The Erotica and Romantica of Lisolette Gilcrest
1 year ago

How to price art?

Question:  I have a question about pricing my drawings. I have attached a drawing I did of [good mutual friend] from his wedding. I have about 4.5 hours of work in it. Now I have no intention of charging [good mutual friend] for it, [my wife] told me I was to do their portraits as soon as she heard they were getting married. But I have been asked what I would charge to do a portrait of someone. I do not wish to part with my originals. I do what amounts to lithograph like process and product hi res prints on my printer. Would a price of $100 for an 8.5x11 print on art paper be out of line? Too low? Too high? I understand ‘get what the market will bear’ and I have floated that figure to a couple of people for reactions. So far, most have said that it is reasonable and some said it was maybe too low. I value your opinion as an artist and am looking for some feedback.”

Answer: As far as pricing, fine art goes for more than photography, so bear that in mind first. Whether right or wrong, people think that there isn’t much work or knowledge that is needed to press a button and capture ‘what already exists’ so people will pay less for photography than a drawing, painting or the like.

"That being said, if we’re talking just prints, I would normally sell open edition for $20 to $75, depending on the size and what it is printed on (obviously some papers are much more expensive, up to and including canvas prints). That, however, assumes open editions; I would charge more for limited editions - between $75 and $300 (again, depending on the market and other factors). It may be very hard for you to do limited editions, because most people just want drawings of people they know - so I wouldn’t bother doing a limited edition of a portrait (unless it’s a famous person). However, if you draw other things - cars, landscapes, historical monuments, etc., then I would suggest trying the limited edition route.

"Finally, if your drawing is a special commission, you should charge more. A skilled laborer is going to make at least $12 to $15/hour and when you consider you put at least 4 to 5 hours in each piece of work, $50 is the lowest I would go, with $75 to $100 sounding more reasonable. This is definitely going to vary by your market, how much you’ll enjoy making the piece, whether or not you’re allowed to sell prints of your work when you’re done to others (some people want their commissions to stay private), and the complexity of the piece.

"Interestingly, I’ve been dabbling with different price structures myself. Traditionally, most of my open edition prints (8" x 10" matted to 11" x 14")  have been going for $35 at art shows (usually they take 35 to 50% commission). However, recently I’ve lowered my prices for both open edition and limited edition (11" x 14" matted to 16" x 20") to test the market and they’re not going any faster. Sometimes you just have to figure out a way to find a sweet spot, LOL, there’s no exact science for all artists…"


"Tea Time"

© 2012 Lisolette Gilcrest

Model:  -Jen-

Wardrobe Styling and Hairstylist:  Lisolette Gilcrest

Bloomers:  Campbell & Miley

Location:  District VII (Detroit, Michigan)

1 year ago
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One of my newest pieces, from my vaudeville and traveling circus series.

Models:  Michael McPhee and Emmy Rope

Emmy’s Shrug and Bustle:  Kinki Kitty

Michael’s Wardrobe:  Lisolette Gilcrest

Make-Up Artist: Rebecca Gohl

3 years ago

All of these are from my “Sign of the Times” series…

The first four photographs are actually a photographic series that have been exhibited in various combinations in:

* “Summ(ero)tica” Exhibit at Severance Gallery in Detroit, Michigan from July to August 2007

* “People’s Arts Festival” at the Russell Industrial Center during September 2007

* “Images We Love” Exhibit at the River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, Michigan from October through November 2008

* “Women’s History Month” Exhibit at the Collingwood Arts Center in Toledo, Ohio from March through April 2010

Additionally, “Crossings” and “Ordinance” were published in Expeditions: A Compendium of the Erotic Photography of Lisolette Gilcrest 2006-2008 (©2009 Streetwise Art Publishing  ISBN 978-1-60743-245-6).  “Crossings” was also published in The Erotic Review’s Photographer of the Year Prize 2009: The Book (©2009 EROTIC REVIEW Books  ISBN 978-1-904989-61-5).

So I’m cleaning out my art closet… which pretty much comprises my “studio” and I’m running out of room!  If you’re interested in purchasing any of the first four prints in Limited Edition (two of which have been published) - make me an offer! 

