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Showing your art to other people.

I have some questions about the display of your artwork, specifically, on websites/galleries online dedicated to it. I hope these questions are allowed here, but if not it'd be cool if I could be directed to a place that could help and get rid of this post. :)

I've just recently decided to get truly serious with my art (I've always wanted to make some kind of career out of it, but I had a sort of "click" in my head that I need to get going on it because my art is getting better now), and so I've finally decided to set up a website for it. I got a domain name--it's not my name, but it's a word I like. Even if it's an uncommon word, it has meaning to me--is that okay? I personally hate my name and wouldn't want a domain of it. But that's not really my question.

I draw a wide range of things, including adult artwork, and sometimes get commissioned for that type of stuff. I don't have any issues with it or drawing adult artwork in general, but what does make me feel strange is that... well, I have a lot of people who want to see my artwork that aren't exactly "in" on things like the furry fandom (where a lot of the art is focused) much less adult artwork in general, and I've already had one instance where a teacher in high school got weird on me after I gave him a link to my deviantART gallery. It didn't even have adult artwork, but i suppose some of the content weirded him out, and thus he didn't like me anymore.

So what do you do when you want to show off your artwork, but it's not something a particular individual would understand/approve of? I don't want to have to censor myself too much, but there are a number of things I draw that might offend people... and I don't want to hide. I want to be able to showcase all my artwork; the general/adult thing isn't an issue to me personally, but I worry constantly about scaring off people I know, or even potential employers who think I am "weird" because of what I draw...

One more question in passing: how do you promote yourself on the internet? My deviantART gallery never got many views, and while I realize the whole world isn't deviantART, I was under the impression it's a pretty big and important place and good for promotion. I also try to promote myself on LJ but I'm not sure if I'm doing it right. I was tempted to even buy some adspace or something, but I don't know if that is desperate or not. I'm really lost on how to get myself out there.
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gothwings
Jun. 18th, 2007 11:24 am (UTC)
First thing, if you want to make a living from artwork be prepared for very long hours and low pay.

I work about 35-40 hours a week at the moment but my average income comes nowhere near minimum wage. Part of the problem here is needing a UK wage from a mainly USA customer base: the exchange rate is not in my favour! I'm grateful that I have a supportive partner, financially and emotionally.

If you want to show your artwork and be admired for what you enjoy, then ethically that's fantastic! However, if you want to make money and want to be sure of attracting the right clientele, you may have to alter a lot of your content, particularly the furry stuff. Art is difficult to sell since it means different things to different people.

My advice would be to have a site dedicated to the more 'mainstream' work that anyone can view and won't be freaked out by and then have another site or sites for your less mainstream material.
roaring
Jun. 19th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Yeah.... I know living off free-lance artwork is really, really hard. Because of that, I know I want to have my art as a sort of small, extra-income thing, but am really trying to gather up a lot of different ideas so I can fallback on something less risky. But I will always do art, y'know, just in case I get "discovered", plus I love to do it. XD

Thanks for the tips. :)

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