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Kylani Arrington

5 Years Ago

Out Of Curiosity...

How important is it to give your art a good title or to add a description? I've seen some people sell art with really creative names but have also seen people sell just as much art with very generic names. I also notice that some people will opt to leave a description of their work while others don't.

I'm just wondering if it has an affect on potential sales.

Let me know and have a wonderful Saturday, everyone!


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Pamela Patch

5 Years Ago

Kylani, I think the title is a personal preference, some people just use numbers but and a big but here is that
google picks up on the descriptions of your image.


Robert Kernodle

5 Years Ago

Verbiage complements visuals. When people get distracted from looking, they are better having something to read about what they wrere just looking at.

I have talked to a few other artists who said that words made a difference in selling or not selling a particular work. I once experienced this with one of my own paintings, entitled On Holiday In Some Other World. I got a real feeling that if that painting had been finished when the person looked at it the first time, then I would have enjoyed a sale, simply because those words seemed to have a decided effect.

-- Robert


JC Findley

5 Years Ago

Title maybe, as it can REALLY add interest but it kind of depends. Descriptions are ALWAYS a good idea though mine vary widely in how long I ramble on there. (Google looks at descriptions.)

Examples, the first for the title, the latter two for descriptions.

Art PrintsSell Art OnlineSell Art Online


Rose Santuci-Sofranko

5 Years Ago

I love to see descriptions because many times I look at peoples works here and would love to know more about it: where it was taken, what it is, how was it made, etc...


Mike Savad

5 Years Ago

i think a good title pulls people in the same way it does on the cake in a restaurant. sinfully delightful chocolate cake with a yummy description - and people may buy it to try it. than simply calling it - cake.

i try to use a good title for everything, it adds keywords for google and helps pull in the viewer. descriptions are very important to get the viewer in the mood, and it also adds more words for outside sources.

Art Prints
this one i sell over and over - both here and zazzle. why? well besides being excellent, i think it's because i touched that vindictive side of people and its almost an inside joke - you have to read the descriptions of these two.

Photography Prints
it hasn't caught on here yet, but i've sold it elsewhere. was it the description? possibly.

---Mike Savad


Douglas Wilks

5 Years Ago

I think that the art work is best if it has a combination of a good title, appropriate tags, and descriptions. This will help FAA search, Google search, as well as those buyers who are looking for a specific type of work. Think of it as being similar to a restaurant menu. If a menu says hamburger and nothing more is that enough for you to buy it. Or is it better to say hamburger and curly fries. The more accurate your title, tag words, and description the more likely your art is to be found and purchased. A piece of art with a poor or misleading title, incorrect or spam tag words could lead buyers away from looking at the rest of your art.


Claude Oesterreicher

5 Years Ago

I always TRY to be creative in my titling. Doesn't always work, though. As far as descriptions...If someone's gonna be kind enough to take the time to look, I'd like for them to be able to know what they're looking at.


James Ahn

5 Years Ago

Normally people look for titles more on paintings than photos... it's just another interpretation of how the artist feels toward their work..sometime titles can clue in on emotive feelings.


Angelina Vick

5 Years Ago

If I can think of a witty name, I use it. If I can't, then I try to think of my intentions to name it.

When all else fails, I got to descriptive.

I have heard both schools of thought, it's important or it doesn't matter.

I'm not sure it effects sales...but I think titles tell a lot about an art piece.
I personally would rather not name any, so people develop their own thoughts about
it without my verbal input. However, when I view art I enjoy understanding why an
artist made it...what the intentions are. So I can see why it could be important to customers.


Mike Savad

5 Years Ago

overall the picture itself is the most important. it should be a nice shot. a clever title and a great description won't make bad picture sell. it can only help tip the scale.

when you shop at amazon - how many things do you not buy when they don't have a nice description of the product? where they took the picture, but just have a price and that's it. i know look for it again until i can find something that describes it.

---Mike Savad


Dyan Johnson

5 Years Ago

One thing I've read over and over again about marketing, is that people love a story. Anything with a story (and a title is a story) is much more interesting than something titled with a number. Naming some of the pieces and all the textures that i reproduce help me to know what to create when a person orders a piece of jewelry, but mainly, a name gives a piece a certain presence.


Johnny Trippick

5 Years Ago

Agree with Dyan: anything that adds a bit of magic can only help (within reason). Am trying out Gaelic titles just now in the full knowledge that most people won't know what they mean (and my own Gaelic is a little rusty I have to admit) but hope that it gives a little edge of intrigue when the next $billionaire is glancing through the day's uploads.


Peter Chilelli

5 Years Ago

Sometimes all 3 (image/title/description) work together, but there are times I use little or no description at all.


Photography Prints


Jeffrey Campbell

5 Years Ago

Image if the Mona Lisa was named ......... Lady Portrait 1.


William Allen

5 Years Ago

In all the years I've been painting, no one ever asked me, What's the title?, when I showed them a piece I did. So I don't think it's as important as a description, when posting new work here, especially if it's a real place, then I try to tell the location, just so people will know this is a real place. I could'nt think of a title for one piece I did, then finally came up with, "Kookaree", which is the call of the 'Redwinged Blackbird'. Since the location of this place was so remote, this call, plus the wind and farm animals, would be all you would hear all day.


Dan Turner

5 Years Ago

Names aren't important in stock art or snapshots. But I think they add immeasurably to Fine Art.

Jeffrey, great point. Or if the Mona Lisa was named DSC2736.


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