The Beginner's Guide to Teaching Art Online - How to Sell Art Online | Online Marketing for Artists - (2023)

Teaching art courses online is a fantastic way to grow your student base, increase your passive income, or add a revenue stream that will be extremely valuable in challenging times like these.

Recently we sat down with artists from around the world to discuss how artists can teach art courses online while self-isolating or quarantined. We’ve embedded the original CrowdCast video at the bottom of this page as well as a link to download the transcript.

Even if you’ve never taught any kind of class before, you can succeed at teaching your art techniques to others online! Read this beginner’s guide to teaching online art courses, and give it a try.

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Decide what to teach

If this is your first time teaching an art class, the first order of business is to decide what you’ll teach. This can feel overwhelming, especially if you do multiple things like Doreen, who creates both digital illustration and hand-drawn art. The rule of thumb for Doreen will be the same for you: identify the easiest thing that you do, and start there. Of course, easy is relative, and the curse of expertise may cause you to feel like creating lush digital landscapes or creating quick caricatures isn’t a big deal, but keep in mind that anything you have been doing for long enough will feel much easier for you than for a beginner. Some examples of “easy” techniques to start with:

  • Drawing fundamentals (perspective, shading, etc)
  • Painting clouds
  • Sculpting a small pot
  • Still life drawing or painting

It may be helpful to get a pen and paper, write down every technique you use in your art, and break it down into the smallest steps possible to get a good idea of what to teach. If at this point you feel overwhelmed with the sheer volume of material you could start teaching, great!

What if I already teach art courses in person?

If you already have prepared courses and just need to transfer them to an online format, you’ll still need to make some decisions about how you make the transition to online teaching. If you’re already teaching, the first course you bring online should not be your longest, most expensive option. Perhaps you teach a month-long intensive course as well as half-day workshops. Start with the shorter workshops, and as recommended above, break them down into the smallest manageable chunks. This is a great time to experiment with video lengths: try some short 5 or 10 minute videos explaining a single technique, and try an hour-long video teaching a small piece from start to finish. Pay attention to how they’re received by your audience and be sure to ask for feedback!

Decide on a format

Are you excited by the idea of teaching a live class and interacting with students, or would you prefer to record yourself creating a piece, then go back and narrate over the top? There are a couple of format options for teaching art online:

  • Teaching a live course to a small audience, interacting and providing feedback to your students in real-time.
  • Pre-recording a short lesson and packaging it with images and PDFs to sell passively at a low rate.

Some teachers choose to combine these two formats for longer courses, like Flora Bowley’s Bloom True, incorporating pre-recorded downloads and other materials as well as the opportunity to join live calls to ask questions and interact with other students (The Abundant Artist does this too!) But if you’re just starting out, don’t worry about more complicated lesson formats. Just choose whether you’ll teach live or pre-recorded and get started!

Live chat platforms

There are a lot of live chat platforms to choose from that will allow you to interact in real time with your students, see each other’s faces, and type to each other with a chat feature to share links, etc. Here are a couple of the most popular live chat platforms:

  • Zoom. Zoom is a great choice for getting started: it’s free to sign up and takes only a few minutes to schedule your first call. There are some restrictions for free accounts: You can live chat for up to 40 minutes with 3 or more people. If you need more time than that, you can subscribe for $15 a month.
  • CrowdCast. CrowdCast does not have a free option, but costs just $20/month (if you pay yearly) for 50 attendees and up to 5 hours per month.
  • Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts is free for up to 10 people and an unlimited amount of time, but the quality and ease of use is lower than Zoom and Crowdcast.

Assemble your equipment

While you can go down an equipment rabbit hole, you don’t need much to get started, especially if you plan to teach live courses.

