Writing an artist biography can be a challenge, but also a powerful tool for your promotional purposes. While it’s easier to just say you were raised by a pack of wolves who taught you how to create, it’s not as effective or informative for your current and potential fans. So here are a few tips to help you create an engaging bio for your Redbubble profile that you can also use for your social media accounts.
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Your artist bio is not just about you personally, but also about your style and designs. Ideally, your bio entices readers to discover your art and want to learn more about you. A professional artist biography is at most a few paragraphs long and focuses not only on your art, but also on facts about you as an artist. It’s a good idea to create a long version of your bio for your own website – it also helps you create shorter bios that you can use for different profiles. This way you have the necessary details at hand and can summarize them to create shorter versions.
An artist bio should not be confused with a statement, which is more about the concepts, ideas and techniques you use to create your designs. A good artist bio is like a summarized resume and can even include some portions of your statement.
It is best to write your bio in the third person. This way, it can be shared more easily without having to alter the narrative perspective. Also, it looks better this way when you share your profile on social media accounts. However, there will come a time when you will also want to create a first-person biography. Let’s take a look at a few examples of each type of artist biography.
Long& short biography
The long form of your biography, about 300 to 500 words long, you would include in your website. In this bio, you should mention your birthplace, education, and current place of residence, as well as any publications/websites where or. where your art has been presented so far. You could also include what materials you use, or even mention your influences. It is the type of bio that is often used for public relations and promotional materials.
The short form bio is a condensed version of the long bio and ideally consists of about 120 words. It is the type of bio most often used on websites as well as in articles or interviews.
In your account details you will see the two fields "Public profile" and "Short biography". The profile should include similar information to your short bio: details about you and where you live, as well as your style and techniques. This section can contain links, and you’ll notice that some artists add pictures as well. If you add images, make sure they don’t distract from your bio.
The "short bio" should only be about 140 characters short, as it will be shared on social media, along with your cover photo. In Matthew Dunn’s profile you can find a great example of an effective biography. It’s informative, mentions what all he’s accomplished, and most importantly helps his profile feel solid and complete. This blog post about how to make your portfolio stand out has some more great examples of Redbubble biographies. Once you’ve written your bio, it’s a good idea to pull up the preview of your profile to check out what it looks like. You might also want to show it to someone who knows you so they can look at it and give you feedback.
Social media profile
Here’s Kelly Gilleran’s Instagram profile as an example. You will see her name and location mentioned as well as what type of art and style she creates. Short and effective. You will also find the link to your Redbubble store there. This is a super example of a short bio that can be used on a variety of social media profiles.
- Your bio should be a continuing document and updated regularly. So it always looks fresh and tidy too.
- Try to avoid complicated art terms and write informatively, engagingly, and clearly.
- Check your bio for spelling and grammatical errors. The reader who wants to get information about you should not be distracted by anything.
- A little humor in your bio can’t hurt, but too much of it can result in your profile not looking professional.
- Start with a strong first sentence. a strong first sentence. Try to grab the reader right away so that they keep reading and then get involved with your art.
Update your bio, add it to your profile and social media accounts, and share any tips you have about it below in the comments.