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« on: March 05, 2012 07:48:32 PM »

My most recent biomechanical exploration! This called "A.I." (artificial intelligence). I'm so in love with how her face turned out, she has such an enigmatic smile, IMO. Smiley The lines in her hair are circuitry from the CPU of my old computer that I tore apart, which I thought was apropos since the CPU is the "brain" of the computer.

On a side note (and I'm posting this in general discussion, too), does anyone have any suggestions on how to price art? I really have no idea where to start, and am getting kind of a stockpile of art with a lot of buyers-in-waiting. Any websites or resources I should check out? I know that the gallery will have suggestions for the stuff they're displaying, I'm really thinking more about the art I make that's not specifically for a gallery (and won't have commission shaved off the top).

And even though I haven't mentioned it on other posts, C&C is welcome on all my arts. Smiley

Anyway, I give you "A.I."
14x17" watercolor

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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012 07:57:22 PM »

this is so beautiful....brava!

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012 08:39:55 PM »

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors and the style you did such a great job! Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2012 05:34:25 AM »

This is awesome!

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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2012 05:40:38 AM »

What a beautiful composition.  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2012 05:44:24 AM »

Pricing 101.

If you have a huge backlog of people who want to buy things from you, charge more.
That picture you did there? I'd suggest starting somewhere between $175-250 depending on your local area. If you are still getting a huge demand, bump your prices up further. If you'd rather not put an arbitrary price on it, guestimate how long you worked on it and pay yourself a living wage ($15/hr min) + cost of supplies.

Biggest problem most new artists I've encountered (myself included) is that they undercharge for their works, people expect to pay next to nothing for crap, they expect to pay through the nose for quality.

I've been dealing with galleries and such for over a decade, thus I feel justified in providing you the advise you requested.

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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2012 06:14:39 AM »

Love LOVE your work.  And I totally agree, be careful not to underestimate your art's value.

Is the liquid latex hard to remove?  Do you have a particular kind you use?

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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2012 08:38:33 AM »

Thanks everyone! And thanks, Blacksmith- that really does help. I came up with about that price range too, once I added up hours, a little bit for supplies, and the frame/mat expenses. I suppose I gotta start somewhere!

Fancybutch: No, the latex is easy to remove. It has a rubbery consistency, and you can feel it if you run your hand over the paper. I just rub at the corner of an area with the butt end of a paintbrush (so I don't accidentally get oils from my finger rubbed all over the page), then just lift it up and pull. It comes off like a mask. I've also found that since it sticks really well to itself, it's easier for me to just keep a wad of dried latex in with my paints, and use that like a kneaded eraser to pick up the latex. either way works!

I just use ordinary colorless masking fluid by Windsor and Newton, about $10 a bottle. I've been through about 1.5 bottles in a year and a half, but I have also masked off some pretty big areas and wasted a lot from a spill, LOL. There are two kinds, one labeled "colorless," and the other is regular. They both look white in the bottle, but one dries clear and the other yellow. The yellow one stained my painting once, so I don't use it. And it's not like you can't see the clear, it's raised and shiny and very visible, even when dry. The other thing is, the latex won't work well on handmade paper. It's not pressed to a dense enough texture, and the latex will pull the paper up with it when you peel it off. Ask me how I know... Angry Just be sure to use watercolor or drawing paper, and you'll be fine! Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2012 08:56:49 AM »

She is beautiful.  I love your colors and technique Smiley
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2012 09:49:53 AM »

I've always loved watercolours! And purple (: That's a beautiful painting! I'd say 200$ is fair for something like that! You'd make a killing at music festivals!
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