Have you found your perfect artist signature for your paintings?
At the start, I struggled with how to sign my paintings. Such a simple thing, yet I just could not get my head around it.
With some practice though I settled on a signature (and by practice I mean hundreds of signatures on an old canvas).
You can see my signature above. It is a pretty standard D.Scott. I added the full stop to make it slightly unique from the many other artists with a similar signature.
As you can imagine, Dan Scott is not a very rare name.
I assume I am not the only one who has struggled to find the perfect artist signature for my paintings, so here are some tips which have helped me along the way:
- Use your signature to help balance your painting. If your focal point is on the right of your painting, then signing on the left-hand side may be more appropriate so that your painting does not appear unbalanced.
- Keep it simple, yet memorable.
- If you have a long name, then you may want to consider using an abbreviated version, such as the initial of your first name plus your last name (i.e. D Scott for me), just your last name (Scott), or simply your initials (DS).
- Ask yourself if your signature is identifiable and unique, especially if you have a common name. If not, then think about any way you can differentiate your signature.
- I would suggest signing with a color that fits in with the rest of your painting. I usually just take one of the dominant colors I used in the painting and then tone it down so it is not too dominant.
- You want people to be able to read your signature but at the same time, you do not want it to be the focal point of your painting.
- Practice your signature before signing your paintings. Just grab an old canvas and practice your signature on it over and over again.
- If oil painting, use some oil medium to add some fluidity to the paint which will help you sign. Acrylic painters only need to mix the paint with some water for fluidity.
- Invest in some fine liner brushes.
- Match the style of your signature to the style of your painting. If you are a realist painter, then a bold, impressionist signature may look odd.
- Be consistent with your signature.
- You may want to date your painting. Claude Monet put the year of the painting next to his signature.
Here are some more signatures of famous artists:
Rembrandt had a very classical signature and often included the year of creation.
Vincent van Gogh Signature
Vincent van Gogh had a bold signature and often placed it in unusual areas on his paintings.
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