Anonymous said: Excuse me, lady. Do you have a boyfriend?
I do indeed, for the last four years and eight months! It’s been a very fun ride so far :)
And for my assignments and exams to conclude this semester. I will have more art soon!
“Poor people stay poor because they do arts degrees.”
Sophomore Engineering Student (via shitrichcollegekidssay)
Poor people stay poor because other artists have allowed the industry to degrade to a level that people drastically undervalue art. In graphic arts, an independent artist typically makes below minimum wage. So many people take advantage of starting out and struggling artists, that they offer “exposure” as compensation. Or a hideously low rate. I have had people offer to pay me just $5/page for color work. And they saw nothing wrong with this offer. This is for something that I typically spend 4-6 hours per page on. And there are artists out there so desperate for ANY money, they will accept those offers. And thus perpetuate the idea that this is okay.
No, poor people aren’t poor because they take art degrees. They’re poor because there are entitled assholes who take advantage of them so they can turn a bigger profit.
Art is everywhere. Try to imagine a world without it. Without graphics. Without font design. Without logos. Everything done in the same, bland typefaces, with no images and no sense of color. Artists are more than people who sit and make pretty pictures. They are what gives companies an image, an identity. So why are they treated like the lowest possible rank?
Anonymous said: Your art is hella cool, and I love it all<33
A lot of people have asked me if having a print account, such as Society6, is ‘worth it.’ Of course, it starts out slow as you expose your work and build up an audience. And of course, you only make a small profit from the prints and merchandise sold (however, you are able to choose what your work sells for and thus the profit gained from each sale). Most popular print sites such as Society6 and Redbubble are quite flexible and are assertive towards the artwork of the artist, the quality of the merchandise sold and to the customers who buy the product. In addition, the companies tend to share artist’s work and link to their print accounts on the front of their websites or through Facebook, and even personally contact artists and address questions made by customers.
The $1,633 that’s been paid completely has accumulated since I first started my Society6 account in around May, 2012 (the first image). The $677 pending transactions and the $95 that have been cleared have been all from this month (thanks to ‘I Fucking Love Science’ for sharing my work and linking to my Society6 page, 95% of those sales were made within a few days). So, exposure is a good thing! And often these websites double in another online portfolio and art-based community which is neat.
On my first month, I made $15.60, then got around to the $40-$70 mark (the second image). By this year, I was making over $100-$150 each month and in this last month I’ve made over $700. Most of my sales come from only a few select pieces of work, others are not very popular, which further goes to show what types of artwork are appealing for merchandise.
Another great thing about Society6/Redbubble etc. is that you retain the copyright to your artwork and designs. I’ve been offered to sell my artwork via many small, independent companies (often overseas) that wish to commission me or buy the rights to already existing or future artworks and use them for merchandise. I always decline because I don’t know how my artwork is being utilised and managed. Bigger companies are much more trustworthy and have a huge array of amazing artists that recommend them. I will be adding more and updating my Society6 in the near future and possibly making a Redbubble account as well. Other worthy websites to check out include Behance and Etsy. Here’s another whole rundown on other websites that offer similar features.
So yes, having a print account is worth it if you’re willing to expose your work like you do with any other website and to update it frequently, and of most importance, appealing to a target audience (some things make cooler prints than others, or cooler T-Shirt designs than others). There are some hugely popular and amazing artists on these websites that are so well established with their work and the products they sell, that they make a rather comfortable profit. While these websites probably aren’t enough to pay your rent consistently, they offer a good opportunity to gather cash on the side and to showcase your work as well.
Edit: I’ve now made nearly $1,000 this month now. Worth it!
Society6 FAQ | Redbubble FAQ
So ‘I Fucking Love Science’ on Facebook shared my ‘The Fabric of Life’ drawing (with appropriate credit woo!). Since it’s a pretty big hit on Tumblr, Pinterest and now Facebook, I won’t be surprised if I bump into someone randomly that does actually have it as a tattoo.