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: Possible to make a living as an artist?


Jay2560
02-21-2016, 08:48 PM
Hey guys i'm just curious.. Is it possible to make a full time living selling your artwork? I mean does anybody have any opinions or experience with this?

PMMurphy
02-21-2016, 08:50 PM
Depends on where you live and what you do. Portraiture realism artists make a living pretty easily. If your a fine artist its alittle harder you need to find a rich person who loves your work!

Overall its a profession you get into if your passionate about it. anymore questions?

PMMurphy
02-21-2016, 08:52 PM
Depends on where you live and what you do. Portraiture realism artists make a living pretty easily. If your a fine artist its alittle harder you need to find a rich person who loves your work!

Overall its a profession you get into if your passionate about it. anymore questions?

when i say portraiture artists i mean because theres a larger market, its still pretty hard.

Jay2560
02-21-2016, 11:54 PM
Depends on where you live and what you do. Portraiture realism artists make a living pretty easily. If your a fine artist its alittle harder you need to find a rich person who loves your work!

Overall its a profession you get into if your passionate about it. anymore questions?

Hey thanks for your response. No more questions. I guess that makes sense though.

leighann
02-22-2016, 05:58 PM
If you can draw realism, you probably can. Kind of depends on if you have your own style.

If you are on Instagram or Deviantart, you can determine pretty quick which artists are doing art for a living. :smile:

Jay2560
02-22-2016, 08:39 PM
hey thanks :)

Mel_Robertson
02-23-2016, 07:58 AM
Hi jay, in my experience it's very hard to make a full time living being an artist even if you have the skill to paint with photo realism in any medium, I personally struggle when money is offered to me by people to paint them (it causes a block) I don't know why, so these days I just paint for free

SuddenLife
02-28-2016, 05:21 AM
It's certainly possible, but as people mentioned; it's also quite hard. I think it's a combination of being very good at what you do, knowing how to network and a bit of luck.
I know people who dread the idea of 'marketing' their work, and I'm not suggesting going full salesman, but people do need to know you're there and what you can do. When I did a wallpainting a while back with some people, we got in on it because a teacher from my school knew about it and suggested me.

You can be crazy good, but if people don't know you exist, you might miss out on a lot. And that's also where a wee bit of luck comes in. I've seen someone selling pieces at a fair that, in all honesty, weren't that great in my opinion; anatomy was way off, without it being a stylistic choice, composition was iffy; but still, she was selling stuff and plenty of artists with more skill were not. So she was definitely doing something right.

If you decide to pursue an artistic career, you never know what will cross your path. Someone might overhear a friend say he wants a painting done and say 'Oh, but I know someone!', for example. But you might also be without proper income for a while and have to resort to a side job.
It's a type of insecurity that you need to be okay with. You might be successful, might not. No one can guarantee you anything.
Certain fields will be harder than others, but if something seems like a good way to make money, you can be sure you are not the only one who came up with that. It will always be hard work, but for me it beats the alternative.