Jane Frank looks at Jill Bauman’s work.
The Hugo awards for Professional Artist, from 1980 through 1992, were dominated by artist Michael Whelan (Jim Burns won once during those years, in 1987). The rest of the decade, 1993 -1999, Whelan took turns with Jim Burns (1995) and Don Maitz (1993) before largely ceding the floor to Bob Eggleton in 1994 . . […]
Is there anything to the idea that one can truly INVEST in collectibles – like comic books and illustration art – the way one invests in treasury bonds, equities and real estate?
Jane Frank takes us through the stages of mourning for book covers.
Tips on how to encourage your kids to become collectors.
A continued look at the morality of art and the distinction between the art and the artist.
How does one reconcile the moral dilemma of liking art from an artist one dislikes on moral grounds?
The artful collector goes over how not for sale art could actually be for sale and some reasons why it wouldn’t be.
What you always wanted to know and never thought to ask about commissioning pet portraits.
The Artful Collector gives some pointers on commissioning portraits.
While it is impossible to predict the directions of the art market, an 80/20 rule can help you trace the value.
Jane Frank had one last thing to add to her Art Hierarchies: Familiarity.
If I told you that 20 years from now 80% of the art of the art you are buying today would be be worth about half of what you paid for it, would you still keep buying? Most collectors I know would not be happy with this news. In fact, many of them would be […]
Final installment in the art hierarchies series discussing the permanance of art.
Jane resolves to be more controversial in 2014….
Jane Frank discusses Michael Whelan’s value … no, wait, Jane Frank discusses the value of Micheal Whelan’s art… no, wait, Jane Frank discusses the value of value and how our different goals and perceptions influence the way we view, purchase and value art.
Jane Frank, the Artful Collector, discusses actual and perceived value of handmade art.
The Artful Collector gives some tips on why you should always get signed artwork.
Examples of how art hierarchies are determined by what people will pay for an artwork.
Reproductions will almost certainly have no value at all. Except as “decoration.”
The more we detect fake sentiment or emotion, or (in our case) pandering to a love of dragons and wizards – as opposed to honest “self-expression” – the less we are going to care whether “just for the love of it” was the reason for creation
Our field of collecting is known for them: wizards, elves, and things with wings, especially dragons . . . on one side, and saucers, rockets, robots and things looking monsterish, especially aliens…..on the other. And then for lovers of horrific there are the flesh-ripping fanged creatures, the zombies and whatever is screaming, bloody or rotting, […]
Please don’t shoot the messenger. I’m not responsible for the “high” and “low” art divide—into which categories we’ve shoved “art we collectively treasure” vs “art we collectively enjoy,” respectively. I’m just here to generalize, and to report that the “art” vs “illustration” distinction still exists, and that no matter how much love and money we lavish […]
The “Art vs. Craft” debate seems never-ending, because it hinges on an ever-evolving understanding of how we perceive what is considered “art”.
It behooves to attend to the HIERARCHIES that establish “worthiness” in the field I’ve chosen. In the field of illustrative art, the challenge has never been about finding authentic items, nor even a good supply of them (until recently, illustrative art has been plentiful). Rather, it has always been a matter of finding what experts call “meritorious items” – those that are of the highest, one hopes extraordinary, aesthetic qualit
IlluxCon is the best convention dedicated to sf/f Art in the world, today
Criticism is commonplace in the music industry, in film, and in the world of “fine art”. Shouldn’t we have that kind of critic in our field of collecting, too?
Fans, publishers, art directors, and collectors expected Worldcon art shows to display the best-of-the-best art being created in the field, and top artists looked forward to meeting their expections. NO MORE.
A preliminary scouting report on LoneStarCon3 – including a report on the winners of the Chesley Awards for fantastic art.
I must confess, when it comes to SF/F the more you see of it, the easier it is to become innured to its novelty. Familiarity with dragons, wizards, and flying saucers can breed not contempt – but worse: indifference and inattention.