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How to sign a painting, drawing or fine art print

Updated on August 25, 2015
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Katherine used to crunch numbers, analyse business performance and specialised in performance management. Now she does the same for artists.

Artist Signatures - Resources for Artists and Art Lovers

  • What's the best way for an artist to sign a painting?
  • Should you date as well as sign a painting?
  • How should you sign a fine art print?
  • How can you identify the genuine signature of an artist?
  • Where can I see artists signatures?
  • What does signature status mean - and why does it matter?

These are just some of the questions about signatures asked by artists and art lovers - and below you can find a lot of the answers!

Why I created this website

I started the study for this site while sat in the City of London reference library reading a book about the signatures of artists and how to tell whether or not they were real.

It was amazing looking at pages which showed how the signatures of famous artists changed over time. Rather a lot of time passed (hours!) and I was well and truly hooked on this topic. I've been looking around to see what information is available in books and on the internet ever since!


1) HOW TO SIGN ARTWORK - paintings, drawings, fine art prints etc


It offers a structured introduction to artists signatures for:

  • ARTISTS who want to know more about the best way to sign and date a work of art
  • ARTISTS who want help with their signatures when using specific types of art media


  • ART LOVERS AND COLLECTORS who want to know more the signatures of artists from the past and present

Try the three polls which quiz you about your current artistic practice

If you've got a question I aim to provide you with a link to the answer. You can also try leaving a question - see comments - and I'll try to point you to where you can find the answer

How to Sign Art

POLL: Do you plan your signature?

BEFORE you start reading - please answer this poll (but please only complete this poll if you are an artist who creates artwork)

Do you think about HOW and WHERE to place your signature when planning your art?

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POLL: Size and location of the Artist's Signature

BEFORE you start reading - please answer this poll (but please only complete this poll if you are an artist who creates and signs their artwork)

Which of the following is the most like your artist's signature?

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Pros and Cons of Signing Artwork - plus TIPS

Vermeer's signature
Vermeer's signature


  • enables an artist to assert the artwork was created by them
  • assists with issues and disputes relating to copyright
  • collectors like artwork to be signed
  • galleries like artwork to be signed


  • flashy signatures can detract from a painting - and make it more difficult to sell
  • no signature creates problems for dealers and those who inherit your artwork
  • if people can't read your signature then it effectively has no signature and might be claimed by anybody as their own work
  • leaving your signature off means an artist can be "rediscovered" as an artist of merit in the centuries to come - because nobody knew who the artwork was by!


  • sign your art - somewhere!
  • keep your signature simple and recognisable.
  • make your signature readable by anybody (not just the people who know you) - illegible signatures help no one
  • keep your signature consistent over time helps to avoid misleading people
  • signatures are traditionally placed in one of the bottom corners - however you can sign a painting anywhere you like!
  • you can sign artwork on the reverse as well as the front
  • you may have signature status with your art society - but that doesn't mean you have to include the initials in your signature!
  • it's less easy to identify an artist from a monogram or initials than you might think

Note: The signature in the image is that of Vermeer.

POLL: Do you date your artwork?

BEFORE you start reading - please answer this poll even if you don't date your artwork (but please only complete this poll if you are an artist who creates artwork)

Do you include a date on your artwork?

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Pros and Cons of Dating Artwork plus TIPS

Signature of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn 1606
Signature of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn 1606 | Source


  • dates help to establish an artist's progression and development over time
  • dates are very helpful to establishing the authenticity of works of art


  • dates age an artwork and not all collectors like to buy art which is not "fresh"


  • you can always date an artwork on the reverse. That way you preserve the integrity of the record of any artist's work while avoiding the negative associations with "dated" artworK

Initials, surname - or change your name?

The question of which name to use and how to sign it is a more common one than you might think.

Here are some tips:

  • If you have a very common name, you need to think of a way to ensure people don't confuse you with other artists of the same name (don't forget to do a comprehensive search online). You may well benefit by making it more distinctive. Some people use a pseudonym. The only complication comes in relation to bank accounts and people trying to pay you for your art. You certainly want to think long and hard about how you sign your name.
  • If you have a very unusual name you can use it and make your art signature distinctive. However if you opt for initials then you're back in the crowd of other artists who all have the same initials.

