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Selling art through an agency?

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Learning Graphic Design questions

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Getting ready for 2015...What are your goals?

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Comment by Rachael VT on March 14, 2014 at 10:12pm
I agree with Nathan. Making prints seems to be another art in itself. Deby, are you doing the prints yourself or having them done professionally? I'm lucky to have a great fine art printer nearby in rural PA of all places. They have state of the art equipment and will run a test print to make sure I'm happy with the quality before doing a final print.

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Comment by nathan miller on March 14, 2014 at 10:06pm


You're entering the mirky waters of digital printing. It can be a frustrating and confusing world. It's hard to say why your prints aren't coming out as expected - there are a number of variables to take into account. For example:
- The method of input (i.e. photographing or scanning the original). If don't incorrectly you could have color shifts.
- Computer monitor calibration. If you're monitor isn't calibrated correctly the colors are shifted in the computer and will cause output color shifts (i.e. when the print is created)
- Color space issues. If you're printing a .jpg image it's set up to be seen by the eye on a monitor, which uses red, green and blue light to make the picture. The computer must interpret the colors set up for RGB and translate it to CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) pigment. There are usually color shifts in that.
- color output. That is, your printer. Is is a good quality printer that is carefully set up for reproduction?
- paper/media. Mating the wrong media with the wrong ink can create color shifts.

Like I say, it's a tricky thing going from original, to screen, to paper. There are a lot of things that can go wrong. If know a good graphic designer who can help you get things set up correctly it'll probably go a long way in reproduction.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Comment by Rachael VT on March 14, 2014 at 9:18pm
Tomorrow I'm giving a drawing lesson, and hoping to work on finishing a drawing I started last October :/ I find it hard to find motivation in the cold winter months and tend to do more knitting, but then I kick myself for getting so far off track! Deby, I do prints of my work. I find it helps to get different price pints and I sell quite a few. I get clients who only want originals, but then I get those who can't afford them but still want to buy. There is a balancing act with them, but I find they really do add to my income and being able to get my work in more homes. I also have a book that includes many o my drawings and their stories. The books are quite popular. I don't make much money on them, but they sure help to get my work out there.
Comment by Timmery Clark on March 14, 2014 at 9:15pm
What does your 40 day challenge entail, Kent?
Comment by Kent Sanders on March 14, 2014 at 9:10pm

There projects everyone is working on sound very cool! This weekend I am mostly writing: material for a 40-day challenge on my blog (which has gotten a more positive response than I expected), and getting the first book in a public domain classic literature series ready for Kindle. I'm also hoping to get started on installing a huge dry-erase board in my home office. 

Oh yeah, and working on my taxes! (Blech!)

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Comment by Deby Dearman on March 14, 2014 at 7:02pm

Hi guys, just returned home from a trip and trying to get caught up! Timmery, I like your question. I am trying to make prints of my artwork, however I'm running into all kinds of problems. Have any of you done this? And Timmery, I'm wondering if you've considered making prints from some of your journal covers? My issues are having to do with the color not coming through vivid enough on my prints. I'm using fine art paper, but not sure that I like it. Anybody else tried this?

Comment by Timmery Clark on March 14, 2014 at 6:55pm
What kinds of creative works is everyone engaged in this weekend? I'm creating a couple journals that have been commissioned. I was driving today and daydreaming about playing on paper :) How about you?
Comment by Melissa AuClair on March 14, 2014 at 8:49am

Thanks to all for adding your insights about the webinar, Square Space, and story telling.  I missed the webinar but I feel like I got a lot of the best parts of it from reading the insights here.  

Thanks for the plug about Square Space Nathan.  Interesting site, I went to their home page and looked around a bit; I do like the clean, sleek look they have.

Happy Friday everyone!

Comment by Timmery Clark on March 13, 2014 at 12:18pm
Thanks for sharing, Court! While I'm not sure everything needs a story, I can't help but think that sometimes story adds more value to an item. I could care less about the story behind a brand of napkins I buy at the store, but knowing Grandma handmade the blanket I sleep under imbues the object with much more value than simply providing a function. Sometimes the aesthetics of art are enough. But when it comes right down to it, I tend to think art touches us at a deeper, more visceral level. I think that depth of reach is strengthened even more when coupled with story, experience, memory... Thanks for sharing, Court! Lots of good things to think about!

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Comment by nathan miller on March 13, 2014 at 5:18am

Just wanted to jump in an give a plug for Squarespace. I noticed Ann Rea's website was on Squarespace during the "broadcast" so I looked around a little - it's a very simple, stock site that has absolutely no customization. Most could reproduce her site in a couple hours. 

I used to have a web design business that was built on top of the Squarespace platform and I still love it! In fact, I will soon be helping people build websites with Squarespace once again. 

It's very powerful and stable, easy to work with, and (one thing people rarely mention) it's fantastic for SEO. Without any work my Squarespace sites naturally out perform traditional sites because serch engines love Squarespace sites. 

From an artists perspective, it's beautiful and easy to edit! I just love Squarespace. :)


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