Category: Art Tips, Art Life, Art Business

Art Tips, Art Life

Why it’s important to charge the price YOU want for art commissions

 

You have to ask the customer to pay the specific amount for the commission that YOU want, not the low-ball amount, but that one amount, that would make you feel valued, respected and adequately paid. Why you need to do that? Well, because only then you can create your best work, it does not make you feel resentful towards the client and towards yourself for accepting the work that you don’t want to do anyway. If you charge on the low side and you are not happy with the price, but you still accept to work, over time, you become resentful with yourself and the customer, you feel used, you start to rush, to do mediocre work and you don’t even enjoy the process anymore and enjoying the process is VERY important if you are planning on playing the long game. Finally, if something goes wrong during your commission process, you are the only one to blame, because you accepted the customer who can’t or don’t want to pay you adequately and don’t respect you. So say NO way more often, pick the clients very carefully, charge the right amount for your work and remember it’s quality over quantity and it’s a long game!

 

P.S. Good customers actually understand that they are getting the best work ONLY if they make you feel valued, respected and pay you adequately. So it’s a win-win situation.

Though I’ve had while creating Memento Mori Art

So I’ve been reading about the Memento Mori theme online and found this beautifully dark 13th century poetry on Wikipedia:

 

Original language:

“Deyr fé,
deyja frændur,
deyr sjálfur ið sama;
ek veit einn at aldri deyr,
dómr um dauðan hvern.”

 

In English:

“13th century Memento Mori poetry
Animals die,
friends die,
and thyself, too, shall die;
but one thing I know that never dies are
the tales of the one who died.”

 

This beautiful stoic philosophy poetry really inspired me to create this illustration and I feel like it’s given me hope, even though if we all are going to die, if we live our lives to the fullest our tales will live forever! I think that’s the best goal to have in life, is to live to your own fullest, to create something, that at the end there would be something to leave behind, that would live for a long time after and posibly inspire other generations.

 

How to bring value with your art?

I’ve been struggling with this idea for quite a long time, in fact, I am just now starting to realise that if you want to create a successful business of any kind it has to bring people value, and that also applies to the art business, and yes we artists have to think like a business person too if we want to succeed. These videos explains providing value issue beautifully.

Zombie art process timelapse

 

This is speed up (speed up 21x times, real time is ~2 hours 30 mins) drawing process video of me drawing a zombie illustration inspired by the classic horror video games. I filmed it with my Canon A2600 camera and then I used Shotcut to glue the parts together and also to add effect, edit and speed up the video.

Tools used:

A4 Canson Paper,
Sakura Pigma Micron,
Sakura White Gelly Roll,
Unibal Sigmo White,
Encre De Chine Intense Indian Ink, Pencil.

 

How to create an artist portfolio website by yourself | Part 2

So as promised in this Part 2 short video post I will show you how to actually add some content on your website using WordPress content management system. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know any programming or web design for that. WordPress is very visually oriented and simple to use!

How to create an artist portfolio website by yourself | Part 1

 

Why I need a portfolio website in the first place right? Why can’t I just use Instagram or Facebook page? Well, in this day and age, not having your own website, where you can customize everything and have complete control is just being lazy and having excuses. Also, you can properly showcase your body of work to potential customers and don’t say them something like “yeah go to my Instagram page”, which is not very professional to say the least. Also, it is a single place where your visitors can find everything about you, for example, your about page, your portfolio, your blog, shop and so on.

In this Part 1 post I will show things that you will need and how to prepare everything to build your website.

Things you will need:

  1. Domain name – it is a name for your website, think like google.com or youtube.com – these are domain names. In my case it is grimsoulart.com. You can buy it through my hosting provider called Serveriai.lt(It is the Lithuanian hosting provider)or you can use any of your choice. It costs roughly ~10 EUR per year, but depends a bit on the domain name you choose.
  2. Hosting service – it is a server where you will be holding your website. Think like it is a hard drive where you put your website files, just it is online, not on your computer and that makes the website available on the internet. You can buy it through my hosting provider called Serveriai.lt(It is the Lithuanian hosting provider) or you can use any of your choice. It costs a few euros per month, in my case I am paying 2 Euros every month.
  3. WordPress content management system – In simple words basic frame to build your website upon. it’s FREE!