There are two main recording equipment options:

  • HD Webcam- This option will provide the highest quality picture. The webcam that comes factory-installed on many laptops is not usually of high enough quality to produce a good video. However, if you absolutely cannot acquire an HD webcam, you can compensate for a lower quality camera with very good lighting. Do your best to eliminate shadows, especially around the area where you’ll be creating art. For more lighting options, check out our guide to livestreaming art.
  • Smartphone with tripod- If you need to use your smartphone to record or livestream, make sure that you are using a tripod to keep the picture stable. An iPhone 10 or 11 or the newest iPad Pro all have very high quality cameras that will work fine for recording video. Earlier generations may not be as high quality. Again, you can compensate with good lighting and a tripod. Check out the livestreaming link above for a list of inexpensive smartphone tripods.

If you choose to teach a live class from your desktop or laptop, connect directly to your internet via an ethernet cable if you can. This will cut down on video lag and produce a much smoother experience.

Prepare for tech issues

When you first begin teaching online, especially via a live course, be prepared to spend some time ironing out technical issues with microphones, cameras, etc. This is normal, and an inevitable part of including multiple people in a video chat. Factor some extra time into the beginning of your course to allow for these issues. An easy way to get out in front of potential tech problems is to send out your platform’s “quick start guide” to all your students in advance. A quick search on most video chat platforms should bring something up.

As mentioned above, another way to avoid issues with video/audio lag and low quality is to make sure that your computer is plugged directly into the internet if at all possible.

If at all possible, the number one place you should be selling your online course is also the number one place you should be selling your art: on your own website. This allows you to retain customer information as well as 100% of the profits. There are also dozens of online teaching platforms that will help you quickly create a course and sell it through their website, but be advised that they will take a cut of your profit and you may not be able to retain access to customer information for future marketing.

How to sell courses on your own website.

To sell courses on your own website, you need a few capabilities:

  • Record and upload your videos to a file sharing platform like Dropbox or to a password-protected “members only” portion of your website.
  • Send automated emails with the download link to customers who purchase a course.
  • Accept payments through your website.

If you already have a WordPress website set up that can accept payments, there are many good online teaching plugins that you can integrate:

However, if you are not already using a WordPress site, now is not the time to attempt to learn. Instead, use the recommendation above to send a video download link via email once customers have paid, or use an online teaching platform.

How to sell courses through online teaching platforms.

The great thing about online teaching platforms is that they can easily and quickly get you up and running with a beautifully structured course that is easy for students to navigate. A few of the most popular platforms include:

You may also be able to obtain new students who are searching for courses through these platforms, but due to the very high saturation of low-cost courses available you shouldn’t depend on the search feature to provide you with students.

How to get students for your online art courses

If you already teach in-person courses, send an email (or even make phone calls!) to all your existing and past students inviting them to take your courses online. You can offer a discount for early sign-ups or for students who take your first beta course.

If this is your first course ever, send individual invitations to handpicked students (friends and family and any collectors you may already have) and invite them to join you for your first online class. An announcement across your social media platforms is another way to garner interest.

You can also try piquing interest by recording a short promotional video to share on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram (or any other social platforms you already use frequently) with a teaser of your course.

Email marketing platforms

The best way to begin inviting students is via an email campaign. There is an abundance of platforms to choose from. The Abundant Artist recommends ConvertKit*. Other popular options include:

Don’t be overwhelmed by the options. Just like online teaching platforms and social media platforms, the best email marketing program is the one you will use consistently, so just pick one and get started.

As you begin to set up your first course and send emails to potential students, we recommend being honest about any trepidation you have. Use the journey as part of your story, and invite students and collectors along for the ride. Here’s an example:

“Hi friends!

If you’re like me, you’re taking this strange new uncertainty one day at a time. I’ve been looking for new ways to bring my art to you even during quarantine, and I’m excited to announce that I’ve just launched my first online art course! I’m still learning as I go, but I’d like to invite you to join me on this journey. The first course will be on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Will you join me? I’d love to see your face, chat a little and teach you some of what I know.”

If you will be selling directly from your own site, make sure that your email campaign is set up to automatically send the download link once a customer pays for your course so they aren’t left waiting.

