It has been a while, but I expect to be making a lot of posts in the next week or so. Today, I wanted to focus on selling art. As I have begun to think about how I want to make money as an artist, I’ve wanted to find a way to make money right away. While the goal would be to get a commission or illustration work, I want to get my work on something right away. I’ve already decided I want to use Printfection to create two separate “brands” of t-shirts. I’ve had a store on there for about a year, and I like the quality of their work. I had done some research beforehand, and they seem to be better than Zazzle or Cafepress. I’m still not sure if that is the “best” way to go, but since my beginnings here are rather modest, I think that will work for me.
I’m also thinking about doing some self-publishing. I have an idea for a book and I think that is a good way to get my creativity and work into the hands of people. Lulu seems to be a good choice, but I have not done the research completely. I will have to make sure it will allow me to upload specific files. That will be the key.
The one thing I have not seen yet is a place that will make nice art prints. I realize that this will take some research. One thing I need to think about is what to put on the prints. Much of what I do is not conducive to art prints…at least, that is my first thought. I do not want to make art JUST to put it on prints, but once again, it seems like a good avenue for getting my work into the hands of people.
Overall, I do not want to cheapen what I do just by slapping it on something. I’d like to have some quality control over what is produced even though I realize I will be unable to produce products in-house…obviously. Yes, I could make some funny sayings and plop it on a t-shirt and make some money in a number of different ways, but that is not going to get me noticed the way I want to be noticed.
Still much to think about…