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What’s your ‘art socialising’ preference?

To tell everyone I meet (or close to it) that I’m an Artist.
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7%
To go to functions where artists and art lovers congregate.
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Sketch/Draw/Paint/Create in public so that people see my work.
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40%
Go to a function (dog show, car show, etc) that is centred on a theme or subject I use in my art.
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Other (please explain).
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40%
 
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Talking to People About Your Art

Postby C-nick » Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:02 am

Before I begin let me say that this isn’t a “How do I/you make money?!” post. I just want to ask how you talk with and connect with potential customers for your art, since almost everyone (including me) says that in person is the best way to sell art. Think of it as more of a what’s your ‘business socialising’ preference question. Do you bring up your artwork in conversations with strangers you meet randomly? Or do you go to particular places that you know art lovers will be? How do you get the word out that you’re an artist? And what do you find works the best for you when it comes to socialising as an artist?

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Re: Talking to People About Your Art

Postby John Marsdon Watkins » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:18 pm

For many years i tried every thing i could think of to promote my work and nothing really worked very good. Then along came face book,i built up a large friends list, created Fb pages and invited my friends to visit. Suddenly i became reconized as a artist and my sales sored. This was almost like a news press release to the general public. My sales are fantastic but you need to follow my directions to the letter ,or it will not work. Contact me and i will tell you more if you are interested. :D
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Re: Talking to People About Your Art

Postby C-nick » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:43 pm

I draw in public a lot. Not any of my big projects though, I just draw sketches and ideas for new big pieces. I’ll also café sit and draw people from life. I’ve gotten to meet very interesting people just by doing that. Sidewalk-chalk is another thing that I do as an artist in public. Kids really seem to like to watch me work and I get to talk about art with them.

This is my latest sidewalk-chalk drawing:
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People who know me for a little while will know that I’m an artist. But I don’t generally go around saying things like, “I’ll take the eggs, by the way I’m an artist.” I would feel very weird speaking to everyone I meet about my art. Even if the conversation wasn’t as abrupt as my example I’d still feel odd.

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Re: Talking to People About Your Art

Postby Shaun Kennedy » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:28 pm

I have yet to make any money from my art, but i guess to get it out, i mostly do some sketching in public, or put my work online. I still fine it hard to call my self an artist.
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Re: Talking to People About Your Art

Postby SharsArt » Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:02 pm

I carry a fully stocked 'art box' with me everywhere I go. Great opportunity to do quick studies, and more important avoid boredom or wasting time at places like a dental appt, dr. appt, hospital waiting rooms, etc. Parks offer wonderful opportunities to enjoy nature while I work. Many times kids will come up & ask me to do a quick sketch for them... I often do, & then give it to them free. A win/win situation :D
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Re: Talking to People About Your Art

Postby C-nick » Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:08 am

The "art box" sounds interesting. Is it just your tools to create art, like pencils and such? Or do have finished sketches, reference photos, and plans in there as well? What is in the art box?

I carry a few small sketchbooks in my bag and I have this case that has individual slots for my pencils. I'm usually never bored when waiting, in fact I'm sometimes irritated that I didn't get enough time to finish. It's a bit like being interrupted in the middle of a thought.

Nice to see you Shar! :D

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Re: Talking to People About Your Art

Postby Shaun Kennedy » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:16 pm

I would carry a shoulder back with a pad of paper and my other supplies i would need
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Re: Talking to People About Your Art

Postby SharsArt » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:42 pm

C-nick wrote:The "art box" sounds interesting. Is it just your tools to create art, like pencils and such? Or do have finished sketches, reference photos, and plans in there as well? What is in the art box?

I carry a few small sketchbooks in my bag and I have this case that has individual slots for my pencils. I'm usually never bored when waiting, in fact I'm sometimes irritated that I didn't get enough time to finish. It's a bit like being interrupted in the middle of a thought.

Nice to see you Shar! :D

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Hi C-nick, it's gr8 to see u 2. I miss everybody, just been so busy I rarely have much time for fm these days. :(

My artbox is specifically designed as such & was purchased from an art supply store. Its about 20" square x 6" deep (est). It's watertight clear plastic so I can see inside it & the top is perfectly flat which makes a great tabletop surface for supporting my sketch book/drawing pads, etc. It has a complete array of drawing pencils, erasures, stumps, tissues, sharpeners, chalk, colored pencils, pens, felt tips, brushes, ruler, compass, fixative, book light, etc. It really is fully stocked with about anything I need. I carry a few 'referrence' pics, and there are some finished sketches in my current book, but that is the only finished pieces I have in the box. I generally do not carry completed works I have for sale... but I do carry a lot of biz cards in the box. :D

Oh, being clear & easy to see into also puts security personell at ease... it can be alittle intimidating if you walk into a business with a big shoebox (my old artbox) in your arms these days! :lol:
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Re: Talking to People About Your Art

Postby iloveprint » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:02 pm

Nothing beats the power of networking. But aside from networking, you can also work on the independent level with your art. Strangers are no good. Start with those who are directly connected to you.
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Re: Talking to People About Your Art

Postby Nick and Cynthia » Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:12 pm

I'm unfortunately not much of a social butterfly anymore, but back when I lived around people and had some possibility of a social life I was definitely more of a "hang around other artists" type. I've never had much confidence in my abilities, which was part of it, we all got to be really good friends was another, and we were guaranteed, with each other, to never get the "hey we're friends (aka know each other) so you should draw me this thing right now nbd" that I got elsewhere often enough to kill my confidence and patience to draw in public.
I think now that I'm older and not hanging around high-schoolers this is far less likely to happen... That art box idea sounds really great, not only as a publicity tool/point of interest but also as just a good thing to have! Maybe it's time to get my personal draws on again...

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