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How to Make Money with Your Art Skills

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Many people are told that there is no money in art. Luckily, that is not the case. While earning a living with your art skills won’t always happen overnight, there are plenty of ways to make money with the creative skills you have built over the years. 

Whether you like to paint, sketch or draw cartoons on your tablet, here are some ways you can make money with your art. 

Become a Tattoo Artist 

Have you ever considered becoming a tattoo artist? If you have the talent and the drive, it is a lucrative business. Plus, the art you make lasts forever on somebody’s skin, which is truly amazing! 

Of course, to become a tattoo artist, there are other skills you must learn alongside art. You’ll need to learn how to use a needle, for example, and how to create art that works on a human body. 

If you decide to become a tattoo artist, you could either work for an already-existing parlour or set up a tattoo shop. Looking for somewhere to get supplies? Barber DTS offers everything you’ll need to pursue tattooing, so take a look at their quality supplies. 

Sell Your Art on Marketplaces 

Do you create art prints or something similar? If so, you can earn money by selling your art on various online marketplaces. You could use Etsy, Minted, Artsy and other art-focused marketplaces to sell your creative masterpieces. 

Gain a Social Media Following 

Many artists make their living through social media. By building a following and sharing your art, you could inspire others while making enough money to quit your day job! Many online artists make money through commissions and promotions. 

You must research your niche to see how to get your name out there. You might end up going viral based on a single post, but you shouldn’t bank on that. Instead, keep a consistent personal brand on social media and show off your art. 

Become a Graphic Designer 

Another way to make money with your art skills is to become a graphic designer. Fortunately, graphic designers are always in high demand – especially talented ones! You will need to learn about graphic design and how to put your creativity onto a computer, but once you master that skill, you can earn a lucrative living. 

Teach Your Skills 

Selling your art isn’t the only way to make money as an artist. There is a huge market for online courses and art teachers in general. You could set up a YouTube channel where you teach your particular art skills, or you could create an online art course for a set price. Either way, you will be making money doing what you love. 

Do Commission Work  

Many artists make a good amount of money by doing commission work. That entails a customer asking for a specific piece of artwork, and then you create that for them. You can charge whatever you like. 

Doing regular commission work requires being well known. It’s also helpful to focus on a particular niche. Build a social media following centred around your art niche, and you’ll have a much easier time finding customers.