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Selling Your Art: Galleries versus Online Channels

With the growing advent of online channels for artists to expose and sell their art, many are still stuck to the traditional medium of going through galleries only. It’s the internet age and when artists can create supremely innovative artworks based on technology, why not expose/sell them through technology itself!

Here a few pointers to consider Online channels of selling your art over Galleries only:

1. Create your own Brand and Fanbase  #sellthestory

It’s not just about the Art that you created in your studio. There is a story behind it. There are more and more people that are interested in behind-the-scene saga and want to connect with the artists than just picking up an artwork based on its visual appeal. A gallery will not be interested in telling your story – you need to do that yourself.

While a typical gallery might have several thousand online followers or maybe somewhat more, it’s not at all unusual for an artist to have tens or even hundreds of thousands of fans. Working on creating your own brand and promoting so, is a long term affair.

2. Communicate & advertise yourself #socialmediapower

Earlier only galleries could reach out to a lot of potential buyers with their contacts and manpower. Now we have social media. Artists can now communicate directly with the public and advocate on their own behalves in ways that only galleries could do for them pre-Internet. The best news is that the best art is still what attracts the most attention, regardless of where it’s being made or shown or who’s doing the showing.

3.Galleries are not the only place to sell your Art #ecommercepower

The two primary functions of galleries– providing artists with exposure for their art and providing collectors and buyers with access to that art– are no longer necessary or even relevant to doing business as an artist. People in the know search and shop online all the time including collectors, curators, investors, speculators, gallery owners and anyone else who has an interest in art… including museum personnel. Everyone’s on the hunt for the next great art stars and they know they can cover far more territory far faster on their computers or phones than they can by physically shopping the galleries or visiting artists at their studios.

4. Get dirty yourself #DIY

Earlier artists only created art in their studios and had galleries to do the dirty work – handling sellers, marketing and communtaction for them. The new motto is to do it yourself. Internet age demands an artist not to just be an artists but an entrepreneur as well. If you think your art deserves to be shown in public and owned by buyers or collectors or anyone else, you have to make a case for yourself.

5.  More exposure

For artists, the chances of being discovered online are better than ever. All kinds of art websites, blogs, publications and other online venues are continually beating the bushes for fresh new quality art and artists to introduce to their readers and feature in articles, interviews, videos and more. As a result, more and more artists are being recognized for their skills, talents, personalities and art without traditional galleries playing any role whatsoever in that recognition.

Fact: The majority of gallery owners will tell you that most new viewers find their websites not by searching their galleries by name, but rather by searching for artists they happen to represent.

Looking to sell your art online? Register today as a seller on www.tumbhimall.com

You have walls, we have Art

Home is one space that we own, and reflect ourselves, a bit of our personality in our walls. There is nothing better than art to make those walls of your abode come alive. Here is a little light based on your personality for bringing the perfect art home

Personality Types

1. The Geek

A handmade bookshelf can be your artwork. And more importantly don’t look at the bookshelf only as a space for your favorite books but also small folk art figurines can go pretty well there.

2. The Musician

Sitar Player

"Sitar Player" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Gajanan Dandekar

We suggest Art Prints and Posters of your favorite musicians, handmade sketches nicely framed or minimalist paintings of the kind of musical instrument you find your solace in.

3.  The Cultural

Radhe - Krishna

"Radhe - Krishna" by #TumbhiArtist - Pradip Sarkar

The history maniacs or the heritage lovers should go straight in picking Art prints of the likes of Raja Ravi Verma or Folk Paintings like Tanjores, Madhubani, Warli etc. For sculptures there are folk art styles like Okra. You want some vintage value right there in your space and investing in traditional art forms could only be the best idea.

4.  The Funky

"Weapon of Peace" & "The Royal Car" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Deelip Khomane

"Weapon of Peace" & "The Royal Car" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Deelip Khomane

Pop Art Posters, Abstract paintings and Framed Candid Photographs framed are your answer. You would definitely like a lot of colors to be around and to add that extra edge, try some monochrome frames to highlight your as colorful personality.

5.  The Divine

"Flute Players" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Pradip Sarkar & "Lord Ganesha" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Vinay Sane

"Flute Players" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Pradip Sarkar & "Lord Ganesha" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Vinay Sane

Mythological paintings, both abstract and folk would be something that you might want to be see every day on your walls. Sculptures are another great way of reflecting this bit of your personality as they fill your corners with all the divine energy.

