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Website: http://www.makeabeautifullife.com
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Digital Artist?

Started by Dawn Blair. Last reply by Michael Wade Apr 16. 3 Replies

Creating an audio download product with music

Started by Arlene Rattan. Last reply by Dawn Blair Mar 18. 1 Reply

Indivual or Organization

Started by Jeremy Sabacek Feb 10. 0 Replies

Selling art through an agency?

Started by Luke Townsley. Last reply by Luke Townsley Dec 8, 2014. 3 Replies

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Comment by nathan miller on October 20, 2014 at 11:40am


I absolutely love the idea! I also like that you went with Squarespace for your web platform (that's my favorite web authoring system). 

As to advice, I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for. If you can give more detailed questions we can try and help you out. 

That said, I can offer some general advice on the front page if you like:

Overall, I really like the design and layout. The header and tagline seem a little bland/stock. Instead of stating what you do, consider explaining what benefit you offer (granted, your line does this already but I bet it could be honed more). For example, instead of "SMILE CREATE REPEAT: ART SUPPLIES SUBSCRIPTION BOX FOR KIDS AND ADULTS"
simply say, "Get ideas, training, and the supplies you'll need each month." or something similar. People don't care to re-read your company name and they aren't particualrly interested in knowing what your product has in it -instead they want to know what it will do for them (i.e. it'll teach them to be an awesome artists, by giving them everything they will need). 

I fear this is a rather vague response - the line between features and benefits is something I grapple with a lot and sometimes it's hard to clearly define the difference. 

All in all I really like what you're doing! Please keep us updated. :)

Comment by Tony Luongo on October 20, 2014 at 11:13am

Hello everyone. I've mposted/commented here a few times but now I could really use your opinions. My wife and I have started a subscription box of art supplies along with creative prompts and an art lesson using the supplies. We have gotten a good response but if you would take a look and let me know what you think and who do you think its for. The site is www.smilecreaterepeat.com

Thank you so much in advance for you help. If you need anything from me please let me know. God bless.

Tony Luongo


Group Leader
Comment by nathan miller on October 15, 2014 at 12:05pm


I read your link on raising the prices of your art pieces. To me it felt a little simplistic. The big question is determining the value of a price, and I don't feel he addressed that particularly well. Overall though, I liked the read. :) 

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Comment by nathan miller on October 15, 2014 at 12:04pm

Janise, I think your insights are good regarding Jeremy's illustration - however, some of the problem we see in the photo could be due to the camera. It's possible the colors are more subtle than what's portrayed. 

Jeremy, I like the overall design! Your abstraction (or characterization of the animals) is pretty good. I'm curious what the end use is for this drawing. You say "for a church function", in what capacity? 

Comment by Janise Cookston on October 15, 2014 at 10:34am

Jeremy, I think the characters and shapes are great. I think the colors are too saturated and take away from the forms. I would recommend changing what you are using to color with, perhaps to something softer like colored pencils. I think by improving the color and adding shadows and highlights, you could take this work from very good to excellent. Do you have a digital copy of just the line drawing of any of your work? I'd love to color one as an example of what I am suggesting.

Comment by Jeremy Sabacek on October 15, 2014 at 10:06am

Was not sure if I posted this illustration on to the site. Here is one I did for a church function. Opinions?  

Group Leader
Comment by Deby Dearman on October 14, 2014 at 1:29pm

Check this out and let me know your thoughts:

How to Price Your Art to Make Money

Group Leader
Comment by Deby Dearman on October 13, 2014 at 9:50am

Nathan, sure - have at it. You can find pics on my Facebook page and website.

On Facebook, look for Deby King Dearman

Website is:http://cometothequiet.com/

Group Leader
Comment by Deby Dearman on October 13, 2014 at 9:47am

Billie, I checked out the "Life is Good" tees. Their long sleeve tees sell between $32 and $36 but they are lightweight cotton with a fitted shape. They are fashion savvy and a famous brand. I would think that the price of your tees would depend on the quality of the cotton and the shape. Are they fitted or boxy? Fitted usually costs more. Is the cotton lightweight or heavy? Lightweight usually costs more . . . so you see where I'm going. Is the design fashion forward or basic? The answers to these questions should help you move your prices either up or down. Hope this helps. Also . . . you might check out Esty and find t-shirts there. See what others are charging.

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Comment by nathan miller on October 13, 2014 at 9:44am

awesome Deby. Thank you!

Hey, can I sketch you? If so, would you mind sending me a picture?


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