I’m thinking about investing in making prints of my drawings and selling them on Etsy. Does anyone have any experience with this? I’m just worried they won’t sell, and don’t really have any idea what to ask for them. What do y’all think? http://kaylashaffer.deviantart.com/gallery/
@kaylashaffer, you’re right to worry. Art prints don’t sell well except for a small percentage of sellers who are willing to make Etsy their full time job. However, what else could you do with your drawings? Use them as cover art for a blank journal? Create calendars, iphone skins, hand-drawn stationery / envelopes / notecards / wedding invitations? You can have fabric printed with your designs. Make placemats, Christmas cards, gift wrap, lampshades, dog tags, or shower curtains. Selling art prints won’t get you far. Using your art in more useful ways could be the start of something big. Good luck.
@ijesuschrist, http://www.etsy.com/listing/113943966/drunk-funk-abstract-surreal-geometrical That one is badass, but etsy is so damn over-saturated.
Don’t be worried, maybe they will sell, maybe they won’t.
Give it a try, I registered and I’m putting my stuff on it soon (I paint feathers).
I’d say start low, maybe even as low as the costs of making your prints, if you liked making up, hell, why would you want to make profit? Or that plus a small % of profit.
Or any price you like.
@donetodeath4, Thanks, those are really good ideas. The only reason I was leaning towards prints was because a lot of people want me to draw them stuff, and making prints seems like a solution to tearing pages out of my sketchbook. But I really like your idea of making something useful out of them. Any suggestions as to how to get started?
@kaylashaffer, seriously just search etsy and look for popular sellers / items.
You’ll see that in order to sell prints you need a LOT of color, and a pretty new technique.
Otherwise if you take characters and figures and stuff and put them on iPhone cases with adhesive something, you’ll sell a lot more.
So, if you do a lot of color and can paint pretty pictures of trees or explosions of neon-colors and stuff, yes go for prints.
but if you do sketches, drawings, or abstract inks like me, better… uhm. Yeah. Don’t follow my foot steps lol, it isn’t rewarding other than the work itself (which is still rewarding of course!).
@ijesuschrist, I just started last month. Really loving it as a means of pushing artistic ideas. The fact that I’ve started later in life has kind of changed my approach, whereas I imagine as a kid I would have probably gone down the big letters and numbers road, but instead I’m going for more abstract stuff.
@brandonphillips, I really like your picture with the owls and the arrow through them. :)
@ijesuschrist, The stuff I do is really colorful. I draw designs in ink and then the shape turns into an animal usually. Sometimes it’s just a cluster of designs too. Haha. I posted a link to my deviant art gallery if you wanna check it out. I really just have fun with it.
@staylucky Keep it up, man! Starting art turned out to be one of the greatest things I could have done for myself. It makes me feel really good to finish something and then think, “Wow, I created that.” I just started fooling around with it this summer.
@kaylashaffer, Cool. There are definitely similar genre artists on Etsy I’ve seen, in fact I bought a piece from them… but I was surprised when it arrived, to be the first print she made of it. I was like “Whoa, really? I’m the first to buy from her?!”
So.. be aware, and don’t get down if it doesn’t sell. Etsy’s main points are arts & crafts sales, like a giant hand-made Michael’s store.
There’s a lot of material online on on etsy successes and shops and I recommend getting involved in forums on this topic and network in person at fairs and conventions for best results. Start with small investment, publicize yourself on tumblr and the like places online to have your work passively circulate online, be active in your niche market, and learn about small business as yours grows. Generally, art is tricky with profit and my best advice in this is don’t count on it financially but see where it can take you. Your work is fantastic! I like that you have a signature style that is recognizable and unique – this is important. I have another possibility as long term suggestion – think about learning the software yourself and cutting out some of the middle man processes as your work looks super friendly to scan and get ready at home.