First off, I have a little announcement for today! In an effort to keep my blogging (and myself) more organized - you'll start to notice a pattern over here for my daily blog themes:
Education posts are going to be about anything from a great business book to check out, to social media tips, or like today - a review on one of my favorite products that is helping my business to grow! However, I want to keep this category fairly open - so if you have a question about art or business in general, I'd love to hear it. If I can't answer it for you, I'll find someone who can and I'll share their advice with you! :)
And now for today's topic - Choosing the Right Projector for YOU
Let me start off by saying, I'm not sponsored by Artograph, I just LOVE this projector. I took forever to decide which one I wanted, and I've had it for about four months now and I'm still soooo happy with my purchase. It's tiny, lightweight and SO easy to use. Take it from me, I am technologically challenged, so that's really saying something.
Making big purchases like these are tough, especially for us artists who have...let's just say, a less traditional/unpredictable income. So believe me when I say, I did not take this purchase lightly. But I knew I needed one for my business, and honestly I've wanted a projector since I stopped having access to my Dad's one when I moved out to go to college.
Let's be real here for a sec: creating custom art takes a LONG TIME. When someone wants you to make a painting that looks like a photograph they've taken - even if they just want the general gist of the image, this requires a huge hunk of time on your part. The thing is, your customer doesn't care how long a piece takes. They just want to know that it will be created with care and that it won't take a million years for them to receive it.
For a long time I thought that using a projector was cheating. Then I realized that by using one, it allowed me to create MORE art MORE accurately. I can get proportions mapped out correctly, so that I can focus my energy on adding in my own personal style to a painting. I get to make it my own, while keeping it in the realm of what I know will make my client happy, and this also allows me to take on MORE work than if I had to paint and repaint piece after piece until they were perfect.
Here's a few examples of times a projector saved me my sanity:
Using this photo:
I was able to create this painting (with the help of my projector!)
My sister's in-laws commissioned me to create this sign for my parents as Christmas present this past year:
I am not the best when it comes to centering text and I tend to run out of space before finishing a word, especially if I'm trying to write all fancy :) So having a projector for this project was seriously a life saver.
So the next time you're considering splurging on a projector and you change your mind because you think it isn't worth the money - I urge you to think of every hour that you've spent repainting something that could have been done in one go. I urge you to remember the times you've wanted to work on a larger scale but know that your proportions would get all out of whack without a safety net. I urge you to think of how THIS PHOTO
Wouldn't have had to go through THIS PROCESS
to be made into THIS PAINTING
Just because a painting takes you less time doesn't mean it matters any less. It does not make you a cheater, or a bad artist. It makes you smart. It also makes your clients happy because you'll get your beautiful work to them that much quicker.
Moral of the story:
Projectors + Artist = Happiness
Hi friends! Welcome to the blog! I'm Mandy and I'm an artist, blogger & founder of the "Artists to Know" interview series. Here you'll find photos of my latest art adventures, furniture makeover projects & advice from successful artists!
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