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New Video

So I am revamping my art site and basically integrating everything into my wordpress blog. That way it is all on one place for everyone to check out.

I just finished my multimedia page, which is what the other art gallery pages will mimic.

I also uploaded a new(ish) video. I finished this one in 2009, but this is its debut on the web.

Click the image to watch.

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New Sculpts

Here are some sculpture / costume commissions I am working on.

First is a WIP skull mask. It is meant to be a pauldron for some armor, but it will also be available as a latex or hard plastic mask.

Second is a WIP duck bill prosthetic. This is for a costuming group for Draogn Con 2011. I know it will work in latex, we will see if it also works as hard plastic.

So then, how do I sell my art?

Having the hang ups discussed before, I thought I would follow up with how I get around them and sell my work.

First, I have a rather unique position for selling my art. There are good and bad points to not following the normal path for illustrators – that of slaving for the book companies and doing years of junk art, and then finally getting book covers or good assignments. The good part is I skipped right ahead to selling my work directly to the fans and doing pieces that I wanted to do. But this has also limited my exposure to a broader base. I am saying this because artists like Larry Elmore or Todd Lockwood have a much different scenario for selling their work. They have been publicized by one agency or another, and are generally well known for their work that has graced the covers of many popular books. My work has only its own merits and quality as a selling point, and can not rely on people already being familiar with it or having well known and loved characters in it.

Strategy 1 – Time will tell. Continue reading So then, how do I sell my art?

Feelings about selling artwork

So I have a strange problem being an artist. I have a hard time selling my work. And not in the way most artists I know have, it is not that I don’t want to let go of the piece, I just never feel it is good enough to sell. ip information . I get really excited about the work while I am doing it, but once it is done I often get bored with it. When people ask me what my favorite piece is, I always say my next one. And this is because I see the issues with the last piece and know how I am going to tackle those problems on the next painting.

It is also not that I feel that I have not put in the effort on a piece; I just see all my mistakes and often feel like under selling myself. Put this in with my inability to be a salesman and close a sale, and my art sales have never been strong.

For example my friend Daniel bought one of my originals this month. I was honored that he wanted it and gave him a good price on it, but still when it came down to receiving the money, I started to feel like I needed to knock some more off the price. I realize this is a silly thing to feel, but I still feel this way.

I guess I am wondering if other artists have or have had this same feeling??

Illuxcon 3 – my experience

View of the Artist Gallery from the second floor

Illuxcon was an interesting experience. First off, I am normally working behind a table or have art up at a show. It was strange being the one walking around with no obligations or places to be. It was also odd being in a place that was so familiar (I knew of the art and artists), but not really knowing anyone or them knowing me. In fact I got a couple of, “well if you try hard and keep working, you can be an artist” comments.  It is a little strange since I have been working in this field for so long and have quite a following, but I have crossed so few of these professional illustrator’s paths.

the crew the first night we arrived

So first off the awesome stuff. Grant Cooley and Sam Flegal let Paul and I travel down with them which was alot of fun. We had good conversations, some decent roadside food and the eleven hour trip went by fast. We also got adjoining rooms which allowed the Friday night party to be much larger. I really wasn’t feeling the vibe with the crowd at the party and resorted to my old party standby, sitting in the corner and sketching. But Todd Lockwood came over and we had a great talk about art, the horrors of politics, and printing 3D tractors. Continue reading Illuxcon 3 – my experience