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Old 02-01-2018, 04:00 PM
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Selling Digital vs Conventional Art work

I just thought I would throw this out there...I find that it's harder to sell digital work because it's not "One of a Kind". Any comments are welcome

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Old 02-01-2018, 06:27 PM
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Re: Selling Digital vs Conventional Art work

I guess that depends on where you are selling. To play a little bit of devil's advocate, there are sites like Fine Art America, that will print and sell prints of your work. They sell framed or unframed prints as well putting your work on everything from shower curtains to throw pillows, I know they are selling stuff.
Actually, digital can be one of a kind, if you agree to sell just the "original" meaning the first print and none after that. Again, I suppose it is just your particular market.
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Old 02-07-2018, 12:48 PM
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Re: Selling Digital vs Conventional Art work

It is possible to sell the original piece of digital art if you are willing to provide a certificate which says you have relinquished copyright. For that you would presumably want to place a premium charge on the file you send because you, as the originator/artist, will not be able to use the image again except for, say, a reference of your work on your website.


An alternative may be to offer 'Limited Editions' of, say, 50 or 100. You would have to show '1 of 50', '2 of 50', etc, on each one you send out, just as you would when sending out prints. As with the previous example, you would not then be able to commercially use that image again, unless it was used on an object (mug, plate, cushion, T-shirt) that cannot be considered similar.



Once you have sent out a digital art file, however, there are few ways you can effectively police its ongoing use.


This site will allow you to sell digital images so may be worth checking out.

http://www.foundmyself.com/

Commission is charged, of course, depending on the size of the image you are offering. This is much less than for prints. I doubt, however, that there is anything in their operating protocols that helps to safeguard your copyright.



It depends on what you want I suppose.


Hope this helps, and good luck!
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Re: Selling Digital vs Conventional Art work

I have noticed that limited edition prints generally rally more interest by essentially manipulating the value of a given piece. They tend to bring in more of the collector/ art lover than the pure art lover (though I'm guilty of this too at times), where I'll see a limited edition release of something I might hesitate to purchase otherwise, but find myself taking out the wallet. I am an opinionated (see my article on editions here) open edition artist, however, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. That said, I do sell my work on Society6 (similar to Fine Art America) and have sold prints, shower curtains, towels...you'd be surprised what people fancy your work on. All my best.
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Re: Selling Digital vs Conventional Art work

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I just thought I would throw this out there...I find that it's harder to sell digital work because it's not "One of a Kind". Any comments are welcome

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I think you're right. The one and a half billion dollar value of the Mona Lisa would probably not be that high if it was just a Mona Lisa, even if the copy was also painted by da Vinci, and value would, most likely, drop even more should additional copies be found. Uniqueness of a work of art plays a huge part in its value.

But that is for art collectors and millionaires. Digital art is much more popular - sells more pieces of art - than "fine" art paintings because they are not unique, but can be sold over and over and over, again. Prints for the wall, coffee cups, greeting cards (my forte in the world of digital art, if it can be called that) and other useful and/or decorative products sell. Maybe not for billions, but, then, all those copies aren't one-of-a-kind.

Consider: one can purchase a copy of Mona Lisa on t-shirts, coffee cups, prints and all the other goodies - but they aren't painted by da Vinci.

Anyway, just a couple thoughts for the idea bag.
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Re: Selling Digital vs Conventional Art work

Just to play devil's advocate again, I believe there have been several Mona Lisa's found. It was not unusual for the masters to have apprentices paint parts, or to study by copying the work of the master. After all these years, we can't really be sure which is the "original". But again, just playing devil's advocate.
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Re: Selling Digital vs Conventional Art work

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Just to play devil's advocate again, I believe there have been several Mona Lisa's found. It was not unusual for the masters to have apprentices paint parts, or to study by copying the work of the master. After all these years, we can't really be sure which is the "original". But again, just playing devil's advocate.

Bob Ross is reported to have painted a minimum of three of every piece he painted on his television program, The Joy of Painting. The devil is in the details, or so I've heard.

I didn't know anything about copies of Mona Lisa so I googled and found out there is another one, the Isleworth Mona Lisa, believed by some experts to be, at least partially, painted by da Vinci. Details can be read in this super article published by the BBC: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/201...cond-mona-lisa One can see side-by-side images of both paintings.

On the digital side, will an electronic image survive for more than half a millennia? Age seems to be almost as much a factor in the price of works of generally equal artistic value as the painter ascribed to its creation.
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