The other four photographs are actually from a fun postcard series that I’m doing called the "Metro Detroit Guide for Perverts" Collectible Postcards.  There will be 6 postcards in the series total, but only 4 have been released yet.  Each postcard is $3, 2 for $5 or all 4 for $10.  Shoot me a line if you want a fun postcard - that is US Postal Service compliant - to send to a friend or just collect for yourself!

3 years ago
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I’m struggling…

In the past few weeks I have discovered that someone very near to me was being sexually abused and we just put a stop to it.  We’re in the throes of investigations and interviews and therapy and lots of feeling unsafe… not just for them but for all of us.  It’s shattering.

Because of it, I’m really struggling to produce “erotic” work right now.  My normal pervy work just isn’t something I can get into… hell, I’m even having a hard time making perverted jokes.

I think for a little while I need to take a hiatus from erotica.  I know it can’t last too long if I’m going to participate in the 2011 season - it seems like all of the deadlines for stuff happens between December and February (doesn’t it?) - but it might come down to me laying low for a bit and resurfacing in 2012.

I’m doing okay with simple artistic nudes… and I’m really loving the vintage, historical, Victorian, medieval, renaissance and mythological themes right now… so there’s going to be a lot of work done there… but it’s going to be very different than what most people know of “Lisolette Gilcrest.”  Maybe my pseudonym needs a pseudonym?

For now, here is a lovely shot of Seraphina Black that I took up in Detroit a few weeks ago.  It is one of two pieces that will be touring with Erotic Signature’s ARTundressed exhibit, which kicks off November 18th in Miami.

ARTundressed

3 years ago

Here is a short list of the prints that I currently have in my inventory and am willing to part with for the following prices:

$25 for 1 (Save $5)

$45 for 2 (Save $15)

$60 for 3 (Save $30 - Basically Buy 2, Get 1 Free!!!)

If you want more than three (bless your heart), contact me and I’ll work out a deal with you.  Please note that prices do not include shipping, which I’m anticipating to be $5 for continental US.

All of the prints in this list should be safe for you to hang up in your home, office or other public place.  I know sometimes you want a “little more” so here are some other categories to select from:

Artistic Nudes

No Nudity/Sexually Suggestive

3 years ago

Here is a short list of the prints that I currently have in my inventory and am willing to part with for the following prices:

$25 for 1 (Save $5)

$45 for 2 (Save $15)

$60 for 3 (Save $30 - Basically Buy 2, Get 1 Free!!!)

If you want more than three (bless your heart), contact me and I’ll work out a deal with you.  Please note that prices do not include shipping, which I’m anticipating to be $5 for continental US.

All of the prints in this list have some element of sexual suggestiveness to them.  I know that not everyone can hang up racy photos in their households - or maybe just the opposite, you want nudes - so here are two other categories of prints for you to select from:

Artistic Nudes

No Nudity/Romantica

3 years ago

Here is a short list of the prints that I currently have in my inventory and am willing to part with for the following prices:

$25 for 1 (Save $5)

$45 for 2 (Save $15)

$60 for 3 (Save $30 - Basically Buy 2, Get 1 Free!!!)

If you want more than three (bless your heart), contact me and I’ll work out a deal with you.  Please note that prices do not include shipping, which I’m anticipating to be $5 for continental US.

All of the prints in this list have some element of nudity in them.  I know that not everyone can hang nudity up in their households, so here are two other categories of prints for you to select from:

No Nudity/Sexually Suggestive

No Nudity/Romantica

3 years ago

These are my other props and accessories - available for rent, trade or sale.  Let me know if you’re interested!

Burial Urn is a hearty metal urn of solid construction, stands approximately 9” tall.  Not too heavy and can be filled with liquids.  Please note, this has NEVER actually been used like a burial urn and does not have a top.

Ceremonial Urn is a metal urn with beautiful faux patina, hollow on the inside and stands approximately 13” tall.  Very lightweight but cannot be filled with liquids.

