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06/03/2013 at 18:29 in reply to: Chat with Janet Russell – 2pm CST – here at Redmund Pro on Tuesday, 3/5 #1591
as far as marketing time, I find that a few minutes a day on my various SM sites is pretty easy to fit in, for the most part. I focus on FB, Pinterest and Google+. Relating that to the time spent making it, the making of the art is an ongoing process. One which I haven’t been able to devote as much time as I’d like, lately.
But assembling the book, deciding which images to use, their order, prepping them for size and sharing requirements, that also was time consuming and intense, but once it was done, except for slight changes, it was done.
I think mostly my book will be of interest to those who know of or have heard of fractals. So students of math, eg might find it an inspiring stick-to-it motivator. My hope is to widen the circle of interest to include any/all artist types, math enthusiasts, as well as those who just enjoy looking at digital art. Beyond that, it’s really wide open, because part of my intent is to inform the world about fractals and fractal art, with the understanding that you don’t have to be a math geek to get it or even make them!
Those who don’t “fancy themselves as artsy types” pretty much covers all my friends and relatives. So by them sharing with their friends, I hope for that circle to expand too.
Thanks for your great questions, Red. They help me to see an aspect of myself and my art and my book, that I might not have focused on!
Have a great day!
🙂05/03/2013 at 16:12 in reply to: Chat with Janet Russell – 2pm CST – here at Redmund Pro on Tuesday, 3/5 #1571
Well, that about takes up our hour… I really want to thank Laurie for being here today and Red for leaving me some thought provoking questions.
And thanks to any who might be here just watching without participating…
If you think of any questions or comments, please feel free to add them to this thread and I will keep my eyes open for new posts.
Have a great week everybody!!
🙂05/03/2013 at 16:08 in reply to: Chat with Janet Russell – 2pm CST – here at Redmund Pro on Tuesday, 3/5 #1570
Oh boy… that’s an easy one, Laurie! With all the excitement and preparation that went into getting the book published, Redmund Pro launched and now promoting all the “launch” books, I have had little time to actually sit down and get lost in creating some new art. I miss it dearly. In the few minutes I’ve managed to find to do this, I realize how much of my mental and emotional and even physical health is affected by my ability to express creatively.
So, that’s what I’d want to do… just have hours and hours ahead of me when I could put all my energy into creating. When I am caught up in that feeling, it’s like time has disapeared and I am living in a timeless place, where the only thing that matters is expressing what the muse is trying to tell me.
Even eating – I’d rather not even have to worry about things like eating and stuff…
🙂05/03/2013 at 16:01 in reply to: Chat with Janet Russell – 2pm CST – here at Redmund Pro on Tuesday, 3/5 #1569
I have one more question from Red… let’s see if I can post it and answer it like I know what I’m doing this time!!!
Is it possible to get a quality art print book in paperback?I answer this with a resounding YES! I couldn’t be happier.
Though I was somewhat nervous, I put my trust in my publisher. I trusted she would know what type of paper and quality printing would lead us to a product to be proud of. And boy, did she!!! Every bit of this book is of a quality that exceeded my expectations.
I think one of the most surprising things was how well texturing and other 3D effects translated onto a print version of the piece. I found myself reaching out to touch several pieces, expecting to be able to feel the texture as well as see it.
🙂05/03/2013 at 15:39 in reply to: Chat with Janet Russell – 2pm CST – here at Redmund Pro on Tuesday, 3/5 #1567
Hmmm… somewhere inside of me, I think I always thought there was a book, but it didn’t really gel specifically into a book of my art until I began to have a large and still growing portfolio.
I had actually begun carrying around a smaller version, just using some printouts and one of those little photo albums. Of course, distribution on that would be very small! That was all in an attempt to get my art out there, for people to see, and hopefully be interested enough to visit my online galleries.
When this opportunity arose, it felt like something I had been planning all along, even if I hadn’t realized it!
I couldn’t be happier, the way it all came together and the final product – I’m so proud – just makes my heart jump!!
🙂05/03/2013 at 15:27 in reply to: Chat with Janet Russell – 2pm CST – here at Redmund Pro on Tuesday, 3/5 #1566
DARN!!!05/03/2013 at 15:26 in reply to: Chat with Janet Russell – 2pm CST – here at Redmund Pro on Tuesday, 3/5 #1565
(this was copied to Notepad and pasted here from there – I hope it looks better than the first one!)
Here is another great question from Red…
Do art books need to have some text to help the reader understand the point to the book?
I think it’s a good idea, simply because the artist may wish to share a powerful moment/experience that happened while making one piece.
Or perhaps, like mine, there is a deeper subject to be shared, like the story and history of fractals and fractal art. To me that was a major goal in creating this book – to raise awareness and hopefully appreciation of and respect fractal art, which is a relatively new branch of digital art.
Then, of course, for me the titles are an integral part of any piece, so I like to have titles with all my art. That is not to take away from the viewers’ imaginings, rather to clarify where I was at the time of its creation! I love it when folks say what a piece reminds them of, or what emotions a piece might evoke.
And I get a lot of positive feedback on my titling skills… it is truly one of my favorite parts of the whole process!
🙂05/03/2013 at 15:19 in reply to: Chat with Janet Russell – 2pm CST – here at Redmund Pro on Tuesday, 3/5 #1563
I’d have to say not entire stories, but scenes, definitely. Perhaps a moment of tenderness between two characters (nameless, at this point) or a scene of the layout of the land or buildings or things like that. Could be anything from macro to microcosmic. I guess my efforts have mostly gone into honing the visual side of the process, rather than the story/background/characters involved.
I can say, I would sure be proud if someone were inspired to write a story based on one or some of my work!
Maybe one day, though…05/03/2013 at 15:10 in reply to: Chat with Janet Russell – 2pm CST – here at Redmund Pro on Tuesday, 3/5 #1561
Hi Laurie… sorry about the look of that first question – I now know better than to use Wrod to copy/paste from!!
You know, inspiration is everywhere and anywhere. I might be reminded of an event in my life, or hear a lyric or riff of a tune that harbors deep- memories.As far as creating the image, it all is pretty visual – at some point I see where I want it to go and began sending it in that direction. But sometimes I get surprised and end up with something I really like that I had NO intention of creating.
I’m often inspire3d by mythologies, the cosmos, science – weird stuff like that!
🙂05/03/2013 at 15:03 in reply to: Chat with Janet Russell – 2pm CST – here at Redmund Pro on Tuesday, 3/5 #1560
Good afternoon, and welcome to one and all!!!
I see we have some “pre”-questions, so while everybody settles in, I’ll start us out by answering one of them.
Red has posed some great questions for me today… here’s the first:
When laying out an art book, how important is the orientation to the book for the reader’s enjoyment?
Great question, Red… In my opinion, it is critical for the viewer to see the art as the artists created it and intended for it to be viewed. Orientation , something so simple, can have a major influence on the viewers’ perceptions. Actually, I often look at my work turning it 90 degrees again and again, to see what I think most closely expresses the emotions I am trying to express with a piece.
At the same time, I don’t want the physical handling of the book to be awkward, if it becomes necessary to flip it so the viewer can see the image in its intended orientation. Since most of my images are landscape, there were only a few that had to be viewed “differently” . By putting the titles in appropriately, the reader can then see which orientation is intended.
And who knows, perhaps the reader will like it better oriented as I had not intended. That is perfectly fine, because it indicates it is touching something in the viewer that means something to him/her.