Do titles really matter?
How much time and effort should one spend on titling your work?
Titles can be important to the outsider looking at your art; a good title needs to become part of their narrative too, as well as the artist’s. A good title could be what helps sell your art, which can also mean, a bad title can hamper it. So the question we are asking ourselves now is what makes a good title?
A good title will:
- Provide insight into what inspired your art work, perhaps tell a story.
- Leave room for the viewer to bring in their own meaning and interpretation to the art work.
- It will be memorable.
How to create titles:
- Start with the obvious. If you have key points in the art work use those as a starting point.
- Was there a inspiration or certain emotion that lead you? Draw on that to help create the title.
- Is there an underlying story? Give clues with the title.
- Put yourself in the viewers’ shoes. Ask yourself what do they see? Is there something you want them to focus on?
- Keep it short.
Over time it may become difficult to come up with unique titles, it all depends on the amount of work you have. Some ways are to create a naming system that works for you, have a dictionary or thesaurus available, or ask for help.
Questions to ask yourself about titles:
- Why do you struggle with titling your art work?
- Have you created a system that works for you?
- What advice would you give to others? Would that advice help you?
- What are some of your favorite art titles? Use them for inspiration.