As you know, from following this blog, I am trying to start making money off of my creative output, both written and painted. The whole tenor of this blog has changed from thoughts on life, history, and politics to discussions on the mechanics of art and writing. One of the things I recently did was to create a Patreon page to gain financial support through sharing exclusive content with patrons of my site. One of the other ways I planned to turn my creativity into a business was to create prints of my work for sale.
To that end, I would like to ask a question. Would you be willing to pay up front for a print of my work? The reason I ask is that I would not be able to sell a print to you now without getting the money first to pay for the process. My thoughts are that I could talk to a printing company, get quotes and a test print of certain images (to make sure the quality is there) then post a price based on a reasonable profit margin. I would also personally sign each print beyond the signature I have in the painting. However, I would have to get the money for the print and shipping beforehand since I do not have the cash to make a bunch of prints and sell them. I basically would order the print as the money came in to pay for it.
At this point, you can buy some prints of my work at my deviantart page but the sizes are limited and I don’t feel they do the work justice. I am hoping that if the test prints turn out well then I can make the prints in larger sizes to properly show off the detail. So, if there is enough interest, I will start checking into the possibilities. The works I am thinking about can all be seen as large size images, except for Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability which can only be seen as part of my finished in 2016 recap, at my devianart page. The images to consider are:
Mystics and Misfits cover with no typography
Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability
Universal Eyes – Infinite Sadness
Denouncer cover with no typography
As I create more works, I will expand the list, but these are the ones I feel are worth printing and have no legal issues attached to them. Princess for Ever After; unfortunately, would require asking Disney for the right to sell it and the same for Juliette and Josephus needing legal rights to sell. If there is enough interest, I will consider checking into the rights. For now, the ball is all yours. Let me know what you think.