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So it turns out I'm pretty good at art. I enjoy doing drawing and sometimes painting in my spare time.

I'm not aiming to become an artist by career, but does anyone in the Pit know how to maybe do art commissions in your spare time, sort of as a hobby but making a bit of money out of it? Or do you really have to dedicate your entire career building up a portfolio for this?

Here's a bit of my work btw that I did quickly last night and today:


Serious thread.

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#2
Just record the process, fastforward it and put it on Youtube. That's how everyone makes money these days.
#3
People have offered to commission me to make them pictures, but I don't know. On the one hand I could always use money for stuff, but on the other hand I don't really want to get paid to basically be doing fetish porn (sort of). I mean, when I already make stuff for myself I know that people are going to fap to it, but I'm doing it for me so it's like... I don't really care. But knowing that people want me to make erotic self portraits so they can probably just fap to them is sort of weird.
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#4
Good work, I must say... now for the bad news. I say this not to be discouraging, but making money through art is both unreliable and time consuming. I say this from experience. If you want to make some cash from selling paintings or drawings I recommend cutting a deal with an art store (which they almost never do) or selling them yourself at flea markets or online (ebay or maybe make a site). Also, as much as this sucks (I know), you may have to do art based on popular or local themes because that they will be almost the only thing that will move. In my experience, art that sells and the art you want to do will almost never coincide. Then again, doing anime porn for hentai site can make you a quick buck, but if you're like me you don't like that idea.
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Rather than trying for commissions I think you'd be better off drawing/painting what you want and selling that.

Ask a local market or somewhere to put up some of your pictures.
Make some business cards.
Call yourself an artist.

I know people who aren't very good painters, but by calling themselves "artists" they made themselves able to charge more, and actually make a living from it.


Edit: Rural pubs can also be a decent place to hang/sell painting.


Thanks for the advice My local pub put some art work up recently but it was generally pretty awful.

If, for example I was to sell the Taylor Swift sketch I posted above, would I have to get it neatly framed before going to the art shop or market or would they take care of it?

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Just record the process, fastforward it and put it on Youtube. That's how everyone makes money these days.


I would totally do this, I just need to sort the logistics out somewhat.


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Tattoo design?


My style is a bit too rugged for that.

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My style is a bit too rugged for that.

Mate, if the drawing in OP is indicative of your usual style, I would love to have a tattoo in that style, and it's entirely doable.
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#8
I think you should work on face proportions a bit, but the hair and shading looks really good to me.

I don't draw or anything, consider me "commonfolk".
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I think you should work on face proportions a bit, but the hair and shading looks really good to me.

I don't draw or anything, consider me "commonfolk".


I thought the hair looked the worst, but yeah shading is one of my stronger points.

I always try to draw out the face generally first, and scrap it if it isn't right. A lot of people draw for example one eye in intense detail and then do the rest of face, but the proportions can go wrong so easily so I don't get why people do that!

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A good artist can do various styles. What you posted looks more like a sketch. Did you use a reference?


Yeah, this was the photo I drew:

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#14
Yeah I really need some sort of desk based easel so I can draw without it being flat on the desk since that can skew with the perspective.

Might by myself some watercolours too, I love the Guild Wars 2 style of art and might look into trying to do some stylised stuff like this:


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#15
A bunch of people do that through DeviantArt, you can exhibit your work for people to see and you can welcome commissions that way too. Crafters usually do it through YouTube bc people can see their work better.
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#16
Never underprice yourself. Think of what you're happy with making in a hour and charge accordingly.
#17
Have you tried Deviant Art? I think the process is basically put up a bunch of drawings/designs you've done, someone sees it and likes your style or whatever and then they contact you to draw things for them.
#19
Blake you're such a little shit you're nearly as bad as WillT.

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Do note the attention to detail and the stark use of contrast between the ocher phallus against the black and white background, though.

10/10 would commission artist.
#22
It's cos I intended for this to be a proper advice thread with serious device instead of a place for people to make cheap shots.

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Good work, I must say... now for the bad news. I say this not to be discouraging, but making money through art is both unreliable and time consuming. I say this from experience.

