Pricing Your Artwork

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Pricing artwork can be tough. I have a measured approach to this challenge. The method used for pricing commissioned projects is as follows: 1. You need to be comfortable with the price. 2. The price needs to be fair to the artist. 3. After we determine the size, you will receive two quotes from which to choose, each priced differently, based on a few factors: a. level of detail, complexity, and elements you would like included b. time estimation to complete (think "hourly wage" here) c. materials (30% down payment to cover these costs up front and to secure your place in line) What follows below is an explanation of some of the elements that factor into the pricing of art, both for the customer and the artist. The hope is that the following ideas help crystalize the dilemma of how to place a monetary…
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I don’t know much about art, but…

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If you've ever started a sentence with "I don't know much about art, but...", then this post is for you. Or, if you've NEVER started a sentence that way, this post is especially for you. How do you judge art, music, theatre, poetry, prose, and such? Do you dare have an opinion? Well, hopefully you have an undergrad degree in one or more of the topics (preferably a post-graduate degree), attend concerts/viewings/readings/plays once or twice a month, and are certainly chums with a handful of eccentric professors in each field. Right? Nope. Not many of my closest friends or family are established artists, writers, musicians or what have you. But it never fails that as our conversations meander, we end up touching upon my artwork (you know, because I shamelessly drop hints inside…
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Paint what you see, not what you know

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Paint what you see, not what you know. There is a disconnect at times between the pre-fabricated, stereotypical image you may have in your head of what a "hand" should look like, for example, and what a hand actually looks like. We have four fingers, one thumb and a wrist at the end of our arm....right? Yes, but... Our four fingers can be split into two opposing groups that curve inwards towards each other. The palm plays a huge role in giving shape to the hand. Knuckles mean everything. Fingernails don't actually cover the entirety of the top of the fingertip. And how many colors are really in a fingernail? I count six in my pointer fingernail right now. Your thumb has it's own palm. There are very few, if any, straight lines. And…
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