Friday, March 6, 2015
Is it hard for you to show people your art? Me too!
Happy Friday Creative Peeps!
Showing my art in public, is a newer thing for me. I get comments from some of you that this is difficult for you too! The darn thing is people have to see it before they know they want to buy it. Boy do I want to sell it! So, in a nut shell I took small steps - all though I didn't realize it in the beginning.
There wasn't any planning or written steps to take. It just happened. I wasn't thinking that I want to license my art. I didn't show my art either.
I have always liked drawing etc. So Six or so years ago when my youngest (girl) was in middle school they changed the hot lunch menu. Oh was this a horror to her! So in an effort to cheer her up each day, I started drawing on her lunch sacks trying to make her unwanted cold lunch a bit cheerier. I used good old Sharpie marker and color pencil. I knew her lunch companions would see the handy work, but that was about it. Do you know she kept everyone one of the drawings! (a few went through the wash in her pocket and didn't survive.). I did this for a little over a year until she got a bit older and didn't want me to do it any longer. During this time I got request from her friends AND several teachers to draw on a lunch sack for them. It was fun AND I realized strangers like my art! Huzzah!
During this same time, I was drawing in a sketch book more — I had a sabbatical from art when the kids were young other than drawing dinosaurs and butterflies for them. Not much time with a graphic design business and young family. — Since I was bolstered by strangers liking my art, I opened a CafePress store to see if anything would sell. I got SO excited when something did sell. I figured that was high praise in a sea of other online stores. It wasn't long after I opened the CafePress store that I started learning about art licensing and working on a portfolio to shop around. By golly! I like my art on products! My Useful Stuff blog page has the resources I used.
If it hadn't been for the lunch sacks and my daughters middle school teacher's requests, who knows if I would have gotten the confidence to license my art. It was what turned the light bulb on for me.
Dipping my toe into social media
I started with twitter - just 140 characters and no image back then. Pretty safe :-) My profile had a link to my websites. Thank you nice Twitter peeps who actually went to my websites and shared positive comments. It all helps build the old confidence :-) Fast forward: Now I do quite a bit with social media. I blog for goodness sake! English/spelling have been a struggle from the git go for me. Writing clearly may always be a challenge. Connecting with all of you out weighs those issues for me.
So rather than bore you with all the little steps,—you get the idea here. I thought you might like to know that I still get the "Booga Booga" crazy voices in my head. Steps can just be scary! The bigger the step, the louder the "Booga Boogas" are. The first time I walked Surtex my head was spinning with loads of insecure thoughts. This will be my third Surtex. I don't think my "Booga Boogas" will go away, but they are getting better behaved with practice.
One last thought for you
If you are scared to show your art for licensing? Think about being spotlighted on my blog. I ask the same few easy questions of everyone AND I am the one singing your praises. It is one of the many reasons I do artist spotlights :-) It can be a great boost of confidence for you.
What aspect of being an artists makes your "Booga Boogas" chime in? Thanks for connecting with me.