The work of Matthew Lyles Hornbostel is having a growing impact on eBay.
Don't believe me?
I get it, since I'm the seller. I'm the guy inserting my full name awkwardly into the headline, the guy with the website, the guy making the artworks on eBay.
Why would you trust me?
The reviews from customers, however, are absolutely, undeniably real.
Authentic feedback that looks like this:
"A lot of detail went into this beautiful painting of my past yorkie Thank you!"
"Incredible! So special! Great work! Thank you!"
"Better than described, fast shipping...just love it"
"Fast but generous with his talent, great sense of light and color, communicative."
The reason for the buzz is simple.
I make paintings and pastel art and colored pencil art, for you, inexpensively, by hand, on canvas or paper, based on just about any subject you choose.
I offer free shipping, routinely.
The item arrives within 20 days at the most.
I might get backlogged a bit - and that has recently happened - so maybe I've bit off a bit more than I could chew.
I claim I'll ship in three days, but it might be up to seven or eight, if I get a massive pile of 'Buy it Now' orders at once.
But I WILL make you your item and will do it as well as I can.
Once it ships, it usually arrives within a week.
Most of these listings are fixed price, and a few (on average one every 2-3 weeks) are auctions beginning at a ridiculously low opening-bid price of $0.99.
Items include acrylic and gouache paintings on canvas, colored pencil art, and two typers of pastel art (oil pastel and pastel pencil) and sizes now range from 9"x12" to 24"x36".
I've gone from a mere handful of ratings on my eBay seller account, to over 160, and at the time of this writing 100% of them are positive.
The basic idea of these auctions (or fixed-price listings) is that I'll create an artwork (portrait, pet portrait, landscape, cityscape, whatever) based on whatever you want. Sometimes customers will give me a simple description like "I want a view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge" and I make something like this:
and sometimes they're very particular about what they want and will provide a list of reference photos for objects, pets, or people they want arranged in the artwork, or the 'mood' they want the work to evoke. One recent customer asked for an image of her deceased pet in heaven, and I painted this:
Yet another asked for a recreation of a classic Leloir painting, "Jacob and the Angel", and the result was this:
You might be one of the customers who goes so far as to send a photo, and challenge me to recreate it and make it look even better.
For anybody who is interested in buying art from me, take a look at the Still Art section of this website (especially the parts from 2015 onwards) for examples of my work.
Then, if you like what you see, and like the fact that all the original handmade art I sell online, even the huge items, are currently still very reasonably priced, click this link to visit my eBay profile.
I'm currently working diligently to keep things moving forward, and freelance gigs, eBay sales and Etsy sales are the three major ways I accumulate the funds needed to keep these websites running, and [with whatever is left over] make progress on my video, games, and other projects. If you want to see my bigger projects *done* then please buy something from me on eBay or Etsy. Most of my video productions and game dev projects cost between $100-$1100 with a per-project average of around $275.00; miniscule compared to big 'studio' productions but still somewhat costly. The way I figure it, if there are no sales on these shops my web network will gradually collapse - if they stay at the level they've been at in early 2016, around an item a week, the network will remain stagnant, with slow or no progress but intact, and at a rate of 2 per week we'll see moderate growth. At 3 or more items/week? In that scenario, things begin to accelerate massively. (And that is what is now happening; I'm now averaging 2.8 items sold per week) If you want projects like Panoramic Worlds or Vivid MiniGolf or my old videos online faster, this is by far the best way to make that happen. Note that as of May 17, 2016, I became really swamped with orders on eBay. Demand has increased to the point where I've decided to raise prices of fixed-price items by about 7-15%. Further increases are possible over time.
Small artworks [9"x12"] are now $9.99, medium size [12"x16" or 12"x18"] $14.99, Large [18"x24"] $24.99, Huge [24"x36"] $44.99.
I am also close to adding Tiny size [5"x7"] for $7.99 and Micro Size [4"x6"] for $5.99 for anyone who wants small, inexpensive, but not as detailed pieces.
In summary: If you want this website to survive and thrive, or if you just want a great bargain on handmade art, please consider buying something from me.
I willl make you a handcrafted art piece featuring pretty much whatever subject you want, for an extremely low price compared to the $100+ alternatives available online for custom, made-to-order art. The fixed-price listings are as low as $5.99 with free shipping, and the auctions start at just $0.99.
GO ON. LOOK AT THE OTHER VENDORS.
The top vendors ranking highest on online search engines, sell acrylic works on canvas made to order - portraits and pet portraits, typically - and they're good, but they are $130 minimum, for 12" x 16" paintings! My price for the same service is $14.99, and you'll be surprised by how good the results usually are.
You can even grab a HUGE item from my shop for $44.99 and amazingly, it's still tremendous value compared to every alternative out there.
So, if you want an outstanding deal on a portrait or other art idea:
Visit my eBay shop or Etsy shop today!
Or, if you don't want any of the items I'm selling there, you can buy something through this Amazon.com link (Full disclosure - it's an affiliate link, so I get a tiny percentage of any sales made through it. But that's not a bad thing, it helps me complete cool creative stuff while also allowing you to buy just about anything you can think of at the standard Amazon.com prices.):