtain a college education to pursue a career in the art field.

It takes true visionaries with tough skin to choose a career in art. It is doubly harder for a minority because most of the times that is something unheard of in our community. For most minorities being an artist or choosing a career in the field can be a constant reminder of what it means to be different. There are examples of real life situations as well as the methods used to overcome the mental challenges of being artist as well as being different in this handbook. There are also tips on how start the creative process, methods how to develop a solid portfolio, and marketing tips.  With the proper business plan, sweat equity and a solid portfolio of product the sky is the limit. Persistence with a little talent can go a long way. The demand for products created for and by minorities is limited and very necessary. This handbook will not only help inspire people of color to pursue a career in the art field but provide resources that they can refer to when it is needed.
The purpose of this book is to give an insight and inspire more people of color to pursue a career in the art field. The experiences and examples documented in this book are the key motivational factors of why this book was written. I hope those who read this book can see the need of diversity and the open window of opportunities in an industry that most minorities fail to pursue.

About The Author

Shante' Young is an artist of 35 years currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the age of 9 while growing up  in Chicago Shante' discovered she had the ability to draw. At the age of 15 while attending El Cerrito High School in Northern California she flourished as an artist.  She attended a 4 year college after high school but due to economic reasons she dropped out of college and worked full-time, For several years Shante' always gravitated to her art.  While working full-time she created some of her signature pieces and her skills and style grew stronger.  She was so determined to finish her college education she recently went back to school and received her Bachelor's Degree in Art Studio at California State University, Sacramento.
     While attending Sac State Shante' was joking with another student about the fact that generally black girl's don't paint. By making that comment to another student the idea and concept  came into existence. She not only began to document the things most black women experienced in society as a whole but also the things she experienced in her life as a black female artist. Shante' began to questions why more women of color do not choose art as a major in college or why aren't more black women creating art. The majority of people in her classes are caucasian and there are very few minorities. It was very important for her to examine the cultural differences and the reasons why a large percentage of black people do not see being an artist as a real career option. Her main goal is to find a way to motivate more people of color to create art. Creating good art or reaching a certain level of success is not rewarding enough. Shante' feels that purpose in life is to give back to her community. Serving her purpose is part of the key element to what she considers being a successful African American female artist is all about