Garden Gnome statue is approximately 15” high and made of resin.  The Suitcase does not have any of the stickers on it anymore, though I have other stickers that could be put on to make it look like a travel case and will throw those in, if you want them.  (Gnome $50; Suitcase $15)

Dagger with pointy (not sharp) tip, approximately 18.5” long.  This dagger has a wooden handle with a gold cross guard and pommel.  The dagger comes with a leather case/scabbard with metal snap and belt loop, with an engraved deer.  I will only sell this and ship it where it is legal to do so.  $35

Ornate Gold Box with intricate design, shaped like a hexagon, with removable lid.  The box has many etchings and could not hold lots of small loose objects (like beads), but is fine for larger objects.  $20

Antique Pillbox depicts a Victorian or Elizabethan-era couple on the front, with a man about to kiss the woman’s hand, surrounded by grass, flowers and shrubbery.  The pillbox, which is approximately 1” in diameter and 1” in height, has a small mouth to open it and ornate designs on the sides and back.  $30

Clay Ocarina (or flute-like instrument) that works and has a small hole at the top for a leather strap (included).  The ocarina has a beautiful tree design etched into the clay.  $20

3 years ago

These are my jewelry props - available for rent, trade or sale.  Let me know if you’re interested!

Gold Leaf Necklace has gold-plated leaves that are attached to this gold chain to create a beautiful mythological/fantasy effect.  This necklace is available in silver, as well.  These necklaces are part of my private collection and are not for sale or trade, but are available to rent.

Tribal Necklace made in gold with chain featuring a tribal mask engraving.  Unique vintage necklace that is one of a kind also has gold chain tassle.  $20

Jingle Headdress was originally designed to be an anklet, but has been modified to work as a headdress.  This headdress is missing one small bell as you can see, however, I can remove a bell from the very end to place it in the middle, should you want it.  $10

Black Beaded Necklace with multiple black plastic strands and hundreds of tiny black beads amongst all of the strands.  Silver metal claps.  $10

Stain Glass Amulet features a gold medallion with baby blue and a light green gel accents (this almost looks like a stained glass piece).  Medallion hangs off several gold wires bound together to create a short necklace that hang at the very nape of the neck.  $20

PKD Choker features a gold medallion with baby blue and a deep blue (with a hint of turquoise - you can see this more at certain angles) painted accents.  Medallion hangs off of a blue satin ribbon that you can either let hang like necklace or tie up tight like a choker.  $20

Swirly Ring is a vintage silver ring from 1970s or earlier.  $20

 

3 years ago

These are my wardrobe props - available for rent, trade or sale.  Let me know if you’re interested!

Death Mask made of Plaster, with small cracking and some chips missing - but adds to the feel of it. Mask ties with two black satin ribbons.  $10

Carnavale Masks that have two satin ribbons to tie in the back - available with Red and Gold accents or Blue and Gold accents.  $10 each

Bellhop Costume includes the jacket, bellhop cap, white felt gloves and the desk bell.  Sized large for men.  $60 for the set

Creme Bloomers are hand sewed by me for a shoot for a model with 26” waist and 36” hips (she described it as Size 6), but based on the elastic band, I believe these bloomers could comfortably fit up to size 32” waist.  Materials is creme coloured muslin with baby blue satin lace.  The lace holes are NOT reinforced, so you will need to be gentle so that there is no tearing.  $30

Black Bloomers are hand sewed by me for a shoot for a model with 30” waist and 36” hips (she described it as Size 8/10), but based on the elastic band, I believe these bloomers could comfortably fit up to size 34” waist.  Materials is black with brown velvet lace.  The lace holes are NOT reinforced, so you will need to be gentle so that there is no tearing.  $30

Blue Scarf with tassles, made of thick wool (I think) and cotton.  The hues of the blues in the scarf get darker towards the top and lighter towards the bottom.  $10

Red Silk Wrap with gold filigree along one edge.  The silk is sheer as can be seen in this photo, but when layered provides solid cover.  Approximately 4 - 6 yards of material uncut - if interested, please let me know and I will measure it.  $30

Polka Dot Handkerchief is hand-sewn and double-sided/reversible, made for a Rosie the Riveter shoot, but great for lots of pin-up!  I’ll even throw in some extra red and white polka dot material that I didn’t use to make this headwrap.  $10

3 years ago

A short slideshow of some of the photographs taken at the Yankee Air Museum in December 2009.  Shame on me for taking so long to get to them (it’s been a hell of a year), but I’m really loving the World War II theme…

Models featured are the lovely BeeBs, Meghan C, Kristin Ashley Rogers and Justin PC.