You're on a guitar forum. I don't think this is a strange concept for anyone.
#24
Serious advice: build a portfolio of your work. Get better at it. Then scour whatever craigslist like services you have over there and find people looking for artists.
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Mate, if the drawing in OP is indicative of your usual style, I would love to have a tattoo in that style, and it's entirely doable.

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This, a lot.


Obviously I'm not a tattoo artists, but how would you get such harsh, straight lines to be consistent on skin? If you've got any knowledge of the profession...

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My friend owns a local art store and we all put stuff in there like paintings and such. The store specializes in driftwood furniture so we make the frames from leftover driftwood scraps - anyway, I find that oil pastel works go the quickest both by way of getting a piece done and selling it. I do surrealist art in oil pastel and I love doing it and the people who go into the shop are interested in that stuff... Just find a place that has like-minded traffic and will let you put your art up, coffee shops and bars usually work.

I don't have much to post that's around here but I post some of my stuff on instagram(yertletheturtle) if you'd like to take a look at some easy oil pastel art.
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#28
As far as tattooing you would have to build a sketch portfolio and try to become an apprentice artist at a tattoo shop where you would eventually learn to transfer your art from paper to skin.
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#29
No way will I do tattoo artistry. I'm looking to do a career in science and I'm in my Masters year of my Chemistry degree so yeah.

Your art is pretty cool, how much does it sell for if you've done any yet?

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They're all on 11-8.5" paper and I charge 5 an hour for something that size, which is like a third of what most people I know who call themselves artists charge. It takes about 3 hours a piece, so $15, and then another $10-15 for the materials and frame. They range from $30-45 and if it doesn't sell I don't mind charging for just the frame and materials and knock like 10 dollars off... I like doing the work and I'd do it if it sold or not so charging a lot isn't a priority to me.
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#31
Well I'm now starting a deviantart account up. Instead of gaming as much I'll just do more drawings and some paintings. Hopefully will make portraits my thing.

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#32
lol making money off traditional art is impossible now-a-days and also the thing about anything in the skilled field is that there is always someone better than you lol. if you want to do something artistic and creative for money look into industrial design or graphic design or any sort of design field.
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lol making money off traditional art is impossible now-a-days and also the thing about anything in the skilled field is that there is always someone better than you lol. if you want to do something artistic and creative for money look into industrial design or graphic design or any sort of design field.


I wasn't looking into making a career out of it, just a bit of money on the side.

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lol making money off traditional art is impossible now-a-days and also the thing about anything in the skilled field is that there is always someone better than you lol. if you want to do something artistic and creative for money look into industrial design or graphic design or any sort of design field.

Your posts hurt to read.
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Obviously I'm not a tattoo artists, but how would you get such harsh, straight lines to be consistent on skin? If you've got any knowledge of the profession...

No knowledge other than getting tattoos myself, I'd imagine it would be a single needle with very "loose" strokes in comparison to the normal method of tattooing.

An example though (which I think is absolutely beautiful):

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#38
Idk how feasible this is for you, but my friend is an amateur painter (in art school now) and she makes stuff to go on bags, shirts, etc and sells them for ~$20 each. the picture in OP would be nice on a bag.
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#39
I sell paintings on the occasion, or I give them away. I would say:

Do as many paintings as possible. They will only get better, and it is nice to have a large portfolio.

Create a portfolio.

Share on Facebook, and other social media sites. Create your on profile specifically for art, if you'd like.

Try consignment shops, independent coffee shops, to hang your art. Some bars will as will.

Go to local smaller art galleries, and art shows, and mingle with the snobs.
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No knowledge other than getting tattoos myself, I'd imagine it would be a single needle with very "loose" strokes in comparison to the normal method of tattooing.

An example though (which I think is absolutely beautiful):



Wow that's really beautiful. A lot better than the classic "tattoo" style people do. Looks like it'd be really painful though.

The bags idea is great.

How about everyone just posts their art in here if you're an artist and we can rate and offer feedback on peoples things?

Here today's effort from me:

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