sketching is frustrating

sketching is frustrating

Post by ellie.h.. » Sat, 25 Sep 1999 04:00:00



I am new to this group, and have enjoyed members helping each other.
I have strained my brain lately trying to come up with ideas for doing
my sketches.  I do portraits in pencil, and have been working
outdoors, including the State Fair.  However, I live in Alaska, and
winter is almost here.  I do have a coffeeshop that I can set up in,
but there is limited clienetel, and only good on weekends.  I have
another, small mall that I am waiting to hear from.  My problem is
that I can't think of other places to approach.  I do not solicet,
people ask me for a drawing after seeing my sign with costs and
samples of my work.  I have tried several places, withno luck.  I live
in Wasilla, so coffeshops are limited.  Any ideas anyone?
Ellie
 
 
 

sketching is frustrating

Post by <br.. » Sun, 26 Sep 1999 04:00:00


 Once I was dating an artist, and at parties at my house we would draw names
and the winners would get their sketch done by her (usually a charicature).
You might try renting out your services in that manner- and you would
certainly meet plenty of people, who would be made aware of you services.
--
Steve Kreitler, Land Based Treasure Hunter,
And Professional Woodworker!
http://members.xoom.com/SteveLoK

 
 
 

sketching is frustrating

Post by mary » Sun, 26 Sep 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
> I am new to this group, and have enjoyed members helping each other.
> I have strained my brain lately trying to come up with ideas for doing
> my sketches.  I do portraits in pencil, and have been working
> outdoors, including the State Fair.  However, I live in Alaska, and
> winter is almost here.  I do have a coffeeshop that I can set up in,
> but there is limited clienetel, and only good on weekends.  I have
> another, small mall that I am waiting to hear from.  My problem is
> that I can't think of other places to approach.  I do not solicet,
> people ask me for a drawing after seeing my sign with costs and
> samples of my work.  I have tried several places, withno luck.  I live
> in Wasilla, so coffeshops are limited.  Any ideas anyone?
> Ellie

Well Ellie, bless your heart, this sounds very tough...tho I have not idea
where Wasilla is and/or if you are anywhere close to charter boats (tho I
suspect the weather prob would get you/them soon also)...but if you are, or
can think of anyplace where people have to wait...like before you get on
those (goofy) little day-cruises...those photographers make out like
bandits.

And heck, do not be shy about appropriate soliciting...you have to think of
yourself as a commodity, not a bother. One place (restaurant/bar) I know of
here has drawings of "clients" on the walls and just the artist's name and
number posted...

best good luck,

mary

 
 
 

sketching is frustrating

Post by D. Alexand » Sun, 26 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>sketching is frustrating  
>I am new to this group, and have enjoyed
>members helping each other. I have strained
>my brain lately trying to come up with ideas for
>doing my sketches. I do portraits in pencil, and
>have been working outdoors, including the
>State Fair. However, I live in Alaska, and winter
>is almost here. (snip)

Wherever you go, have a container and slips of paper so folks can enter
a drawing for a free portrait.  This will help you establish a valuable
mailing list of people who have actually seen you at work.  When times
are slim, send out letters offering a 'special price' for in-home
portraits (be very careful here), portraits from a photo, etc.

Try your local beauty salons...  You might offer the shop owner a comp
portrait to set up for the day.  Ladies usually feel beautiful when they
leave a salon anyway... you'll catch them at their best!

Watch your newspaper for coming 'Grand Openings' and 'big sale'
events... contact the owners... an on-site portrait artist would be an
additional draw!

Contact business owners and sell your portraits as great 'employee
incentive awards'... don't forget to offer your services for their
company partys.  Many industries now have several 'family oriented'
parties throughout the year... not just parties around Christmas and New
Years.

Best of luck!
..Donna

House Of Alexander
Print permanent inkjet images on fabric...
http://homepages.go.com/~houseofalexander/index.html

 
 
 

sketching is frustrating

Post by Phyllis Harb » Wed, 29 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Can you sketch while moving? How about on public transportation if
there is any there? Are there any museums, aviaries, concert halls?
 
 
 

sketching is frustrating

Post by Cathy Morga » Thu, 30 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Would you enjoy sketching houses?  Maybe this would be more for next summer,
when you can work outside again.  But I've heard there's a great market for
house sketches.  People can use them on their stationery, notecards, etc.
If you have access to a computer and inkjet or laser printer, you could even
sell them the accessories too.
    Another thought - cruise ships hire staff to entertain the customers.
If you are free to travel at all, maybe you could get a contract.
Quote:

>I am new to this group, and have enjoyed members helping each other.
>I have strained my brain lately trying to come up with ideas for doing
>my sketches.  I do portraits in pencil, and have been working
>outdoors, including the State Fair.  However, I live in Alaska, and
>winter is almost here.  I do have a coffeeshop that I can set up in,
>but there is limited clienetel, and only good on weekends.  I have
>another, small mall that I am waiting to hear from.  My problem is
>that I can't think of other places to approach.  I do not solicet,
>people ask me for a drawing after seeing my sign with costs and
>samples of my work.  I have tried several places, withno luck.  I live
>in Wasilla, so coffeshops are limited.  Any ideas anyone?
>Ellie

 
 
 

sketching is frustrating

Post by DLS » Thu, 30 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>>I am new to this group, and have enjoyed members helping each other.
>>I have strained my brain lately trying to come up with ideas for doing
>>my sketches.  I do portraits in pencil, and have been working
>>outdoors, including the State Fair.  However, I live in Alaska, and
>>winter is almost here.  I do have a coffeeshop that I can set up in,
>>but there is limited clienetel, and only good on weekends.  I have
>>another, small mall that I am waiting to hear from.  My problem is
>>that I can't think of other places to approach.  I do not solicet,
>>people ask me for a drawing after seeing my sign with costs and
>>samples of my work.  I have tried several places, withno luck.  I live
>>in Wasilla, so coffeshops are limited.  Any ideas anyone?
>>Ellie

Find free advertising in your area such as the local tabloids where people
advertise items for sale, grocery / book store bulletin boards, etc.
Everybody likes to save money, so with a xerox machine, make notices that
look like coupons for $5.00 off your regular price - put an expiration date
on it, 30 days will encourage prompt action.  They don't have to look
polished, "sketchy" will work for your purpose.

There's probably a "freenet" in your area with local online bbs.  You can
sign up, usually through a library, and let people know what you're doing -
in the appropriate group, of course.  Ask there for advice about specific
opportunities in your area.  Can you sketch from a photo?  Pet portraits are
very lucrative.  So are drawings of faraway grandkids.  Identify where the
retired people go - community college, senior center, bowling alley - and
put your notices on the bulletin boards in those places.

Being open to making new acquaintances and being prepared, these are the
keys to drumming up business.  Early in any conversation a new acquaintance
will usually ask "what do you do?"  Always have your notices with you, so
you can say "this" and hand them a notice.  Be relaxed and don't push any
one contact.  You will be surprised at how many people actually call you
later, or pass on your notice.  People have saved my card and called me
years later!

Lynn