This week, we congratulated Santa Barbara, California artist Metrov on the sale of one of his 3D printed sculptures here. We are very pleased to be able to also share this article, sent to us by Metrov, containing full details on how he created his limited edition sculpture series using the latest 3D printing technology.
The introduction of new casting technologies led me on quite an adventure this last year. Basically, it was supposed to go something like this: 1) Use a 3D modeling program to create a digital sculpture. 2) Email the digital file to a foundry. 3) Foundry makes a 3D print. 4) From the 3D print, they make a mold. 5) From the mold, they cast the sculpture in bronze. 6) Add patinas to bronze. 7) The bronze is mounted on a marble stand. 8) Foundry ships finished piece to my studio in U.S. The real adventure, however, happened between the lines.
STEP ONE: CREATE 3D MODEL
Below: image of PAX: BEAR GODDESS (with foundry notes), rendered from Blender, an open source, 3D modeling and animation program. It took me a few years to master Blender… the basics, anyway. It’s a fully comprehensive program which includes all the myriad controls of the high-end paid versions.
STEP TWO: EMAIL DIGITAL FILE TO FOUNDRY
Sounds simple, but first I had to hire a professional 3D modeller to prepare my digital file for 3D printing. Besides modeling the figure, it has to be specially configured to enable 3D printing—technical stuff I’ve yet to learn (read: don’t want to learn… ugh). Also, the file had to go to a foundry in China as their prices are a fraction of what the cost would be in the U.S. Some places in China are not email friendly, and so emails have to be sent through special servers, otherwise they may be intercepted by secret police… or spies… or something. Anyway, the email finally arrived at the foundry.
STEP THREE: FOUNDRY MAKES 3D PRINT
This step was happily straightforward. My well-prepared file printed without issues. Below: image of the 3D print.
STEP FOUR: FOUNDRY MAKES MOLD
Again, this step was pretty straightforward. Or at least, I didn’t hear of any issues.
STEP FIVE: CAST SCULPTURE IN BRONZE
Casting went well… after all, this is what foundries, do, right?
STEP SIX: ADD PATINAS TO BRONZE
This is where the headaches began. This particular sculpture requires a two-tone patina as seen in the first rendering above. Most of the patina is the traditional bronze color that covers the body and ears, but the head and ear holes must be black. After numerous attempts (and photos back and forth showing wear corrections must be made, etc), the artisans at the foundry were simply unable to create the patina as indicated. When they tried to fix it, they only made things worse. Exasperated, I finally instructed them to remove the patina completely and send it without a finish. (see 3rd shot below).
STEP SEVEN: MOUNT BRONZE ON MARBLE STAND
The first marble base made by the foundry was nothing like the one I designed in my rendering. When I pointed this out to them (based on the photo they sent), they readily had another one made. Second time they got it right.
STEP EIGHT: SHIP FINISHED PIECE
The work in the image above is what arrived from China. I was pretty excited to receive my sculpture at last… it took almost eight months from the time I’d emailed the 3D digital file to get the final statue. It wouldn’t normally take this long, of course, but the patina phase became a nightmare that no one anticipated. It was my fault, actually, as I failed, in the beginning, to ask the foundry to show me a similar two-tone patina sculpture they’d done in the past.
So, I now had to have the patina applied. Since this part of the operation requires a welding torch, and because I’d never applied patina before, I went to a local foundry to have it done.
The local foundry is well established: Artisan Bronze in Oxnard, California. Because of the headaches working with China, I decided to have a mold made from the bronze so I could have Artisan Bronze make copies in the future. Because the 3D print is not required to make bronze copies, the cost is considerably reduced. Robert, the owner, agreed, but the marble base had to be removed to make the mold. Robert warned me it could break when trying to remove it…. which, in fact, it summarily did.
Robert added both colors of the patina, but the blacks did not turn out nearly black enough. I learned that it’s not possible to get a true black patina. The black would have to be painted on.
First, though, I had to replace the marble base. Robert recommended a place he works with in Los Angeles: Imported Onyx. He actually drove my base down to them, and left it for replication. When I called to pick the new base, there was no answer… for almost two weeks.
Meanwhile, I had posted the 3D rendering of the statue on Indiewalls, a website where artists can submit their work for various commercial and private needs, i.e. restaurants, hotels, homes, and so forth. A client actually purchased the statue based on the rendering, and needed it shipped to New York right away!
I found another base factory on the East Coast, and was about to place an order when, Victor, owner of Imported Onyx called and apologized as he’d been waylaid by surgery. At any rate, he turned out to be a great guy, and fabricated a new base in one day. I raced down from Santa Barbara to pick it up.
Having the mounted statue back in my studio, I had to apply the final black paint for the head and ear holes. I painstakingly masked off the bronze areas and applied the paint on Friday. Saturday was spent photographing and making video of the final work. Sunday, I prepared the packing crate. Monday, I ordered a plaque with title of piece and my name. Monday night, packed the work. Tues morning, drove the crate to FEDEX and had it shipped to NYC!
