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How do I start selling my art and making a name for myself?

I’m a young artist and I’ve always wanted to do art for a living I’m just not sure how to start (for context I’m a sketch artist) I would greatly appreciate it if someone could help me with this!!

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Becky’s Answer

Set time aside to create everyday.

In addition to the suggestions already offered, create a website to showcase and sell your work as well as collect information from people who are interested in following your work. Many people coming to fairs and booths want to see more of your work and will go online to look if there is an option to do so.

Consider creating a product with your art and use an online crowdfunding source to fund, if it is a multiple unit production requirement, or use a print on demand service, if it can be reproduced one at a time, and sell it . For example, a book about how to sketch, a coloring book, playing card deck, cups, T-shirts, etc. If you are not sure what product to create to feature your art, there are online tools to help research what people are most interested in at the time.

Here is a link to one of many online guides with additional information about how to get started online with a product featuring your art.

https://www.junglescout.com/blog/product-research-guide/

Best of luck!
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Tiffany’s Answer

Hi Hannah!

Utilize social media! Take pics of your work and post online. Advertise that you are selling your pieces or auction off one of your sketches. If you have a local farmers market or flea market look into setting up a table so that you can display your work for sale. Get creative and make videos that show a few steps that lead to the results of a sketch. Social media and local events will get your work out there as well as your name. I would also look into your local art galleries and pick someone there brain about getting started. I hope this helps and good luck!
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Nancy’s Answer

Areas I would check out is if you have access to a local farmers/craft market, coffee shops and possible local art studios that might have other ideas. Etsy is also a great way to showcase and sell artwork.
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Eugene’s Answer

I would also suggest to explore storyboarding or helping with draw/cell animation projects (a lot of student and independent productions would be happy to have storyboard artist). this would also give good exposure to other artists in other disciplines
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Sari’s Answer

I think social media is really the best tool as it can be difficult to approach galleries directly. Most do not accept unsolicited submissions. Attending a college or graduate program that specializes in fine art can be very beneficial as often these programs have active alumni networks and other helpful connections.
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Madisyn’s Answer

Hi Hannah,

Social media is an amazing way to showcase your artwork to the world! Nowadays, it's simpler than ever to reach out to possible buyers through platforms such as TikTok and Twitter, which can help your art become widely popular. I recommend sharing your creations and using appropriate hashtags to ensure that people who might be interested can discover your talent.

Wishing you the best of luck!
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Roxana’s Answer

My suggestion is pretty much like what others have shared here. Make the most of social media, as it's the best option nowadays. Snap photos, provide a short explanation for each of your masterpieces, and begin promoting them.
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