How to price your online course

Your pricing will vary depending on the length and style of your course. For live online courses that closely resemble an in-person class, you should charge as much as you would for an in-person class. It’s okay to include a small discount to compensate for the change in venue if you’re actually transferring from in-person to online.

Courses that include multiple recordings, extra downloads and/or a live chat session most commonly sell for between $300-$500.

Shorter pre-recorded entry-level courses and single workshops that run about an hour in length generally sell for about $20. The idea is to sell these courses passively at a higher volume, just like you might sell art prints at a lower cost and a higher volume than original works.

Do your own research: check out the common prices for courses comparable to yours on the most popular platforms. Most importantly, check in with your students. You should never shortchange yourself, but during uncertain times it will be helpful for you to work with your students to reach a price that they can pay and that you feel good about charging.

If you’ve never taken an online art course before, spend a small amount of time clicking around to see what other artists are doing. You don’t need to copy anyone, but pay attention to what you see a lot of artists doing- chances are they’re doing it because it works. Here are a few posts for inspiration:

The Ultimate Guide to Online Art Courses

Top 5 Online Watercolor Classes

How to Make 6 Figures Teaching Art Online

Mirasee’s guide to Selling Online Courses

This is a section of the transcript from our online working session where Cory answered specific questions from working artists.

Q: I see tons of artists at all levels, selling at tons of different price points. From master painters selling 6-hour tutorials for $20 to painters selling a 2-hour tutorial for $150. My art hero is someone selling 2-hour tutorials for $20, how do I compete with that?

A: Pricing is 90% psychological and 10% strategic. It’s just a mess, and it’s really hard to figure out. Generally speaking, a really well known artist, because of their name and their brand, can sell tons of classes. What they’re trying to do is sell a pre-recorded class at a low price point so that they call sell tons of them, and they make money by doing volume.

If you have the ability to pre-record a class and sell it, do a one-hour class for $20 or a two-hour class for $20, whatever it is. Then the challenge for you is marketing. I’m not convinced that that is necessarily better than getting 5-10 people in a 2-hour session one-on-one, where you can actually work with them directly. People who want to take a class from you won’t necessarily want to take a class from this other person. They may want to take a class because they like you. And that will be true for all the other teachers out there. People want to take classes from teachers that they know and love, especially those who have a big local following. They’re not going to just find some other teacher online if you’re offering classes, they’re going to take it from you.

Q: Most of my students in my groups are pensioners enjoying retirement time. Their pensions are taking a huge hit. Would you think it’s a good idea to offer a reduced rate?

A: If you put a price out and people are telling you that it’s too expensive, or that their pensions are taking a hit because they’re pensioners, yeah, you can offer a discount. There’s a lot of flux. There’s a lot of change, a lot of dynamics in the market. Listen to your people and respond to them. Let them know “Hey, I’m going to be doing this course. I’m thinking this price point, let me know if you’re interested.” And if people don’t respond or they tell you that’s too expensive, listen to them and get them on board. Respect yourself, respect what you’re worth, but also listen to your people and allow them to tell you what’s actually happening.

Q: I’ve taught a few evening classes in person. I’m looking to start teaching online, but there are so many host sites for classes I don’t know where to start. What things should I consider when choosing a site for my class?

A: The best thing you can do is look at 3 or 4 and pick one, otherwise you’ll just go forever. Personally, I think Teachable is a great platform. It’s built for stuff like this. But there’s lots of them out there, and none of them are necessarily bad, it’s just which one works for your particular style. All of them are going to allow you to do things like upload a video, upload some images, upload some PDFs. All of them are going to allow you to do things like take payments and restrict access. They all perform those basic functions. If you want to combine some real-time feedback like what we’re doing now, you can use Zoom. Zoom is the easiest thing.

Q: Besides an iPhone 11, what’s another recording device that you would suggest for prerecorded videos?

