But no one was buying. (Warning: Bad art displayed, here)
I always wanted to make a living with my art. At first, I wanted to design posters. I assumed that if a subject appealed to me, then it would appeal to other people. However, I think most artists create with that in mind.
I’ve been given many suggestions by well-meaning people for making money with my art. Design tatoos? Most of the work suggested would really make me hate doing artwork. (Note: if you like tatoos, I don’t see anything wrong with it, they’re just not me).
So off I went on a journey to make money with my art. My first try was portraiture, which I’m still willing to do. It’s just hard to find enough clients with so much competition.
I should mention the woman in this portrait was 110 years old at the time.
Then I had a great idea of doing very small pictures that I could do quickly, and sell for cheap. Limited success there. Here’s one that actually sold:
Then the whole ACEO (Art cards editions and originals). These are cards that are
2/12 inches by 3 1/2. Many people collect them, and some artists are very successful with this. A popular theme is cats. I thought, I like cats!,and did my best.
I was a little bored with the subject matter, and could not compete with the ones who really could do cats very well. Here is my sad try:
Also, landmarks on ACEO’s seem to work. However, I didn’t have the patience to do good drawing of NYC.
So,now I’m back where I started from….doing pictures I like, and hoping to earn money from them on hold. But not given up, as I learn more about marketing.
Hopefully, my meandering career will be of some help to young creative people out there. Some will tell you “art is a product”, but in my experience, how you feel about what you’re doing affects the quality of the product you’re producing…..and bad products don’t sell.
Okay, back to work!