Oh. My. Goodness!
So I worked lunch today at The Tavern and I was walking home and I am near my apartment when I notice a baby squirrel at the bottom of a tree. At first I was like, "Awe! Baby squirrel!" but then I noticed it wasn't moving when I got close to it and it was kind of hugging the root of the tree.
So I went inside to look up the animal rescue league in state college, and the site was pretty helpful and organized. It had a "what to do if you see this kind of animal" section. And I found the baby squirrel section, and it said that they shouldn't be on the ground, and that usually means they fell out of their nest.
Then I called the place and she immediately said that they aren't suppose to be on the ground, then she asked if I could bring him in? and I asked "HOW?" and she said use a towel and scoop him up, which somehow I did, it was a very mellow baby squirrel. I put it in a box and I went in the car and wanted to check to see if it was still okay and it immediately wanted to leave the box. Fortunately I grabbed it with the towel and put it back in and put some books on top.
Got lost on the way to the animal hospital, but I got it there! I just had to fill out a form. And I think it'll be okay!
It's definitely a nice feeling to know I saved an animal when I've had situations where I couldn't help them and that absolutely broke my heart and still haunts me. I want to save ALL THE ANIMALS now. But one animal at a time!
These are up on etsy!
Pricing your work is probably the hardest thing about being an artist.
How do you decide your worth?
There are plenty of people who will look at your stuff and not think it should cost that much.
Mostly because they're ignorant of the process (Which I've talked about in this post).
And that is not their fault, of course, but the worst thing you could do to an artist is tell them their work shouldn't cost that much.
Usually the artist weighs in how much they want to make their work cost. They don't just throw out a number and hope for the best.
Theses are things I try to consider:
1. How big is the piece?
2. How much detail is in it?
3. What kind of ink and paper was it printed on?
4. How much time did it take to make?
5. Is it an edition or not?
I'll explain each number.
1. Size is an obvious one. Smaller will be cheaper, it took less time and it doesn't have as much detail as a larger print would have. I have one big print, I would say it's 18x42 inches? And I put a lot of detail in that it took me months to cut and hours to print plus I chine-colle'd it. So how would I price that?
2. Detail is a big one. I should do a time lapse of when I'm working on a piece that has a meticulous detail. I'm hunched over a table trying not to stab myself with my tool. But hours go by and I am still not close to being done. You have to think before each cut and understand what you're cutting out in the linoleum. Figure out when remnant marks need to be in a section or not. Or if it should just be outlined. Detail needs to be accounted for in pricing.
3. I use the same ink every time because I work at home. I can't use oil base, which are more expensive and better quality. Paper is the most expensive thing to purchase. It's on average $5.50 a sheet. And I have spent 8 dollars on a sheet. And the size is usually 32x22? So for a 12x12 print, you can get two prints off of one sheet of paper. It adds up quickly.
4. Time. How do you value your time? I take into account how long it took to create the idea or the image. Then how long it actually it takes me to draw, then getting in on to the linoleum. The how long does it take to print, is it just a single layer or are there multiple? A layered print will cost more because that requires more time and more ink and lot more thought.
5. An edition is a set of prints, all identical, printed at the same time. I don't do limited editions, at least not yet, but usually a limited edition is, let's say 50 prints were produced, and that's it. Obviously that will be more expensive than a print that will be continued to be printed over and over again.
Also another thing I do is look at other artists, see how they price their work.
It is really difficult because if I priced it how I really wanted to, no one would buy it, because I am not well not or elite. I have to lower my prices if I want to sell a few prints and then hopefully over time, after building a base I'll be able to raise my prices.
And this isn't including shipping, which is another 5-20 dollars. Shipping is not cheap, I like to ship my prints flat, protected by cardboard, hopefully not getting bent.
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