Vincent van Gogh: 1853-1890 Signature
Vincent van Gogh: 1853-1890 Signature | Source

TIPS: How to Sign a Painting

TIPS include making a decision about:

  • what your artist's name will be e.g. whether to use your full name, surname, initials or a monogram / hallmark
  • which name you want to use for your signature (try to stick to this!)
  • what's the best way to sign your chosen name - in a way which is not too difficult to do
  • whether the colour of the signature will be standard or vary with the overall colour scheme of the painting
  • whether the signature will always have a consistent position - or the position will change with the design of the artwork
  • whether the signature will be obvious (e.g. red paint) or unobtrusive (e.g. a monogram tucked away in the painting somewhere)
  • whether to sign the painting in the same media as used to create the artwork - one risk you may run is one fades faster than the other


  • sign the painting BEFORE you varnish or glaze it
  • sign the painting BEFORE you frame it!
  • use a colour compatible with the artwork - unless you have a monumental ego which demands everything be signed in red!
  • date your art - it doesn't have to be the same place as the signature and you can date a work on the back

Below you will find a series of links to articles in which people discuss the importance of a signature and provide some tips on how to do it

How to sign a diptych or triptych

If you only sign one panel of a diptych or triptych what happens if the painting gets split up either accidentally or on purpose.

Who would know who painted the unsigned panel(s)?

The safest thing to do if creating your own diptych or triptych is to make sure every single panel is marked with your name even if you only sign one on the surface of the painting.

You could choose to only sign one panel on the front of the painting with your signature - to indicate this piece of art is one piece as opposed to two or three.

However if you take the view that the signature indicates provenance there's nothing wrong with signing all the panels on the reverse to make absolutely sure it's clear who created the work

This is what Robert Genn had to say on the matter

I believe in signing every unit. To avoid the goofy repetition look, understate the signatures or hide them in some obscure place, foliage, etc. Nothing worse than an orphan tych of a diptych or a triptych that wanders the world unknown.

Signal this is a DIPTYCH

One other useful way of indicating that a painting is a diptych or triptych (or some larger number - you too could become another David Hockney one day!) is to assign a number to each panel and then indicate that it is part of a larger work i.e. the total number of panels (e.g. 2/3 meaning second panel of three in total) in the same way people do when creating a run of prints

How to sign a watercolour painting

Always sign a watercolour painting in watercolour. As always plan where you're going to sign it from the beginning.

You can:

  • use a brush - such as a script brush - which is easier to use when attempting lettering
  • use a colour from the painting for the signature
  • sign with a stylus - which creates an indentation in which paint settles (I recommend you experiment with this technique before you try it on a painting)

How to sign a mixed media / acrylic painting

Some suggestions for how to sign mixed media paintings - and note that some of the suggestions contradict one another e.g. re. the use of a marker pen.

How to sign pastel artwork

Signing a pastel drawing - where you've not covered all the paper is easy enough - however it's not easy to sign a pastel painting where the whole of the support is covered.

In addition some surfaces work better than others if you want to include your signature as opposed to a monogram.

Things you need to think about which are specific to pastels

  • the nature of the surface will have an impact on the marks made and how sharp your pastel needs to be
  • the ability to sign a pastel painting is very much influenced by the amount of pastel laid down already and whether the surface will accept any more. It's a good idea to think about where you might want to sign it BEFORE you complete the pastel painting

I RECOMMEND that you always try experimenting with different methods before signing a pastel painting proper and see which one works best for you. Don't experiment on a finished work!

The general recommendation is always to sign with the medium you are using however below are

FOUR WAYS of signing a pastel painting

  • sharpen a hard pastel to a point and use this on an area which still has some tooth
  • use a pastel pencil
  • use a coloured pencil. IMO this works better than pastel pencils in terms of control. Make sure you use one that is lightfast!
  • use a soft ordinary pencil. Beware this may leave a shiny mark. You MUST experiment with it before using on a pastel painting to see the effect

How to sign a drawing

This is a checklist of things to think about BEFORE signing a drawing:

