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Illustration- Minor in Theater Arts
Syracuse NY

All Hung Up

(January 21 2010) Written by: Clarissa Baston in Student Life

So something excited happened to me recently, at least I'm excited about it.  I was waiting in line at Java's, (our campus coffee shop) eying some chocolate scones when I spotted a flyer right next to them.  It was a flyer calling for work that could be hung up in the coffee shop.  I made myself a mental note and got my morning shot in the dark.  A few weeks later I was at Java's again and was just admiring the art work that cover the walls.  Then I thought about how cool it would be if I could get just one of my piece up there.  I remembered that I had saw the flyer a few weeks prior and decided to give it a shot. 

I emailed the guy that was in charge of Java's (his name's Chuck) and then he asked me to show him a sample of my work.  I didn't really know what to do because I didn't know what to show him.  So I whipped out the ol' portfolio and did some editing.  I took out some old pieces and replaced them with some new ones.  I also made sure that I showed him my range.  I have some experience in fine arts so I showed him some of my paintings and prints.  I also love to take pictures so a threw in one or two photographs.  The rest were just some illustrations that I had done for the past 2 years.  Putting together a portfolio was kind of tough because you have to show off your creativity, range, and personality in only a few images.  It was a little nerve wracking. 

dot_print2.jpgI sent it over to Chuck and just waited.  Days past and I didn't hear from him.  I started to get a little discouraged, but he eventually responded.  To my surprise, he liked my work and specifically wanted one painting and a couple of my prints. :)))))))))) Can you sense my excitement?  So I fixed my work up and made it presentable for the whole world to see!!!  I also had to price my work...which was a lot tougher than I thought.  Good thing I'm taking that business for illustrators class!  So I did some quick research and discovered that for an unknown artist's print, prices can range from $100-$400 based on size and medium.  This discovery was kind of exciting because for a college kid, that can buy me a lot of ramen!

I dropped my work off today and it should be available for viewing within the next couple of days!  So keep your eyes peeled for a Clarissa Baston creation!!!  Maybe you'll love it so much that you'll buy it! I know that my work is just being displayed in a college coffee shop, but I feel so official.  Like I'm a real artist now.  Hopefully I can keep this up for a long time.

Comments (6)

  • Chad Rossi

    Chad Rossi

    22 January 2010 at 12:40 |
    Wow that's awesome Clarissa!!! Good For You!!! :D
  • Clarissa Baston

    Clarissa Baston

    22 January 2010 at 12:42 |
    no, your awesome! :P but thanks!!!
  • Erin Hazeltine

    Erin Hazeltine

    24 January 2010 at 08:41 |
    that's awesome congrats!
  • Emily Okey

    Emily Okey

    25 January 2010 at 12:15 |
    that's awesome! i'll keep an eye out for it :)
  • Zoran


    28 January 2010 at 04:00 |
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  • Helen


    02 February 2010 at 00:31 |
    Thats Great !!!!! Congrats keep it up.
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