I like it and that’s enough.
With the advent of the World Wide Web as a marketplace for all, there is little need any longer for excellence in craft or practice. All you truly require is an internet marketing genius to bring you sales and a reputation as an accomplished artist. Does that mean that you could become wealthy selling scribbles on napkins over the internet? Very likely.
If you are one of the above, wishing to gain fame and fortune via marketing tricks, then I wish you all the luck in the world. You probably won’t need it. You’ll do fine.
For the rest of us creative types, however, who want to gain an audience because of our artistic efforts, we need to do a better job of presentation. It is a fact, still, that word of mouth is the most effective sales tool. If your work and presentation are sloppy, your audience reviews will reflect your lack of effort.
Last week we took a tour of some art galleries. Are any of you ready to present to a gallery for an exhibition? I hope so. Keep last week’s post bookmarked, so you’ll know how to begin your inquiries.
You’ve all seen the pencil drawings that are executed on crumpled paper, smudged, and drawn with a hard graphite pencil. Not only is the work difficult to see – the harder the lead, the lighter the line – but there’s no dimension. How does our work come to life? By using the right tools and media on the right base material.
There are proper materials/tools for every job and there are hundreds of videos on the internet to teach you which to use and when. I praise the skies for the internet for all the educational opportunities it offers. From blogs to video instructions, you can learn anything about any artistic practice.
There’s no excuse for not planning ahead to create a piece ready for public presentation.
- Drawing – http://thevirtualinstructor.com/blog/10-essential-drawing-materials-and-tools-for-beginners
- Watercolor – http://www.marydoodles.com/mary-doodles/watercolor-supplies-the-ultimate-guide
- Oils – http://emptyeasel.com/2007/08/17/a-complete-list-of-oil-painting-supplies-that-every-beginning-oil-painter-needs/
- Pastels – https://www.theartistsroad.net/articles/pastelmaterialslist
These are the first few articles I accessed with ease, that are free of charge to use. Know your tools and materials well, and know how to use them.
Protect your work.
- Tutorial by Quinn Creative: Using Fixatives on Your Artwork
- How To Cut An Art Mat Like A Pro: http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/cut-art-mat-like-pro/
Draw a tree on proper pastel paper, using charcoal or soft lead colored pencils. Be careful not to smudge your work unintentionally. Be sure not to crinkle up the paper edges as you work. Fix it. Mat it. Share it with the world!
Next week’s topic: How to approach a publisher. See you back here next Sunday night!
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