A: If you have an iPhone 11, just use an iPhone 11. Another thing you can use is a DSLR, but that’s going to be $500. So you might as well just get a new phone.

Q: How do you make sure that your students have the right supplies?

A: What I have seen other artists do in the past, is you can pre-buy all the supplies and then ship them out to people. That’s a huge pain and you’ve got to charge a big markup to do that because it takes you time. The other thing you can do is put together a pre-curated list of the supplies that you would use for that art piece. Then in the course sign up materials, let them know that you will need to purchase supplies. You need to give them enough time, you need to give them a week or two so that they have time to get the supplies and have them shipped to their home. And say “When you sign up for this course, be sure to order these supplies.” And have links to where they can buy the supplies online, whether it’s on Amazon or Blick or some other website. Make sure it’s a link to where you would buy the specific supplies you would use.

Q: I’m a studio artist. I’ve been teaching in person classes for 5 years. I thrive on the dynamic created in a class of 6-8. I can give them a lot of individual attention. Something about being able to see what they’re doing in the class as they’re doing it.

A: You can do that on Zoom, and with CrowdCast too, you can have lots of people on the screen at the same time. Then as long as they have their cameras turned towards their easel, you can see what they’re doing. If you give them some instruction and then give them 10-20 minutes to work on whatever the next thing is, you can just make sure that all of them have their camera pointed at their easel, and then you can just be watching all of them like you would when you’re walking around the room. Then you can come on audio and talk to whoever it is and say “Hey I noticed you’re doing this, make these adjustments.”

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I use LearnDash plugin for my online classes:

I use Zoom and WebinarNinja.

VideoShop is a great smart phone app for easily editing videos directly on your phone. You can add stills, give voice over, add text and music, and so much more. There are in app upgrades that may be of use to some.

I also use Vimeo for storing my videos online. I link to or embed videos from Vimeo.

Canva is a great way to create well designed handouts and marketing material. You can create slides for your presentations and easily add images and texts. There are lots of preset formats and easy access to free images and graphics. You can also purchase additional images or graphics for $1.

In terms of best practices for teaching online here are some links. While these aren’t directed specifically for art courses, the content is useful and relevant for keeping the content focused and having clear expectations about what the course covers, the way it is delivered, access to the instructor and what they will learn.

How to make your teaching more engaging:

Some tips:

  • Infuse your writing and content with warmth. Convey your support. Find ways to encourage and support even with giving feedback. Being creative involves risk taking so make sure that people feel supported and safe when taking leaps. Set clear guidelines for your online community spaces that explain what is allowed. Discourage marketing, negativity and complaining. Encourage support, sharing resources, and positive feedback.
  • Let your personality show. Write like you talk. Share your humor. Imagine that you are talking to someone when you are shooting video. You can even print out a letter size image of someone you like and post that in front of you. Imagine you are teaching/ talking to them if that helps.
  • Don’t worry about being perfect. No one is. Certainly have a basic level of polish in what you do (videos) but don’t get hung up on making high end professional videos. You can spend too much time editing and not getting it done. Also people can relate to you more if they see you are human.
  • Don’t overwhelm your students with too much content or bells and whistles. Make sure that what you add makes sense and supports your 3 main goals of the class (what 3 skills/ concepts will they come away with from your class). Be clear in organizing your content. Don’t get overly creative with headings for your class. You want to make it easy to find information. For example, resources would be where they could find supply lists, places to buy supplies, other books, and handouts.
  • Under promise and over deliver. You will get raving fans by adding some bonus information. This doesn’t mean you cover everything you know. Think of it as offering good customer service. What could delight your students? Could you offer online office hours? Can you give critiques/ feedback on student work (this is a given for live online or high end courses but is also a nice addition as hot seat options for office hours for an evergreen course). Send personal emails with encouragement and try to get to know your students. Seek engagement.
  • Once you have your course done, preview it from the student view and see if it makes sense. If possible, have someone else look at it and see if the organization makes sense, is easy to follow and if they find any bugs or glitches.
  • Share a sample video in your sales and marketing. Give them a glimpse of what they will learn and your teaching style. Let them get to know you. Make sure that video sample shows you and that you sound energized and not monotone.
  • Make sure you have a welcome video that walks them through your teaching portal, where to find things, what to do if they get stuck, can’t get in, lost their password, etc., and any additional information. Think of this as what you would tell people right away.
  • When they finish the course, have a survey as part of the last module. Getting feedback helps you improve the class and also gives you a way to get testimonials to add to your sales page.
  • Consider offering transcripts of the videos. It is helpful for people who learn in different ways and also those who have hearing difficulties.
  • While your videos will mostly focus on seeing you create (your hands painting, etc.) try to also include you talking to them directly. It is hard to connect to a disembodied person. Having videos periodically where they see your face or you talking directly to the camera will help them feel a connection to you.