  • Avoid your signature being covered by the mat - I cannot tell you how often I have cursed when signing my artwork after cutting the mat only to find I've signed in the wrong place! The most common reason for a signature looking squashed in a corner if forgetting to allow for the mat before you sign - and I've committed this mistake more than once which is why it's top of the list! Remember to work out how much allowance is required for the mat covering the drawing and then remember to also allow for some space around it so it has some space to breathe.
  • Use the same material to sign your drawing as that used for the drawing - otherwise it looks as if it's been done by another person and/or added afterwards.
  • Artists should sign using a material which is no less lightfast than the drawing media used in the drawing - Do remember that not all media is lightfast and some media fades. Interestingly this is particularly true of a lot of ink unless designed to be lightfast.
  • Check your title and/or signature and/or date before you spray the final fixative - it's your last chance to correct any words spelt incorrectly or letters which look wrong
  • Consider following the contour of the image you have drawn - in order not to draw too much attention to an image, some artists align the direction of their signature with a line within the drawing
  • If using pastel consider using a pastel pencil or a sharpened hard pastel for the signature - they're sometimes much easier to use than a proper soft pastel
  • Try using a monogram if you've produced a botanical drawing - for some reason monograms seem to be more prevalent amongst artists who produce botanical illustrations
  • If you use a monogram on the front you can also sign your full name on the back - This is my practice with most of my drawings. I sign my full name on the reverse just inside the margins of the drawing. Obviously if you adopt this practice you need to be certain that the paper you have used is think enough that the signature on the back will not show through.

Monograms, Initials and Motifs

Monograms and Initialed Signatures

Monograms have a long history when it comes to signing paintings. They can be:

  • a unique symbol or logo - this might be graphical or involve letters
  • initials relating to the individual who created the artwork - combined in such a way as to create one graphic image i.e. a monogram

The main problem with separated initials as a signature is that lots of artists with different names will also have the same initials.

The butterfly motif of James McNeil Whistler

How to create a monogram

A monogram is a motif which indicates a work was created by a particular person

A monogram is normally made of letters or graphemes (a grapheme is "the smallest semantically distinguishing unit in a written language"

The process used for creating a monogram for use in published documents is also one which can be used when trying out different ways you can create a monogram from a selection of all or one initials in your artist's name.

The monogram of Albrecht Durer
The monogram of Albrecht Durer | Source

How to sign a fine art print - tips and techniques for printmakers

The convention to maintain the distinction between hand-pulled fine art prints and prints which are mechanical reproductions is that

  • limited edition fine art prints (ie hand-pulled) are signed and
  • unlimited reproduction prints are NOT signed

An artist's name on a print can increase the price by two or more times, and creators generally view signing and numbering works as a valuable source of income for themselves.

What's the value of a signature on an art print - Daniel Grant - Huffington Post (see below for link)

TIPS for signing fine art limited edition prints

  • Only sign a fine art limited edition print if you approve it (ie you are happy to have your name and your signature associated with this print)
  • Only sign limited edition prints
  • Make sure the print is completely dry before you start to sign!
  • Sign in pencil - NOT pen
  • Make sure the edition number is clearly indicated before you sign - conventionally this is located on the bottom left of the print. The edition number is written as follows: the number of the print within the edition / the edition size (e.g. 3/50 - meaning the third print of an edition of 50)
  • Sign close to the edge of a limited edition print - in the centre or the bottom right of the print
  • Sign the Artist's Proof (A/P) but do NOT include this in the edition numbering


  • Do NOT sign an unlimited edition reproduction print - it's meaningless and you risk being accused of passing it off as a limited edition print
  • Do NOT sign any art prints you are not happy with - and make sure you deface them
  • Do NOT sign blank pieces of paper - this totally undermines the value of the work

How to sign a copy of another painting

The basic principle of signing a painting is to indicate that you produced it.

However if you have copied a painting, it's not your painting! It's called a derivative work. If you represented it as all your own work then you'd be committing fraud.

It's therefore very important when making a copy to indicate that it's NOT all your own work.

So how should you sign it?

  • Many artists leave such paintings unsigned - particularly if they were done for educational or study purposes. These after all will never be leaving your studio and won't be sold.
  • Some artists reference the paintings as being connected to the artist who has been copied in some way eg "After Van Gogh" (this is the most usual form ie "After (painter's name)". This might be done on the reverse
  • Some artists sign on the front - but again any painting which is a copy should indicate this fact e.g. via its title for example AND through the signature used

NEVER, under any circumstances, attempt to forge the signature of artist on an artwork you've produced - whether or not it is a copy.

