Tantowi grew up drawing and designing. Now she makes videos for a living and loves every second of it.
Artists and creative people make money in so many different ways. I’m going to demonstrate how you can get your art out there and make money using creative, unique, and easy methods that are also extremely fun along the way.
Making money with your paintings or drawings may not be an easy task, but it is not impossible to make money from home with your artistic skills. Since there are millions of people around the globe that would love to make money as artists, this has become a highly competitive market. This, in turn, means you need to look for new and unique ways of making money from your drawings and paintings.
1. Put Your Drawings on Gallery or Stock Photo Sites
You can make money just by putting your amazing artwork on the internet and inviting people to buy them. Most people don’t realize how easy it is to find and upload high-quality images of anything you could imagine.
Discover archive sites, which will host your images for free. Sites like Shutterstock, Pexels, Istock, and Pixabay allow you to earn money by uploading and sharing artwork. Typically, these sites are organized by type of work, such as drawings, paintings, videography, photography, etc. so that it is easy for anyone to access good quality art at reasonable prices. The content on these sites is often free or costs only a small fee. This allows beginners to get started without investing any money in equipment or time.
These sites use templates, so you don’t have to worry about what image format to use or how large your image is going to be. They also make it easy for people to find and buy your work without ever leaving their computers.
2. Sell Digital Art via Etsy or Creative Market
Etsy and Creative Market are two popular online communities for artisans. Creating and selling digital art can bring you both fame and fortune. It can also be a source of income for people who would otherwise be unable to buy art. It's also a great way to learn new skills and access additional marketplace connections. There are things you need to know about selling art online. You shouldn't focus on selling only one item. It should be a collection of works. You should only sell original artwork. This way you can test whether selling via these marketplaces is right for you.
Etsy or Creative Market is a popular platform for selling handmade and or digital arts. Aside from selling your own artwork here, you can sell prints, toys, home decor, apparel and much more. There is no limit to how much you can sell. For Etsy, there is a fee for listing, but Creative Market is free. There's no difference if you're a beginner or an experienced pro, selling art through an eCommerce platform is as simple as setting up an account, and you'll have a great chance to make money on those sites.
3. Create and Sell a Design E-Book
You can create a low-content design E-Book and publish it on KDP Amazon with many different design ideas. For instance, you can produce a Daily Journal book or Diary book. You just have to design a good cover for the book. The interior of the book is a writing book template. This can be purchased online. It's not that hard, is it? Anyone can sell their e-book there for whatever price they want. The higher the price, the better it is for us because Amazon allows us to set the print edition's price and whatever quantity we want it printed with.
4. Design T-Shirts, Bags, and Accessories as Print-On-Demand
Have you ever thought of selling T-Shirts, bags and other products online? If so, then you’ve probably heard about Redbubble, Spreadshirt, Zazzle, Society6 and other companies out there. These companies take the headache away from you when it comes to design and printing. You can design a product of any width, such as a coffee mug, or as narrow as a blanket, hoodies, totes, wall art, and list it on their site. In addition to making money from designing products, half the work has already been done for you. The companies will even handle the printing and shipping of the product, allowing you to focus on optimizing your sales in other ways.
5. Offer Online Classes on Skillshare, Udemy, or Youtube
If you have a certain skill or expertise, why not turn that knowledge into online classes and make a little extra income on the side? Skillshare, Udemy, and Youtube are all perfect platforms to offer online tutorials on any topic. It's easier than it looks and can become quite profitable over time. Many small businesses are creating online courses in order to secure new leads for their business. By doing so, you can build your audience, refine your products and services, and start attracting more prospects! One of the best things about online training is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Yes, you MUST put some time into producing the online course!
6. Join Patreon or Kofi
Creators and artists, if you want a quicker way to succeed then you should join Patreon or Kofi. These are two of the many new crowdfunding platforms and I think these two give better results for creative and artsy projects. Unlike Kickstarter, these require 1 cent for every dollar raised. Artists who are just starting out in the creative industry often support themselves in this way. Patreon or Kofi is a platform that allows users to support their favorite creators. Artists, musicians, and writers can raise funds for their creative work. It’s basically a membership platform where creators and members interact with each other. Artists can use Patreon or Kofi to make a full-time living, too! It's a great way to make money from your art.