6.  The Contemporary

Paintings by #TumbhiMallArtist - Arup Lodh & Sculpture by #TumbhiMallArtist - Jitendra Sutar

Paintings by #TumbhiMallArtist - Arup Lodh & Sculpture by #TumbhiMallArtist - Jitendra Sutar

Monochromes and minimalistic artworks will delight you and your classy taste.  Posters, Art Prints, Still life paintings, cityscape sketches , digital art, glass and metal sculptures is what you might want to look at to make your home feel more home!

7.   The Earthy Soul

Photo prints available for sale on www.tumbhimall.com

Nature Paintings and Photographs are your treasure. Also clay sculptures and pottery or ceramic items can fill your home as well as your green soul.  Plants in hand painted vases /pots could also be your way to paint your world in art and green.

8.   The Traveler

"3rd Floor" & "A Sunny Afternoon in Kolkata" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Arup Lodh

"3rd Floor" & "A Sunny Afternoon in Kolkata" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Arup Lodh

There is nothing like a traveler’s collection. Picking up small art like tiles, postcards, miniatures or small souvenirs can adorn not just your walls well but will also give an instant insight of your travelling soul. Quotation posters or handmade maps could also be your way of voicing your nomadic spirit. To top it, you have your memories attached to them off course. Cityscapes of the cities you have visited is also a wonderful idea to keep those memories alive.

9.  The Beauty Admirer

"Classic Collection" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Ipshita Shetty

"Classic Collection" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Ipshita Shetty

Since you see beauty in almost everything it might get a little difficult for you to choose. However a mix of Portrait & Figurative Paintings and photographs should be able to put your vision to wall. You should also consider wood and fiber sculptures that suit your humor and ideas.

10. The Family Guy

"Lovers" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Shankar Ghosh

"Lovers" by #TumbhiMallArtist - Shankar Ghosh

Apart from your walls covered in the pictures of your family you might also want to reflect the interest of the family in your home. Artifacts and collectibles, handwoven upholstery, decorative tableware are also a means of reflecting your artistic taste in your home.

How to Price your Artwork sensibly so it sells

You are the best judge of your art, undoubtedly, but when you are putting it out for sale, you need to consider several perspectives than yours’ alone. Here are a few insights to help you decide in the most sensible manner

Basic Art Pricing Fundamentals:

Step 1: Define your market. Where do you sell your art? Do you sell locally, regionally, nationally or internationally? The art, artists and prices in your market are the ones you should pay the most attention to.

Step 2: Define your type of art. What kind of art do you make? What are its physical characteristics? In what ways is it similar to other art? How do you categorize it? If you paint abstracts, for example, what kind of abstracts, how would you describe them? This is the type of art that you want to generally focus on for comparison purposes.

Step 3: Determine which artists make art similar to yours either by researching online or visiting galleries, open studios or other venues and seeing their work in person. Pay particular attention to those artists who also have career accomplishments similar to yours, who’ve been making art about as long as you have, showing about as long as you have, selling about as long as you have and so on.

Step 4: See how much these similar artists charge for their art. Their prices will be good initial estimates of the prices you should charge for your art.

What you should do

Think like an employer

Here’s a simple formula to start with. You need to hire yourself and decide for a reasonable wage for creating that artwork.

Pay yourself a reasonable hourly wage, add the cost of materials and make that your asking price. For example, if materials cost Rs.1000, you take 20 hours to make the art, and you pay yourself Rs.1000 an hour to make it, then you price the art at Rs.21,000 (Rs1000 X 20 hours + Rs1000 cost of materials).

Think like a businessman

You need to have a basic understanding of how the art business works and how collectors/art-buyers shop and buy. Evaluate the significance and quality of your art in relation to the vast quantity and variety of art that’s on display and available for sale.  The price quoted by you should be approximately in the same range as your ‘comparables’.

For example- If the price quoted by your ‘comparables’ are in the range of Rs10,000 to Rs. 35,000 and you have a comparatively lighter portfolio in terms of number of years, previous work sale history etc., you should price your artwork approximately between Rs.10,000 to Rs. 15,000

And when you price by comparison, compare to what sells and not to what doesn’t.

Think like an Artist

No matter how you set your prices, be competitive. It can’t be too high or too low. Be realistic, price it for the worth of it. When you price your art, you must be able to show that your prices make sense, that they’re fair and justified with respect to certain art criteria such as the depth of your resume, your previous sales history and the particulars of the market where you sell.

What you shouldn’t do

Common mistakes artists make when setting prices
  1. Too much attention on yourself and pricing what you feel right instead of comparing it with the standard market trend.
  2. The mistake of equating price values with vague or psychological factors like how emotionally attached they are to various works of their art or how much angst they experienced while creating them. Placing special meanings and therefore special asking prices on certain pieces that may make sense to you alone but have little or no relation to the selling prices of your art in general. If your buyer doesn’t understand art prices, they tend to shy away.

