I’ve been wrestling with a question for months. I make both original drawings as well as fine art original prints. With the advent of new print-on-demand (POD) technologies, the options to print work for sale is now easier and better than ever. I’ve traditionally made my prints as limited editions for gallery exhibition, and have done well with the galleries. But sales have been slow, and I have always wanted to sell to a larger audience through POD and open editions. But will galleries exhibit open edition prints? Some will, but many galleries are purists (some would say old-fashioned) and will demand limited edition prints. I hemmed and hawed about it for a very long time. And two days ago, I made a decision.
I have decided to move all of my large prints (political satire and fantasy) over to a POD service called Fine Art America. I decided to sell all my prints as open edition, and to submit primarily original DRAWINGS to galleries in the future. This is a big step for me, as I haven’t made fine art drawings in about twenty years! I have made drawings for a stock illustration site and coloring books during this time, however. But, being recently retired, I am allowing myself to be open to anything and I think I need a radical shift in direction, and this is it.
For most of my life, I haven’t been really happy with my drawing style. I felt it was too simple and “cartoony”, but a few recent works I am happy with. Above is Transformation, a recent piece that has a drawing style that I love and want to develop in the future. So, this work will be my guide to future drawings for gallery submission, and a future solo show. This is a big move for me….and I’m a bit nervous. But artmaking is about taking risks, and this is one I feel that needs to be made.
I will probably continue making fantasy prints in this collage style, but they will be for open edition sales, not primarily galleries. So, head on over to Fine art America and check out my prints for sale. And I will keep posting new work as it evolves!