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Old 05-04-2011, 06:42 AM   #1
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Hi Ladies (and Gents,)

Since I'm new to actively trying to market my paintings, I feel that I may be doing something wrong or there just isn't a market for my work.

Am I over pricing? Or are people just scared because I have no feedback or?

Any tips from experienced sellers is appreciated.

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Old 05-04-2011, 06:48 AM   #2
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Re: Market for my portraits?

http://www.etsy.com/listing/73005750...d-10x-10-print

Beautiful painting.
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For me personally, I think your work is beautiful. But I'd want the original painting on a canvas, rather than a printed digital picture. So, maybe that's why for some?
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That could be it. I think that people don't realize how expensive that would be however. Oil paintings on canvas are thousands of dollars.

The paintings are digitally done btw not on canvas. (If that is the confusion.)
They can be printed on canvas however.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:40 AM   #5
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Also I wonder since you brought up the point of canvas...

These aren't printed on "paper" like from a copier. They are printed on very expensive "fabric" paper. When its under glass, it actually looks like a hand painted (not printed) painting. Watercolor paper is very thick and textured. It's quite beautiful.

And the canvas prints, are well on canvas.
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Hm. I am confused so maybe other's are as well. I've never heard of digital painting. I guess what I am asking is does a paintbrush with actual paint hit some sort of "paper"? Or is it all done on a computer?

Ok just looked up digital painting. I see why i was so confused. I don't know how to say what I am trying to say lol! I guess I personally wouldn't think of digital painting as what I traditionally think of when I hear "painting". I am not trying to mean that offensively. I honest to goodness think your work is absolutely stunning! It's definitely an art to me, but not the same as if I were to have a portrait painted for me on a physical medium.

I am not saying I wouldn't buy your work, I was just really confused and I was thinking something completely different than what your products actually are. So, my point is, it could really just depend on what people are specifically looking for.

I was thinking you painted a picture on a physical medium (like paper) and then scanned it or something to make it digital and then printed it out on the computer. So, in my head I was thinking "well I'd just want the original!". But now I understand that there is no "original" like I was thinking of.

So, it was my lack of understanding of different art techniques that got me confused. Perhaps in your description you could describe digital painting a little more, so people really understand what they are getting? If I had just been browsing through etsy and decided to buy your portrait, I probably would have been really confused when it got to me.

THAT all being said, I think your prices are very fair. And amazing work. It could just take time. It seems like you just opened up right? My first few months on my etsy store were SLOW, but then it picked up considerably.
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I agree with the PP, having more detail about the process involved in digital paintings may help. Maybe including a shot of a work in progress would help people to see the work that goes into it.

A lot of programs allow you to apply styles to photos. The hesitation may be that you are simply applying styles or effects to the photos instead of recreating them stroke by stroke.

I mean, it took me five seconds with freeware to turn the attached photo into a digital "oil painting." Which is nothing like what you do. Many folks don't quite understand digital artistry just yet and may think you're just doing what I attached.
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Thanks Mamas! I'll get to work on a more step by step, "this is how it works" explanation and post it soon!
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Have you tried selling locally at galleries, art fairs and that sort of thing? People seem more inclined to buy art when they see it in person. Selling online can be tough.
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No I haven't. Since I need a photograph of the subject then I need to paint it and that takes time, I'm not sure how that would work.
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