Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Bold Step

My new business card . OMG I've made a commitment.

Taylor X Four, 18" x 18", Charcoal


I took a bold step today and ordered business cards. While we were away, I wished I had them. We met so many people, between the two hotels, that I would have liked to have gotten to know better, I was sorry I didn't order them before we left. Business cards are wonderful for giving people something to remember you by and at the same time promoting yourself.

What you see here is the front side.  On the back side, I used my horse drawing placed off to the side leaving blank white space for personal notations. I'm not sure how it's going to look in the printed form, but It's time I stepped out. I was a bit nervous when I clicked "buy."

White Arabian Stallion,  8" x 10", graphite 
Maybe I should have used a dog? More people have dogs--or cats like Mr. Fuzzy--than horses. This drawing was the most elegant and said the most about my capabilities. Now I'll be nervous till they come--somewhere after Christmas.

23 comments:

  1. It's such great fun to design your own business cards - and I think yours will be striking! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Linda, and may your New Year be filled with the happy making of art!

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    1. Thanks Susan. I wouldn't have it designed any other way. I wanted to do this before we left town, but I still wasn't sure about making the commitment. I guess today I was. Happy holidays and a joyous New Year.

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  2. Four faces of Eve? Nice drawings! I can't imagine not having business/personal cards! My father told me when I was a kid that it was OK to hind your light under a bushel ...as long as you let people know where it was. Cheap Advertising, I leave them everywhere. Name, phone number, websites and blog and what I do: Metal art. I get about 1000 per year! You will need more.

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    1. Before business cards, one must decide one wants to commit to being in a business. The printing of this card is a first step into a business that's not the residential design/build business. I'm stepping into a whole othe world. Thanks Gus. I hope so.

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  3. a great card! I like the black and white---and the images look beautiful...nice type choice too.

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    1. Me too. Clean. Strong. Image is also unusual for a portrait artist. The horse on the backside is just a suggestion of other portraits people may be interested in. It's a start. Thanks Celeste. I have a background in graphic design as well. You could say, I'm a Renaissance gal.

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  4. They look great, Linda! It is a good idea to have business cards.

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    1. I've thought so for quite some time, but for whatever reason, I didn't have them made. While away, I wished I had. I want people to know what I can do. Now what? Small ads maybe? Maybe a mailing list and a mailer. I have no idea how to price, so some research is needed.

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  5. Wowee...you go girl, that's brilliant. The card is a very good design, and I love the horse, no matter the subject, it shows off your skill. I print my own cards...and always forget them when I leave the house!

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    1. Thanks Sharon. I don't know what possessed me yesterday. I just went ahead with it. Designing and having the card printed wasa stronger commitment. Now I have to figure out how to get it out there. --I did miss having cards in my purse in Cancun. I was meeting people from all over and it would have been easy to hand them out along with a note on the back. I know I missed the holiday season this year, but not next year. I will be ready after a few more decisions--like how much for this and that, time tables, whose photography, the nitty gritties of starting a business.

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  7. Terrific. I think people will enjoy getting these.

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    1. So what's next? A mailing list. A larger print-out, some public exposure--a lot of hard work.
      Thanks. I do like simple design--and would you believe, brevity. :-)

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  8. Fabulous! I love the black and white. You made a terrific choice and a bold step. Best to you!

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    1. Who knows where I'm going or how I'll get there? I just thought I should go. Thanks JJ.

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  9. Bold and Brave ... the card says it all. Nice choices ... the horse is a strong unrestrained image ... no place for 'fluffy' in your operation. SO original and is bound to impress those receiving it.

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    1. Next I'll be thinking prints. I can feel it coming. I don't like fluffy. I don't own one piece of clothing with a ruffle on it. KISS rules my designing nature in both residential structures and in print. Probably in portraiture too? I just hope I'm not premature.

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    2. Never Too soon, Linda. Your works bloody brilliant, and that's an end to it!!

      Get on-board with a reliable Printers, prints are a way to fund the way forward. But you don't need my advice. The Season's Greetings to you and Ellis, my friend; bless you both.

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    3. Same to you and Pat. As lovely as the holiday season is, I'm most cheerful January 1st. It's the start of something new. So have yourselves the happiest New Years.

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  10. Linda, I LOVE your business card! The black and white is most striking. My cards are getting a bit low, and I thought of doing more of the same, but you have made me do a re-think. ;)

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. Black and white is always effective. And less expensive. i think colors on a little business card make it look too busy-- complicated. Writing on the right with the important info--phone, URL--near the bottom close to where the holder's thumb will be. That is the most important spot on a promotional piece of literature.

      I would have used deep charcoal gray on the backside, but I did want to leave space for writing. Inevitably when I hand these things out, I add a note.

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  11. Linda!
    Good for you!
    Bold steps are so very important!
    Your art is bold and beautiful!
    Good luck with everything you do. Have the best New Year!
    (Love the drawings front and back!)
    Your excitement is contagious! You take advantage of every precious second! You are an inspiration to me!
    Take care.
    Michael

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    1. As the blog got me back to art, I'm hoping a business card will push me in that direction. I do admire you all for doing more with your art than just making it. It really shouldn't stay on shelves in the studio. Thanks Michael. Your kind words give me courage.

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