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Old 09-18-2008, 11:25 PM
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Re: Signature on Artwork

I was rushing a plein air pastel for a show and didn't have a pastel pencil with me so I crudely signed the painting using a broken pastel. It wasn't very neat.

Later at the show, I was skulking around in the area of my painting to listen in on comments. One couple was seriously considering my painting and finally he said: "I would really like the painting but the signature is so sloppy the artist just didn't seem to care."

I lost the sale but I sign all my paintings very neatly now.

I still have that painting, I resigned it but its been several years now and it seems I missed my one chance to sell it.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:46 AM
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Re: Signature on Artwork

I've never heard that you shouldn't use your first name. I think (and it's only my opinion) that if you are serious about your art and want to sell, signing your first and last (surname) would make it easier for people to Google and find you if perhaps they see something they like and can't buy it there and then. Think of yourself as a brand and make it distinctive, recognisable and easy to find/accessable. I've seen some nice signature designs from initials but couldn't tell you who the artist was.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:44 PM
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Hopefully whereever you are showing your work, you have some cards with ALL your contact info!!
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Old 09-20-2008, 10:38 AM
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Re: Signature on Artwork

I have and always will sign the back of my work. I have been asked to sign the front by purchasing patrons and have happily complied. As to first name, initials, alias debate this is ridiculous. Sign the damn things with any unique mark and you've accomplished the required goal of marking your unique work uniquely. The purpose of the signature is to brand your work and to protect it from fraud.
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:16 AM
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Re: Signature on Artwork

I come to painting from sculpting. I was taught to always put your name where it can be read and include the copyright symbol.

so I have 2 questions:

1. Is it necessary to have the copyright symbol next to your name on the front of the canvas?

2. I read somewhere on site, that some shows/galleries no longer like the date on the front of the canvas. I don't find that an issue as it can be put on the back...but does that affect #1 above?

thank you in advance.
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Old 09-25-2008, 04:19 PM
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Re: Signature on Artwork

Would anyone complain of having a painting signed "Leonardo", "Raffaello", or "Rembrandt"? Or the moniker "El Greco" -- the Greek guy?

It is *your* painting -- so sign it the way *you* want to.

I sign initials plus 2 digit year on front, and full sig plus day-month-year plus initials plus type of paper, fully, on the back.
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Old 09-26-2008, 08:35 AM
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Re: Signature on Artwork

Whistler used a butterfly as his signature I found a site that has examples of famous artists signatures and some helpful tips.
http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/s/signature.html

Hope you enjoy looking at the link

edited to add. I had a teacher who said not to use first names because her experience was that a female sig put male buyers off or the work was quickly dismissed in a gallery setting.
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:02 PM
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Re: Signature on Artwork

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I'm signing just the way I'd sign a contract.

I'd recommend that artists have a public signature and a private signature. The last thing you want is to have the signature that you use to sign your checks and contracts be easily available to someone interested in defrauding you.
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There is only one rule in my opinion .... do what you feel like!

To heck with conventional rules about what is and what shoildn't be. It's a painting ... and it's your painting so you make the rules.

I sign mine on the front with four lines and a dot that make a DK with a dot in the D ... they are my initials
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:55 AM
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I'd recommend that artists have a public signature and a private signature. The last thing you want is to have the signature that you use to sign your checks and contracts be easily available to someone interested in defrauding you.

This not my reason for having two signatures but I do. If I'm signing a check or contract I am generally limited to the space allowed. I sign the back of my work and this affords me the room to get a bit creative. Not that anyone cares but you can find my signature on my website if your'e curious.
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:36 PM
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Re: Signature on Artwork

I use stylized inititials for the front, and only if it doesn't interfere with the look of the composition. If it enhances or blends in, good. If not, I won't do it. I'm glad that I'm not the only one, and that this is okay, as I just don't like the look of my full name written out, neatly or otherwise. All info on the back, of course.
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:18 PM
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Re: Signature on Artwork

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I'd recommend that artists have a public signature and a private signature. The last thing you want is to have the signature that you use to sign your checks and contracts be easily available to someone interested in defrauding you.

Banks don't bother checking signatures on cheques (checks) below about $5,000......
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I'm signing just the way I'd sign a contract.

My bank saw my work a few years ago and I was advised to develop a new signature for my checks and credit cards so as to try to discourage fraud or identity theft. I sign my full name on paintings and legal contracts, like wills and real estate purchases, but my first two initials and last name in a "signature scribble" if you will for checks and credit cards.... if you want to get nit picky
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:23 AM
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Re: Signature on Artwork

I sign my art right now with Soss with 2 digit year going diagonally in the corner of my paintings, so for something done in 2008, it is; Soss '08; is this a good way? my 1st & last name is Sossity Corby should I use this or just my 1st name? or just stay with what I am currently doing?
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Old 12-05-2008, 03:15 AM
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Stay with what you're doing, as long as you feel it's right for you.

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