Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Leilani Joy's Disney Works for Wonderground Gallery

Hey Disney fans! I'm proud to present my finished works commissioned by Disney for their WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA. These pieces made their official debut last weekend on August 16th 2014 and my original "Tick Tock Tink" found her forever home that very day! "Maleficent" and "The Queen's Way" are still available for purchase and Wonderground also offers beautiful double matted giclee collectable prints and postcards! The originals, prints, and postcards will be available until sold out at Wonderground Gallery, OR you can order via email or by phone! Wonderground Gallery is happy to ship worldwide! Contact merchandise.guest.services@disneyparks.com or by telephone at: 877-560-6477. Just let them know you are interested in Leilani Joy’s artwork from WonderGround Gallery and they would be happy to let you know what is currently available. All images are officially Disney licensed. All rights reserved. Be sure to visit www.wondergroundgallery.com for more upcoming events!


 "Maleficent" 14x30" Acrylic on Wood Panel. Available. $5,500.
  "The Queen's Way" 16x20. Acrylic on Wood Panel. Available. $3,500

 "Tick-Tock Tink" 16x20" Acrylic on Wood Panel. SOLD. $3,500

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Leilani Joy Does Disney!

Very excited to officially announce this news! On Aug. 16th I'll be appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA. to sign and debut my latest pieces in collaboration with Disney! I'll be at the gallery from 2 - 4pm to sign prints! Event Info:http://disneyparksmerchandise.com/events/artist-showcase-with-leilani-joy-ryan-metcalf-and-miss-mindy/

More Details in my latest vlog:





Don’t live in California?  Luckily, Disneyland’s WonderGround Gallery is very happy to ship worldwide and takes orders via email at: merchandise.guest.services@disneyparks.com  or by telephone at: 877-560-6477.  Just let them know you are interested in Leilani Joy’s artwork from WonderGround Gallery and they would be happy to let you know what is currently available.

Here is a sneak peek of my Disney works in progress! All images are ©Disney and an official licensed Disney products. All rights reserved. 







Monday, June 16, 2014

REPOST: Freelance Pros Take the Zeros Out of Project Bids. Here's why.

I found this great and insightful article Freelancersunion.org and I thought I would share! I use this technique when I quote my clients and customers. It makes it easier for clients to understand your prices if you present them with a cost breakdown- think of it like your dentist for example. Decide what your time is worth and provide client with specifics like; 4 thumbnails cost $X.XX and 6 thumbnails cost $Y.YY etc. Hopefully using this methodology will cut back on customers responding with, "WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE"

Reposted Article by BY:  – JUNE 16, 2014

"Here’s a really simple piece of pricing advice that always works: cut the zeros.

Let’s say you’re doing an interior design project for a client. You list out all the services you’ll provide in your proposal, and then you give them a project fee: $5,000.
The client balks. Even though you provided a breakdown of how you got to that number, they want a breakdown of your hours or an itemized list of expenses. They try to haggle you down another $500.
What would happen if you quoted them a price of $5,180?
I bet your client would be happier. A specific number has greater meaning because it looks like you calculated your cost exactly. You took the time to break down all the custom component costs, and come up with a number for their needs -- not just the number you normally quote. $5,180 looks like an unrounded number with no padding.
I’ve seen it time and time again: clients don’t like zeros. It wakes up their never-far-away suspicion that freelancers pad their quotes and are trying to milk them dry. It’s a law of non-even price numbers that marketers have employed for centuries.
If you’re pricing your services right -- based on true value -- you will not be lying to your clients. This is not about misrepresenting yourself. It’s about making the proposal and bid process smoother.
This is not always going to make your clients happy. But try it and you may see a difference."


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Portfolio Updates!

I realized  I haven't updated the blog with my most recent work- so I thought it was time for an update! Here are a few of my most recent works! -L



"The Queen Wore Red," and "Alice Wore Blue" 
11x14" each. Acrylic on Hardboard Panel. 2013.
For the Bad Apple Artist Collective Group Show "Alice in Wonderland" Aberdeen, Scotland. UK.



 "Ebony," "Ivory," and "Prisma"
11x14. Ink and Watercolor on Illustration board. 2013
For "GET THE LEAD OUT V" Group Show. Swoon Gallery, Los Angeles CA.
"Kali"
16x20" Acrylic on Hardboard. 2013.


 "Morrigan"
16x20" Acrylic on Hardboard. 2013.

To inquire Sales@LeilaniJoy.com

Purchase Prints and More: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeilaniJoyArt

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April News and Updates!





Hi Guys! Leilani Joy here with some updates and announcements! Please check out my Shows and Events Page for upcoming live appearances: http://www.leilanijoy.com/Shows-Events and connect with me on my new network, Google+ at:https://plus.google.com/+LeilaniJoy/

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Facebook Gives "Fan Pages" the Finger



Facebook has changed it's page policies and now only about 1% of my fans will ever see my posts. It's very disappointing for people like me who have worked hard to build up a fan base on Facebook over many years. (See the full article on TIME Magazine's website here: http://time.com/34025/the-free-marketing-gravy-train-is-over-on-facebook/)

Prior to this new change it was only about 16% of fans that saw my posts, as stated by Facebook in 2012. Facebook made $7 billion last year in advertisments, but now they've decided they need more money. I'm not some big corporation and there are a lot of other small businesses out there who will never get noticed because of this new policy. Facebook had been a great free platform for small businesses to grow their customer base and increase their exposure without having to spend thousands of dollars on advertising. But I suppose all good things must come to an end- if there is potential to make money. 

The new policy suggests you spend $1500 (per post) to boost visibility to your OWN FANS. That is ridiculous and obviously I am unable to pay for such advertising. It will be fascinating to see if Facebook's new money making strategy actually ends of backfiring, and driving people away from Facebook. I'm certainly hoping some of my fans will follow me over to a new platform like Google+. 

In conclusion, I'll continue to post my updates on Facebook, until I really feel like it isn't making a difference (and be sure to subscribe to get notifications when I post updates, if you want to stay connected) 

But as of now I will be making a transition over to Google+ so please connect with me here https://plus.google.com/+LeilaniJoy/ 

I'll also be utilizing my other platforms more frequently like Instagram, Blogger, and Twitter. If you'd like to continue to see my updates and participate in my contests please make sure you connect with me on one of my other networks as well (http://www.leilanijoy.com/Network-and-Connect)

I appreciate each and every one of you and all the support I've received from you guys! I would not be where I am today without you all- but like any good business person I must adapt with the times, and times they are a changing! xoxo L

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Design Pricing Formula

Pricing is possibly one of the most changeling things we must do as professional artists. I can't tell you how many times a potential client has insulted me with, "Why is it SO expensive!?" The client rarely takes into account that as an artist you are providing them with a specific service and that we don't just do it "for fun." We have bills to pay just like you. It's doubtful that someone would challenge their accountant, doctor, or plumber in the same fashion. Typically they expect those services to cost a certain amount so they are willing to pay the fee. For artists though, it can be tricky- especially with places like Deviant Art where you can find talented young high school students willing to work for free! 

I often get asked how to charge for artwork, and I have a much more "wordy" and in depth answer to that in my FAQ section here,  http://www.artnuvogue.com/2013/05/faqs.html#artbiz

But recently I stumbled upon this fantastic little formula by David Airey (http://www.davidairey.com/) a professional graphic designer from Northern Ireland. He simplifies the process so perfectly here! While obviously design pricing isn't an exact science- these are definitely the big points to consider when charging for your artwork! Hope this helps you along your journey toward being a pro! xoxo L