sell art to make money to sell other art

anonymous asked:

Hey pm! I love you art and I recently saw you have a redbubble so I just wanted to know if there are any pros/cons with redbubble or the best way to handle it as I am thinking about starting one! Thank you!!

Hi anon ^^

Thanks a lot for your question. So! I’ve been using RB for about a year now and here is all I can tell you:


  • Easy to use and to understand even if you never had a shop before
  • They take care of everything (printing, invoices, etc…), you just have to upload your stuff and interact with some clients who send you “red bubble mail”
  • You can choose what kind of item you want to sell for each design
  • You have rather comprehensive tools to know how much money you make, what are your most popular designs, etc..
  • From the items I ordered there (postcards, notebooks, etc), the quality is good
  • They react pretty fast when you contact them about art thieves (from my own experience but IDK if it’s true in general)


  • Their margin is so big that you don’t make a lot of money
  • If you sell anything that is a fan art, don’t tag it because otherwise, you’ll be flagged for copyright infringement. In other words, you won’t have a lot of visibility except if you manage to advertise your shop outside of RB
  • Their printing is pretty dark and reddish so when you post a design, add at least 25 pts of brightness in Photoshop, desaturate it a bit and add some blue. It will look strange and wrong when you upload the pic but the printing will look good. I had several complains on artworks that had a red palette so that’s what I’m doing now
  • They send you a lot of emails to let you know about this or that campaign or new stuff.

I think that’s it. I’ll edit the post if I think about some new pro/cons :) Thanks a lot for enjoying my art! Good luck with your shop and have a great weekend! ♥ 

Originally posted by there-and-always-back-again

supercoolbutawakardperson  asked:

HI! I seen you do the artist alley tips and i wanted to ask you something I'm not good with digital and also I don't own a drawing tablet to draw but I do a lot of physical drawings with markers and watercolor and ink but I'm worried that it won't sale do you think I should go for it?Also what if my art wont sale my art style is not that great and I'm worried What if I don't sale what if I don't get my money back

I hope you don’t mind me making this ask public – I think others would benefit from your question!

I think you should go for it! I sell traditional art as well, so there’s definitely a market for it! You could make a few examples of your artwork and offer commissions, or sell art you make beforehand.

I think most artists who have done artist alleys will tell you that their first show went logistically and financially badly, so don’t feel bad if you don’t get that many sales or make your money back! Even seasoned artists will encounter a show with very few sales every now and then. Even if you don’t make sales, it’s a good chance to learn about what people like and dislike about your art, advertise your work, meet other artists, meet other people in general who are fans of the same things as you, and just learn the ropes of interacting with customers.


  • pick a small show to start off on, 
  • maybe pair up with an artist friend to table with, 
  • keep an open mind with the intent to improve and 
  • just concentrate on learning and having fun.

Or, if selling at a show seems too overwhelming, try a different (smaller?) audience! Maybe make art for friends and family as gifts? Offer commissions online? Ask people for requests to get some practice?

You can’t control whether people will buy or view your artwork, but you can control your attitude! No matter what the outcome is, you’ll learn something from the experience, so there’s no way you can’t succeed if you think about it that way :) Hope that helps, and good luck!

Please spread the word,

Once I get the hang of crafting, I plan on opening an Etsy sometime this year. I plan to make more art related things like maybe selling pieces on there? I don’t have a printer to make stickers or a button press for buttons, but if I know I could sell them when I’m not at a convention, I will invest in them rather than using a service. However, other than soaps I would like to make other items. Is there anything you guys would be interested in seeing? I can do slime, candles, anything you guys would be interested in but I have to know I have an audience that would support me if I spend money and time into crafting these things.



I’m a lesbian and an upcoming college freshman, and I’m selling embroidered badges on my new Etsy, LazyFemmeEmbroidery!! 

Currently, I have the moon & star badges, the succulent badges, and the Joan of Arc badge. But more are to come! 

Doing physical projects like this is very calming for me, which is good for my anxiety issues, I love making things for other people, and I love being creative and productive, so I’m happy I can combine those things and sell my work!

I would really appreciate it if anyone who likes these badges (whether or not you plan on buying one) could reblog this.

