Value Your Art

As an artist, you may struggle to put a price tag on your artwork. Finding out the amount of money an art piece is worth is challenging. It can be easy to overprice or underprice your work. It is likely you’ve poured grueling hours into a single artwork, which may make you want to ask for quite a sum of money for that artwork. However, the customer could easily have the inability to afford your artwork if you are not careful. If you are a new artist it can be easy to underprice your work, because you may not obtain clients easily, but doing this would only harm you in the future. People will grow used to you doing a job for a low price, so do not let others take advantage of you. It can be tricky, but you must learn to stay within a reasonable price range for you and your customers.   

Find a proper way to price your artwork. One way to look at pricing is by putting an hourly wage when you work on an art piece. After deciding what would be a good hourly wage consider the cost of the materials. Materials can raise the price of your artwork quickly. The price of an artwork will depend on how much time you spend on the drawing. Get an idea of how long the art piece will take to make to give your client an idea on how much it will cost them.

Benefit of Art Making

  Some people do not have the desire to be a professional artist, however that does not mean art should not be practiced. The process of art making has shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Sometimes people have a hard time expressing how they feel through words. Art making has the ability to bring out the subconscious. Underlying issues can be brought to the surface. Analyzing these images can allow you to better understand yourself and work through your problems. 

    Creating art forces you to think outside of the box. Materials may work differently than you expected or what you originally pictured may not be working out right. You’re then presented with the issue of how to change the artwork to make it as you envisioned. Art gives a new perspective on approaching a problem. As you work you will start to discover creative solutions, ultimately resulting in better problem solving skills. 

Exposure

One of the most difficult parts of having an art career is receiving attention and gaining an audience. Many artists do not obtain the recognition they deserve simply because no one sees them. Most artists do not take the proper steps when displaying their artworks to the world. There are multiple ways to have people notice your art pieces and social media is one of the top options. Social media allows people from all over the world to see your artwork; however, those art pieces can easily become buried among the work of other artists.

There are a few key notes to take when placing an artwork on social media. When managing several types of media, it is best to stick to one name so that it is easier for people to find you on all platforms. Also, if you are on certain sites such as Instagram, keep in mind the hashtags you use because that is how people will find your post. Make hashtags specific and related to your work so that more people will discover your art. Be aware that you must be engaged on the sites you post your work on. Do not overdo yourself by posting your art once a day. People will be overwhelmed and not want to keep track of your art, plus you will run out of material. At the same time, do not wait three months to post an artwork. Try to stick with a post once a week if you can, if not go for every other week. It makes you have a steady flow of new work and viewers will appreciate knowing when there will be new content. 

3D material

3D material is a more hands on experience. In most cases you are physically molding the material into a shape, rather than creating the illusions of space and depth. A prime example is using clay to create vases, there is the depth, height, and length in the artwork. Working with three dimensional art pieces allows for a variety of materials to be available. You can create a sword using foam or use hot glue to create a handle for a wand. 3D allows for a different kind of creative freedom. 

As the same case with 2D it is essential to ensure you are using the right type of material when creating artworks. For example, hot glue will not work well against cold glass, there is a chance that the glass might shatter. When planning to glue fabric or thread down it is best to use mod podge glue. Mod podge is good against materials like fabric, as a bonus the glue dries clear as well. There are plenty of tutorials that give advice on what material is best to use when creating an art piece.

2D Material

When you have decided that you want to work in 2D art you have to consider what that entails. There are many types of media related to 2D art and you’ll have to pick which is best for you. If you choose to work with paint then you must decide which type of paint you want to utilize. Oil, watercolor, acrylic, and tempera are a few examples of the type of paints that you could use. If you can’t decide which is your favorite to use then start by discarding the paint you dislike the most. It is important to note that each of these paints require a different process to use them correctly. If you do not favor paint then there are plenty of other materials to pick from, such as, graphite, charcoal, conte crayon and more. It is suggested that you research the capabilities of your material, so you can pick one that matches what you hope to achieve. 

Once you know your medium, keep in mind the type of material you apply it to otherwise, you could risk ruining your project. Let’s say someone wishes to paint and they apply it to regular paper. Doing this would cause the paper to curl and fold at the corners due to the weight of the paint. When working with paint you should use a canvas or paper specifically made for painting. If you plan to use graphite it would be in your interest to use smooth paper; however, stray away from using smooth paper on charcoal or pastel. The right material for charcoal and pastel is paper that contains rougher texture. Using the incorrect type of material could make your medium worthless. Keep these tips in mind so your artwork does not fall apart and you can make the best artwork possible. 

The Art Style That Suits You

The amount of art styles that exist in the world is tremendous. Abstract is one of the many varied art styles out there. Abstract is non-object art and the form of art that depicts reality through the usage of shapes, colors, form, as well as gestures in order to achieve the effect. The most recognized type of abstract art are the splatter paintings. Another well known art style is cartoon. Cartoon is a two-dimensional drawing.The artstyle is non-realistic or semi-realistic drawing that leads towards examples that include satire and humor. Cartoons are often used in tv series or movies. Cartoons are also widely used for satire. Another established art style would be pop art that is based on modern day culture.

These are only a select few types of art styles out there, there is much more to explore and discover in order to find the type of style you wish to pursue in the art world. A few practices to find what type of style you wish to use is by observing what art you enjoy to look at. Whatever art style you find fascinating, try out the style and see if you find that making the artwork just as thrilling as seeing the art. Perhaps that is the style you wish to create, or it might not be, but it is worth giving it a try. I encourage you to step out of your boundaries and explore yourself a little.  You may have already found your art style without realizing it.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.