The other thing I recommend is that the course description and title be clear and to the point. Make sure students know what media they will be using, what level it is, and what they will be able to do afterwards. How long is the class (how many modules, total length of video content, any additional bonuses or resources).

Consider having payment options. If they pay in full it is less than if they pay in a couple of installments. Don’t make that difference too large though.

Here is a link to a free checklist that I had created for artists, Artist’s Course Planner Checklist: this is for teaching in person, most of it is relevant for online classes as well.

Some gear:

Bluetooth shutter remote for smartphones:

Smartphone tripod adapter:

GorillaPod stand. It wraps around things and is adjustable on lots of surfaces:

Gaffer tape. Great for taping your phone to a surface like a wall in front of you. It doesn’t leave a residue:

This is a strange and challenging time for everyone, but necessity is often the catalyst for explosive new growth. Don’t be afraid to try something new, be honest with your collectors and students, and see where your new journey takes you!

Have you taught an online course before? What advice would you share with your fellow artists?

Download transcript:

How to Sell Online Courses Transcript


Where can I sell art as a beginner artist? ›

How to start selling your art
  • Auction websites. Online auctions can be great places to get started selling art. ...
  • Online marketplaces. ...
  • Online art galleries. ...
  • Merchandising services. ...
  • Social networks. ...
  • Brick-and-mortar galleries. ...
  • Coffee shops & restaurants. ...
  • Consignment/boutique stores.
18 Mar 2019

How to market art online? ›

8 Free Ways to Market and Promote Your Art Online
  1. Start a Blog: ...
  2. Join a Social Media Network: ...
  3. Create Your Own Videos: ...
  4. Guest Post on Other Blogs: ...
  5. Join and Participate on Online Forums: ...
  6. Publish Free eBooks: ...
  7. Submit Your Blog Posts to Article Directories: ...
  8. Make Comments on Other Art Blogs:

How to sell art online 2022? ›

The 10 best websites to sell art online in 2022
  1. Fine Art America* Fine Art America has transformed the online art industry with the largest digital art marketplace in the world. ...
  2. ArtPal* ArtPal is a popular, FREE gallery to sell art and buy art, representing many thousands of artists. ...
  3. Art Storefronts* ...
  4. VSUAL*

What is the best platform for selling art online? ›

  • Etsy. You can't talk about sites to sell artwork without mentioning Etsy. ...
  • Amazon. These days, people buy just about everything on Amazon—and that includes art. ...
  • FineArtAmerica. ...
  • Saatchi Art. ...
  • Shopify. ...
  • TurningArt. ...
  • Society6.

How do you price art for beginners? ›

Multiply the painting's width by its length to arrive at the total size, in square inches. Then multiply that number by a set dollar amount that's appropriate for your reputation. I currently use $6 per square inch for oil paintings. Then calculate your cost of canvas and framing, and then double that number.

