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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 04-02-2014 03:02 AM 479 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lateralus819

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04-02-2014 03:02 AM

Figure this might be an appropriate forum for some help.

My wife currently work’s as a scenic artist, and has for about 10 years or so. She graduated from Yale, and was at one point a charge artist. She went to MCLA as well to further her career. Plus apprenticing at various play houses and the like through out her college career.

She keeps telling me she fears she doesn’t have a lot of skills, had she ever lost her job, she doesn’t know what she would do. This christmas, i invested $300 in a nice airbrush for her to start playing with, i knew it wouldn’t be a waste as she loves to paint. I keep trying to tell her to try and do some side business painting ANYTHING. This may seem biased, because she is my wife, but she literally can paint anything. I had her paint a portrait of my son a few years ago, and prior to this, i didn’t know she could even paint portraits, let alone this well.

Heres the original (it’s doctored from an app on my phone, not the one she used for reference)

Heres hers

Here is one from college. Yes that is fake brick.

And he is some table leg’s she wood grained for our old kitchen table, they we’re white.

She clearly has a gift, and I’d love for her to use it. I’m sure there is a want for Faux finishes, and portraits and the like. I told her to try out craigslist or etsy for starters. She put the portrait of my son up at work, and in turn got a job to paint a portrait for a co-worker as a result.

All in all I’m trying to tell her she can do it, but was looking for some input on the situation. Thanks.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin


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lunn

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#1 posted 04-02-2014 10:59 AM

Take her to a big car show and let her see some of the airbrush art on the cars. Some are works of art. And it don’t come cheap.

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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#2 posted 04-02-2014 11:07 AM

Thats EXACTLY what i told her! She could be making a lot off car paint jobs. Granted, it takes a space to do it, but hell it’d be a good investment.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#3 posted 04-02-2014 11:54 AM

On the high end airbrush jobs she whould have to go to the car. The art work is done before the final coats of clear is applied.

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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RockyTopScott

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#4 posted 04-02-2014 12:01 PM

She is extremely talented. Tell her to remove all doubt from her mind.

Now taking that talent and being commercially successful will require some business skills and you 2 would have to decide if those are evident.

If I sent her a picture of my grandson, what would she charge to do a portrait similar to your son’s above?

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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lateralus819

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#5 posted 04-02-2014 12:22 PM

Rocky, Roughly $200 including paint and canvas and labor. It is pricy, but not many people can do this. .

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#6 posted 04-02-2014 12:23 PM

She is quite brilliant. I think she could more than handle the challenge. She was in charge of a paint department at Yale, dealing with inventory and staff. Granted that’s a small portion, still a bit task.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#7 posted 04-02-2014 12:54 PM

That is a fair price. Many of the picture to canvas online places can be that much.

I think the airbrush and interpretation she does makes it a “portrait” as opposed to a “picture”.

She also corrected the glare and shadows very nicely in your son’s portrait.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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lateralus819

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#8 posted 04-02-2014 12:56 PM

Correct. She’s probably undervalueing her work, but she say’s she can do a portrait like that in roughly 8 hours.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#9 posted 04-02-2014 01:23 PM

With talent like that, all you need to do is get her started. Then you can retire to a life of hobby woodworking while the money pours in from her work. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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lateralus819

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#10 posted 04-03-2014 05:16 AM

Wouldn’t that be somethin…hmmm

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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