Otherwise you could find yourself in Court or worse!

The Art Forgers Handbook
The Art Forgers Handbook

Paperback: 240 pages

Publisher: Overlook TP (November 2, 2004)


BOOK: The Art Forgers Handbook

Eric Hebborn used to be a master forger

This book describes what you should NOT be doing if you want to avoid any accusations of being a forger!

Rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars (6 customer reviews)

How to Identify an Artist's Signature

The Art Signature File
The Art Signature File

Paperback: 686 pages

Publisher: Antoine Versailles Publishing

(April 17, 2012)


The Art Signature File - by G.B. David

This is a comprehensive dictionary and a standard reference tool for many art dealers.

It's not expensive an investment if you want to check out who the artist is behind a signature.

Examples of Artists Signatures

To be able to recognise a signature you need to have seen other examples.

There are several websites which make a point of recording artists signatures in a database. Below are links to some places where you can browse artists signatures

There's also a book which is well used by art dealers and galleries.

John Castagno's Artists' Signatures and Monograms Database

There is a comprehensive resource available online for all those who are trying to identify the signature of an artist - and who are willing to pay for the service.

John Castagno has been researching Artist's Signatures for years and in the process has indexed and creates a comprehensive database of signatures by time period and continent across very many countries

It represents an amazing resource that helps to identify the signatures, monograms and initials of thousands of artists

His research is made available in two different ways - via:

  • books - specific to the area of interest. These are emphatically not cheap! In fact they are generally very expensive. They are however the standard reference books used by galleries, museums, libraries, and collectors around the world. They are used to help identify, authenticate, or verify signatures and works of both well-known and little-known artists.
  • an online service which enables users to access the comprehensive database which has been set up of both artists signatures and their monograms.

Old Masters

Old Masters

Can you recognise an old master painting by the signature?

BOOK: Old Masters II: Signatures and Monograms

This book lists more than 800 artists and provides examples of more than 1,100 signatures associated with them. It's not cheap and costs over $100 even on Amazon!

European Artists

Series: European Artists: Signatures and Monograms From 1800

The series of three books about European Artists is one for the serious art collector or art dealer. They cover:

  • monograms and initials. One volume is devoted to one devoted to European Artists' Signatures and Monograms
  • common surname signatures,
  • alternative surname signatures, and
  • illegible signatures.

BOOK: Jewish Artists

Jewish Artists: Signatures and Monograms
Jewish Artists: Signatures and Monograms

Hardcover: 636 pages

Publisher: Scarecrow Press (August 20, 2010)

This volume relates to Jewish artist and covers 1,100+ artists and their associated signatures and monograms


Artists of the Americas

American Artists Signatures and Monograms

Another three volume series - this time about the Signatures and Monograms of American Artists.

As with the other books produced by this publisher they include sections about monograms and initials, common surname signatures, alternative surname signatures, and illegible signatures.

  • Volume 2 covers an additional 3,500 artists with 4,600 signature examples associated with these artists
    Volume 3 (from 1800) covers a further 4,070 artists with 4,250 signature examples.

American Artists: Signatures and Monograms, 1800-1989
American Artists: Signatures and Monograms, 1800-1989

Hardcover: 844 pages

Publisher: Scarecrow Press; First Edition edition

(June 28, 1990)


American Artists: Signatures and Monograms

Volume 1 covering artists working between 1800-1989 covers:

  • 5,100 American artists - including biographical notes
  • the signatures and monograms of some 600 important Canadian and Latin American artists
  • 10,000 signature examples associated with these artists
  • reference sources

BOOK: Latin American Artists' Signatures and Monograms

African, Asian and Middle Eastern Artists

Artists as Illustrators

This book focuses on artists as illustrators.

It includes some 14,000 entries of nineteenth- and twentieth-century illustrators, sculptors, and fine art artists who have done illustrations for books, magazines, records, and posters.

Abstract Artists

Abstract Artists: Signatures and Monograms

Another volume by John Castagno which focuses on painters, printmakers, sculptors, and photographers who have spent all or a part of their careers in abstract art. This volume includes some 3,900 signatures and monograms examples of how some 2,300 sign their works.

