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Does anyone have some good advice to give on selling art work?

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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My main source of income has been severed. Because of this I have no other way of paying my bills currently. I have decided that me selling my artwork would be a way that I could make some small change until I am employed again. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do to start? And based off of my gallery do you think my art is good enough to successfully pull off selling my art?
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Earning money by selling artwork is harder than mowing lawns, babysitting or bagging groceries, so consider getting a regular job first if you need money. If you are determined to sell art, it would still be a good idea to get a part time job while you learn to market yourself properly.

Here are some tips about finding freelance work and pricing: [link]

-FH
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you soo much for the info its really going to help out a lot! :D
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Vineris Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
If you're going to run a small business to earn money you should figure out what you need to do in order to not get in trouble with your local authorities and tax people. This can be a lot more complicated than "buy my stuff!" and might actually end up losing you money.
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait....there are government TAXES on selling your OWN artwork??
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Vineris Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's income, same as having a job.

Er... if you don't know this stuff then trying to run an art business (and that's what it is, it's a home-based business) could get you in a shitload of trouble. You may be responsible for collecting sales taxes, if you ship stuff you need to think about customs fees, and so on and so on and so on. If you're a minor (I don't know if you are or aren't) then your parents might be on the hook for all this stuff.
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I'm well aware of that. I know I'd have to pay certain fees to pay for shipment of anything I mail out. That's a given. As for the sales tax I will look further into it. I was initially going to do some research into art commissioning but at this point I really just would like to test the waters first and see if others would be interested in buying my art first. I think before I progress any further with this I should do a test run first. And if it turns out to be a pretty good route then I will take all the necessary means to start officially selling my art work.
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,

Some notes about self employment taxes: [link]

-FH
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draze Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
Look up local artists groups. They would surely help you with needed information rather than the general advice you may get here on a global forum. If that makes sense.
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh...okay well then I will certainly do that. Thanks! :)
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
To get your art out there more, you need to submit more, and hit all your groups with your art.

However, DA is the worst place to try to sell art. Art sells best in person. From the little I have seen at your gallery, looks like you lean toward anime, which will mostly sell at anime-con's.

For selling any art, your best bet is fnding your target audience, and marketing to them. For example, if you did fabulous, lifelike drawings of horses, you should get a table at horse shows, and go other places that people with horses hung out.
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, okay. I will definitely take that into consideration. How about drawing what's popular as well? Do you think that would be a good way to start out? I know that My little Pony is quite popular maybe I could start out with drawing fan art of some sort...
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Kiera-shi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Selling art is very closely linked with how popular you are...or rather, how many people know you exist. Building up some "followers" to start out is a good idea, even if it means you're just drawing popular stuff.

MLP and Hetalia are very popular, as is The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra now...I think Mario and Legend of Zelda are constantly big...then there's Adventure Time and Homestuck too.

Submitting your art to Groups does wonders too. :)
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I figured as much. I'll be posting some new fan art over the next couple of weeks so we'll see how far that gets me as far as me gaining admirers of my art. lol Thanks!
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
While drawing fanart will bring more traffic to your DA page, the kind of people who commission MLP and OC drawings generally want to pay under 50 points for them. Since it takes 80 points to make $1 that is not a decent way to earn money.

You would be better off putting up signs in your neighborhood that you are offering babysitting services, you would make more money in less time.
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasn't talking about being payed in points. I was going to have them pay through paypal. More or less I think that I could make some kind of money doing this. Not a whole lot but maybe enough to buy me food for a day or something.
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
But the people who commission anime stuff are used to paying in points, and used to paying less than $1

That is one of the multitude of reasons why DA is the worst place to sell your art.
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know... I've seen a many artist on here who charge cash. And before points existed that's what commissioners would pay with. Points are fairly new so its not all THAT popular. Haha, I honestly think my art would be worth more than a dollar. I think what I'll do is try it out first and see how it goes. You may be right about that. So to debunk the theory of whether or not I can sell my artwork here I'll give it a test run and see where it goes from there. Thanks for your advice and input! :)
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Good luck.
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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norawillard1234567 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
i don't now bue i think need thnk it over with go read my journal
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's wrong?
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norawillard1234567 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
what trade girls call me name so yeah
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you told anyone about this? Like your parents or another authority figure?
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norawillard1234567 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
no why say she will stop so time yeah
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not to sound rude, but is English your first language? I notice you type in broken sentences I am just wondering is all.
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norawillard1234567 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
im not sad what they sade ok
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't say you were sad. I asked you if English is your first language?
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, and one more thing. How should I go about advertising my art to make it more publically known? I've joined several groups and I am a some what regular poster on DA I frequent the forums often as well but are there other venues I can take to help spread my name and art around?
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