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I got a question, just recently.. it was asking me on tips on selling your own art and stuff. 

about.. maybe.. 5-6 years ago. When I was drawing and painting and stuff. It was the first time i saw someone else doing a 'commission' 

I was curiious about it, confused, and wasn't sure it was a new thing to me. I saw someone earn 35 dollars by doing a ref. And to me that was a loooot of money! TO me that was like.. 3-4 hours of work in retail. I was like 'Holy shit? why do people buy your art? how did you do it?" 

when i asked an artist that, i got well ahahaha i got a bit of a rude answer. I was just being earnest but I believe I must have came off rude. -laughs-

I didn't know people bought art online. So... I studied it up, i looked easy to me (HA). I got myself a paypal, looked around and tried to figure out what was selling and tried to copy it. 

And I CANN saaay. It didn't work. I couldn't sell one piece of it. No one wanted it, no one needed it, I just couldn't crack the code on selling my art. I went from cheap to cheaper and it didn't work. 

So I said to myself after a few months of this. "fuck it! i'll draw for myself". 

I do, i fill my page with all the art I wanted to do for myself cause i had the time! I found it fun! refreshing, relaxing and enjoyable! it was an art haven. A few months later I get a message in my note box. 

It asks me how much my art is. Asks me how much it would be to do a peice for them.

IT BLEW MY MIND THE TIME I WASN"T EVEN TRYING TO GET MONEY THERE IT GOES it freaking falls in my lap! 

Thats. how i started.. The time I couldn't sell my art. 

Thats why i tell you guys to love your own stuff. 

When you chase contests, raffles, money, and all that other stuff... you won't get the success you expect...in fact you'll always be under someone elses thumb. Someone elses powers and needs. 

and that's not what you want to do with your life. I can promise you that. 


Hope that helps : ) 

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IMonsterDrool Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016  Professional General Artist
A classic case of "Drawing for what you make instead of drawing for what you become".
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yesssumm works like a charm 
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeaah hopefully we can save some peeps from it Xd
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janoscserkuti Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup that's me. Copying what one of the local successful artist is doing with my fan art. I enjoy it but it's not me. I have a HUGE list of ideas I want to create that is nothing like the fan art I do. And I haven't done anything lately because of this little dilemma. I guess I'm done doing those fan art pictures and it's time to get a few of those original ideas crossed off the list.
Thanks for this post.
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob, many artists start out this route! Hopefully i can shed some light and make it so you dont have to waste precious time like I plum have xddd
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Kierkitten Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you've obviously got a lot of comments and work but I just wanted to say, thank you. Thank you for posting this. It honestly is very inspiring and gives all of us artists who are struggling with our own stuff hope that maybe we can do it. And once you give someone hope, you've given them a reason to try their best to succeed at whatever it is they want to accomplish. So I repeat, thank you. It was a pleasure reading this and I shall now go and look at the art that was created by such an inspiring person.
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope and determination, I can't wait for that day you and many others will surpass me and other artists : D goodluck!
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Kierkitten Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I will try my best. I hope you will advance too, even though ur art is already practically flawless ^^
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BerylOwl Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016   General Artist
Thank you for your testimony! It gives me hope! Heart 
Also, I'm happy it works for you! ;)

OK! Now let's drawing what I really want!!!I am a dummy!

Have a nice day!:happybounce: 
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have a great one too, goodluck on your adventure of artttt!!
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L-James Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
I figure if nobody's gonna pay me for art right now I might as well draw something. I think if someone's considering a commission, it's also good for them to see that you're just active in posting art. If you do a lot of talking and not a lot of drawing, it might not look very promising to someone who wants to buy from you.

This is some very helpful insight! I love seeing where other artists started out. I already decided a little while ago to focus more on my own stuff, and if commissions come it will be a pleasant surprise! I still like doing challenges and contests though, they give me drawing ideas and force me to try new stuff.
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do lots of talking -laughs- but yesss some challenges are fun, like the 100 theme challenge.
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Pepperoonie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember that I once sold this commission:Comm: Intruder! by Malfey for 180 points because back then I thought that was a lot
I couldn't fathom how people had 1,000 something points 
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My first sale was 15 bucks on fa, ahaha. I feel there is a huge difference on fa n da xddddd. Cause holy sheet did ya get riiiiped, that artwork is amazing!!!
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Pepperoonie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah xDD
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Dofuuhua Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think i'm currently going through this kind of phase myself, like I'm starting to understand that in order for people to want my stuff, i need to show what people i'm all about. Plus, it kinda important to know what you're all about yourself. Self reflection and all.
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly if you can prove to yourself that you are worth every penny in the world. That you are proud and in love with your art and yourself.

People get attracted to that, its called charisma!
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oxime Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaaa
i never. really liked drawing for myself?
originally i started drawing so i could draw my warrior cat ocs!! but its been a few years and i find that, i, uh, don't do very much personal art??
it turns out that i enjoy drawing to make other people happy??? i want to be able to take commissions and when people see the finished piece theyre happy with what they got and they love it!!!
so its, harder climbing up that poll i guess? if i enjoyed drawing for myself i probably would take it, but the only art i do for me is traditional and i dont ever post it
its so Odd to me that there are people who think differently about art even though? im the minority thinker i guess!!!
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I.. have to say a lot of people are like you. They like doing art for other people and want to please them and make others happy. Its actually a very common thing! especially with younger artists. Even older artists are like this and will do anything to please strangers. 

