Persuade An Artist To Donate To A Benefit Auctions – Steve Haskamp Tells All-googims

Business Meet Steve Haskamp, an honest-to-goodness, full-time artist. He’s a busy man with designs that are used on greeting cards at Trader Joe’s, children’s clothing, tote bags, books, magazines, prints, housewares and a ton of other stuff. (You can see actual samples of his work at his blog at .stevehaskamp.blogspot…) I met Steve through his partner, Dale, who is good friend of mine from college. Steve has one of those jobs that others (or at least me) find interesting. Each day, he sits in his studio and creates images. Steve showed me a few of his works in progress. He told me these images would be.e stickers, maybe even scratch-n-sniff stickers. The images are sent to his agents. They review the designs and promote them to .panies they think might use the image: a clothing manufacturer, a wallpaper .pany, a book publisher, etc. On occasion, Steve is asked to create designs for a specific project. He was recently asked to create some illustrations of President Obama’s new family dog! Two weeks ago I stayed with Dale and Steve while attending a business conference in San Diego. I asked Steve to give me the artist’s perspective as to making a benefit auction donation. Here’s what he said… * The easiest auction item for an artist to donate to a charity auction is an existing print, signed by the artist. "I understand, Steve," say I, "But that not necessarily going to be the most coveted item because some auction guests just might not like your work." And Steve – being the practical kind of artist guy he is – agreed and went on to give his next thought… * Let the artist chose his or her own medium. Good idea! Confirm it with the artist. If the artist works in acrylics, you should understand that you’ll be donated an acrylic. Don’t ask for an oil. * The artist might have a particular interest he’s developing. Ask if he does. The artist might be more willing to donate if he/she can make a donation around a new-found interest. For instance, Steve has be.e more interested in drawing pet portraits in recent years. Steve said he’d make an auction donation of a pet portrait. The winning bidder could submit a photo of their pet, and Steve could create an image for them. (Hint: Great item! Jot it down…) * Don’t expect a 39" masterpiece. A 5" x 7" custom work is a more typical size. That makes sense. Big = a lot more work. I told Steve that a good auction item for any charity auction is the opportunity to receive a sketch of your home. The winning bidder provides a photo of their home, and the artist provides them with a sketch. Steve surmises that this would be something that most artists could do. (Hint: Ask your artist donor for this item.) After our talk, I asked Steve if he was bombarded with requests to donate to benefit auctions. "I have no problem saying ‘no’ when I need too!" he said. This recalls the adage that "You won’t get anything unless you ask." Friends, don’t be afraid to ask for an item. And of course, respect the artist if they decline to donate. It might be that he or she can’t make a donation "this" year, but keep them on your prospect sheet for the following year. Thanks for your insight and the tour of your studio, Steve! Copyright (c) 2010 Red Apple Auctions LLC About the Author: 相关的主题文章: