View Full Version : teddybears-with or without?

04-12-2002, 11:14 AM
Greetings All,
I've been playing with old paintings in Photoshop and am considering doing up some digital prints to sell. In this instance I'm adding the quote line to the picture. My main question is this:
Do you think adding the quote line increases the chance of a sale or does the original image still have the best shot? I'm looking at selling the prints through Teddybear shops.
I, personally, like the original best but I've noticed over the years, my tastes aren't exactly mainstream. :)
link to original:

I originally posted on open critique and got some useful suggestions but only 2 responses to my main question. So far it's 2 without quote, 0 with.

tia for any comments,

04-12-2002, 02:07 PM
I'd say lose the quote. It hinders the design, it's hard to read sideways, it's confusing as to which way to read it...and it sort of reduces a painting to a cartoon. Not that a cartoon is a bad thing, I consider myself a cartoonist among other things, but is this a piece to hang on a wall or print in a magazine?

Rose Queen
04-12-2002, 05:56 PM
I'm not crazy about incorporating the quote into the picture, either, Theo. I'd print it underneath the piece so that people can cover it with a mat if they'd rather not have it as part of the piece.

100% free webcam site! (http://showmewebcam.com/?p=0) | Awesome chicks and it is absolutely free! (http://showmewebcam.com/?p=2) | Watch free live sex cam - easy as 1-2-3 (http://showmewebcam.com/?p=4)

100% free webcam site! (http://showmewebcam.com/?p=0) | Awesome chicks and it is absolutely free! (http://showmewebcam.com/?p=2) | Watch free live sex cam - easy as 1-2-3 (http://showmewebcam.com/?p=4)

04-12-2002, 07:34 PM
Ha-ha! Well, that's 5 to zip now. I got another nay over in the open critique forum. Maybe my tastes aren't as far from the mainstream as I thought. Coyote, I'm surprised you consign cartoons to print but not to walls. Me? I think they go anywhere! Of course, I admit I've knocked heads with a few people over that view. :)

thanks for your comments,

04-12-2002, 07:38 PM
What I would do,
is use both designs,
let the buyers choose.

I agree the quote on the picture is not ideal - but I can see the merit in it being there - even as much as the original was as a title.

04-13-2002, 11:03 PM
Drop the arches down closer to the height of the lady --- then you will have space above that to put the quote. You could arch each word over each doorway. The quote can help sell the image. It just needs to fit in the picture a bit better. At minimum, I think I would turn the words the other way, so you are reading from bottom up.

The titles help sell my work. I use a wide frame and put the title right on the face of it.


04-18-2002, 09:52 PM
I myself am always reluctant to use text in my images. Too many times they can draw attention away from the image itself. Your drawing should really do the talking, unless its for a book. My vote is also to lose the quote.

04-18-2002, 11:31 PM
Normally I would say no to text in the image also, but have been seeing it in some works of different artists lately. In this image I it just needs to be worked into it better.

04-19-2002, 10:38 AM
Again, thank you for the comments. I chose this image in the series because I felt it would be the hardest to incorporate the quote. The other images, should I go the "word" route, have space enough to use word balloons should I want to. Incorporating just the text as a more integrated design element, is, as you all have been pointing out, much more of a challenge. I haven't been playing with it since my last iteration, as other projects are taking priority. As well, I've migrated my main work computer to OS X and Photoshop 6 under Classic is the one program that fails to boot. Booting directly from Classic solves the problem but I've got some debugging to do. Anybody on the forum encountered this one? I will put up new versions as they come.


04-19-2002, 11:36 AM
Yeah, I know what you mean. I tried to switch to OS X, and it screwed my whole computer up. I called apple and they were no help so I had to reformat my WHOLE hard disk. Luckily I also have a PC. Anyway I just use classic now. I like the interface better as well.

04-20-2002, 04:07 PM
looks amazing that picture! Thanks to sharing it!:clap:

05-03-2002, 02:19 PM
if it's not too late. i vote lose it. the illustration is good without it.