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Make Money Drawing

Updated on December 20, 2011

Making Money With Drawing

Drawing to make money is a fantastic and very creative achievement to attain, whether its online or offline, the very fact that you have a skill that requires you to draw to actually make money is a fabulous gift and a talent that shouldn't be wasted.Certain artists specialize in a certain area of art and that's how they make money, they make contacts and network within that area and make money.

Although an approach like that is fine, but what if you had multiple ways that you could factor into your busy life to try and build up separate strands of income that stems from your drawing or your art. Like anything business like, a plan must be made to know what route to take and this plan must be acted on and tested to make sure it will be profitable.

The key to making money initially with your drawing is to start off drawing what you're best at and work from there. By testing selling your art that you know is the best art you can create is your first challenge, especially with online as you can test new content and linking strategies that are quite basic and see what works if you want to go with that angle of selling directly from a website, then knowing the right keywords is an essential element.

Also if you can be bothered with Ebay, then you can test that out as a point of interest to gauge any leads for your art, although you will have to provide a clear photo of your art and it would be of great benefit if you have your artwork scanned in to your computer as you can make it appear much clearer.

Ebay in fact is an obvious choice, but always look into the alternatives, such as Amazon as there are ways you can get your art out there for people to buy, it just takes a little know how, maybe on a small technical level with places like or to have your art right in the faces of buyers who might like o buy say a book of your art or a CD of clip art that you've created,

Other ways like getting a load of your designs on places like Zazzle and Cafepress is a good idea too, so long as you do a wide range of designs or focus specifically on certain designs and stick with it, the choice is yours to take, but bear in mind that it is a must that you learn about how to market your art and your creative services o those who are in need or are looking for them..

Zazzle is the better one out of Cafepress and there are even other alternatives to these two print on demand services, so it' just something to think about when you want to sell your art and make money online or off. I wrote a hubpage about making money with Zazzle, you might want to read that.

Selling your art isn't solely related to the online world as there are many other ways to make money with art and some clever ones too....

Drawing Caricatures- To be able to draw cartoon caricatures of real life people is a good drawing skill to have as you can set up a small drawing board and a stool in your local town centre and charge something like £5 for a caricature drawing of people that come directly to you off the street. Of course something like this can be set up online too to try and maximize your sales and income, maybe with a website that offers this directly by snail mail or email.

Street artist - This is something that I have wanted to try out for ages, just need the right chalks and stuff to do it...oh and a nice sunny day for it to take place and this is where you can just set up with a huge paved canvas right before you and just layout a scene of something and then also put a small money tub right next to your art and make sure it's something that will take you a good few hours to complete and make it interesting for anyone who passes by.

There are some phenomenal street artists out there and it's not just Dick Van Dyke from Mary Poppins who can bust some chalky art on a sidewalk.

Set up a stall- A pitch, a stall or a wall paper pasting table, doesn't matter, just somewhere that you can sell prints of your art, maybe you know of a local market which runs once a week, well create art especially for that and make sure you make any online websites available to customers, so maybe some designed business cards that clearly state your website or even blog with more of your art for sale (Zazzle, Ebay and other websites!)

A stall in a public place may require special permission or a license to sell so look into that with your local council or governing body. It would be ace just to set up stall in a town without a license or anything but most places you have to, so do look into it. Garage or yard sales could work too....

Sell Tattoos- Drawing and selling tattoos is something that I personally have experience with and I wrote a hubpage about it here - Draw and Sell Tattoos and in that article I wrote about some of the specifics that you should know about where to sell and what is recommended.

Selling tattoos can be online from your own website, from ebay or any of the local tattooists that you can visit in person and it can be very profitable, as can selling tattoo affiliate stuff too, so make money selling tattoos

There are many ways to make money from the arts

Make Money Drawing Art

Remember with great drawing talent comes great responsibility to make it work for you and as mentioned above, think of possible income streams that could result in you making money, the possibilities are quite endless and some could include:-

Make an art instruction product- Ebook, DVD or a paid course on drawing or creating art. Just think you could charge people for the information you know about your art, whether you specialize in drawing Manga or Fantasy Art or even comic book art, you could teach people how to draw like you and all his requires is a good few articles written by you and examples of your work, usually in the form of a real portfolio or an online web portfolio gallery which people can peruse.

