How I Make Money As An Artist



hello Bish's welcome back to my channel today I'm gonna be telling y'all about how I make that cha-ching because I don't want to teach you all about just how to be badass fishes but I want to teach y'all about how to be rich as fishes too now when I talk about being rich I'm not talking about being like some wealthy selfish greedy asshole I'm talking about people who just use money as a tool for their freedom and can pursue the things that they want in life because they're not trapped by money and I don't want y'all to feel that way about money so that's what I'm here to show y'all is some tips and tricks of approachable wave to be making money as an artist and these are things that I've been doing since I was like 15 there are also other ways of making money that I want to teach y'all that don't really require you to be spending your whole life and time just doing it because I want y'all to know that y'all got your own lives that you need to tend to but yeah again this is supposed to be very approachable friendly and fun and not something to be like i'ma teach you all about the stock market today because that's not what this is but anyway let me show y'all some of the fun ways that you can start making money as an artist if you are currently a teenager wanting to make money with your art I think Commission's is always a great way to start so what you would normally do is you would post like a menu of the different options that you offer to your customers and a lot of people did things like head shots waist ups full bodies to either full-on illustrations or just simple icons but I wanted to just kind of keep things simple because it kind of stressed me out to just think about all those options to just make for people but I just basically did 10 dollar Commission's for full-body characters and looking back in hindsight that is such a fucking lowball don't ever lowball yourself that low unless if you're actually a fetus selling drawings like they're fucking drugs or some shit but it is kind of better to high ball yourself and have the person just not pay for it if they don't want to buy your drawing for that much instead of just overworking yourself for something that was no really worth it at the end of the day so I would actually say if you're going to set a standard price for yourself as an amateur artist that's just in high school and has not had much experience yet making art for customers I would say try to do like 15 to 20 dollars an hour or whatever takes you an hour to do it doesn't matter if it's a full body or like a headshot as time goes on and you accumulate more skills and reputation you can set the bar higher for yourself you will know as you start getting more customers that that's when you should start raising your prices because you can't exactly keep shitting art out of your ass so quickly because if people are gonna want to buy your art they're gonna have to pay that amount you're just gonna be delaying the delivery to them and in that case you should start charging your Commission's more so that you can also support yourself and the person can get what they want in that amount of time so yeah don't lowball yourself and normally through commissions I used PayPal I think PayPal is more professional for people who just want to do freelance commissions and stuff like that so all you really need is just a bank account and just your email address linked to a PayPal and your customer also needs their PayPal linked up with their bank account and their email but that's how I did it back then remember do not lowball yourself to $10.00 per full body character even though I was able to do it in a really fast amount of time but at the same time the fact that I was able to produce characters that fast should also be compensated if you're able to draw characters really well within a short amount of time please remember to compensate for that skill level that you developed to be able to make characters that fast so after you've gained more experience and just doing commissions for other people and you just gained more experience as an artist yourself that is when you can now upgrade to doing freelance and this is especially helpful for students who want to actually pursue a career in art or animation because you can actually practice using your skills for projects now it like an upgrade from commissions because commissions are just kind of like you're just drawing this drawing for like your aunt or your uncle or just like another person and they're like I'm just gonna frame it on my wall thanks sweetie and not to like make commission seem bad but I'm just basically saying that commissions are just more for like a one-time thing where it's just like an illustration for a single individual whereas freelance you're contributing to another project for another studio or another brand or company and they're gonna be using your art for their purposes as well that's just not for individual reasons so that's why for freelance I would say that you can raise their prices up to the ranges of like $20 to $30 an hour depending on your skill level or range and if you're feeling bold of course you can try to ask for more I think it's good to practice negotiating with the projects that you're freelancing for because these are things that you're gonna do in real life with like an actual career so it's good to practice that as a student and if you can manage your time really well you can juggle multiple freelances at once but you know as a student at CalArts while I was working on my student film I only had time to do like one freelance at a time but I also slowly was starting to become annoyed with the idea of doing freelance because you know as a student who just has to do homework and student projects all the time the last thing I want to be doing when I go back to my shitty-ass dorm room is just doing another fucking project for someone else that's not me so I just wanted to be able to make art for myself that's not necessarily for someone else but still make money off of it and help like bitch how do I do that shit and that's when I came across the brilliant idea of Gumroad so after I got really tired of doing all these freelances for other projects that were not my own I really wanted to be able to make money off of my own stuff and that's why I started using Gumroad I saw a lot of my classmates using Gumroad as a way to just sell digital copies of their sketchbooks for anyone who wanted to see like oh they're accepted colored sketchbook their figure drawing sketchbook there whatever sketchbook like I was just like oh my god y'all are so fucking intelligent