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How To Make Money As An Artist

How To Make Money As An Artist

As an artist everything we create, paint and bring into form generally feels like magic and this unique feeling is a personal satisfaction that is owed to no one but is ours as creators. To share this with others who in return admire and appreciate our work gives us even a greater sense of purpose and achievement. So why not make your art your business?

Start to build your foundation by researching and filtering as much relevant information from others is the main tip to any artistic ventures. Seek support from those who have done it for themselves and who are willing to share their knowledge.

It may be naturally a little out of your comfort zone to want to treat your art as a business and you would prefer to just leave it to the experts or galleries to represent you. This is ideally what every artist would want and deserve however it is no longer the only way for an artist to achieve success and it is rather healthier for you to take control and be in charge of where your creations should be flourishing.

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Taking baby steps is how you would want to start and these are some of the simple ways where you can achieve momentum to building yourself an empire. It may not be your typical business plan but as a simple layout, when followed it can give you great results and remember to keep it simple and maintain your own unique style of artistic endeavours.

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    1. Write and map out your branding

    It will be good for you to start here by writing in pencil and tweaking it until it feels right and resonates with you as an artist very much like when you start on an art project. Never mind the number of times you may have to rewrite, the important part is to start and like a beta test be prepared for trial and errors until you find what works for you.

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    Think of a brand name or use your original name and make it stand out with a difference. The privilege you have as an artist is that ideas come to you faster than they do to most people so use that skill in your business ideas.

    2. What are you selling?

    This may seem obvious but you may be surprised to know that it takes more than a pretty picture to sell art. Your audience want value to what your art represents so make it a story they can relate to and have an emotional connection with. It all says in the name of your creations for example the name Blush would naturally relate to women and femininity or Gold Prosperity would relate to Feng Shui and good luck that appeals a lot to the eastern culture.

    On a tangible note be clear to what form of material you are selling meaning are you going to repeatedly paint the similar piece and sell your originals or are your prints at a greater chance of reaching wider.

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    3. How, where and who?

    These are your priorities, so it is important like with all other businesses to have a plan in action. Once you have your name and type of art product you obviously want to start selling but how and where are you going to deliver this and who are your fans. If you have never sold your art or feel like this is an intimidating process, then start by giving it away for free and that is how you test your market and responses.

    Start making art for the people closest to you and it will give you the confidence you need to gradually exchange your product for money. In the mean time you can take it a step further and build your fan base on social media by taking pictures of your art and getting yourself exposure. You will be very pleased to see your target market growing when people like what they see.

    4. Tips to making pocket money

    It is costly to hire a professional photographer to take photos of your art and digitally display it on your website or use for merchandise printing on platforms like etsy and zazzle so the easiest thing to do for starters is to paint your creations on a smaller canvas and take it to your local printers or if you have a good machine then scan, upload and print it in poster sizes.

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    You may need your friends and family who are good with digital to help you with image resolution and colour enhancement etc. Go to an online printers and find the best bargains for postcards and t shirts then wear it or carry it in a transparent file folder and observe people’s eyes getting drawn to something beautiful and delivered live by the artist.

    5. Grow as an individual and develop into an expert artist

    Keep evolving your art and business when you want to make money and if you are like me a visual learner then utilise as much social media platforms that have video courses and tips. Find your inspiration within your life stories and as an artist and creative person you would know this at first hand.

    We are co-creators simply conveying a story in our paintings so expand by also getting involved with your locally funded council or school hall that encourages artistic professional development. Do what it takes to be the best you can be as a person whose life purpose is that of an artist because “a true artist inspires” (Salvador Dali).

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    Julie Rekha

    Artist, Blogger, Founder of Art Xtedia

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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    Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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