sketchfest stuff

Saturday, May 21st, 2011 02:08 pm
meeks: meeks and lorelei (Default)
[personal profile] meeks
My pictures from this month's SketchFest...I didn't get as many done as last month, partly because I lost some time after making the unfortunate discovery that our bathroom sink has a leak >.< It also looks like I've again missed some interesting prompts that were posted while I was sleeping...I'll have to try staying up all night for one of these sometime.

prompt: never drink and draw

prompt: Storybook Tree

prompt: So they took the trees, they took to the skies

prompt: Tattoo Time

prompt: Seahorse

Edited to add:
Since I've been asked, YES, you can sponsor more work on these! Please let me know in the seller instructions if there's a particular sketch you'd like to see finished!

Date: 2011-05-21 10:43 pm (UTC)
ariestess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariestess
These are fun! I especially like the first and last sketches.


Date: 2011-05-22 07:21 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
You should totally take "The Storybook Tree" to your local library and see if they'd like to use it for advertising kids' story hour. It would get some new eyeballs on your art. My other thought with this one is that it deserves to be a book cover.

The others are all good too. I think the dragon one is my second-favorite, though alas for the trees!

Re: Ooo...

Date: 2011-05-25 02:06 pm (UTC)
aldersprig: picture of tea pouring (tea1)
From: [personal profile] aldersprig
I second that suggestion!

Re: Ooo...

Date: 2011-05-27 12:29 am (UTC)
aldersprig: a close up of an alder leaf (Leaf)
From: [personal profile] aldersprig
*flies the librarian signal in the sky (It's like the bat signal but cuter)*

I have signaled your friendly neighborhood librarian.

Re: Ooo...

Date: 2011-05-27 12:47 am (UTC)
eseme: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eseme
*flies to the rescue!*

Since this looks like digital art (correct me if I am wrong - you could just bring physical art to the library), I would look for the email address of either the Children's Services Librarian, or the Library Director if it is hard to tell who is in charge of Children's or Your Services. A very large library may have a person in charge of marketing or publicity (sometimes called community relations).

I'd send that person an email. Explain that you are a local artist, and that you have a piece that the library might be interested in for advertising children's programs. Be clear about whether you are donating the art or you want to be paid. Also include any art credits you have (where you went to school, any publication credits or shows you have - help prove that you know what you are doing).

Include a link to this post, and something like "the third image down". Mention whether you are offering a high resolution file suitable for print, or a lower resolution file for the web. Or both. Can the library crop the image or add words to it? If you want to clean the image up more, also let them know that.

Libraries LOVE art that really captures a moment, and the Book Tree really does. It is totally perfect for either Storytime or the Summer Reading Program.

Send a follow-up email in a week. Some libraries are already in the midst of the very busy time known as The Summer Reading Program. Your email may be read and not replied to.

If you still do not hear back from that, then I'd try a phone call. You should have the name of the person you want to reach, that goes with the website. Be prepared to hit voicemail, even during business hours (there may be a library program going on). Know what you want to say. Also be prepared t get an actual person, and be able to explain who you are and what you want (and the date you sent the first email). You may send that email again.

I can't imagine any library not wanting the art, but budgets are tight - they may not be able to pay. But it is a real art credit. If you are donating the art, I'd suggest asking for two or three copies of the poster or other items they use your art on, for your portfolio. That is something any library can afford to give.

Re: Ooo...

Date: 2011-05-27 01:48 am (UTC)
eseme: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eseme
That is very good resolution, really. The largest size poster we have made is 11x17 inches, and we had to have it printed elsewhere because our printers couldn't take the paper.

A library using your image would probably combine it with words or information above or below the image (or both!). So having room to add words without obscuring too much of the art is useful.

Just be aware that, depending on the size of the library, they may not have a publicity person with a strong art background. There may be unfortunate fonts... On the other hand every place I have worked does have someone with taste. But if you have any skill with choosing fonts and arranging words, offering your skills at that may also be very helpful.

Re: Ooo...

Date: 2011-05-27 02:05 am (UTC)
eseme: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eseme
Just looking at the main page of their site... trust them with your art. They have people with taste.

Date: 2011-05-25 02:04 pm (UTC)
aldersprig: picture of tea pouring (tea1)
From: [personal profile] aldersprig

The last one reminds me of my short story "Little White Horses."

Date: 2011-05-27 12:52 am (UTC)
eseme: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eseme
I love the dragons with the trees, myself! You draw very nice dragons.

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