Thursday, November 14, 2019

Process post - Ainigmati Studio

Art is never free.

There are always required costs: Materials; Time; Talent; Persistence.

Every time you post "free" art -- you are spending resources. Plan your posts. Recoup your investments.

Share process posts -- with timelines of various stages -- to educate your followers. Document your artWORK. Understanding the process helps fans appreciate the value. Urge them to move beyond "like" and "share" and participate in the art they love through their support.

No one can afford to work for free. If you want to make art and post it -- make your art work for you.

Here are some examples from self-taught needle felt artist Hannah Stiles.

Her creations achieve amazing levels of realism. Her pet portraits capture the soul of the animals. How does she do it?

Materials. Time. Talent. Persistence.

Considering how time intensive her work is, she is amazingly prolific. Not only does she create remarkable animal sculptures and portraits, she photographs them in natural settings that add to their charm. Her wait list is often full. Her commissions are a minimum of several hundred dollars.

I don't know her personally, but enjoy following her on Social Media. I hope her business model is working for her as well as it seems to be -- with fans who buy and support her work, and her documenting the process of these commissions to promote her work across social media.

Make it once. Make it work on many platforms.

Art is never free. Be art smart.

Photos and comments here are Hannah's from her Facebook page.

Ainigmati Studio  11.14.19
9 hrs
This face is the result of about five hours work last night. I snapped a photo when I finished each stage.
With cats I find it helps to work super methodically to keep symmetry ( I'm usually a bit more random in my process ) which made this a good opportunity to show each step. So while I have no time to make tutorials, you guys can at least get a glimpse at the work across several steps.

Folks are always asking where I get my glass eyes but 95% of the time I needle felt the eyes with wool. Here's a side by side comparison...wool on the left, glass on the right. Which do you prefer the look of? And if you're a felter, which do you like using most in your creations?

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