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
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.
I 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.