7. Post Your Artwork on Social Media
This tip is a bit old but worth repeating. If you're not using social media, you're missing out on an opportunity to build a following and build connections. Share your artwork. Share your stories. When sharing their work on social media, artists should be confident. Share your portfolio with family, friends and other artists you know. If you share your artwork enough, you might find the right person you need to help grow your business and make you money. It is often the case that people want to work with you after they see your art for sale. You can think of it as your business card. People want to be connected with artists they admire and can trust. Sharing your work not only gives potential clients an idea of what you can do but also helps you build a social network full of people who are interested in what you do.
8. Sell Your Art Prints on INPRNT
Prints are a great way to share your art with people who couldn’t see it in person. But there can be a few hurdles to getting them printed. You need to find the right printer and decide on paper, size, and budget. INPRNT makes that easy. INPRNT was founded in 2006. It’s the product of me being an art lover, and always wanting to create art, but never having the time to do it. As an artist myself, I was frustrated with trying to earn a little extra money from my art. With INPRNT, you don't have to worry about printing and quality. INPRNT will handle it for you and send it out to your fans.
9. Join Art Competitions
Art competitions are a quick and fun way to earn some extra income. Many art competitions offer their winners a prize, some in the form of cash. This is a great way to make money online if you have an artistic talent that can be showcased online. There are numerous types of art contests and some offer cash prizes. As an alternative, some contests will offer you free, downloadable designs or services in exchange for an entry fee. The best way to choose a contest is to do some research and find out what the contest's special conditions are. Your goal should be to win as much as possible without spending any extra time or money. Taking part in an art competition can also give you the opportunity to gain more knowledge of the art world and market your art. Additionally, it's a great way to meet people who share your passion for art. Imagine being able to win a trip or a money prize while also receiving recognition for your talents!
10. Sell Your Art Through Shopify
Artists and entrepreneurs who want to sell more should seriously consider utilizing Shopify. It's far easier to sell art and products than you might realize. Selling your art through Shopify makes it possible for creators to make decent money without having to specialize in selling their work. You can sell your original art, prints and merchandise and make a living on the side. In order to sell your clothing, accessories, and art prints, and not have to do the production yourself, you can use Printful integrated with your Shopify store. Printful will help you with the production process, so you can focus on making your best work instead of worrying about the production process. Shopify charges a monthly fee for its services. Because of this, you should think carefully before opening an online store on Shopify.
11. Use Fiverr or Upwork to Offer Drawing or Painting Services
Fiverr and Upwork provide different services that let you earn money for doing things like drawing, photography, video editing, sketching, 3D arts, and painting photos. Both of these platforms give people the opportunity to work for someone else for a set fee, and it is common for freelancers to use these services to network and find clients. These services do not require that you have an actual talent for art or design. The commissions you earn per order could add up to hundreds or thousands of dollars if you offer services in bulk. The downside of this is that if your artwork needs to be physically shipped instead of digitally, you're responsible for all shipping costs, handling, and these costs will significantly impact your profit margin. The upside is that you can easily add new services without having to expand your current business. In order to maximize profits, you need to choose clients wisely. Whether you succeed or fail on either of these platforms depends on how satisfied your clients are.
12. Submit your artwork for Magazines and Newspapers
It was very difficult at first, but with determination and knowing what I was capable of, I was able to succeed. Magazines and newspapers usually require a certain amount of artwork in order to run a feature or article. In addition to adding your work to articles as an illustration or photo, you give them an opportunity to showcase and review your original work by submitting it to these online publications. Your artwork will be exposed to potential buyers and ad publishers who are looking to purchase it for their publications when you publish it in magazines and newspapers. Though you may have to wait a couple of months before your work appears in magazines or newspapers, you can eventually earn a decent income by selling your photos, illustrations, paintings, and sketches.
Art can be a great way to earn money if you're willing to put in the effort to improve your skills. By increasing your ability, more opportunities are available to monetize your skills without sacrificing your personal freedom, giving you the opportunity to earn another income stream. Having more than one income source gives you the security to live a life that truly fulfills your purpose. You do not have to be the best in the world or even the best in your city, state, or even country. As long as you remain committed to your beliefs and live them with strong determination, you will succeed.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Tantowi Gilang