Signature Membership

This is the term used when artists have earned their membership of an art society

About Signature Membership

This is MY definition of signature membership

"Signature membership (for artists) means all those people who have qualified to use a set of letters after their surname and be known as a full member of an art society. The process of becoming a signature member is almost always defined by a set of criteria which varies from art society to art society. It usually means you are also a fully paid up member in good standing as well."

However not everybody seeks letters after their name.

Take a look at Robert Genn's perspective (below) on credentials

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      18 months ago

      open edition print on 300 gsm printing paper with the artist signature in the original painting the signature is printed on the printed image of the art print

      can the art print be referred to as a art print?

      can the art print be signed at the back of art print ?

      where to sign at the back of art print?

      with what to sign with pencil or any pen even if not waterproof pen or paint with which the original painting was painted?

      can the year of painting title of painting copyright symbol even if not registered with copyright be written on the back of art print along with artist signature and with the same pencil or pen or paint as used for artist signature on back of art print?

      can artist shop name be written at the back of art print with artist signature and with the same pencil pen or paint as artist signature?

      can the artist website or social media platform information be written at the back of the art print with the same pencil pen or paint?

      can the information at the back of art print be printed and not handwritten and only artist signature at back of art print be signed by hand?

      can art posters be printed the same way like art prints with original signature printed on image of art print and signed by hand at back of art print and additional information written by hand or printed at back of art print are art posters printed like this aswell?

      can art print or art posters be printed on ordinary printing paper with ordinary printing ink and referred to as art prints or art posters what cheapest quality and lowest weight paper be used for art prints or art posters?

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      2 years ago from London

      @ Ron Harrison

      You write your name and then "after [name of the artist]"

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      2 years ago from London

      @Robert - No you can't sign a work if the artist has not signed

      You can however provide a letter providing details of how and where the artwork was found and why you have reason to believe it is an original by the artist. This is not the same as a signature but it's about the best you can do.

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      Ron Harrison 

      3 years ago

      You covered a lot but not what I was looking for.

      If an artist copies a work by someone else how does he or she make an "after" signature?

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      3 years ago

      If the artist died recently, can the widow of the artist sign the limited edition & if so how. If the artist is John Brown, can she sign Judy Brown or Judy Brown (widow) or Judy Brown (wife) or can she sign John Brown in her own hand and add below it "signed by his wife"

      Thanks for answers on this

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      3 years ago from London

      Rory - I've only ever seen what I guess I would characterise as "brand names" on photography. If the brand is your name then you use your name.

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      Rory Photography 

      3 years ago


      Thank you for the guidance and information!

      I am a photographer with a boutique family portrait business. My name is Rory Hejtmanek and my business name is Rory Photography. Would you recommend signing my photographs as my name or my business name?

      I like the idea of my clients having my business name attached to the art for marketing purposes, but I'm not sure if that will appear strange.

      Thanks again,


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      Silva Hayes 

      3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      This article is a wonderful resource. Thank you.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      4 years ago from London

      I'm writing for serious artists! Such as the serious artists who have told me that galleries are very against having paintings dated on the front as it can sometime be off-putting to buyers who for some reason think a painting painted five years ago is less good than one painted yesterday! However collectors don't have a problem buying art which is 105 years old as opposed to 100 years old!

      The fact is dates are more important to artwork in the auction market where they help with validation. However you seem to discount:

      1) the various ways in which artists sign - and date - their work which are not visible and

      2) otherwise provide evidence of its provenance eg diaries, letters, invoices etc - all of which are extensively relied on by the auction market.

      For example I always sign and date my artwork on paper with my real signature and date of the artwork - but I then cover that with mat and frame and initial the work on the part that shows. Plus I keep folders of paper and digital files relating to each artwork - as do very many artists.

      The thing that's important to most artists is to stay focused on the best ways of selling their work today rather than whether it will sell in 100 years time.

      Bottom line - signing the work is extremely important - but dating it in a visible way is not, if you are keeping other records of how and when you work was made.

      Just as a matter of interest, how old is the artwork that you appraise? Is it by contemporary artists?

