May
12
2010

Preparing for Surtex by Valerie (Valry) Drake

Last time I told you about my upcoming trip to Surtex. This week I thought I would share some of the computer / Photoshop® preparation of my artwork for the show.I am working on two collections at a time. One is on the easel and one is in the computer. As it happens, both of the collections I am working on at this time are painted in oils so I need to allow dry time before scanning them. All of my art work is scanned at 400 dpi and saved as JPEG documents. I take pieces that are too large for my scanner to a copy shop such as Kinkos. (Their default scanning is only about $1 but saves the document as a PDF, which won't work. Convert... [More]
May
12
2010

Looking by Valerie (Valry) Drake

I will be attending Surtex in New York City this spring. Surtex is an art licensing trade show. The exhibitors will be artists who license their work and artist's agents. Surtex is held in conjunction with The National Stationery Show and my ticket to Surtex also gets me into NSS. NSS has exhibitors who are (predictably) stationery manufacturers - a large market for art licensing. There are also several seminars offered at the shows which sound extremely valuable.If you are not familiar with the term, licensing is when artwork is used on manufactured products and the artist receives a percentage based on how many of those items sold. Think ab... [More]
May
12
2010

Have we seen the last of the masters? by Valerie (Valry) Drake

Let me preface these comments by saying that I do not have a formal art education and that's a shame and one day I am going to get it. One area I am particularly sketchy is in art history and, again, I regret this because there is always a great deal of value in knowing the history of any field. That said, here is my take on a brief overview of art history: Primitive people made art because they felt a compulsion to create and to adorn the practical items in their lives. They probably did not have a lot of "masters" at first, although I expect that certain people developed reputations as making particularly attractive baskets or pots or arrow... [More]

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