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: Artists doing subscriptions?

06-18-2013, 04:42 AM
A friend and I were having a discussion. We were discussing the possibilities of artists and subscriptions. He is from a technical background and thinks other majors/trades are pretty much useless because they canít demand high pay compared to what technicals can get. I am a fellow artist and believes that people like us just havenít been given the opportunity to prove ourselves yet. He said it would not be possible but I said donít underestimate the creative powers of artists.

I was hoping to gather more proof by asking my fellow artists, you!

Do you think it is possible for a artists to start a subscription business? Because it would mean constantly churning out products periodically. Would you think that is difficult (having to constantly be creative and make products) and what would be some ideas that can be sold as subscription?

06-18-2013, 02:24 PM
It is always possible when the desire is there...and the will to find the target market. I paint on commissions which means I do not paint to try and sell, I paint because I have already sold.

Some ideas you may find useful, Greeting cards, seasonal paintings, decor for the home, how to favorite Portraits, Animal or people, buildings or landscape. You name it and it can be marketed, you just have to find what you love to paint and go from there.

Some of my top commissions are family portraits and of course children...also the biblical scenes are always popular along with peoples cars and houses. Anything goes...this is a great thread to discuss furthering ones artistic creations, I look forward to seeing what others may have to say.

06-18-2013, 11:15 PM
Thank you for your input!

Wow! I have to admit I am still at the paint to sell stage!

Yes! That was exactly what I meant. When it comes to creating for creative people, the sky is the limit. By creating more, it actually improves the skill. That was why I thought of a subscription because it would be like an author writing an article for the reader.

I was just curious if it would be a difficult having to constantly create new things and be discouraging for some artists. Because in a subscription, it becomes mandatory with a deadline. If there were such a marketplace, would any fellow artists be up for the challenge?

06-19-2013, 03:47 AM
Basically what you are describing is a form of freelance work and I am sure there would be many artists interested in such a venture...If you are thinking of managing this project I would think it would take most of your time marketing and finding the subscriber and the artists, this could leave little time for your own artwork. There are many ways this could be done such as a magazine, original artwork, prints, posters and many more avenues that could be explored.

A project such as this would bring many artists together and could be possibly a very great achievement in the art world...although I would expect there are many critical areas to look into and to workout. Developing a business plan or target plan would be your first step into getting this off the ground.

06-19-2013, 09:56 PM
Yes, the hardest part is definitely as you've mentioned having to find enough artists to post items and also buyers to subscribe. Meanwhile I've setup a landing page here: ( should any readers be interested =).