Let’s Talk About Art

I realize the tagline of this blog says writing, art, etc. but is 90% writing and 5% etc. Today, to shake things up a little bit, I’m focusing on the OTHER 5% (finally) and talking about art. Actually I’m asking you guys some questions about art, which is totally the same thing.  Lately I’ve been giving heavy thought to the question how can I make a steadier income with my art and my lovely fellow human on Facebook and Instagram have been throwing out some frankly genius ideas.

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Here’s the thing – art takes time. It takes years of practice. It’s hard work – and people like art. Some of us even love art. We love seeing a favorite character come to life, or one artist’s take on a film concept. Art makes life better – but it can also be expensive. I’ve had so many people tell me, “If I had the money, I would so commission X piece from you.”

As someone who’s definitely never fallen into the ‘rich’ category, I can say from the bottom of my heart, I feel you. And I want to do something about it.

Some of the suggestions tossed out to me are as follows:

Why don’t you sell pages of your sketchbook once you’ve finished them?

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What about blind date with sketches — someone buys a sketch from you and doesn’t know what they’re getting until it arrives? (This would probably be a monthly thing – think OwlCrate or BirchBox, but with sketches — possibly multiple sketches per ‘envelope.’)

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‘Now that IS lovely!’ — John Howe, making my day/week/2017

What about accepting commissions for those color sketches you do?

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What about offering custom trading cards? (These would be available in various mediums.)

I LOVED these suggestions, and when I publish my ‘commission info’ page on this site, you’ll see these options available for purchase. However, my Facebook and Insta peeps aren’t the only ones out there – I want to hear your ideas. What would YOU like to see? What artsy dream do YOU have?

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And because I like to be a little unconventional, I’ll be open to unusual methods of payment. Have an unused Target/WalMart/WHEREVER gift card lying around? You could totally trade that for some art. Have a product you sell, or something unused-but-neat sitting in a dusty corner? Feel free to suggest a barter!

LEAVE YOUR REQUESTS, IDEAS, AND SUGGESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW! I’ll go over them and see what I can do to make my artwork more accessible for you.

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11 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Art

  1. I’m a big Etsy person, and I would suggest you check it out for selling your art work! It is a cool online vendor setup, and very craft-oriented. Your art is so cool!

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  2. *Following on all platforms now!* How about an etsy shop selling prints &/or originals of some of your art?

    I make little necklace charms and earrings (and the rare figurine) out of polymer clay. perhaps someday I’ll attempt a barter!

    Out of curiosity, do you like doing commissions? I’ve done a few polymer clay commissions but decided I don’t really care for it most of the time. I want to make whatever I want to make, you know? Not a very professional attitude, I suppose, but it’s my relaxing hobby and it’s not relaxing when I’m not enjoying it anymore.

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    1. I LOVE doing commissions, actually. I reserve the right to not TAKE a commission if I don’t think I’ll like it, because honestly enjoying it makes such a huge difference. I can honestly say, though, that in years of doing commissions I’ve only ever not enjoyed a handful out of dozens, and only refused one or two.

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  3. I would totally commission you to illustrate one of my books. I think your style would fit perfectly with one that I’m currently writing. I still haven’t decided if I want to go the traditional or self publishing route (and there’s still a lot of editing to do. Ugh) but if ots something you think you’d be interested in, I can keep you updated

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  4. Bartering for art? YES. I LOVE THIS IDEA!

    Speaking of random art things: my acrylic painting skills get used in the most peculiar way for the common cause. I was commissioned to paint a bunch of sagebrush on a formerly ugly lamp yesterday because /reasons/.

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  5. I only wish I could get a piece of art by you!
    I opened a Redbubble shop last month for my own art, and it hasn’t been successful AT ALL. But I’m trying to keep my hopes up!
    I love the idea of the giftcards, and the quirky exchanges! I might need to try that one…

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