Weekends are a really important for resting. Working through the weekends wasn’t resting. Never taking a day “off” until I absolutely had to… wasn’t resting. Always feeling behind because there was no resting… isn’t resting. I have kids that need me to taxi them everywhere. We have Mondays off of extra curricular activities. Trying to work through all of that without a break makes for stress and incomplete work. Taking a break is a good thing.
Holy crap, guys! Look at the awesome crocheting that’s happening over on the KBG Patreon! If you don’t want to wait, click here… Knot By Gran’ma is creating AWESOME crochet patterns, and I’d love your support. This is a long post. Please bear with me.
Sometimes being an artist can be amazing. Those are the times to hold tight to your heart. You create because you have to do it. It’s love. It’s something that has to come out. Your art makes you a whole person. This is not a post for those times as an artist. This is a post for when you (I) need a pick me up as an artist. A pep talk, if you will.
I like to draw monsters, along with crocheting them. I have sketchbook upon sketchbook filled with all sorts of different types of monsters. My notebooks in school (so, so long ago) were filled with little monster dude sketches. I want to share my love of drawing monsters with all of you. Today we are going to learn how to draw a quick little spiky monster.
Part of selling art, is getting paid for that art. Part of getting paid for that art is making sure you are pricing your work accordingly, so you do get paid for the time taken to create that art. Many artists (with and without great sales) are unhappy, because they are not getting paid… because they are not pricing their work properly. This is called underpricing, and I hate underpricing… especially in crochet. How are you supposed to make a living off of something if you are not valuing your time and talent? If you are underpricing, you are not going to be able to make a living off of your art. (Read Part One and Part Two to get caught up.)
The kids had no school last week. Spring break is usually just that. A break. We don’t go anywhere and this year the weather wasn’t being too cooperative for doing outdoor type activities. At least we didn’t get more than a dusting of snow in the beginning of the week. I asked Dr. Destructo (Kiddo has been swamped with homework and headaches) to draw a monster using yarn or fiber or fiber animals (however he wanted), and I did the same. These are pretty awesome.
Do you find it hard to find the folks that will buy your art? In general, people assume I make dolls for children. This is frustrating, because I don’t make my dolls for children. My dolls are soft (because yarn), brightly colored, and in the minds of many, that alone makes me a doll maker for kids. (BTW, Selling dolls for kids is crazy hard though. There’s yearly registering, test, and safety issues that need to be taken into consideration. I don’t have the desire to go through all of that.) My dolls take hours and hours and hours (did I mention hours) to make. Little kids destroy things. I know. I have two of them here at the house. They wreck everything… you know, the this is why we can’t have nice things reasoning. My dolls aren’t meant for kid love. Kid love is so intense that it breaks most things. It’s an awesome kind of love that’s not for my dolls. People don’t look at the intricate thread work and prices (dead giveaway as not for kids) before throwing me into the “toy maker” category. Kids are not my target demographic. I want doll collectors, not doll destroyers (even if it is through kid love… the best kind of love).
This is for the folks that are currently trying to earn a living wage through selling their art, whether it be paintings, dolls, amazing woodworking, jewelry, or whatever. We should be over the moon, ecstatic, and smiling all the time, because we make beautiful (awesome, insert your own adjective here) things. Then we sell those pieces of art to other people. How lucky are we? We are very, very, very lucky.