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Awesome Tool for Artists who take CommissionsI've been recently introduced to an application/program called Producteev. It's a task manager system with a few awesome perks such as being able to share projects with friends so an entire group of people can view it, create tasks with sub tasks, and put it on every device you might own. You can also upload files to it, so say you're working on a collab project with someone - you can upload your part, they can work on theirs and upload it accordingly and you get notified. I have it on my Mac Book and Iphone and I manage everything with it now... it's been a god send with managing my business. I have every artist from the new art book and all of their information neatly organized, all new orders from my shop, and even restocking information.whispwill
If you can already guess, it makes it AMAZING for taking commissions. I just fill out a new task for everyone who requests a commission from me, add a "paid" sub task and check it off when they do pay. But now I can search through tasks and find ce
Helpful Habits for CommissionersA lot of people have been asking me to write up something on the topic of taking and pricing commissions like I did with conventions, so here you go!whispwill
So what is a commission? If you didn't already know, a commission in way I will be discussing is when a person pay for an artist to draw them something. Neato, right? Money for art, couldn't be better.
Well there are a few catches to this art thing professionally and non-professionally; especially on an amateur level. First off, you wont get paid nearly what you should be getting paid...so if your motivation is money... you should pick a different field of interest. Second, you need to build your people skills. Third money management is key. Fourth, time management or cry in a corner.
Let's discuss the first point, not getting paid enough! Illustrators and professional artists in the industry are currently getting paid the same rates as they were 50 years ago... the exact same. Inflation has not touched the art field so we are making less
Tips on Selling at Cons and Running a BusinessI've gotten a few notes/comments asking how to run a table at a con and how I keep up my business and I'd like to answer them!whispwill
We shall start with the more popular one and that is how to sell at conventions.
Well, first of all make sure you have the proper paperwork. Selling in the U.S requires either a sellers permit or a business license. The difference between the two is a sellers permit is free but temporary, and a business license you have to pay for but is indefinite. I currently use a quarter period sellers permit, so I can sell anywhere for 6 months without needing a new permit. At the end of said 6 months I report how much money I made and pay taxes. That's right, you have to pay taxes. Even if you are a minor, a sellers permit requires you to pay taxes on your earnings. Though most of the money you make is untraceable cash so the government doesn't know how much you make *cough* so you know... be honest and report %100 of all your earnings as a responcible adult *wink* *wink*
Tips For Commission ArtistsHello! I thought of making this small guide, based from my personal experience, to give tips to artists, mostly beginners, to be more successful at selling commissions, since seeing from my previous journal many had difficulty with it. So here are some tips to help boosting your sales.Kawiku
Have your commission info somewhere visible
Possibly, people won't even know you are taking commissions or if they are open if you don't put your commission info somewhere they can see. You can do this in a journal, that I mostly recommend, since it will be showing into your watcher's inboxes and most of your watchers probably rarely visit your profile page. You could still also use the commission widget, or donation poll to write your info. You can also link to your commission info in your signature or the artist's comment of new drawings you upload.
Keep it simple
Don't add too many unnecessary rules or in
Want more commissions?This journal is for artists who want to get more commissions, or want to open commissions and never had so they don't know how best to present their art, or even for those artists who took commissions before but would appreciate some more tipsYuuza
There are a few pretty important things to consider before publicly announcing you're opening commissions:
1. payment method. The deviantart commission widget takes 20% of your profit, but then again more deviants have points so you're likely to get 20% more customers like that. But don't forget there are people who have paypal and don't feel like dealing with points so if you decide to open commissions through deviantart, don't let that be the ONLY payment method.
Paypal is the most common payment method used online and i strongly recommend it. Make a paypal account, connect it to a card and you're ready. But don't forget paypal has a limit of $3000 per year withdrawal. So if you're serious about drawing art for a living and you
One thing to sayPeople seem to be shocked that I mainly use ink for my traditional work and several people have mentioned they could never draw in pen. They are "too afraid" of using ink because you can't erase your mistakes. But that's what I love about it. There's a raw awesomeness (that's a word) that pen brings. I won't lie I did t want to draw in pen either but then one day I was stuck on a 4 day road trip with only a ballpoint pen and some napkins.whispwill
What I have to say to you is challenge yourself. Draw loose at first, no details. And refine it. Keep your flaws, use pen, force yourself to accept that nothing is perfect at first. Personally I think ink is the most freeing medium. Many people who watch my livestreams notice I hardly ever erase and I draw really fast. This is because I practice with a cheap ballpoint pen. The cheaper the pen the better it is for art lol! Find that $0.10 pen and use it.
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