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??
So i was talking to Sam Flegal today about doing an interior illustration for a module I am self publishing when I realized I hadn’t ever posted the cover painting I finished for it. This is a little old, back when I was leaning more towards doing mainly digital for my illustration work.
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.
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
This painting was a commission for Kobold Quarterly. It is the cover for the Summoner Advanced Feats (Pathfinder) book. The assignment was interesting, because they asked to have a halfling summoner summoning his Eidolon which had to be a cross of “cute but dangerous”. It is not very often that you try to combine those features into one creature.
You can find the Book here: Advanced Feats: The Summoner’s Circle (Pathfinder RPG)