How do I start an art business from home? ›

10 Steps to Start a Successful Art Business
  1. Create great work. ...
  2. Get to know your target market. ...
  3. Get to know your marketplace. ...
  4. Develop a simple business plan. ...
  5. Regularly review your business plan. ...
  6. Create fans by creating opportunities. ...
  7. Make it easy for your fans to “connect” with you.
23 Feb 2010

How do I know if my art is good enough to sell? ›

But just because people aren't buying your work doesn't mean your work is not good enough to sell. If you are getting validation in the form of likes, comments, and followers, you are good enough to be selling your work. But to get sales you actually have to make sales. Just making art is not enough.

How do I start selling art from home? ›

Where to sell your art online:
  1. A standalone ecommerce site using an ecommerce platform like Shopify is a great place to start.
  2. Online marketplaces like Etsy, Amazon, or eBay can plug directly into your online store, allowing you to sync sales and reach wider audiences.
10 Aug 2022

How do I start marketing my art? ›

Start art marketing with an amazing online portfolio.
  1. Use a time-saving website builder. ...
  2. Curate that content. ...
  3. Ace your artist statement and about me page. ...
  4. Start blogging. ...
  5. Sell art online. ...
  6. Attend art exhibitions and fairs. ...
  7. Join artist organizations. ...
  8. Create a strategy for marketing art online.
24 Mar 2022

What is the best platform to promote art? ›

We have created a list of 10 social networks for artists to explore in 2022!
  • DeviantArt. Founded in August 2000, DeviantArt is the largest online social network. ...
  • Artstation. ...
  • Renderosity. ...
  • Behance. ...
  • Dribbble. ...
  • Discord. ...
  • Twitch. ...
  • Artist Network.
15 Feb 2022

How do I get clients for my art? ›

9-Step Guide to Marketing Your Art Without Being Salesy
  1. As a creative, you are constantly in pursuit of finding your authentic and real voice. ...
  2. Know your target audience. ...
  3. Learn where your target audience gathers. ...
  4. Write to one person. ...
  5. Use stories to engage. ...
  6. Write persuasively. ...
  7. Focus on THEM. ...
  8. Talk about the benefits.

What type of art sells best 2022? ›

The company's findings show that the most popular art styles in 2022 are expected to be abstract (54%), followed by contemporary (48%) and modern (42%) while 48% of designers indicating they anticipate an increase in use of sculpture.

What is the most profitable way to sell art? ›

7 Different Ways To Earn Money With Your Artwork
  • Sell Original Artwork.
  • Sell Art Prints.
  • Sell At An Art Fair.
  • Make use of Instagram's shop tool.
  • Open An Etsy Store For Your Art.
  • Offer The Option Of Commissions.
  • Licence Your Artwork.
  • Making Money As An Artist Is A Process.

Is it worth selling art online? ›

Supplement Your Income

Selling reproductions of your work online can supplement your income. Commission at an online gallery is generally a lot lower than a brick and mortar gallery. It can range from 1-5% on the low end and 10% on the high end. Websites can do this because they have lower overhead costs.

Which app is best for selling art? ›

Artsy is the largest online art marketplace with more than 1 million artworks by over 100,000 artists. Collect art from galleries around the world, bid in live auctions from wherever you are, and sell works from your collection.

How can I sell my art online without social media? ›

Top tips for being a successful artist without social media
  1. #1 – Have your own website. ...
  2. #2 – Optimize SEO to get seen as an artist. ...
  3. #3 – Use blogging to promote your art. ...
  4. #4 – Keep your subscribers with you. ...
  5. #5 – Contact your dream clients directly. ...
  6. #6 – Open an online art shop. ...
  7. #1 – Make personal connections.

How do I price my artwork to sell? ›

How to Price Consistently for Art Sales Success
  1. FORMULA 1: Square Inch × Dollar Amount.
  2. Example for a painting with a width of 18 inches, a length of 24 inches, a square inch multiplier of $4, and a material cost of $100:
  3. FORMULA 2: (Hourly Wage × Hours Spent) + Cost of Materials.