because this is legit how you practice passive income so all you have to do for Gumroad for anyone who just wants to make passive income with your art it's just you just have to draw in your sketchbook like once all you got to do is just fill up a sketchbook then scan it and then just post the files onto Gumroad in a zip file or a folder or something like that but what I loved about doing Gumroad is that I just had to draw it once I have to post it once and I only had to share or market it once and after that all you do is just wait for those emails of like oh so-and-so just to purchase your sketchbook and you're just like oh my god today is like a great day it's a great way to practice passive income for beginner artists who want to just make money passively with their art and the way I promoted my sketchbooks so that people would want to buy them is just literally through YouTube which is why you saw a lot of my sketchbook tours not saying that like I was just doing that for the money but I showed you guys everything in my sketchbook from front to back I wanted to give you guys the option to at least see what you're buying before you actually buy it so that when you buy it it's it's a version of it that does not have my freaking finger flipping through the pages or like the background or some shitty ass lighting so yeah that's a great alternative for people that want to just make some passive income while still being able to fill up your sketchbooks full of your education and whatever that you want to draw I felt like I got to explore different parts of myself as an artist while still being able to make money off of that so after I shared my sketchbook tours on YouTube that allowed people to also visit my Gumroad to see if they want to buy my sketchbooks I was also then reached out by different companies like Skillshare or story blocks or just all these other digital media related companies to actually be willing to sponsor my videos and obviously like I'm sorry if I seem like a fucking sellout some of y'all but at the same time during that time I was just a college student who really needed ways to find ways to support herself and I was already so grateful for my parents I don't want to continue just keep leeching off of them and just being mom dad pay for everything like no I actually want to be able to work hard and support myself too and if I could create work that could get other companies to notice me and want to help a bitch out like why wouldn't you take on that opportunity I would never do sponsorships of things that I don't believe in or things that are irrelevant to my channel so so it was kind of like Mike Gumroad helped me make these youtube videos that helped me get these brand deals with other companies so finally when I got my first job as a storyboard revisionist and then promoted to storyboard artist in which I will tell you about the actual job journey itself in another video but I was getting paid weekly and it was really helping me just pay my rent and just living my life and just indulging on things that I loved I was still doing comics on the side for free having that opportunity to still do my own personal work just meant a lot to me but I was still trying to take on some freelances just to have other incomes coming in because you never really want to just to rely on one source of income because again animation is pretty unstable you don't know what's gonna happen next if your project ends early or just ends within less than a year or whatever so it's sometimes good to have other forms of income coming in and at first I was continuing to pursue different freelances but that was just again becoming too time-consuming and I I'm sorry I'm such a bitch but I just can't stand like coming home after a day's worth of work only to do more people's shit so I was just like that's it I need to learn to make money off of my own shit once again getting back into that mindset when I first started my Gumroad and that's how I started to launch my own merch on Etsy and I just also genuinely wanted to learn what it was like to make a physical product out of my own art because I've never really touched on that before I've only made digital things I've really made t-shirts with other companies or made pins and I really wanted to learn about that process and if I could make money while doing so like why not this company called printful eventually reached out to me after seeing all my comics and asked if I would be interested in doing print on demand stuff with them and basically it's just another form of passive income because all you have to do is just draw it once post it once share it as many times as you want and the company that you're working with is what's dealing with the printing shipping and handling but in addition to my Etsy store and print on demand stuff I was also doing patreon because I was also accumulating a lot of comics that I was just letting there sit there for a while before posting them so I'm just like why not open a patreon where I can give people early access to my comics i just opened a $1 tier because that's honestly the least i felt like i could do just offer early access behind-the-scenes stuff or just insight on my thoughts and just whatever i wanted to share that i wouldn't share on my other platform basically if you have a lot of followers and you have a $1 tier that $1 tier is actually gonna accumulate to like $100 a month for you if you have like a hundred patrons on your patreon so yeah if you're someone that wants to make money off of your own artwork here are the things that i suggest you can do too and they're very again friendly approachable ways that aren't too intimidating so i hope this video helped y'all bitches just find other more friendly approachable ways of making money with your art that aren't so intimidating you don't have to be spending all of your time or just like slaving away on different projects just to make money like i think again these ways are to help efficiently make time for the things that you genuinely love doing so if you are doing all these passive income methods of making money through your art you can still spend the time to make art for yourself and you can still spend time with your family and your friends you can take care of yourself and just just be a fucking normal person okay that's all i'm trying to fuckin say from this video but yeah i hope have fun making some fatigue because again I want you all to not just be badass bitches but rich ass bitches not just in money but in life rich in life rich in the mind rich in the wallet but thanks again for watching this video I'll see y'all later

