Participation in contests
Contests are good because you can win good cash prizes, and there is a chance that you will be noticed by large galleries and art dealers. Illustrations
The art market is not limited to painting only. You can make illustrations for magazines, books, online media, draw prints for clothing brands, bed linen, design packaging, postcards, make logos, commercial and advertising illustrations. Sites where you can search for customers and sell ready-made images, for example SpoonFlower
This is a good source of passive income. The meaning of stock sites is that you upload an image once, but it can download dozens, hundreds or thousands of times. You can post not only your own illustrations, but also details of paintings, as well as photos. The more images you add, the more chances your customers will find your portfolio. I used to add all my pictures to stock sites, then I turned to photos. The last image that I bought on this site was a bouquet of flowers that my husband gave me.
Most popular sites: Shutterstock
, Adobe Stock. Auctions
The most famous major auctions of Christie's and Sotheby's - the dream of every artist! But now it's not about them, but about small online auctions, where a novice artist can sell his work. Popular community is on Facebook "Pictures at friendly prices (rus)
." You put the minimum cost for which you do not mind selling your picture, and then people start to bet. The auction lasts a day. The person who offered the highest price for your work takes the picture.
You can find similar groups in your country.Teaching
If you are a professional, you can earn on holding workshops or individual lessons. Online education is very popular. Popular platforms for creating online courses it's Udemy
and GetCourse. You can also create a YouTube channel with video tutorials and eventually generate ad revenue. Partnership with art material manufacturers
A very popular trend now is to become an ambassador of a brand and tell its subscribers about it, use its products at creative workshops. There are many options for cooperation and monetization in this case, it all depends on your negotiation skills.