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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Free Classes for Writers

March is Writer's Month at 121hub. Classes of interest to writers are being offered to members and nonmembers free of charge. Even if you haven't built a website at 121hub you can still take advantage of these great classes. Just click on the link and sign up for the class of your choice.

Monday, January 12, 2015

EPUB and MOBI formatting

EPUB, MOBI, and Kindle fixed layout formatting services and eBook/book cover design services are available. Email me with "eBook" in subject line and we can discuss your project.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Maximum Image Sizes for Android Painting Apps

Have you ever wondered what is the maximum image size you can get from a drawing/painting app for your android device? Wouldn't it be nice is they listed that information in the description? Well, I wondered that myself so I have compiled the following list from the apps I have downloaded on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 12.2. Hope you find it useful.

Corel Painter Mobile
2560 x 2560 pixels

SketchBook for Galaxy
2560 x 2560 pixels

Autodesk Sketchbook
2560 x 2560 pixels

Clover Paint
5000 x 5000 pixels and up

Infinite Painter
2560 x 2560 pixels

Scribmaster Premium
5120 x 3200 pixels

ArtRage for Android
2048 x 2048 pixels

Monday, December 8, 2014

Low Cost Website, Shopping Cart, Blog

As an artist, crafter, author, photographer, or anyone who needs to promote their work, wouldn't it be great to have a low cost website with the ability to offer a shopping cart for services, digital downloads, and physical products? Wouldn't it be even better to have a blog with it and only have to sign in once to work on your website, add new products, post to your blog? Well, I have found a way to do all that and more. Click on the link to see the website I am building for myself. It's a work in progress as I will be adding more products and services soon.

121hub is a personal branding and web design site. We help YOU build AWESOME websites.

Each new member gets 2 awesome websites they can design themselves with our easy kind of- plug and play- type design system.  Once you input your information and images you can select a website “theme” from our theme shop and with a few clicks you will see your site LIVE within minutes.  Don’t like it?  NO PROBLEM! Change your whole site look with just a few more clicks.

Our Theme store has great themes to choose from, and we are adding 2 new themes you can select from EACH WEEK!  And the best thing. You can change as many times as you’d like.. No extra charge!

ALSO:  our storefronts…. We don’t take any listing or sales fees! Unlike some other guys who are always reaching in your pocket… WE LOVE ARTISTS AND ARTISANS... CREATIVE TYPES and ANYONE who is trying to earn their living from the sweat of their own brow…. Earn your money… We only want to make it easier for you to do so, and Easier for people to FIND YOU!

We have only one priority.  It is now what it was at the beginning, and it will always remain the same - serving the members and making them MORE SUCCESSFUL… and, OUR FOUNDERS are smart enough to do it.  (FUN FACT: they already know how!)

Here are some more facts to think about.

       Founding Members
       1 – 5,000
       Original Hand Stamped Founding Member Coin
       Lifetime Fixed Pricing at $23.99 per year
       Two Awesome Websites
       Two online stores (if wanted or needed... goes live day after Thanksgiving)
       Online Resume (goes live day after Christmas)
       Designer printed resume (constantly updated as the site is managed) Q1 2015
       Search Engine Optimization
       Your Own Permanent Address on the web

Finally: If you aren’t computer savvy, we have THE BEST customer service around.  We have web design concierges who can help you with anything from getting your web design complete to custom logo and banner design to social media marketing. 

If you want to check out some videos: See them here at:

If at any time you want to cancel your membership, you can and get a refund for unused membership fees.

To sign up and log in, please go to
Once you log in you’ll see our dashboard
Click on the Hammer to get to your Work Website side and the Heart to get to the Play Website side. 

Here's a short to do list:
Tanya Provines
121hub Concierge
See you at the hub!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

High Resolution Digital Art on a Tablet

I've just discovered the coolest thing ever. Splashtop lets me access and control my computer on my tablet. What does this mean? It means I can access and run all the drawing programs on my PC; Photoshop, DrawPlus, etc. on the touch screen of the tablet and draw directly on the screen of the tablet with it all actually being on my computer. You put a streaming software on the computer and an app on your tablet. The personal use account is free. This is probably common knowledge to many folks but it just turned my artist world right side up!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sketchbook Pro manual

I recently purchased a 10" tablet and was looking for a sketching and painting program for it. After doing some research and trying out several free versions of different programs, I decided to get the paid version of Sketchbook Pro made by Autodesk, Inc. It has more features than the others and the ability to change canvas size.

Finding a copy of the manual for it required quite a bit of research as well. If you are looking for one, here is a link to the English version. Be advised that this manual covers the full blown version on Windows/Mac. If using the program on an Android tablet, like I am, you can still find information on the tools available in the limited version.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Where to find graphic design jobs

It's been quite some time since I have posted due to the fact that I sold my home/studio, paid off all my debts, and moved into a 3 bedroom apartment that is quite affordable. It is one town over from where I was and since it is a larger town there should be more opportunities for graphic design work. I'm looking forward to this next phase in my life and career. Finding work online is not what it used to be with all the international competition so I will hit the pavement and make new opportunities.