And lastly, try to offer something for everyone. There might be people out there who love your art and are your biggest fan but can’t afford it. But they should also at least have the chance to take back home a little something. Who knows? They may one day be able to afford your top-of-the-line masterworks.

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To sell it, you have to Name it & do it right!

How to write an awesome Title/Name for your product & make that first impression!

It’s a big world out there – the #online one and making your product stand out in that market takes some skills for sure. You are an amazing artist and you have created this beautiful piece of art which you want to put for sale but the next challenge remains how to do it!

Name of the product is for sure the next ice breaker after the product’s picture. Since you are dealing in a virtual world with no touch and feel, it’s only the picture of the product and its description which can help you

Here is a little help to start with writing an impressive name for your piece of art:

1. Be generic

The name of your product should give a full outline of what is it. Use common words which you think people will use to search for a product like yours.

For example – If your product is a Tanjore Painting of Krishna, you can go with something like “Krishna Original Tanjore Painting”

It’s easy to understand and search.

2. Be innovative

For a lot of art-buyers it’s not just the art itself but the overall presentation of the product that matters. You should use the USP (the distinctive feature) of your product to highlight it in your product name. For example – If your product is a Tanjore Painting of Krishna playing a flute, you can go with something like “Melodious Krishna Original Tanjore Painting”

3. Add credibility

The name of the art is sometimes the only thing an art-buyer will look at before making his decision to bring your art home. Adding credibility such as “Original Painting” will make your statement stronger and will make your buyer believe you a little more. However you should not go overboard and add such prefixes only if they stand true. You can also add the item’s brand name, artist, or designer’s name.

4. Be Grammar Conscious

You don’t want to ruin your precious first impression by doing some grammatical errors. Don’t include words like “wow” or “look.”, buyers can lose their trust in your product thinking it’s something very generic. Use correct spellings and use of punctuation marks or all caps is not advisable.

5. Keep it short and simple

We like it short and we like it simple. Enough said. Don’t go beyond four or five words. To tell the entire story, use the Art Description space. Keeping the title short and reasonable will make it easier for the buyer to search and comprehend quickly amidst all the other artworks/products out there.

Want to sell your art? Register today at www.tumbhimall.com

Choosing the right kind of Print and Frames for the Picture you like!

When it comes to customizing and building an artwork to go on your home/office walls, it takes a lot of thinking and consideration of various elements of the scene.

Below are a few insights to give you a basic idea of different kinds of papers, frames and finishes to go ahead:

A. Print Size

First element to consider is the size of the painting/photograph to go one your wall.  The size of the artwork will decide other factors considerably. For smaller sizes sleek frames will suit and so on. So first decide on the exact size considering other furniture items in the scene etc.

B. Different kinds of Papers

1. Photo Paper – Gloss Finish

Glossy paper is the most common paper for printing photos. It produces a sharp and vibrant image. Glossy paper is also very smooth to touch.

2. Photo Paper – Satin Finish

A satin Photo paper is a result somewhere between matte coated paper and glossy paper. The colors are still vibrant, but the shine is reduced. This can go for both paintings and photographs with a not so glossy effect and yet tints of shiny look and feel.

3. Laminated Photo Paper – Gloss Finish

The best example of a gloss laminated paper is in the form of a postcard. The main photo is on the front, along with a gloss laminate coat applied, which makes it even shinier. The back has the texture of plain card stock.

Laminating the paper makes the colors even more vibrant. It makes the image pop out of the print making it lively.

4. Laminated Photo Paper  — Satin Finish

A lamination is to provide protection to your print – a satin finish lamination on the top of your print will give it a semi-glossy edge. It should be considered when the intent is to make the image sharper and to alter the touch and feel to a lustrous side.

5. Canvas

Canvas is an extremely durable plain-woven fabric and the most popular surfaces to print photos and paintings. It retains the original painting effect and doesn’t necessarily require the glazing for protection.

6. Archival Paper

Archival paper is a specialized type of paper designed not to yellow or deteriorate with age. Excellent for preserving artworks of significant value, it is a cotton rag paper made from cotton pulp. Archival paper or Museum grade paper will ensure durability of the artwork printed on it.

C.      Mount

In the picture framing industry, a mount is a thin, flat piece of paper-based material included within a picture frame, which serves as additional decoration and to perform several other, more practical functions, such as separating the art from the glass.

Photos printed on paper will always be prone to warping or buckling. Mounting aims to prevent this and give photos a solid basis for display by fixing them to a firm backing.