What is the best art program for beginners? ›

Best drawing apps for beginners
  • Procreate.
  • Adobe Photoshop Sketch.
  • Adobe Illustrator Draw.
  • Adobe Fresco.
  • Inspire Pro.
  • Pixelmator Pro.
  • Assembly.
  • Autodesk Sketchbook.

How much should I charge for my art? ›

Pay yourself a reasonable hourly wage, add the cost of materials and make that your asking price. For example, if materials cost $50, you take 20 hours to make the art, and you pay yourself $20 an hour to make it, then you price the art at $450 ($20 X 20 hours + $50 cost of materials).

Do I need to start a business to sell my art? ›

If you are selling any artwork yourself, it is a legal requirement to have a business license. It allows you to file for a DBA (Doing Business As) so that you can operate under the business name of your choice.

Should an artist have an LLC? ›

An LLC (limited liability company) is a popular business entity for artists that, as discussed above, provides enhanced liability protection for you as the owner— as well as the tax benefits of a partnership. In order to establish an LLC, you will need to file in your particular state.

Can I make a living selling my art? ›

Painters, illustrators, designers, graphic artists, and even sculptors can earn money by selling high-quality prints or copies of their work. There are two ways how you can turn your art into high-quality posters: Digitize your artwork with the help of professional photography or scanning.

What is the 50% rule in art? ›

The 50% rule is simple. All of the time you spend on drawing is to be divided into two equal portions. One half will include anything and everything you do with the purpose of improving your skills. Coursework, exercises, studies, tutorials, etc.

What is the 70/30 rule in art? ›

Using 70% cool colours and 30% warm colours, he gets the colours to pop. It's the small amount of warms that makes the cools come to life.

What size of art sells best? ›

But what size of art sells best? Should you make your art big and bold, or pocket-sized? I decided to find out. These are the best standard sizes for smaller art prints: 10″ x 8″ and 10″ x 12″, and for larger prints choose 16″ x 20″ frames.

How much money can you make selling art online? ›

Sell Digital Stock Artwork

According to, selling your designs or photos to stock websites could earn you between 15% to 60% from the total revenue of your sale, translating to anywhere from $20 to $20,000 per month! This website also indicated that a vector artist can earn $300 a month in passive income.

How do I brand myself as an artist? ›

How do I brand myself as an artist?
  1. Challenge yourself about your message and values. What do you want to express through your art? ...
  2. Keep it simple. ...
  3. Think of your audience. ...
  4. Making branding decisions too fast. ...
  5. Posting “off-brand” on social media. ...
  6. Being too rigid.
22 Jun 2022

What website do most artists use? ›

  • The Best Website Builders for Artists in 2022.
  • Squarespace.
  • Wix.
  • Shopify.
  • HostGator.
  • Format.
  • Zyro.
23 Nov 2022

How do I showcase my art online? ›

The Best Way to Display and Share Your Artwork Online
  1. Create online slideshows to organize your artwork.
  2. Embed a slideshow.
  3. Share your artwork.
  4. Boost your website.
  5. Send slideshows by email.
  6. Understand your audience.
  7. Upgrade your website to a new level.
2 Feb 2017

How do beginners get clients? ›

How to Find Your First Client: A Guide
  1. Educate yourself. The first key in getting clients is to know your market. ...
  2. Get an online presence. ...
  3. Leverage social media. ...
  4. Network. ...
  5. Use inbound marketing. ...
  6. Pet personal. ...
  7. Demonstrate value. ...
  8. Be consultative in your approach.
18 May 2022

How do I get my first 10 clients? ›

How To Get Your First 10 Customers Onboard?
  1. Identify the need. ...
  2. Identify your market. ...
  3. Position your Product as the Answer. ...
  4. Identify your first customers. ...
  5. Use your Network for Acquiring First Customers. ...
  6. Founders do the marketing. ...
  7. Acquiring your first 10 customers through a Private Mailing List.
1 Feb 2021

How do I get my first client as an agent? ›

8 Ways to Find Your First Customers
  1. Make a list. ...
  2. Look for referrals. ...
  3. Work your network. ...
  4. Show it off. ...
  5. Attend industry events. ...
  6. Team up with other business owners. ...
  7. Build an online presence. ...
  8. Spread the word on social.
5 Aug 2019

What art is trending in 2022? ›

A return to figurative art is one of the dominant trends of 2022. Artworks with strong references to the real world are taking back the stage, particularly those featuring human figures, but also landscapes and still-lives.

