Costume with Claire Hummel
Synopsis: On this week’s podcast, we talk to Claire Hummel about costuming, cosplay, style, and more. Claire is an amazingly talented artist and currently a Production Designer at HBO. Claire has a passion for costuming, history, materials, and style, we chat with her about how she found her love of costuming, the importance of reference, her experiences both professionally and personally.
Lindsay from Light Grey Art Lab just posted the podcast we recorded last week about clothing and costume design! I ramble on about research, inspiration, making cosplay, all sort of good stuff- head on over and check it out if you’re curious.
Cross-posted from Tumblr.
PSA: If you can't sell your art at minimum wage, you're probably gonna have a hard time selling it for any less, as well. :T Cheaper does not always mean more enticing. In fact, it can be a real turn off to potential buyers who either consciously or subconsciously equate monetary price to intrinsic value and quality. (If you want to price your art cheaply, frame it as a 'sale' off the 'original price'. The reception will generally be much better than simply pricing your work cheaply from the get-go. [See also: the infamous JC Penny fiasco])
If you're selling your art for peanuts and STILL have a hard time making sales, the harsh reality comes down to you possibly needing to do one or both of the following:
-Take some time to improve your craft/skillsets. You do not need post secondary school for this (in fact, there are plenty of BFA owners who appear to have learned nothing during their post secondary adventures), you just need the internet's infinite wealth of resources, and a few spare hours every night before bed. And some hard core drive/will power to improve, I'm not even gonna pretend it's as easy as reading a few tutorial or watching some videos <___> Art is hard, man.
-Take some time to learn how to promote yourself, your work, and your services in a more effective manner. Again, you do not need post secondary school for this, you just need the internet, and a few spare hours every night before bed. If you have some dollars to spare on it, there are also some really excellent books available; like "Crush It" by Gary Vaynerchuk (which echos a lot of the things I've said in the past, and much, much, much more).
Alternatively, keep doing what you're doing if it's working for you… or if you think I'm full of shit, that's ok too.