I’m hoping to save up money to buy a button maker so I (and my partner and future roommates / friends) can make more cool, creative things to sell!

I have a question for other artists that sell their artwork through online t-shirt company sites… How fan art friendly is society6? Redbubble now has that box you have to check off saying you have the right to sell when you add new work… I’m not affiliated in any way with Disney so no, I don’t but I would like to be able to make money off of my modern!Frozen stuff in the future so I’m considering opening a society6 as an option. I probably won’t open it right away as I can’t produce any digital art at this time, but it might help so if anyone has some suggestions, thanks

anonymous asked:

Forgive me if this is rude, but how do you save up gems and treasure on fr? Your lair is spectacular and I'm wondering how you got the treasure to outfit and gene it.

first of all, thank you :dd

second of all, i’m not even that good at saving money

i’ve made most of my money selling art and accents and occasionally exalting a bunch of dragons/selling fodder to a push. also hoardselling?? the best money-making ways are probably:

  • training and exalting dragons
  • selling art/writing/other services like scrying or dressing or coding
  • bonding with familiars (the little profits add up, i promise)
  • hoardselling stuff you, swipp, or baldwin don’t need
  • selling baldwin/swipp materials on the auction house (if you’re patient and persistent enough, this one’s a hecking goldmine)
  • participating in profit pushes or sending fodder to pushing flights 

i’m super bad at saving up, but i’ve found that putting all of your money to your vault really helps you consider if you really need the stuff you’re going to take the money out for. planning your projects/goals ahead and laying down a financial plan can help (i’m not very good at those though). really thinking through individual dragons’ outfits, for example, and deciding what you need or don’t need to buy can save a lot of money. impulse control is the key to this. and patience. for example, cycled items (wildclaw scrolls, pirate stuff, seasonal apparel, notn apparel) sell for a Lot more when they are cycled out (for example, magician’s cobwebs go for ~150kt throughout the year but their price is cut by two thirds when notn rolls back around). 

so, to save up:

  • put all of your money to your vault
  • or alternatively, leave a set amount of money (monthly, weekly?) for yourself to use freely and don’t spend anything else
  • participate in no-spend months, they are Great
  • plan your finances
  • control your impulses
  • be patient with cycled items

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan, I really want to write an AU where Joan and Moriarty are rival artists based in NYC, but with my drought of knowledge about visual art, it’d read something like:

Joan paints something and it is abstract yet intriguing and Jamie paints something at it is hyper realistic and strangely violent and they argue about, fuck, like paint types or something, and Sherlock is an …art seller man? That’s a job? He turned his mind to selling art instead of solving crime and by god he sells the most art you could sell. That’s why Joan’s selling stuff now because the art world is probably hard to make money in? That’s my guess? So Sherlock mentors Joan through the business side, because she’s been in the medical world for years before she quit to pursue her true passion, she’s got so much to learn. And then Joan’s art gets more popular than Jamie’s so Jamie paints a series of larger than life portraits of Joan and the public’s like, damn, this is weird right? And Joan’s really pissed off and then the two of them makeout because they’re pissed off at each other and that’s what you do with your nemesis. At some point someone says something about art that I looked up on Wikipedia and readers who know anything about art just shake their heads sadly. Someone gets murdered and it’s def Jamie’s fault.

“I didn’t think you’d catch me,” Jamie says when Joan catches her. 

“Guilt’s hard to wash away,” Joan replies. “Like oil paint probably. I don’t know. Art metaphor here.” 

They hate makeout one more time. They are both holding brushes because I think those are used somewhere in painting. 

anonymous asked:

First of all THANK YOU for all of your past few 'ask' answers. Your honesty and information has been so valuable to me. Could I please ask for you to elaborate on one thing? How in the world does one go about paying someone royalties so they can sell fan art properly (legally)?? I've always been too afraid to even touch fan art! I didn't even know you could do this!

Oh my. I mention royalties once and my inbox got flooded with questions about it! WELL OKAY THEN. 

So my experiences aren’t a blanket approach to selling ALL types of fan art. Historically I’m not a ‘fan art’ artist. Meaning that the majority of my work is my own and there’s only a small amount of my work that is fan art. 

