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Can Art make Bank?

naominash

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Naomi here.

Artistic expression is my passion.

Artists are not known for success unless they're successful.

Could use practical advice and encouragement.

In fact, encouragement makes me feel artsy.
 
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I think there is a call for digital artists? If you can create art on a computer, I am certain that people will pay you for it.
 
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I think there is a call for digital artists? If you can create art on a computer, I am certain that people will pay you for it.
Thanks for that. Ill keep pursuing my technology bachelor's.

In the meantime I was hoping to sell some art locly to not feel like a burden on my parents. They say I'm not, but I miss having my own income.
 
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If I want to sell something I put it on ebay. Don't see why you can't do that with art.
 
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If I want to sell something I put it on ebay. Don't see why you can't do that with art.
EBay?

My art is so totally too deep for that.

It's almost like you want me to have a practical way to make money!
 
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EBay?

My art is so totally too deep for that.

It's almost like you want me to have a practical way to make money!
Yes Ebay. I just checked and there are lots of originals for sale on there.

You can fix the price or auction a tester - its up to you.

I am certain there is a market for it. People love originals.
 
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Yes Ebay. I just checked and there are lots of originals for sale on there.

You can fix the price or auction a tester - its up to you.

I am certain there is a market for it. People love originals.
Alright. I'll try it. I think I know what my first sell might be. I had not thought of eBay so I will make an a new account.
 
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Alright. I'll try it. I think I know what my first sell might be. I had not thought of eBay so I will make an a new account.
I already sell bits of silver on ebay. It is good fun. It is a little bit of work. I can offer some advice if you need it.
 
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My stepfather is an artist... He was quite famous at one point, had stuff exhibited in the Tate in London, spent many years trying to make a living off working as a graphic designer and illustrator. It was always financially precarious even though he worked on some very high profile projects like Stephen Hawking's Universe in a Nutshell. And I have heard that recently the bottom has really dropped out of the illustrations market, due to online market places where many people put themselves up for hire very cheaply.

But there are niches where art does well. I know of several local artists in the UK who get by on their art income, doing paintings that locals like. One does impressionist beach scenes. Another does realistic paintings of aircraft, exact to all the details, and he has a waiting list of 18 months for his work. Another does work for postcards. So it is about finding a market, becoming known for that, so that people can find you.

I also have a few acquaintances in the fine art segment, including a boyhood friend who now lives in Berlin. If you want to make it there, and become properly famous and sell paintings in the €30k per picture segment, the medium matters. People will pay that kind of money for original canvasses that will last, if it is a good investment and the painter may become of minor importance. It's about vision, materials, how well known you are, connections in the gallery world, making work that "speaks to people".

My stepfather often talked about wanting to go into making prints. He does mostly digital artwork and illustrations, so printing them would be a necessity. He wanted to do limited runs, individually signed and numbered, which is something artists do sometimes to preserve authenticity and give their work some rarity value. And some people do put those up and buy them for €100 a picture.

So I hope that gives some impression of different money-making avenues for artists :)
 
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My stepfather is an artist... He was quite famous at one point, had stuff exhibited in the Tate in London, spent many years trying to make a living off working as a graphic designer and illustrator. It was always financially precarious even though he worked on some very high profile projects like Stephen Hawking's Universe in a Nutshell. And I have heard that recently the bottom has really dropped out of the illustrations market, due to online market places where many people put themselves up for hire very cheaply.

But there are niches where art does well. I know of several local artists in the UK who get by on their art income, doing paintings that locals like. One does impressionist beach scenes. Another does realistic paintings of aircraft, exact to all the details, and he has a waiting list of 18 months for his work. Another does work for postcards. So it is about finding a market, becoming known for that, so that people can find you.

I also have a few acquaintances in the fine art segment, including a boyhood friend who now lives in Berlin. If you want to make it there, and become properly famous and sell paintings in the €30k per picture segment, the medium matters. People will pay that kind of money for original canvasses that will last, if it is a good investment and the painter may become of minor importance. It's about vision, materials, how well known you are, connections in the gallery world, making work that "speaks to people".

My stepfather often talked about wanting to go into making prints. He does mostly digital artwork and illustrations, so printing them would be a necessity. He wanted to do limited runs, individually signed and numbered, which is something artists do sometimes to preserve authenticity and give their work some rarity value. And some people do put those up and buy them for €100 a picture.

So I hope that gives some impression of different money-making avenues for artists :)
You may hope in good standing.

I can only afford basic materials but I'm totally fine with that. I love painting with just watercolors and my fingers.

I will travel to London one day and look at the art museums. See what "speaks to me".
 
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Recently I have been watching Twitch a bit, they have a creative channel where streamers can show how to make art. Some people on there do quite interesting things, every kind of art ranging from computer-based anime to life drawing. But I don't think they earn very much and ultimately that is more about being a media personality and transmitting skills than it is about making fine art.

They have regular Bob Ross marathons on there as well, if you don't know who he was, he was a painter who was on PBS for many years with a regular learn-how-to-paint show, it ran for many years. He had a style that was particularly easy to learn, but his paintings were always fairly prosaic, landscapes and seascapes of various types that were much copied but never really made it big. Still Bob made a business out of it, selling video tapes of his lessons and branded materials I think, and he did quite well for himself.

So it really does matter "what speaks", although people also make money off art that doesn't, by being brilliant at personal PR... Modern painters can be interesting. Mark Rothko makes work that amazingly does speak, and has a spiritual dimension, while Jackson Pollock, a respected artist from the same era, makes work that doesn't. Picasso speaks, but Mondriaan does a lot less.

Either way I would also recommend getting some grounding in the classics. When I was younger i worked at a place where they had these sets of "Classic Painter" magazines, in folders they had entire seasons of them, every monthly magazine handling a couple of new painters. I would every once in a while have to dive in there for picture research, and I'd learn the works of a great painter or two, everybody from Caravaggio to Canaletto, Monet to Turner. It was fascinating and enriching.
 
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