Mounting and matting also give photographers more options when it comes to frame sizes. Instead of being forced to make a photo fit standard frame dimensions or being limited to standard frame sizes for wall display, a mounted photo can be inserted into a much larger frame – or a frame of non-standard dimensions – by cutting the mounting board to fit the frame.

D.     Frames

An artwork should always be framed to give it the right definition and to distinct it on your wall!  The choice of frame depends on the color of the wall and the prominent colors of the artwork. You can either match it or go contrast or go for a standard wooden brown color. Currently two types of frames which one can use are as below:

1. Aluminum Frames

More metallic looking, these frames are suitable for contemporary pictures . They  are plain and are ideal if there is already too much in the picture and you don’t want to draw the focus away from the picture itself.

2. Fiber

Fiber frames can easily replicate the need of a wooden frame without being wooden for real. They come in various textures, sizes, colors and prints and cam go with both a pop art piece and an elegant one depending on the artwork!

All the above mentioned printing and framing options are available on www.tumbhimall.com once you have bought a photograph and want to give it a customized finish.

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How to Photograph your Artwork better

So you have created an artwork and now want to sell it? Then you might also know how important it is to photograph your artwork in the correct manner so that it makes an impression out there in the market.

We have compiled a list of valuable tips for you to photograph your artwork better, so that it sells better.

Rules of Product Photography

1. Contrast & Clean Background – black/ white

A white background is a mandate. Majority of the products are shot against white backgrounds as this takes any distractions away, so the only thing to look at is the product! Shooting against a white background also means the product is easier to ‘cut out’ in Photoshop if needed. Try using a white sheet, or pieces of white cardboard to create a mini studio. You can also alternatively try a black background. The objective remains to draw all the attention on the artwork/product and nothing else.

2. No Shadow Rule

While photographing your artwork, you should use multiple light sources so as to avoid any kind of shadows on the artwork. Light should always be diffused so that it spreads evenly and doesn’t alter the original color of the artwork. The idea is to get the product fairly evenly lit, avoiding harsh shadows, so make sure you set up in a room with bright lights, or has bright ambient light coming through the windows. And when taking your shots use a flash as well to fill in the shadows but on-camera or direct flash should be avoided.

3. Various faces of the artwork

You should cover your artwork from multiple angles – top approach, side approach. Captures should happen from almost every possible angle because it is only this photograph through which your artwork/product is going to make an impression on its prospective buyer. Most of the websites which allow you to sell your artwork demand for at least four to five pictures of the artwork. And off course lighting needs to be adjusted with every angle that you are capturing.

4. Camera Settings

Aperture of the camera should more than f8 to ensure sharpness of the picture –The camera should ideally be placed on a tripod or any standstill ground like a table etc. to get absolute still pictures. This is important so that when your product picture is zoomed out, it doesn’t give a hazy/foggy picture.

5. Polish till the original stays intact

Post processing is a necessity; we know that- but you also need to keep the picture as realistic as possible because you don’t want the buyer to feel a drastic difference between the photograph and the original product, Beautifying is good but only till the extent that it doesn’t change the originality.  So you can adjust brightness and contrast kind of basic things but not go overboard!

Want to sell your art? Register today at www.tumbhimall.com

Five Essential points to consider before you start selling your Art

So you are an artist and you want to sell your art? Great!
But you are a newbie in this field and you don’t know how to! Not So Great.
We are here to help you out. Awesome!! 

With our brand new e-commerce website www.tumbhimall.com which focusses on selling unique Art to artlovers, we have compiled a list of valuable tips for you to get useful insights about this phenomenon

1. Understand your Art

First touch point is to know what you are selling here. If it is a painting, ask yourself below questions:

  • What kind of painting it is – Nature landscape or portrait or Still life or Illustration or Sketch or Folk Art etc. have you used any specific technique or is it your own style?
  • What is the medium it is in- Have you used a canvas or wood or paper
  • Size – what is the size in scales of your art – is it a small A4 size or a big bulky frame?
  • Price – what according would be the best price of your artwork?

2. Who are your Target Audience

After understanding your art, it’s time to understand the people you want to sell it to. Not anyone will buy anything. There are going to be specific segments of buyers who will be interested in your art. For e.g.  a homemaker might be interested in a folk art or religious art for home décor, whereas a youngster might indulge in quirky pop-art poster. Understanding your Audience will also be influenced by the size of your art – a big bulky painting will attract buyers with bigger homes and deeper pockets, similarly unframed pictures can be easily picked by middle class artlovers.