Huge, giant, well known characters? Disney, Marvel etc… I don’t have advice for selling fan art featuring those types of characters / IP’s. I don’t have experience trying to get in touch or make agreements with such ginormous companies etc. They’re so well known and there is SO much fan art out there for sale, and artists making a loooooot of money, regularly, off of these characters. I wouldn’t know where to start.

Now, my S. J. Maas fan art on the other hand! 

Originally I had no intention of selling the artwork in the first place. I made the art because I loved her books so much! But, I had so many people asking me to make prints available that I decided to look into it. And by look into it, I mean getting in touch and asking the author. I didn’t want to put anything up for sale without getting her permission in the first place - and if Sarah had said no, they wouldn’t be for sale right now. 

I got in touch with her and she very graciously put me in touch with her agent. They offered me a standard agreement and I pay a percentage of royalties to her :) So if you get my prints, you’re supporting the author too!

I wish I had better advice for the big corporations, but if there’s fan art you want to make based on authors work / seemingly reachable people - try getting in touch! 

anonymous asked:

I've been doing conventions for about 2 years on the side and have done pretty well. My question is - how does one make this into a full time thing? I'd imagine travelling to 20+ cons a year is very tiring after a while. There's also the question of how do you make sure you even get into these cons? I would really like to get some advice on how to make selling at conventions a full time venture and how to plan effectively for it. Thank you!

Kiriska: One of the most important things about doing cons full time is to have a lot of options, a lot of backup plans, a good amount of money in the bank, and an exit strategy. 

I would not advise trying to make the jump unless you 1) have at least a year’s worth of living expenses in the bank and/or a partner who is willing to support you in the interim, 2) are currently consistently able to make a predictable amount of money from art/conventions. For example, if you think you’re currently spending about 1/6th the amount of time you do at your day job at conventions, I hope you’re making at least 1/6th of your day job income at conventions. 

Honestly, I think it’s good advice to keep the day job as long as possible. Ditch it when it becomes clear that the time your day job isn’t worth as much as the time you spend on your art.

Doing conventions every other week is absolutely exhausting. Be honest with yourself – do you have the physical and mental stamina for that? It’s a hectic lifestyle and not everyone is cut out for it and that is okay.

You’re not going to get into every convention. There’s never a guarantee. Have backup plans for when you don’t make it into your biggest show, your most dependable show. If not getting into any given show is going to make or break your business, that’s probably not a good business to be in. Does your work appeal to a broad audience? Are there a lot of different genres of shows you can sell at? If not, are there enough conventions in your chosen genre that you’ll have a lot of options? Are you making enough to justify a lot of travel if it comes down to it?

Don’t make conventions the end-all be-all of it. Have other ways to make money from your art. I’ve personally never had a lot of luck selling from my self-managed online shop, but print-on-demand services and local consignment stores are some other options. Depending on your type of art, freelance gigs and commission work can be an important source of revenue as well. Patreon is another thing to consider, depending on your craft. Even if the amount you make from these other avenues is significantly less than conventions, it’s still money for your art, and it’s important to have these other options.

Have an idea of what you’re going to do if it doesn’t work out. Will it be easy to go back to your day job? Or is your day job in a field where a break will look bad? Whatever your situation, have an idea of how you’ll handle things if conventioning for a living doesn’t work out. And don’t count it as a failure – we all gotta eat. If it doesn’t work out, you can always try again later, with more experience, etc.

hey Fallers,

I was informed that a person from RedBubble called fairytail810 is selling stolen fanart in their shop:

in the GF section, there’s an old piece of mine, I also recognized @moringmark‘s and @pitopishi’s works (man, they stole a lot from PTPS)

if you have a RedBubble account, can you please report this person or contact them somehow? tbh I doubt they’ll make any money from that art since most images are low-quality, but they still need to be told that selling stolen art is bad

pls… if ur an artist.. dont sell ur art super cheap! ur art is always worth more even if u think ur not the best artist in the world! u worked hard to get to that level and ur skill and time is worth money! selling ur art super cheap doesnt reflect what ur art is worth, and means other artists are often pressured to price their art too low aswell! always try price ur art around minimum wage for the time it took u to make it! 。^‿^。