Does your artwork have a common theme? If so, great. If not, does it need a common theme?
Honestly, I like artists who are somewhat consistent. And I notice that when you could recognize someone’s work, it sells better.
So a partial answer to the second question – yes, if you want to sell it.
You should be able to recognize my artwork right away. It has a common theme to it. Sure, I do mostly fantasy pinups. But even when I’m not doing fantasy pinups, it still looks like something I did.
I’ve done the same theme twice in a row and will probably do it four or five more times in a row. I’m on a speaker girl kick. Why? Does it matter why? That’s what’s been motivating me recently, so I just go with it.
Also lately, I haven’t been doing that many full nudes. They’ve only been topless. I don’t know why that is. It just is.
I got a friend from Los Angeles coming over tonight. I see her once or maybe even twice a year.
She’s a professional model who’s getting more into business than modeling. Which is great. Let her go over all the bumps in the road so I could pick her brain and figure out where the bumps are. I actually am looking forward to her becoming successful. I take picking people’s brains very seriously. The more successful they are, the more I want to pick their brains.
How to develop a common theme
Who are you? No, not just your name. Who are you really?
If you can answer like this, then you need to do some serious soul searching. I highly advise you to take this seriously because potential buyers will want answers.
My name is Roman. I’m a Neo-Romantic composer and a fantasy pinup artist. Oh, you want to hear more about my art than my music? You’re interested in my art? Well, thank you.
Yeah, I call myself a fantasy pinup artist but I’ll go into more depth. You remember those planes in World War II? Remember they used to paint pinup girls on the planes?
I absolutely loved that style of art! But, I grew up in the 80s and got heavily into fantasy.
So, I thought recently why not combine my love for pinups with fantasy? Just imagine if rather than the usual pinup girls on those planes, they let me paint witches, mermaids, sirens, naiads, faeries, or succubi.
So that’s why I mean by knowing yourself. If you have to, make it conversational like I did.
My themes are very consistent. My artwork is very recognizable. That’s why I have no problems selling it. You either like it or you don’t. But you know I did it.
Good luck. And keep painting.
And, have something prepared when someone asks you “what’s your art all about?”