Sunday, August 30, 2009
I think it's finally time that I do something more with my art than posting it to the web - but I have to admit, I am completely overwhelmed with the thought of selling my work. My sticking point is that I never ever create my art (specifically my mandala art) with the intention of trying to make money from it. I create art as a form of spiritual self expression - a meditative release if you will, but I can't help but noticing that there are a few of my images that people seem to really like... a lot. Seeing that I do need to eat on a semi-regular basis, and that my husband would surely love me to generate more than hot air... I'm willing to consider my options.
When selling art, there seems to be a million different ways to do it. I can sell prints, t-shirts, greeting cards.... I can use do-it-yourself sites like Cafe Press, Zazzle, Etsy, or any of a number of other similar sites.
I know that no matter how I start, I probably need to have a clean digital image from which to work. My scanner is not capable of capturing such an image, so I checked with one company that would shoot my art with some kind of high end digital camera and then "clean up" and color balance the image. The cost- $75 per image. Hmmmm seems kind of high. Then I can't decide if I want the reproductions to be like the original, (showing the paper grain etc.) or vectored/rasterized so it can be used more like graphic art. Decisions, decisions...
There is part of me that would like to do something that's a little different than just prints & greeting cards, and after I completed the above image, I was thinking that this particular image would make for a really cool reverse lino block print on a t-shirt. But that would mean that I would have to figure out how to transfer the design & carve it out, then print them. A great idea in theory, but one that might take up more time and effort than I currently have available.
So I am at a loss.
If you were me, what would you do? Do you have any experiences that you can share with me on how you reproduce your art for sale? Or maybe how you prefer to purchase your art?