34 Replies to “How I Make Money As An Artist”

  1. Hey, do you have any recommendations for pen display tablets?
    I was personally thinking of the XP-Pen artist 15.6 pro and the wacom cintiq 16 (not pro).

  2. In 2005, 9th grade, sum1 wanted a drawing. I charged the boy $5 for a picture before I did it.

    He said: Why would I pay for a piece of paper?

    I said: Because I do one of a kind shit. You take up my time, you gonna pay.

    He said: Why did you charge me that much?

    I said: Because you asked what I charge! 😑

  3. I definitely love the fact that you mention to price commissions by the hour instead of solely on what type of commission it is. I opened a commission batch for traditional, pen drawn A4 bust shots at only MYR50 (which is only USD$12 ): i know. its grossly underpriced) because I thought no one will pay for my commission but that was a big mistake. I have to date close to 50 of them and now plowing through them is a chore because i'm starting to realise since it takes me 2 whole days for 1 commission to complete, its definitely not worth the money ):

    So make sure to price yourselves well, fellow artists! ;__; your time is your money!!

  4. "$10 for a fullbody DO NOT DO THIS IT'S LOWBALLING"
    glances at my current fullbody lineless commissions that cost $1 and take me 3-5 hours to make

  5. I've become a lot better at drawing faces and not too crappy at full body's but I'm definitely gonna wait a bit longer and practice more before I feel comfortable with commissions. I've got mad anxiety and hearing commission horror stories and dealing with bad customers have made me rethink a lot but also you'll always get people like that wherever/however you work so I'll have to work on that too.

  6. Do not use PayPal, it doesn't support custom artwork and commissions 😭 if you use it make sure to make them pay via family and friends

  7. Haha OMG this video came at the best time as I'm on my way to my JUST OVER BROKE AKA JOB.😂😭

    2019 has got to be the year I look back on and say, "my God, why haven't I started this shit earlier?"😂

  8. Just found your channel, so I will say hello and,…

    Thank you so much for these tips ! I want to try doing commission this summer but no one is interested yet x). Perhaps my commission prices sheet is too complicated… 🤔 That may be that

    Anyway, thank you again ! 😊 I will try these !

  9. ive been really hoping for commissions but its sucks that people aren't willing to pay for the work I put into it. :/ I charge between $50 full body and more often than not I get ridiculed for "asking for too much money". wack.

  10. Hey I wanna thank you so much for this video, I'm really scared to start doing commissions with Paypal because of taxes and stuff, I have no idea how to do all that, so it's holding me back from doing it. Could you make a video on how you handle it? Idk maybe that's a stupid question but I think it's pretty good to know for kids just starting out like me with Paypal, I dont wanna get in any trouble because I didn't know what to do.

  11. I've been searching on how I can make commissions for the first time on how to price it and everything, this is ideal. It's 'kind of' a struggle for realistic info but this is cool. Thanks a ton 😁

  12. I only get a commission every bunch of months even though I have the opened online. I'm a quite good artist, 25 euros~ for a full body w/o bg. From 10 to 30 euros. Maybe I should lower those to 20. Lower than that is… I think my problem is not being able to get those clients flowing and seeing I do them. I'm almost a no one online lol how do I find the people who want to buy and get them to buy from me?

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