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All the ways that artists make money

2016 . 05 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

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Today my art career turns thirteen! I’m officially a teenager as a professional artist and, as such, I feel it’s time to share a little more about how I’ve cobbled together my income over the years.


I deconstruct how to decide whether or not you should have a day job in this video. This article is a good summary of how a person might go about making their living as an artist.



artist's income

income from 2003 to 2016

I talk more about different aspects of my income in these articles and vlogs:

- doing commission art
- starting to sell your art
- getting grants
- publishing an art book
- accepting donations and crowdfunding
- licensing your art
- writing about your art
- doing an artist talk
- going to small claims court
- selling prints and how it changes your art
- differentiating between graphic designers and artists



Long Beach Island fashion Gwenn Seemel skirt Surf City fashion Gwenn Seemel skirt

on RedBubble

This skirt is available here along with scarves, t-shirts, pillows, and plenty of other things! The goat lotion I show in the video is my favorite example of how I’ve licensed my work, and it can be purchased here. And it’s Professional Artist magazine that’s paying me to write.


RELATED ARTICLES:
- Commission work and how to define boundaries
- Writing an artist’s statement
- 10 things learned in 10 years / 10 leçons apprises en 10 ans


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(4) Comments / Commentaires: All the ways that artists make money

-- Ed Buziak -- 2016 . 05 . 16 --

You make quite a point about ‘licensing’ which is something I’ve looked at but never adopted because it almost seems as if it’s an overcrowded market with every photographer out there trying to make money via FineArtAmerica or whatever the typical site is. However… as you make quite a point about it I shall look again.

The other aspect of ‘licensing’ where I have had success is with Alamy in the UK where I have more than 10,000 photo images… they have licensed digital files of my ‘abstract art’ for textbook illustration use for more than I sold the original paintings for!

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-- Gwenn -- 2016 . 05 . 16 --

@Ed: Thank you for sharing about Alamy!

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-- Chloe -- 2016 . 07 . 04 --

I love this blog, very insightful and I’m glad to see you can dedicate yourself to your art full time. I think I must have that skirt! smile

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-- Gwenn -- 2016 . 07 . 07 --

@Chloe: Thank you! Sometimes it feels like it’s full time crazy-making, but mostly it’s deeply satisfying. smile

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