Who wants to work as a professional full-time artist must be able to earn enough money with his/her art to pay for all the costs.

But how is that possible? How can you earn money from your drawings and paintings? That Question is asked by many people. People who want to make their hobby into their profession. Especially friends, relatives and/or parents hardly believe that this will work out for their kid or friend. But it is not that impossible as it first sound. If you give more thoughts to it, one will find plenty possibilities to earn money with their art.

Here are some thoughts about it:

Galleries

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Nearly every artist who wants to live from their own artworks will sooner or later work together with an art gallery during their career. Galleries are often taking the initiative by recruiting artists on their own or offer artists the possibility to apply with their portfolio. The gallery and the artist will fix everything in a contract, they will decide on organizing a solo or group exhibition to show the artist’s work in the gallery’s room. They are also taking care of invitation management and the sale of the work. For this effort, the gallery will get a fixed percentage of each sold artwork.

Illustrators and designers

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Another possibility for a regular income is to work as a freelancer, as an illustrator or designer. In that case, you are normally not working on your own ideas. You are creating the ideas of your customers. The projects you would work on can vary widely. The possible tasks can be: working for a newspaper or magazine, website, TV, games, books and a lot more. As a freelancer, you can specialize in one field but most likely you would work for various costumers. As a designer or concept artist, it is not uncommon to get a full-time job at a company for example in the movie production, gaming industry, TV shows. They are creating costumes, fantasy creatures like aliens or entire worlds.

Social media

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The newest trend to earn money with your own art is to do a proper job with your self-marketing in world wide web and social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr etc. To take care of your virtual presence is nowadays as important as the creation of the artwork itself. There are many artists who exclusively earn their money over the internet. Even if you work with a gallery or as concept artist or designer you should have a strong presence on the internet and present your work through social media.

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