How Do I Sell My Drawings?

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You can go about selling your drawings in a few different ways depending on your preferences and the means available to you. Learn how to sell your drawings with help from an experienced graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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Hey, everyone. I'm Gene Shaw. I'm an illustrator and graphic designer. I've been working in the industries for I don't know, over ten years. It's been a long time. Today, I'm going to tell you a little bit about how to sell your drawings. There are a couple of ways on the internet that you can sell your drawings before you actually have a job drawing, say a comic artist or a concept designer or any number of things. The main one that I use is called Deviantart.com. Now this one is pretty popular amongst professional artists and the reason is because anything that you can scan in or anything that you do digitally you can show everyone on Deviant Arts, send a link to it and you don't have to pay for hosting or do any fancy internet stuff. You just upload the image directly and right when you upload the image they have an option that you can click if you want to sell your drawings and you can decide then if you want to do poster size drawings, if you want to do post card size prints, pretty much anything that you can imagine that you can have your drawing on, Deviant Art will print for you and you can put it right up in their store, send people to that link and people will also browse through Deviant Art and if they see your images and they like your drawings, they'll just buy it outright themselves and you don't have to do any advertising. So that would be the way that I would start to sell your drawings. Aside from that, get to know some local art gallery professionals, get to know the managers of the art galleries, get to know the owners if you can and see if you can organize even a small corner of their gallery to showcase your drawings. Obviously, you're not going to start out making a million dollars for each drawing, but you'll start to get a local following and then maybe sometime later down the road, talk to the manager, talk to the owner and put on a full show at the gallery. Aside from that, probably the best way to keep eating while you're holding your craft is to try and get a job in comic books, get a job in illustration somewhere, get a job in concept design. So, that's basically it, that's how you sell your drawings.

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