Since this version of PAX is a limited edition of 25, I only have to go through this 24 more times! Just kidding. Now that I’ve been through the process… and learned the potholes to avoid… it should be a snap making the other editions. At any rate, keep your fingers crossed for me.
In this epic, narrative installation series, Pax, the ancient Roman goddess of peace, Spring, and re-birth, returns to us as the spirit of a Mother Bear. The Pax project signals the arrival of a new global consciousness; a harmonious shift between the balance of patriarchal and matriarchal forces governing our planet.
Congratulations to Santa Barbara, California artist Metrov. He shared his news with us–
“I’m happy to share my latest sale with you. PAX: BEAR GODDESS is a bronze (limited edition of 25) sculpture from my series MYTH OF PAX: BEAR GODDESS. The first of this series is going to her new home—the lobby at 298 Mulberry Street, New York, New York. Beautify the World with Art!”
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The open call to artists is for both an “International Creator Residency Program 2017” and “Research Residency Program 2017”! These Residency Programs will be the great opportunities for the artists who are eager to perform new creative activities or conduct research activities in Tokyo.
For application and further info >>click here.
This is a fun and interesting project created by Washington, DC artist Jennifer Droblyn who came up with this unique way of distributing art in her community. She posted pictures on Facebook of her small paintings hidden for strangers to search for and find –each piece accompanied by a small message that allowed the discoverer to know what they found and where to learn more about the process and artist.
Now the project is worldwide. Any artist can participate as long as their art pieces are original (writing, paintings, jewelry, or sculptures) and left in public places. The artist leaves the work in a sealed bag along with information about ScavengArt. Artists can leave work anonymously or provide their personal information. Once a piece is hidden the artist then promotes their piece using Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #ScavengArt and on Instagram.
ScavengArt is an interactive social media project. The concept of ScavengArt creates connections of lesser-known artists and collectors who discover them and post about it on their social media accounts. Through social media ScavengArt participants can reach a large audience across all areas.
Find out more on the ScavengArt website here.
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This exquisite smoking pipe is made of solid amber and brass-toned metal, measures 7.0″ x 3.0″ x 2.0″, and comes in two forms. Both designs feature amber bowls and stunning turquoise blue gemstones set into their stems with elaborate silver-toned embellishments on the front and sides. One design is set with red coral inlaid stones while the other features green-blue turquoise gems.
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Design By Humans is having a 20% Off Sale if you’d like to shop their collections
If you are an artist or designer — you many want to enter their art and design competitions, each of which is based on a theme. View the winners of the recent Prehistoric Collection here.
Design By Humans empower artists by providing them with their own storefront to display and sell their work as art prints and on t-shirts, tank tops, phone cases and more. Open a store today.
Creame is coming soon. Creame will sell wall art, art prints, and accessories in their online shop.
We’re also adding Creame to our growing list of art sales platforms here.
The ancient Italian family, the Medici, were patrons of the arts and of the master sculptor Michelangelo. So a fitting to use the family name for the new site Be My Medici where art patrons and artists connect.
Artist Marketing Resources has long collected links to crowd-funding and artist patronage sites in a category within our 1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art e-list for artists available here.
Be My Medici has a Spring Open Call to Artists here.
Artist Alan Singer’s limited edition print have been curated into the new Avant Debut after he submitted his art using the information we posted last month — read details here.
Alan Singer is a professor of art and helped one of his students get into an art magazine using the information we provided–read about it here.
Alan Singer, artist and Professor at the School of Art of the Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) sent a thank you and shared his success story.
Alan follows Artist Marketing Resources and acts upon the information we share here. He made a submission from details in one of our posts– not for the first time–and got results–again, not for the first time. Alan gave us permission to share his news here today.
ACS Magazine featured Alan Singer’s student Lingfei Zhao in after the Professor made a submission on the student’s behalf from the guideline we published here on Artist Marketing Resources.
ACS Magazine is published by ACS Gallery housed in the Zhou B Art Center/Museum.
We’ve had an Amazon store for several years with monthly sales of artist posters and prints. Now, Amazon is allowing us to list our art prints and posters in their Japan Amazon store.
We have to list each item one at a time, and it takes 24 hours before buyers can purchase the items. But we’re excited to see how our sales will increase by offering our best selling items to buyers in Japan.
Our first Japan listing:
Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray- Poster by Chris Osborne [並行輸入品]
Flootie online gallery owner Dean Cameron has purchased Art Chowder magazine and published the first edition since taking on the publication.
The May-June issue of Art Chowder is out now at www.artchowder.com and print copies can be purchased locally in all major bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Hastings, as well as many local retailers. The Art Chowder website is up and running and people can subscribe to receive print copies of the magazine in the mail or download a PDF version to their Nook or Kindles. Cover price is $5.95 and digital is $1.99. People can also read for free on the Art Chowder website here.
