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HungryMedusa
Apr 27, 2003



I made it through the initial jury process to the State Fair fine art show here, and now I found out I didn't make it in. Again! This is like the 5th juried show in a row I haven't made it into and it is so disheartening. Especially since I got my hopes up making it through the first round.

Guess I should have drawn porn instead.

E:

Anyone have any good instagram follows for art? For my main media which is colored pencil, it is 99% realistically drawn and 75% animal portraits. I would like some fresh, interesting things to look at and be inspired (or shamed) by.

HungryMedusa fucked around with this message at 17:52 on Aug 1, 2018

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HungryMedusa
Apr 27, 2003



dupersaurus posted:

Iím in the final stages of prep for my first art fair, and oh vey Iím starting to feel the pressure





I think the final total of prints is going to be around 150, and I have seriously no clue how much of that is coming back home with me.

Hive mind: how much would you pay for 8x10, 11x14, and 16x16? My initial thought for price is $20/25/30, but could I do 20/30/40?

What kind of art fair is it? Juried, indoor, outdoor?

After doing fairs for 5+ years, the thing that stands out the most to me is that different fairs have vastly different outcomes. I have done crafty fairs where no one seemed to buy anything from anyone and been in juried fairs with long histories where I sell multiple originals. I have also been in juried fairs where I didn't make the booth fee back and my neighbors complained of poor sales. I've been in church basements where I sold like crazy. You might have to try different fairs to see where your clients are.

I sell 5x7s matted to 8x10 for $25 and these are giclees, not hand pulled prints. I would start with your 8x10s at $25 or more. I bought a 10x10" screen print for myself this year for $30 FWIW. My best sellers are greeting cards for $5.

My "business model" - if you could call it that - is completely different than hand-pulled prints though. I make 2-4 large drawings a year and each takes maybe 100 hours. I scan and sell prints I make with a giclee printer I bought myself and mat them because I have a source of cheap scrap mats. I am lucky if I sell one large original a year, but I sell several 5x7 matted to 8x10 and a few 8x10 matted to 11x14" each show, along with 10-25 cards. I make my card printing fuckups into magnets and have sold a few as well. I have found people like to have something affordable to buy. On the other hand, I know successful art fair artists who go the completely opposite route and would never sell anything under $50. My art is so niche that I assume I won't sell the originals, but I can make them worth the work they take by selling the prints and I think I at least break even in that respect.

Art fairs are a complex beast. I love them and they can be completely demoralizing and exhausting. They can also be magical. I hope yours goes well for you.

HungryMedusa
Apr 27, 2003



I got rejected from like my 5th juried show in a row. It's not easy to keep sucking but I do it.

HungryMedusa
Apr 27, 2003



I shouldn't whine. I have made it into these shows in the past - it is mostly colored pencil only shows. I just have to keep making art, keep submitting it and not get discouraged.

I wish I had more time to spend hanging around galleries, and other artists for that matter. I barely have time to make the art I get away with making as it is.

HungryMedusa
Apr 27, 2003



Don't lick the cane toads. I have heard Colorado river toads are better.

How the gently caress do people draw straight lines? I realize this is a stupid question, but I recently have been doing some precise drawing and lining with markers and it's not easy. I am used to a more sketchy approach with paint and colored pencil. Are there any tricks to drawing a straight line in one shot? Or do I just have to practice drawing straight lines for a month?

The world is lucky I'm not a tattooer.

HungryMedusa
Apr 27, 2003



Maybe if I try to draw wonky lines they will come out straight.

Thanks for the suggestions, trying drawabox.com now

Also if I was interested in academic art I would have already passed away from knowing I can't come close to being good enough or smart enough or whatever enough. I just want to draw straight (ish) lines. Except for when I don't

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HungryMedusa
Apr 27, 2003



I havenít used conte crayons for a while, but my recollection is the sepia ones were always scratchy, and white a tiny bit less so. I switched to prismacolor stix way back, but then those were too wax bloomy and broke constantly.

Both of those are why I got way in to expensive colored pencils. Colored pencil brands have exploded in the past 10-15 years. I never got too far into pastels because of the dust.

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