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        01-03-2010, 01:02 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    I love your work! The detail is amazing. I particularly like the detail with lighting I noticed on your later post. And I envy your talent in drawing people. I haven't been able to find a balance between drawing horses or faces yet.
    I look forward to seeing more of your work. And you're only 18?! Haha welcome to the forum.
    And you have Flickr I see-me too! (hicktownsophisticate)
         
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        01-03-2010, 01:05 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Thank you! I really appreciate it - I really like drawing both horses and humans (but horses win by a nose, haha) so that combination goes well together. Haha!
    And I won't be 18 for long! I'm going to be 19 in two months!
         
        01-03-2010, 01:10 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    I tried combining the two. But I've been drawing horses so long they win in my case too. Drawing people was a feat I undertook earlier last year so it's definitely still a work in progress. I've had a few successes but a lot more failures.
    O and I hope 19's a good year for you. One more and the teenage years are over! I'm holdin' tight for 21. Not for the obvious reasons. My insurance goes down and I'll be getting a different car. Haha kinda cheesy I know.
         
        01-03-2010, 01:27 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Awesome work!!! I don't even have the slightest idea how digital art works.

    Anyway, I have only just recently discovered the wonders of mechanical pencils myself (thanks to toadflax). I almost exclusively draw with them now and might go back with a sharpened 8B or 7B pencil for some of the darker shading. I was using a kneaded eraser, but I find that I do better with a regular eraser for some of the highlighting. I feel like I have taken my art to the next level and I owe much of it to some of the adivice I have received in here. Having no "training" to speak of, I rely on advice from others. Anyway, enough about myself, welcome to the artwork forum!!!
         
        01-03-2010, 03:44 AM
      #15
    Foal


    Heres a coloration idea for the digital WIP I'm working on... I like it - but think it's kind of... Busy. Haha.
    I'm also working on a liver chestnut idea.
    I'm open for ideas! Just let me know! :)
         
        01-03-2010, 03:59 AM
      #16
    Trained
    Haha no worries you're more than welcome to pinch my title :P

    Hmmmm as for active commissioner... too active you might say! I'm stressed!! I had 3 to do for Christmas which I received only a month prior, then I got a huge flood of new work when I updated my site. So now I have 11 new clients, and some of them wants more than 3 drawings dones... it's keeping me busy that's for sure!!

    As for getting your name at. You biggest advertisement will be word of mouth. I did work for family and friends initally, at LOW rates. Don't over charge when you start out, even if you know you're work is worth more than what you have on it, charge low until you build up a steady clientel, then start to up your prices. You know your prices are too high when you have no one, and they're too low when you have a huge waiting list... hence why I am now upping mine again. I started out 4 years ago doing graphite drawings for only $35. I then upped to $75 and now a pastel of a horses head I charge $115. A large pastel of a full body I charge over $200 and still have interest.

    Get some business cards done up, each time you do a drawing for someone, slip a business card in with it. It'll get handed around and you can get work from that.

    I advertise on a number of equine forums, and will be advertising on dog forums too. Lots of classified sites allow you to advertise basic business listings for free. Usually they allow a small photo and some basic details. So I put a photo of my work up, a small blurb about my work and how to contact me for more details.

    Ask around at a few local cafe's. Many will let you put a framed work up and advertise it for sale because it brightens up their business. Put some brochures/business cards around on their desk or where ever they will let you.
    I work at a radiology clinic, so obviously people have to sit around for some time in a boring medical waiting room. I have just put up a framed pastel of a dog I have done, and left business cards on the counter. People will look at drawings and read brochures when they are bored.

    Do you have a website? If not, get one!
    Have a look at mine if youd liuke any layout ideas. My registered website server has lost the plot so unfortunately I am stuck with a free site at the moment, but will be changing server soon and getting a paid account back, which makes you look more profession and credible.

    www.freeewebs.com/horseandhoundartisty

    Hope that helped you out a bit!!!
         
        01-03-2010, 04:11 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Oh, that helped a TON Kayty! Thank you so much!
    I do have business cards already - but... They're for my photography, I've given those out because they lead to my flickr account that also has some of my art there, but - it does say "equine photography", not "equine photography and art". One of my biggest mistakes now looking back at it...
    I might work up some flyer type materials since I'm stuck at home and when I get enough energy, maybe will go post them around tack shops and maybe even some vet offices if I can. I do have a couple non-equine drawings that might get me some business (even though I hate doing cats...).
    Again, thanks sooooo much! That helped so much and has gotten me re-motivated. :)
         
        01-03-2010, 04:40 AM
      #18
    Trained
    Oops that link was wrong.
    Its www.freewebs.com/horseandhoundartistry
    That should work better now!
         
        01-03-2010, 04:41 AM
      #19
    Trained
    And no worries, more than happy to help. Any commission queries you may have just fire away!
         
        01-03-2010, 03:05 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    Haha no worries you're more than welcome to pinch my title :P

    Hmmmm as for active commissioner... too active you might say! I'm stressed!! I had 3 to do for Christmas which I received only a month prior, then I got a huge flood of new work when I updated my site. So now I have 11 new clients, and some of them wants more than 3 drawings dones... it's keeping me busy that's for sure!!

    As for getting your name at. You biggest advertisement will be word of mouth. I did work for family and friends initally, at LOW rates. Don't over charge when you start out, even if you know you're work is worth more than what you have on it, charge low until you build up a steady clientel, then start to up your prices. You know your prices are too high when you have no one, and they're too low when you have a huge waiting list... hence why I am now upping mine again. I started out 4 years ago doing graphite drawings for only $35. I then upped to $75 and now a pastel of a horses head I charge $115. A large pastel of a full body I charge over $200 and still have interest.

    Get some business cards done up, each time you do a drawing for someone, slip a business card in with it. It'll get handed around and you can get work from that.

    I advertise on a number of equine forums, and will be advertising on dog forums too. Lots of classified sites allow you to advertise basic business listings for free. Usually they allow a small photo and some basic details. So I put a photo of my work up, a small blurb about my work and how to contact me for more details.

    Ask around at a few local cafe's. Many will let you put a framed work up and advertise it for sale because it brightens up their business. Put some brochures/business cards around on their desk or where ever they will let you.
    I work at a radiology clinic, so obviously people have to sit around for some time in a boring medical waiting room. I have just put up a framed pastel of a dog I have done, and left business cards on the counter. People will look at drawings and read brochures when they are bored.

    Do you have a website? If not, get one!
    Have a look at mine if youd liuke any layout ideas. My registered website server has lost the plot so unfortunately I am stuck with a free site at the moment, but will be changing server soon and getting a paid account back, which makes you look more profession and credible.

    www.freeewebs.com/horseandhoundartisty

    Hope that helped you out a bit!!!
    Hey Kayty~great advice, helped me out a lot too! I was wondering though, what other forums you advertise on. I've been searching for some decent ones and can't really find any.
         

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