So how do I create a website when I have a domain name and a hosting service? Follow these steps below to install WordPress content management system.

Here it is shown how to do that with my hosting provider, but you choose any hosting provider and it should be similar procedure, because every hosting provider should have Installatron these days.

1. Log in to your server control panel with DirectAdmin and add your domain name to your hosting server.

2. Then go back and select “Installatron” menu:

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3. Choose a WordPress content management system:

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4. Click Install this application to continue the installation:

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5. Write down the basic data. Important: The “Directory (Optional)” line specifies which directory to install the site on. Leaving blank will install to the root (www.mano-source.com) and after saving to that directory, for example: typing “test” will have the address www.mano-site.com/test. We recommend that you set the database settings automatically the first time you install, and choose the most up-to-date one.
Once done, click the Install button:

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6. Installation complete. The content management system installed in this window can be updated, deleted, and key data can be viewed, such as the administrator password.

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Press to read original hosting provider tutorial in Lithuanian language.

In the Part 2 post I will show you how to actually add some content on your website using WordPress content management system (remember that’s a frame upon which we will build our website). Don’t worry, you don’t need to know any programming or web design for that. WordPress is very visually oriented and simple to use!

 

My Art process timelapse

 

This is speed up (speed up 21x times, real time is ~2 hours) drawing process video of me drawing a skull. I filmed it with my Canon A2600 camera and then I used Shotcut to glue the parts together and also to add effect, edit and speed up the video.

Tools used:

A4 Canson Paper,
Sakura Pigma Micron,
Sakura White Gelly Roll,
Unibal Sigmo White,
Encre De Chine Intense Indian Ink, Pencil.

T-Shirt screen printing, black on black

 

In this post I will share a T-Shirt Screen printing technique to achieve the best quality and reduce ink bleed to a minimum when printing art with a lot of details. Just a disclaimer, this is from my personal experience working with clients, I am not a screen printer myself.

So the thing is, when the design itself is white only and the T-Shirt is black, normally it would be 1 color screen printing job, just white for the design, and the T-Shirt’s black color suits as a second color, but the printing cost is only for one color job. A little drawback with this method, when printing highly detailed designs, is that the details get a little blurry, because of the ink bleed. In other words, we lose some of the small details in the original design.

To solve this problem we can choose to print black on black. Let me explain this. The design is white, so it’s one color, the T-Shirt itself is Black so it’s second color and now we add third color – black. Well we don’t add, but we retain black color in the design in addition to white. Why we do that? Well, when the design file is provided with 2 colors, black and white, this prevents ink bleed and the small details can be retained. Also the black that was printed on the T-Shirt is pretty much invisible. Although this method increases the cost for the printing job a little, because now the it is 2 color screen printing job, but we retain way more details and the design looks way better in the end. This is an example of both methods my client used:

Printed only White. You can see that the wood details on the guitar are a little bit blurry and lost, also the wing, beard and the overall design has lost some of it’s details.

Printed White and Black. The lines on the guitar are perfectly crisp and clean, the design does not lose pretty much any details.

And the black that was retained in the print file is not visible, it merges with a T-Shirt’s black color.

Most common T-Shirt printing methods

 

In this post I will share 2 most common T-Shirt printing methods with some advantages and disadvantages.

1. Screen Printing – best printing method if you want exceptional quality and longevity of your T-Shirt. When properly printed, it can last 20-30 years. One downside would be that you typically can’t order just one T-Shirt, because of the manufacturing process, and the minimum order can be 10,20,30… T-Shirt, it depends on the company. Also, it is the best to use as few colors as possible (1-2), because the price goes up with each color you want to use in your design.

2. Direct to Garments (DTG) – it is just like printing on paper, but the printer uses garments instead. The advantages would be: you can use any number of colors, you can print just 1 T-Shirt if you want. Downside would be that the longevity is not that great compared to screenprinted T-Shirt. It still can last couple years if well cared for.