Fellow graphic artists, where do you find new clients? We can all benefit from sharing our knowledge and best practices.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hot Dog Recipe

As an artist and a diabetic, I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen almost as much as I enjoy experimenting with graphic design. I was able to combine the two with this piece. Enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Overcome Evil With Good

Sometimes I choose to jump in and start drawing with no particular subject or theme in mind. This allows my subconscious to express whatever it feels a need to. "Overcome evil with good" is a bible passage that is near and dear to my heart. This drawing expresses it in a way far more powerful that I would have created had I started with that theme in mind.
This method of drawing is art therapy for the artist. Elements of art and principles of design that are embedded in us become the tools that allow us to turn subconscious thoughts into visual reality. 

You can see my interpretation of "Overcome Evil With Good" here:

Friday, July 11, 2014

How To Eliminate Paper Texture of a Drawing When Printing

Have you ever done a magnificent drawing and when you try to sell it as a print it looks awful because the paper texture and tiny bits of who knows what show up? An easy way to clean up the drawing is to scan it into your computer, if it fits on your scanner, or take a high resolution photograph of it. Open the jpeg in Photoshop and use the magic eraser tool to eliminate the paper background. Be sure to also click the magic eraser tool on any small areas withing the drawing itself that you want to be a smooth white.

Save the image as a jpeg and voila, your drawing is magnificent once again. You can see an example of one of my sketches I used this technique on HERE.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Chugging Along as a Professional Artist

It's been awhile since I have posted. Since most of the freelance graphic design jobs available on the internet have started going to workers in India who only charge $2 an hour, I have had to spend a great deal of time finding other ways to make a living as an artist. Likewise, when eBooks and eReaders first came out I was making good royalties from my eBooks. Not so much anymore. I have been working at helping other authors with cover design and formatting services. That keeps me pretty busy these days.

I do hope things turn around on both fronts. I have heard that many employers are not satisfied with the quality of the service they are receiving from overseas graphic designers. I've also found new markets for my eBooks. I will continue chugging along as long as I have paint, pencils, and a computer. I love what I do and maybe someday it will pay off in more than just personal satisfaction. Hang in there my fellow artists. Without us the world would be a very dull place.

Monday, June 23, 2014


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Diamond Hunting in Arkansas

My boyfriend, Jack, and I enjoy taking off on the weekends to explore new places and take a break from our work. Our most recent trip was to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. It occurred to me that our trips would make great eBook material. I published the first volume of Jack & Tanya's Weekend Adventures today. You can see it here...CLICK

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

All Work And No Play...

We all need to unplug and get away once in awhile. Last weekend my boyfriend and I went on a camping trip to Murfreesboro, Arkansas to hunt for diamonds. It was beautiful there and, although we didn't find any diamonds, we had a great time. I plan on starting a new series of eBooks called "Jack and Tanya's Weekend Adventures". Here is a sneak peek at some of the photos that will illustrate the eBook.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Iron on T-Shirt Transfers

Iron-on T-Shirt transfers, featuring my original designs, are now available in my Etsy store. Just click on the link to pick your favorite design and get started creating T-Shirts, tote bags, apron, etc. The instant downloads are for use with any inkjet printer and transfer paper. I will be adding new designs on a regular basis so check back often. Let the creativity begin!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Free Listings on Etsy

Get 40 free listings when you open a new store on Etsy. Just follow this link to get started. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Etsy Store

After much shopping around and comparing sites to sell original artwork and my upcoming t-shirt line, I have opened a store at Their fees are very affordable and the shopping cart functionality is built in. To build a new website with the features they offer would be cost prohibitive. If you are looking to sell handmade items; artwork, clothing, jewelry, etc. check them out. In the meantime you can visit my store:
Tanya Provines on Etsy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How To Handle Negative Comments About Your Work

With more than 100 eBooks on the market I have read my fair share of comments on my work, both good and bad. As artists and authors we have to have thick skins and take it all in stride. When I first started self-publishing, negative comments were very upsetting. Now, they are only slightly annoying and sometimes even comical. One guy commented, after purchasing one of my eBooks, that he would have felt better had he been scammed by Nigerians. That one made me laugh and also made me feel sorry for anyone from Nigeria.

Negative comments outweigh the positive ones, probably 4 to 1. Although I haven't done the math, that is my estimate. As Dr. Phil said on his show today, when people have a good experience with a product they say, "OK, that's what I expected," and move one. When they have a negative experience they want to shout it to the world. I'm paraphrasing so don't get bent out of shape if I didn't quote him word for word. Rest assured that for every negative comment that is voiced regarding your work there are many more who loved your work and just didn't bother to say so.

Positive comments bring me joy and far outweigh the negative ones in my quest for artistic bliss. As long as I am certain that I have put forth my best effort and believe that my work is beneficial to some people, I will continue to draw, paint, and write. I suggest you do the same.

If you have a special way of dealing with negative comments and reviews, please feel free to share it with us.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Paperback Book Cover

Here's a sneak peak at my latest commission. It's a paperback cover design for Bill Howard's second book in the Rick Wade mystery series. I designed a logo for it too to act as a brand that we can use on all the books in the series and other promotions. Bill was a joy to work with. I would love to have more client's like him. I will post a link to it when it is published.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fine Art Originals and Prints

I am happy to announce that my original artwork and prints are now available on this blog. Simply look to the right or left. Scroll down to the bottom and you will find the complete selection of my best work with the ability to place your order from a secure shopping cart. You can even choose from a wide selection of prints, canvas prints, custom frames, and iPhone covers. Your patronage is greatly appreciated. As always, custom orders for original paintings are also welcome.