Artists Submit to Art Chowder
Art Chowder publishes 6 issues of the magazine per year with each issue featuring at least one national and one international artist per release.
The Art Chowder website has all the tools from advertising rates and submission details for artists.
Art Chowder has several expert columnists that will feature articles every issue as well. The “Chowder” in the name implies they will have a savory mix of a wide spectrum of the “Arts” in each issue begging the reader to ask “What’s next”?
With New York style and aesthetic, CricketsCrush offers art for home decor–including photographic prints, paintings, drawings, and sculpture in her virtual warehouse–and as part of Cricket’s interior design service.
Buyers can shop for art in a price range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars or Cricket will come to their home and remake their walls and table-tops for them, working with the home owners existing furniture pieces and style. Because of Cricket’s community connections she brings artist’s work into the home of buyers in the Hamptons and New York City.
Cricket is enthusiastic, known, connected, with a courageous personality. Perhaps you’d like to consign some of your work with her? She also features her favorite artists on her site. Visit and explore here.
We love how her services work for artists so have added CricketsCrush to our e-list of 1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art.
I’ve been telling artists for years to submit their work! So I felt validated by a great master when I read this quote–
“Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot them, and then send them in to the magazines. I was lucky; I figured that out when I was young.” Stanley Kubrick
This great, important and successful filmmaker started out as a photographer and unknown. He got his start by submitting his work and getting it into magazine.
This applies to all artists working in all materials and styles — you should be submitting your work to appropriate art magazines, art consultants, art galleries, interior designers, and art licensing companies.
I wrote and published an e-book guide to help artists make submissions (available here) and e-lists of resources to help artists quickly and easily find the best places submit their work. I continue to compile my extensive and growing e-list of art and design magazines where you can submit your work for a feature (available here), and an e-list of links to over 5,000 USA and international art galleries (here), an e-list of art consultants (here) and art licensing companies (here). Plus specialized e-lists of print sales sites (here) and photography agents and resources (here).
Image courtesy of Pixomar at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Ever since Facebook bought Instagram a couple years ago, I’ve been receiving a steady stream of notifications– your Facebook friend has joined Instagram–yet many of these new instagram accounts remain empty.
You don’t need to own an iPad or iPhone to add photos to Instagram
Over the years I’ve added photos directly from my iPad using my iPad camera to my Instagram account. Usually when I visited a museum exhibition I’d get lots of shots of the art, and sharing to Instagram as I viewed the work added another dimension to the museum going experience.
Over the past month, I’ve been adding photos to multiple Instagram accounts, that I own or manage, using Latergram. Just yesterday the Latergram logo changed along with their name, which is now shortened to Later. You can get Later for your android phone and use Later on your computer to share photos of your art to your Instagram account.
Schedule auto posts with the Later calendar(screen shot of Later calendar below). You can get the Later app in the Google Play store here. It’sfree.
Once you have the Later app installed on your phone, make sure you also have the Instagram app on your phone too. Go to Later on your computer and sign in with Instagram.
- Click upload media to upload your image.
- Drag your image into the calendar to the date and time you wish to post. A box opens allowing you to add text beside the image and hashtags: #art #painting #drawing #fineartphotography etc
Your phone will alert you when the image is ready to post. You tap on the image to open it in Instagram where you have the edit image options. Before you post, press your finger on the text box and the *paste* button will appear. Press the paste button to paste the text you added to the image in Later. Then post to Instagram.
If you can’t find a Creative Mornings breakfast lecture series in your city where you can connect the creative community you can set up chapter. Creative Mornings has an alphabetical listing of cities here.
You can view some of the Creative Mornings lectures on video on their site–here is one:
When this pinata company near the US / Mexico border contacted us to feature their pinatas we couldn’t resist!
Recently, an artist in the Facebook group Frumps Against Trump was contacted aggressively by The Donald’s people for her painting of Donald Trump in the nude displaying a micro-unit. Hyperallergic wrote about this here..and the artist isn’t backing down only to get even more press– here.
Political art has a long history…
Avant Debut is a new online marketplace for digital media that make their first release to the public on April 15th!
Sometimes it is productive to take time off to relax. We’ve been blogging here, providing resources for artists, continually since our start in 2008!
This is the first summer that we plan to slow down a bit. So we wanted to let you know that you probably won’t be seeing as many posts here during the month of July. But we will keep you informed of any great opportunities that are sent our way.
Now is a good time for you to get the artist resources e-lists in our online store here. Out of consideration for artists in countries with currencies that do not match US dollars well, we’ve offered “Pay What You Wish” options here.
Shopify has many templates for setting up your store. One you select your template you will find options for customizing using your own photos. Click here to start.
Artists with print editions, or items such as printed t-shirts, hand-painted silk scarves, art books, and other limited edition items may benefit from having them for sale in a Shopify store along with higher priced one-of-a kind paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and other mixed-media artworks.