What kind of artist are in demand? ›

In-demand art careers
  • Video editor. National average salary: ₹2,36,020 per year. ...
  • Creative director. National average salary: ₹8,33,441 per year. ...
  • Interior designer. National average salary: ₹2,60,863 per year. ...
  • Graphic designer. National average salary: ₹2,41,384 per year. ...
  • Gallery manager. ...
  • Landscape architect.
22 Jul 2021

What type of art is most profitable? ›

  1. Posters. As far as wall art goes, posters are easily one of the most profitable ways to sell your designs online. ...
  2. Canvas Prints. Canvas prints have been around for hundreds of years, offering a tried-and-true way to sell your art online. ...
  3. Framed Artwork. ...
  4. Postcards. ...
  5. Greeting Cards. ...
  6. Apparel. ...
  7. Mugs. ...
  8. Bottles.
8 Jun 2021

What digital art sells the most? ›

A computer file created by Mike Winkelmann, the digital artist known as Beeple, was sold by the auction house Christie's on Thursday for $69.3 million, becoming the highest-selling piece of digital art ever.

What media do artists use for art? ›

There are a multitude of surfaces to paint and draw on.
  • Tempera. Tempera is a term that stands for paint mixed with cohesive materials, such as egg yolk, and describes the painting style and the art medium. ...
  • Oil Painting. ...
  • Acrylic painting. ...
  • Watercolors. ...
  • Charcoal. ...
  • Pastels. ...
  • Chalk. ...
  • Graphite pencils.

What kind of art is popular right now? ›

Abstract, contemporary, and modern art are the most popular styles of interior design. Media like sculptures, paintings, photographs, prints, and drawings are also trendy right now.

How can I sell my art online for free? ›

ArtPal is a popular, FREE gallery to sell art and buy art, representing many thousands of artists. No membership fees. No commission. Completely free with unlimited space to sell all of your art!

How do I sell my first artwork? ›

Putting Your Art Into the World

Start off small. Look into local art galleries, coffee shops, music venues, restaurants, and other businesses that may be interested in displaying your art. Put a small sign with your phone number and a price near each piece, and then wait.

How to start an art business from home? ›

Most Popular Ways to Start an Artists Business
  1. 1). Pick a Niche.
  2. 2). Pay Attention to Marketing.
  3. 3). Sell Artwork at Art Shows.
  4. 4). Art Business Registration of Art Gallery Business.
  5. 5). Use Professional Materials.
  6. 6). Take Part in Art Competitions.
  7. 7). Sell Stock Images on Websites.
  8. 8). Prints.
11 Oct 2021

How can I sell my art without social media? ›

Top tips for being a successful artist without social media
  1. #1 – Have your own website. ...
  2. #2 – Optimize SEO to get seen as an artist. ...
  3. #3 – Use blogging to promote your art. ...
  4. #4 – Keep your subscribers with you. ...
  5. #5 – Contact your dream clients directly. ...
  6. #6 – Open an online art shop. ...
  7. #1 – Make personal connections.

How do I get people to buy my art? ›

Keep them coming back for more with these seven tips to turn your art buyers into super fans.
  1. Impress Customers with Packaging. ...
  2. Create a Friendly Social Media Community. ...
  3. Pride Yourself on Top-Notch Customer Service. ...
  4. Keep in Touch. ...
  5. Send Surprise Perks. ...
  6. Make Your Top Customers Feel Extra Special. ...
  7. Share Social Proof.

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