Have you been asked by an art dealer or gallery director to sign your artwork on a canvas as part of a presentation, and you have no idea how to go about doing it? Can you do it perfectly? What if you do it wrong and make the wrong kind of impression? It’s never fun to have a bad exhibition and many artists will rush to their drawing boards in a last ditch attempt to get their sketches noticed.
Well, don’t panic. As a professional art artist, I can tell you that there is no such thing as a bad or incorrect signature. As long as you draw your canvas the way you think it will look like when completed, you have done right. Drawing a sketch on a canvas is not like having a chat with your best pal in front of the computer screen. It is still real human interaction.
In fact, learning how to sign your artwork like a professional would probably be the easiest part of the process.
Begin by setting aside some time to devote solely to sketching. Get yourself a good canvas to work from. Get a thick heavy canvas that you can keep open during sessions so you can just sketch in a loose manner. You can also purchase canvases at art galleries that have your name or a logo printed on them. Once you pick out a canvas, you are ready to start learning how to draw a signature.
It is important to remember, drawing a signature correctly is like anything else. The basic concept is to create a unique shape that can tell a story. Use simple geometric shapes like squares, rectangles and circles to sketch out your idea. Try to draw simple sketches in black and white until you develop the ability to see things as other than black and white. When you have developed this ability, then you can begin to draw more intricate details.
After you have spent plenty of time sketching out your ideas, the next step is to print out your sketches on heavy cardstock paper. If your artwork is not going to be framed, then you need to use card stock so that the focus of attention is on the art work itself. Remember that your signature should be seen but the focus should be on the piece rather than the surroundings. This means that you should choose a font, style and size for your art that compliments your artwork and doesn’t look out of place.
The next step is to sketch out your signature in the correct format. This means that you need to line up all of your decorative items along the top and bottom of the canvas. It doesn’t matter if you are using acrylic paint or ink marker, just ensure that your work is printed straight down on to the canvas. Then you simply need to follow the same steps as outlined above, but this time, you need to place your decorative items along the sides and back of the canvas. You need to do this in the exact same manner you did when you were sketching out your artwork.
The final step is to line up your artwork so that you are done. Once all of your decorative objects are in place, you need to remember to make certain that all of your hands are lined up along the top and bottom of the canvas as well. Once you have completed these three basic steps you can choose your style, the subject that you want to print your signature on and then get started on your art work. If you are struggling, there are online classes that will help you learn this important art skill. Art classes are a great way to learn how to take better care of your art work as well as improving your skills as an artist.