May 14th, 2013
I'm self purported to be a writer in a addition to a 'pixel wrecker,' so I figure I ought to share some words. If there's a chance of helping a potential member or a brand new one, then I will be glad of it.
I am brand new to trying to sell my art, unless you count printing and cheap-framing for a community sale. I sold two, but that was 33% of the stock I had at that moment. So jumping onto the "internet's number site for art sales" is a head-spinning experience. Since I am serious about selling, I did sign up for the premium account and this makes for just a few more head-spins. But don't take this as a negative, it's a positive in that there are so many potential avenues to go down.
One of the first things you encounter when you become a member is a page showing you recent sales. This point can serve two obvious purposes, but at polar ends. First, and very superficial, you can slap your head exclaiming, "I can't believe that somebody paid money for that!" The only benefit here is you can serve your sense of superiority and denigrate the person who made the art and/or the person who bought it. But now you are traveling down a dark path that leads to bitterness and apathy. Just turn around and keep scrolling until you meet the second purpose...that stunning image that makes you want to reach for your purse, wallet, or art thief so you can possess it. But then you remember you are here to sell and collecting can come later out of the copious profits that are headed your way (that's my story and I'm sticking to it). Here, you can stare and find the qualities that make for the successful image. Then you can view the artist's galleries and see what else they are up to. In other words, use this page they throw in front of you as an opportunity to grow as an artist and as a person who quits slapping their forehead.
Next, your headed for your profile with that eager anticipation of good news in your activity feed that maybe somebody has purchased/liked/favorited/commented/offered to buy you coffee based on your work. I won't dig into all of those possibilities because I am still yet to find the "You, the most creative artist in the world, have just sold a print to the smartest art collector in the world. Please stand by for the money-shower." Let's just say that at this time it is good to remember that as a new-to-the-site artist, being patient is the only way you are going to live without the recognition you so obviously deserve. Yes, I am an approval seeker, and if there was a pill for it...
I have submitted 19 pieces so far and there are many others in the wings waiting for me to work up in GIMP, GNU Image Manipulation Program, a full-featured, open source software alternative to Adobe Photoshop. I actually have the corporate licensed version of Creative Suite on my work computer, but since I have to draw the ethical line somewhere (and I won't work for them for forever), I choose to hone my skills in GIMP. Plus, I am a bit of a Bohemian, though not so much I have my own Linux distro. The point is, with my relatively low number of submissions, I have found the opportunities to submit to groups and contests. I cannot advocate these activities because of my newness here, but it just seems logical to try to jump into the community flow in some way so that you can be known by fellow artists at least, if not paying customers (YET!). Things happen in online communities and most of that is what you make of it. If I have what I think is significant views on groups and/or contests, I will endeavor to share those in future blogs.
Far from being comprehensive, I think the take-away from this entry should be "stick you head out there" as this is the only way you are going to make things happen. If you are not willing to put yourself at risk, you might want to rethink the whole creating art thing you got going on.
Experienced hands are more than welcome to share guidance with me and anyone else who might venture in here.