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      4 years ago

      I think that it is important to be a little careful with some of your advice. Some of your advice is fine for hobbyists or commercial artists, but for an artist who is serious about their career, I don't think so. For example, serious artists generally date their work. A serious collector will want to know when the painting was done and from a curatorial standpoint, it is important to see a progress and change in an artist's work. Earlier work is often the most desirable and expensive, though not always. If the artist is worried that it will make the painting look dated, they have a problem. Certainly signing the work is extremely important if the artist is serious, because it is one way to prevent forgeries and no signature may devalue the painting or print. When collectors start paying a lot of money for something, they want assurances that it is by the artist it is said to be. This is especially important in the secondary market.

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      4 years ago

      After doing a little research - this seems to be the best site on the subject

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      4 years ago from USA

      That makes sense. Thanks for answering :)

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      4 years ago from London

      I'd sign it before you make prints - particularly if you are going to be marketing online

      Only fine art prints (etchings etc) can be sold as a limited edition in which case they all need to be numbered and signed individually.

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      4 years ago from USA

      Great Hub. Very helpful. If I plan to make prints of an original painting or pencil sketch, do I sign the original work prior to making prints of it, or leave it unsigned and then sign each individual print?

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      5 years ago

      Interesting stuff. As someone who used to own a shop that sold original art I would offer this comment. If you are not expecting to ever be a great artist don't date the front of your work because normal people who buy paintings just to make there room look nice prefer things that are fresh to the market. From the shop keepers point of view knowing the date can stop you accepting works for sale that have been shopped from gallery to gallery and not sold. People who look at art can sometimes remember something the've seen in the shop in the shop up the road.

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      5 years ago

      I never knew there was such a body of literature around the idea of signatures of artwork. I guess this would hold for photography as well, eh?

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      5 years ago from London

      @sherioz: No - I don't think so. You can't sign a photograph in the same way you can sign an artwork

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      5 years ago

      This has given me food for thought. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      This was a very interesting and intriguing lens to read. I like how you included so much detail!

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      6 years ago from London

      @anonymous: This isn't a service to tell you what a signature is. It's a site which tells you about the very many resources which are provided by other people so you can identify a signature.

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      6 years ago

      Can I submit a paintings monogram/signature to determine who it is or if it is a group of painters?

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      6 years ago from London

      @John Dyhouse: Thanks! Always nice to get credit from a fellow artist

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      6 years ago from London

      @McDreamer: I sign mine on the back with my full name and then use initials on the front. I don't show my proper signature in public though!

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      6 years ago from London

      @anonymous: That's an unusual take on signature style - thank you!

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      6 years ago from London

      @Gayle Dowell: To me, sorting out how they're going to sign long term is the sign of an artist upping their game and becoming more professional about their art

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      6 years ago from London

      @anonymous: Thank you - it's always nice to have a fan!

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      John Dyhouse 

      6 years ago from UK

      A well researched and presented lens on this topic. I will have to become more conscious of my signature - you never know, LOL

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      6 years ago

      Interesting topic here! I sign and date but not always in the same place each time. Angel blessings to you!

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      Gayle Dowell 

      7 years ago from Kansas

      Great resource! I always have signed my paintings, but not always consistently. I'll work on this.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. It is very helpful. Signature is part of the artist's personality and personal achievement.

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      7 years ago

      mmm, I do not think there are any rules according to how to sign your work. A lot of great artists do not sign there work, because it is obvious who made the work. Most artist sign on the back of there painting, not because they are shy but simply because a signature is disturbing the picture. Personally I always sign my work + date, but the place depends.

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      nikhelbig lm 

      7 years ago

      A little confused now... I just sign the way I always do...full name 'cos not famous enough to be recognized w initials or monogram... Using the same paint as in the painting... Size and position to match the comp. No date.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      7 years ago from Albany New York

      Interesting and informative lens.I usually go by instinct when signing. You gave some details I haven't considered.

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      7 years ago

      special lens indeed on painting detail, enjoyed it, earned a 'thumbs up' from me this morning.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      7 years ago from London

      @Hana4: What's a QR code - and how would you apply it?

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      7 years ago

      I'm also considering QR code on my art, what do you think?

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      Ronald Tucker 

      7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Tis comprehensive lens anwsers the old addage "What's in a name"?...excellent resources and hows and whys of showing due diligence in signatures.


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