If you love to paint, draw, sculpt or even just doodle, chances are you have dreamed of making money as an artist. While it may seem like a lofty goal, making a living doing what you love is definitely possible.
Breaking into the industry can be the tough. But, by building a portfolio of your art work, doing internships and finding new ways to sell your pieces, you can make money as an artist.
Here are three ways you may not have thought of that you can make a living with your art:
1. Stock Art Databases
There are dozens of databases online where you can upload your art. People who need art for projects like websites, signs, posters, blogs, brochures or any other product can download your art for a fee. If you create pieces that can be used for multiple uses or images that are in high demand, you can sell the same piece multiple times. Your customers can then have beautiful framed artwork for their personal use.
2. Client Pitches
A more active approach to marketing your work is pitching clients directly. With this method, you send a potential client an email or arrange to meet with them to show them what you can do for them. The idea is to showcase your best work and pitch ideas on how your art can make their business better.
You can sell your skills to make banners, signs, illustrations, website designs or company logos. When you meet with a client, you can assess their needs, then prepare a sample of your work that meets those needs. This will make it more likely that the client will pay your for your services.
3. Your Own Business
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you may want to try your hand at setting up your own business. This can be a simple business where you are the only contractor and your goal is to recruit clients, sell your work and aim to land returning clients.
To start your own business you’ll need a place to show your work, like a studio or a website. You can advertise your business in the local newspaper or through personal networking. As your business grows and you gain more clients, you can invest in more advertising.
No matter which approach you decide to use, it is possible to make a living doing what you love. Your talents and pieces of art are worth something. With the right tools and resources you can find clients that are willing to pay for your art.