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Hello 48 Days,
I'm asking this question on behalf of a friend who has been paralyzed since 1998. He has recently taken to painting and is quite good at it. I want to help him sell copies of his work while he sleeps and need some resources to teach us how to take his paintings and reproduce them online. He is also a fantastic writer and published technical writer/interviewer. Any tips and resources will be greatly appreciated!
Here are a few places where you can promote the art online:
A couple of these also have affiliate programs so you guys could make money whilst promoting others as well.
I would also have them listen on my own site, along with these online outlets. This will help with brand recognition. He could talk about how he became a Quad, and how it has affected and changed his art. I would go from the framework of inspiration instead of the usual pity that people go for.
I'm excited to see his work and see what you guys come up with!
Thank you Allan for providing the info below! You rock!!!
David, I would suggest that your friend attend Innovate if at all possible - last I heard it was sold out, however if you email customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org they can confirm. They are only holding one this year and it is at the end of this month.
Would also suggest that if he moves forward with this that he consider showing the emotion and how he creates each piece. I love working with creative artists through my coaching and usually suggest they find ways to share how their art is created as often times it is interesting to those purchasing the pieces to see the stories behind it. So for example, if he likes to write, creating a blog with a short video on each piece showing him painting at different stages and maybe telling us the story behind each piece. The story is what is of interest to people which most artists don't share, yet people find interesting.
You MAY want to explore who is doing what he would like to do and then start checking into finding way to replicate their system.
Sending your friend best wishes on moving forward!!!
I currently use Fineartamerica.com for my portfolio. It works well for some things but I would suggest creating a parallel collection of signed giclee prints that you sell separately at a much higher price. Fineartamerica has lots of options for customers to pick formats, but the markups are generally low if you want to have reasonable prices. I've done more through Fineartamerica, but I make more individually on my signed versions. Both options work well together.
I'm looking for a writer and an artist for a book I want to produce.
I would love to share my ideas with him to see if he would be interested in working on it.
How is your friend doing? Does he have his work up yet? if so please share the link.
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help!