Doing art for someone is nice, but getting paid to draw for someone is nicer : D 


but hey this is only my experience -shrugs- people will always go on their own path and learn their own way. 
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oxime Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aa yeah!!!
i generally draw for money but, not that much considering im young, unskilled in a majority of areas, and pretty unfamous??
idk i plan on growing hopefully!! maybe ill get to a point where im happy with my art enough to find personal art fun?? eep

thank you so much for all these journals, though?? it means so much!!!
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no probs! it was a good quesiton I was asked, and I think..sometimes when people see us peeps who have been doing it for a while. Its hard to understand that all this stuff. Takes time. It takes time. 

if you cheat your way you'll end up only getting the short end of the stick when someone passes you with flying colors. 
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MariiCreations93 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember my first commission here in dA was about like 35 :points: or close to that number xD it was later that a few people come to me and asked for commissions. And I did reduced my prices but it was worst until last year that I decided the prices that I have now are good for now and that can keep me motivated. And again, just a few commission me but at least is better than nothing :'D and finally today someone from Uruguay, a friend of mine requested a digital commission. I have to settle everything in western union to receive the money once the piece is done :) and I am happy for that, and also the commissions that my mom asks me hehe. 

I just opened my comms again this year, tho this time I only have 2 slots open to know my limits, but I will not be like sharing my journal like everywhere (1. because I still have stuff to do, and 2. I want to wait just like you did). I want it to be natural, that people see my art and know me and know my style and if they like it really really like it, might commission me sometime. I will just wait for it to happen :)

In the meantime I will keep improving ^w^
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think thats a nice relaxed route that i can admire. Keep on working on it! reach for the stars and pass all your idols 
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MariiCreations93 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! :) I will do my best to success in my goals ^-^
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batwinqs Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
well! guess it's time to stop trying to sell my soul for a video game and draw everything for myself!
i always feel so guilty when i do because everything i make it a left-facing 3/4 waist up of bat. 

but ay, if you improve, what's the damage?
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aslong as those 3/4 waist up bats loook better and better per drawing ya doing alllrighhhttt -thumbs up- 
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batwinqs Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
hopefully they do!!
i honestly can't tell!
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
like when you can't tell the moon is moving until you look at it from moments pass. 

It takes a while to see change. so just keep at it!
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mute-owl Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
i was lucky to start as a child, i never even intended to make money. the first design i ever made sold for 50 points. before then, they were exclusively requests. i just wanted to draw. i'm lucky it all worked out for me and now i'm actually fairly self sufficient from my art. uwu
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahahah! you are a lucky star child! ahahah i remember my first artworks and it was jsut becuase i wanted to show off my art online cause da was a brand new world to me X//d this was before points and everything -laughs- 
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mute-owl Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
i was def here before points, but they were a good option for a kid without paypal really xD
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahaha i think i may be too old and my old be talking but... i think the points really made a whole new genre of artists.. that are hungry to make art for the wrong reasons. 

like a point system in a game, where its a killer count or a score, the higher you get the more you feel happy but your killing other characters/players for it XD its fun but creates a wildly different environment then what i had!
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ruewitch Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
I would love to live off my art, but I'm a lazy clod that cannot adhere to deadlines. So a few commissions here and there fulfills my art need.

Now if there were a company that would pay me to sit in a room and doodle all day......I could do that.
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dream job #1  u///wu 
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ruewitch Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
Stick me in the hole Saddam Hussein crawled out of and supply me with wifi and hot pockets. Dream job.
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AbyssalRadiance Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student General Artist
This is actually really motivating considering I almost never get commissions. Most of my comm's never break about 50-100:points:
I got one commission and got paid $25 for it, once.

I haven't had a real commission in forever. I plan on doing commission examples of things I'll do for people.

I do a lot of art for others, if you look through my stuff..lots of gifts and trades because I love doing stuff for people and seeing their ecstatic comments, you know?
I only draw for myself when I finish everything for others..but then I end up taking on more trades and things, and all my personal work is left on my to-do list for weeks...I once had personal work I wanted to do that was on my list for months before I trashed the idea.

This journal is great and so true.
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do your personal work, your time is very valueble, and when you waste it on tryign to make others happy,.. i mean its nice but..you aren't doing anythign for yourself. 

be a little greedy. you deserve your time and your life to be yours. 
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AbyssalRadiance Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student General Artist
Yeah.
I put trades on hold for now, since my to-do list is pretty long now xD
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh trades are with other people though go finish those so they aren't mad XDDD 

then work on that to do list 
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AbyssalRadiance Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student General Artist
yuuuuus
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mamasaurus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
also, all your polls and journals are really inspiring and cheer me up a lot and I just want to hug you sometimes.
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm glad .//w. i figure if i share it can just help others out a bit, I'm human despite my UNGODLY LOOKS AND SKILLS -POSES- 
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mamasaurus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
OH GOSH IKR? ////basks in your glory
hhhh shower some of your talent on me dear monster owl ruler!

XD

but srsly... thank you <3 I don't really, doubt in my art very much, but i doubt in myself, my focus, ect...and your stuff really helps me sometimes hh ty! <3
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H-appysorry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAH EXACTLY 
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