3. Face value is market value – Positioning your Art

#Photograph- Stick to “Jo dikhta hai , wo bikta hai” mantra! Understand the importance of creating a positive first impression and convert it into sales. Since you are an online seller, photographing your art/product is going to be the most important aspect. It’s advisable to hire a professional product photographer to do so. If that is not possible ask a friend with a decent camera to help you with it. Focus on the lighting so that every color, every stroke of your art is clearly visible. Remember, a tacky photo will shut all the opportunities of your art getting sold.

#Price- what according would be the best price of your artwork?

#Title – what is the name you have given to your artwork? Have you titled it too randomly that your prospective buyers will not be able to find or understand it on the website? We suggest you to keep it standard- generic but attractive. This will make it easier for people looking for a specific kind of artwork. For e.g. If it’s a painting of Buddha you can use a title like “Peaceful Buddha” which is both generic and attractive.

4. Why should people buy your art

This point is going to test your writing skills just like photography section. But it is very crucial since this is the only scope of connecting with your buyers, making them understand your work so that they end up buying it! You simply need to write the story behind the Art and give the buyer more reasons to bring it home. A long essay is not required; a simple explanation in 2-3 lines about the inspiration or meaning of the art should work just fine.

5. Where can they buy it

Since you are selling your art on the website, your customers have to come to the website. Your job here is to bring them to the website where your art is. Word of mouth till date is the best way of marketing, hence spread the word in your network! Making the marketplace popular will only benefit you in the longer since the probability of getting more and more visiting buyers will increase the chances of getting your own art sold.

If these insights were helpful you can register yourself as a seller on our exclusive website for Artists to sell their Art www.tumbhimall.com and start your commercial artistic journey today!

TumbhiMall @JJ School of Arts, Mumbai #AnnualFest

Sir JJ School of Art- with more than 150 years of history sprawling around famous name son the art world, a building housing all the great talent itself counted as a Heritage of India and which has contributed immensely to the Art Scene of India and International – needs no further introduction

JJ, which conducts its famous Art Festival every year which sees World fame Artists will open its gates this year on 17th Feb 2016 and Tumbhi made its presence felt out there by offering opportunities to young artists to Sell Their Art!

Young JJ Artists queue up to register themselves as sellers on TubmhiMall

And our first Seller on-board!
These amazing Sketch Books from us for JJ Artists/Sellers which went viral among the campus

And it was so amazing to see Artists already using our gifts, even created a beautiful skecth in matter of no time and waved the books all together! #woah

After the amazing response received at JJ School, we urge you too to register as seller and commercialize your art! Visit http://www.tumbhimall.com/ and Start SELLING NOW!

Why should you bring some ART home?

Home is where the heart is and thus, it has to be the most beautiful place for you on this earth. Millions of home decor items and interior designing ideas available today all are telling you while you think of making your home more homely and striking. A little bit of Arty touch on your walls or mantelpieces   can say a lot about your own personality, and that heart which lives in here – the home!

Five quick reasons on why should bring some Art home and give that special ‘touch’

Photo by Mauricio Silerio #TumbhiArtist

. Because you are an art lover

Everyone admires art, including you and the people visiting your home. There is nothing like having a wonderful piece of art up on your wall, may it be a painting by a famous artist, or a pick from a local flea market, or a picture from your most memorable vacation framed and pinned exclusively on your wall- art is art

…….Even if you aren’t, art is the FAD

And even if you are not really an art admirer, it can add a distinctive hint to your décor choices. Art is the Fad; you know everyone forms a different opinion about you when they get to know the creative side of yours. And art comes in all sizes and shapes. You might be a scientist but if you frame that diagram of physics that got you your first project, it becomes art!

2. Art is the only thing that will stay forever

Art has been the way of life way before we knew languages and technologies, those cave designs have made their way through centuries to be passed on generation to generation and art is the only thing that will stay way past beyond literature and science!  It doesn’t grow old and desolate, in fact when it comes to art, old is gold. You would definitely want to bring something home which is evergreen

Photo by Mauricio Silerio #TumbhiArtist

3. A little showoff on the walls

A picture sure speaks a thousand words. Available in trillions of colors, you get a lot of scope to play around with colors in accordance with the colors of your walls and other furniture. Where it talks about the artistic side of you, it also becomes matter of a little bit of showoff on the walls where every guest can be mesmerized by your taste of choice.

4.Art is unique

Art is exclusive. Some artists reserve the right not to reproduce their artworks in any form and just consider, if you get one of those home, you will have something nobody else does!

5. Good Investment idea too

A lot of art is authentic, vintage and exclusive. There is an entire industry where art-collectors  invest in these kind of art which bears a lot of sale value. So it’s a great idea to invest in a great piece of art and bonus! You don’t have to even keep hidden away in your locker.

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