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        01-03-2010, 09:10 PM
      #21
    Trained
    Most of the ones I advertise on are just local australian forums. Google horse forums and just go onto every forum that you can and see if you can advertise for free on them ;)
         
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        01-03-2010, 11:16 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Do you do artwork for free? You are amazing but there is no way my mom would let me pay for it. She doesn't do the online stuff and she won't let me.
         
        01-04-2010, 01:53 AM
      #23
    Foal
    Sorry Beau Baby, I don't have the time to do a full photorealism for free - they take a lot of time and the materials can be expensive...
    Sorry again!
         
        01-04-2010, 01:55 AM
      #24
    Trained
    Don't know about the OP but I certainly don't. When you're starting out with drawing it's fair enough to do free work, but the OP has very good qaulity work and exceptional skills, if I were them I wouldn't be handing out free work when someone would pay for them to do it. A decent drawing takes hours to do and also costs the artist. I know with my pastels, I would never do a free one unless it was as a present to family/friend, as it costs me so much to do!
         
        01-04-2010, 01:56 AM
      #25
    Trained
    Oops posted at the same time!!
    I was worried you'd do a free one Jag... don't! You're too talented, start advertising like crazy and get yourself some commissions
         
        01-04-2010, 02:03 AM
      #26
    Foal
    Haha, thanks Kayty! I'm flattered that you'd look out for me like that. A good thing too, a couple months ago a probably would have taken on a free commission, I don't know how to say "no". Only recently have I been practicing!
         
        01-04-2010, 02:15 AM
      #27
    Trained
    Don't worry about it, seriously, you're good enough that you can go out, advertise and get some money for them. Don't expect to be rich and famous immediately lol, start with low prices then as you build up ask a bit more of each potential client ;) But don't do them for free, unless you're happy to just do practice pieces and keep them for your own records in a portfolio.
         
        01-04-2010, 02:20 AM
      #28
    Foal
    I started out doing surprise commissions for free at an old barn, just to get my name out and slowly I have been working the price up. My family keeps telling me that I'm jipping myself in price, but I ignore them. Haha, I know that people aren't willing to pay an arm and a leg for a non-proven college student's drawing. It just doesn't work that way!

    I never expect (nor want) to be known primarily for my art, it's just going to be a small "side" thing that I can one, do for fun, and two, make a little money on the side. That's why I'm not in art school! I'm majoring in equestrian management! Haha!
         
        01-04-2010, 03:51 AM
      #29
    Trained
    Good on you that's the way to go!!

    Yeah you have to be Picasso to make money out of art... and even he didn't get rich/famous until he died haha!!
    I'm in the same boat, I'm studying environmental science, art is a little side job/hobby that keeps me entertained ;) I think I'd get bored if I had to do it as a full time job! It just about is at the moment but then you get the periods where you get nothing at all.
         
        01-04-2010, 04:13 AM
      #30
    Foal
    Yeah, it took alot of explaining to my parents that I can not, for my mental health, persue art as a career. Drawing has always been a sort of emotional release, takes me out my reality. If I made that into a job, it completely takes that away from me. I've made a decsion to myself that I won't ever take my drawing any farther than private commissions - that was I have the control of saying "no" if I need my own personal drawing time to re-establish myself.

    I got carried away with commission type drawings a couple years ago when I first starting selling them for any sort of money. My drawings slowly started losing life, they were drawn for the money - not to capture the heart and emotion of the subject. Once that had been instilled into my brain, it took me over a year to get back to even half of how I used to draw. To just draw for the sake of drawing - not worrying about anatomy studies, shading practice, understanding gaits, etc - just drawing.

    I've finally gotten back to a point to where I used to be, but I still have to check myself. When I do do a commission, I always take breaks to loosen back up in deathly fear of falling back into my old habit. I have to admit, that year of not really being able to draw for me, was one of the hardest, and most painful years of my life because I lost a crutial outlet of stress.

    LOL - sorry about the person novel! I started and it just kept coming!
         

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