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Ways to Make Money From Your Artwork



If you wish you had little extra income even just something on the side and you are 
drawing pictures anyway then there may be numerous ways for you to make a little 
something from the artwork you are producing anyway.  It's worth noting that this 
article is aimed at people who are painting and drawing and planing to continue 
creating artwork.

1. Sell your artwork through a physical gallery

   (keep in mind that galleries run by may ask for you to buy a membership, and 
   will probably take a percentage of whatever is paid for your artwork and 
   running your own gallery has it's own expenses, make sure to read the fine 
   print)

2. Sell your artwork through an online gallery 

   (keep in mind that galleries run by may ask for you to buy a membership, and 
   will probably take a percentage of whatever is paid for your artwork and running 
   your own gallery has it's own expenses, make sure to read the fine print)

3. Start a blog or website displaying your artwork and sell advertising space 

   (read the the fine print in any user agreement to make sure you retain your 
   copyrights, and what advertisers you are allowed to sell space to where the 
   revenues are will go)

4. Use a print on demand service to put your artwork on t-shirts and other 
   merchandise 

   (make sure you read the fine print, make sure you retain your copyrights, and 
   have a basic understand of what kind of investment you have to make (if any) and 
   why)

5. Teach other people how to create artwork using the skills you have learned to 
   create your existing artwork 

   (Okay this one isn't using your art directly but you can't teach what you don't 
   know, and people would probably rather learn how to draw a picture from someone 
   who already knows how to draw well and is excited about drawing)

6. Planning on drawing another picture anyway?  If you know anyone who would like a 
   portrait or other picture done see if they'd be willing to hire you to for that 
   custom artwork 

   (make sure you charge enough to cover your art supplies and something for the 
   time and energy you've put into that picture)

7. Enter an art show, depending on the art show you enter you might win a prize, or 
   someone might see your artwork and decide they want to buy it 

   (this is another one of those read the fine print and keep in mind there could 
   be expenses like entry fees, make sure the reward is worth the risk)

8. Consider becoming a graphic designer if you'd like to turn your artwork into a 
   full time career, companies need logos and marketing and like it or not drawings 
   of either concepts or finished products are part of that

   (obviously this one is another example where what you've already got sitting in 
   your sketch book or on your hard drive isn't going to be what sells but it can 
   make a good portfolio)

9. If you are an illustrator maybe you should think about illustrating kids books, 
   the artwork does after all have to come from somewhere 

   (make sure you read the fine print before submitting your artwork or agreeing to 
   work with any person or agencies, and make sure you are okay with any 
   commitments you are making)

10. I mentioned galleries before, but another place that might display your artwork 
    is a local business's, rather than paying for some artwork to make their shops, 
	waiting rooms, or other rooms look nicer they might be willing to show your 
	picture with a price tag 

    (like I always say read the fine print or at least be clear on what is being 
	agreed upon by both you and the business that will be displaying your 
	artwork)

These aren't the only ways in the world to make money from your artwork, and as the 
world changes you there will be more in the future, but chances are that even in 
the future these will still be valid methods for artists to make some money from 
their artwork.
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