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Illustration- Minor in Theater Arts
Syracuse NY

All Hung Up

Clarissa Baston on Thursday, 21 January 2010. Posted 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.