People seem to trust you more if you offer them lots of value, so for example if you offer an email mailing list to update subscribers with new free drawing tutorials then why not give away a free ebook giving them a stater of one of your products. A PDF report is the classic method that the top Internet marketers will tell you about as it helps to build trust by giving away a valuable freebie.

I'm working on one for my list of 130 readers at present, not a lot, but I only set up my list on my fantasy art blog not too long ago, sign up now if you want to get updates on drawing fantasy art aswell as links to free drawing tutorials on fantasy art and imaginative stuff, you can sign up at my blog - and I will also be releasing my free PDF report soon about drawing fantasy creatures which should be cool.

Create free content surrounded by affiliate ads- This is a slow way of building up online income, but it is worth a try as you can write how to draw content on your blog or web pages like Hubpages or Squidoo and then slip in affiliate offers, but do make sure that you provide valuable information or really try to make your web content useful to others as it will just appear like spam if you place a couple of drawings on it and then just have a sentence that says "I drew this on the toilet and I drew it good!"

Adsense and other contextual ads are worth looking at to place your content around them or have in content text links like Kontera or any others, so that you could earn per click. Some web platforms like here at Hubpages do already come with Google ads you just have to link your adsense account and away you go. Revenue sharing is and can be a good passive income that could potentially last forever depending on the longevity of specific sites.

Consulting or hiring out your services - This may require some additional training or it might not depending on your circumstances. Consulting could come about if you have lots of inside information about drawing something specific or something that you could teach others on a paid income basis that is.

Hiring out your drawing services could include many different aspects of your art, again depending on your skills and qualifications if applicable. You could be hired to draw portraits, custom tattoos, draw or paint on children's bedrooms or nurseries, specific art commissions,illustration work or anything else.

Just remember that if you have art samples online and offline, remember that anyone willing to pay you for your services will have to find you first and so it works as a two way thing where you can canvas for commissions and others can also contact you for commission based work, so make yourself readily available through a verified email address or a phone number or P.O box address if you don't wish to have your actual phone number out there, but the more contact methods you have out there, then the more possible connections you could make with customers.

Making money with your art, just think of the possibilities, something that will excite you to wake up in the morning and say, "Yes! I'm going to do this with my drawings or that"

Making money with art is competitive with there being many other very creative people out there, but believe me, there is room out there for all to make money with drawing and art.

Make Money Drawing

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    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      It certainly is great drawing and creating for a living! I love it! Cheers now!

    • Esther  Strong profile image

      Esther Strong 

      6 years ago from UK

      A very informative and interesting read. Voted up. It must be great to be able to make a living from something creative that you really enjoy doing.

    • Mary Merriment profile image

      Mary Merriment 

      8 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      Thanks for all the possibilities for making money with drawings.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah, I was thinking of a perfect spot when West Park gets its front wall and gates refurbished to use the paving stones reminds me of Mary Poppins that spot......

      Cheers Ethel!

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I shall watch out for you on the Hull streets drawing :)

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Incremental success: each day is better than yesterday. Thanks for sharing!

    • Wendy Krick profile image

      Wendy Krick 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      These are all great ideas for those who can draw. I only with I was that talented.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers MCW!

      This is what I'm concentrating on and my income is increasing....ever so slowly...!

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      8 years ago

      There are many terrific ideas here to be explored and personalized by those who love to draw. Thanks for a great hub!

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      As far as I know the websites you buy are all ready to go just a little technical knowhow to transfer the website files to your own hosting account and away you go!

      Cheers FGual!!

    • FGual profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Another stash of information on something I have thought of doing. Buying an art site on eBay looks interesting, if it's already up and running with income streams. Don't know how scanning my drawings works.

    • vydyulashashi profile image


      8 years ago from Hyderabad,India

      wow what an info..cheers

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      That's my hope too.....

      It's just finding my way and creating them income streams!!

      Cheers now!

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      Pro Design Source 

      8 years ago

      I'm envious of anyone who can draw well. It is a difficult skill to learn. I hope that those talented enough can make money drawing!

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now!

      This is a niche that I really love and making money from my art is what I am aiming for, so if I can help and even document how I make money now, it might prove useful for anyone who reads it!

    • K9keystrokes profile image

      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      This is a very encouraging article on how to Make Money Drawing. I really like the tattoo idea, a great way to introduce your art! Genuinely like this read.



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