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Old 03-02-2018, 10:06 AM
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Smile Long time lurker - sketch pricing question

Hi everyone, I'm just looking for a bit of advice/opinion regarding how to price sketches.

I currently sell my original oil paintings and limited edition prints. Before each painting, I produce a sketch of what the painting will look like. These vary in quality from quite tidy and saleable to completely unsaleable (in my opinion). Generally, I've kept these sketches for myself, or occasionally given them away with the original. However recently I've found myself being asked if I'll sell the sketch that I produced before the painting.

Now I'm completely stumped what to charge for the sketches. I would imagine I should charge a lot less that what I charge for a painting, but should I charge more or less than I would for a limited edition print?

My paintings are approx 22in x 18in, prints are roughly A3 sized (in editions of 45-75), and the sketches are usually no bigger than around A5 sized.

Any help would be very much appreciated.
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Old 03-02-2018, 04:53 PM
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Re: Long time lurker - sketch pricing question

What do your original paintings sell for?
What do your prints sell for?
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:27 PM
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Re: Long time lurker - sketch pricing question

I remember talking to a gallery owner and they said that many collectors will pay quite a bit for all the preliminary sketches and any studies that were done for the finished piece they are buying if the artist has a large following. I have considered bundling all that with my paintings, or offering the bundle for an additional fee to the buyer, but at the galleries I am hanging in now, there would be nowhere to store them and I don't want to have to ship them to the buyer. I have sold several studies. I price a study at 60% to half of the square inch price of the finished piece.

This artist was asking $1900 for rudimentary (not that great in my view) drawing on a torn out page from his sketchbook. It is currently on sale for $950. Apparently there is some interest in sketches from him.
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Old 03-02-2018, 10:00 PM
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Re: Long time lurker - sketch pricing question

Collectors sometimes feel a sketch is a rare insight into the mind of an artist. For that reason sketches may be prized. It is all in the sales pitch. Don't under sell your work.
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