Tuesday, February 24, 2009
When I was young my art of choice was music. I used to play the piano. I'd practice all the time - except when it was time to play, or watch tv, or do anything else. Basically I should have been practicing, but spent my time elsewhere - until it was that horrible time of the week when I had to meet with a piano teacher. Then I was furiously plinking those ivory keys.
At the beginning of college I was even contemplating going into some sort of musical field involving the piano - less so because I loved it than that it seemed dressing up in a shirt and tie and sitting in a cubical. One thing I lacked was the musical instinct. I could hit the right cords and such - and read the music sheet - but I couldn't just sit down and play. I couldn't improvise...I could only play what I saw in front of me.
At one point I was sitting there on my little upright steinway with a jazz piano book and I just couldn't do it. So I gave it up and started drawing. And realized my improvising instincts lay in this field. I could actually sit down with a sheet of paper (or a blank computer screen) and just create something.
Right now I'm obsessed with drawing things for
and other various stock illustration websites. So far so good! If you have illustrations (that you own the rights to...that part is important) you should start putting them up. Obviously not your personal children's book life and soul work - but if you're like me, you've got a computer chalk full of drawings (or a sketchbook or whatever) and it's nicer if they're making money than just sitting there collecting dust.
Check it out...
Monday, February 23, 2009
Click here if you wanna join shutterstock yourself!
Anyway - it's a weird line to be walking - do you draw things that, in your opinion, are going to be popular? Or do you draw what you like and hope people will also like them. It comes down to instinct. I've now put up about 130 images on Shutterstock - that's 130 different illustrations - about 80 of them were created in the last 3 weeks (I said I was obsessed). But what is purchased from my uploads is always a surprise. I did about 10 different drawings for valentines day and the one I spent the least amount of time on and just threw up on the site because I finished it turned out to be my most downloaded image so far...by a longshot. I guess it was my instinct to do the image in the first place - and I trusted my art background and composition instincts to lead me towards a successful piece...but it's unpredictable.
Last week my instinct led me to do this image:
I thought, "people like cars...this is a popular car...or at least a recognizable one" and figured it would sell. I had previously drawn an ambulance, a fire truck, and a police car (all which are doing well), but what about some real cars!?!? Turns out I should have read the fine print. This image was turned down at 5 of the 6 places I put up stock illustrations. It's a copyright issue. The image looks too much like a hummer (because it is a hummer). Sadly, there went 2 solid hours of work.
This morning I did this image -
It's more of a clipart and possibly boring illustration. But will it sell? I'm still waiting for approval (it will be approved as long as I don't use the word post-it note, which is a copyright infringement) but it's probably going to be a more popular image...or will it? Time will tell...my instincts lead me all over the place...some have been very successful, and others had answered with a hollow silence...in the meantime, it's been a lot of fun.
I've been doing more drawing now than ever before - and even the 'boring' illustrations of post-it notes have been a lot of fun to create. Anyhow - if you want to join in at all -
Submit Photos or art to Shutterstock and make money!
and vector images are the most popular type of illustration...
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
What's nice is that even though I'm doing art for myself, it's also selling on stock sites. One of the best that I'm currently on is the aforementioned shutterstock.
I suggest anyone reading this - especially if they do vector art should sign up and start making money on their art right away. And multiple times!
Go here - http://submit.shutterstock.com/?ref=325258 - if you take my referal, then you make money and I make 3 cents off of you! And I like my pennies!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Another type of celebration was this whole Obama election thing. I have more of a wait and see attitude with it all instead of the whole crying, hopeful, glued to the tv set thing. To commemorate the celebration of change and hope and everything that our new president stands for I drew this:
Now sure it isn't your red white and blue "hope" Obama drawing, but that fella struck gold with that illustration.
Anyway - I'm edging up towards a hundred images on Shuterstock - this is one of my latest vector based illustrations. If you haven't read my previous posts (and if you care) shutterstock is one of the more popular stock photography and illustration sites on the web. I started posting vector illustrations on there about a week ago because I had all this art sitting on my computer that was going to waste. Now it's sitting online making money.
You make a quarter for every download (which sounds like nothing), but those can add up very quickly...you might wonder why I'm telling you this - well. I'll tell you. If you want to join up with Shutterstock then click on this link - http://submit.shutterstock.com/?ref=325258 - you'll get your quarters and I'll get a 3 cent commission for recommending you! It's a win win for us all. And they don't have to be vector based illustrations, you can put up jpgs too, but vectors seem to sell better...unless your jpg is totally awesome.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Anyway - if you have images, especially vector images, you can upload them to shutterstock and start making money off of them!
And because I told you - use this link - http://submit.shutterstock.com/?ref=325258 - so that way you get your quarter (per download) but I get 3 cents!
Now - it sounds stupid - because what're ya gonna do with a quarter? The guy that recommended me to the site (I actually found the info on his website through illustration friday) has a couple of pieces that pull in the thousands of downloads. And he consistantly makes a few thousand each month. And that's for images that would otherwise just be sitting on your computer doing nothing. I'm making my quarters...you should too...unless you don't have vector images...then nevermind.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
So currently I'm working on these: for shutterstock.com. If I had all the time in the world I'd do so many and earn so many quarters!
But really - how do you, as an artist, make money on art that's just sitting there. Say you had a freelance project...or were even just working on your own stuff - how do you make money when it's all said and done? One way I've just discovered is to put your work up on photography sites under the illustration section. It's making a passive art portfolio - you have art that's just sitting on your computer (vector images work the best), and it's just collecting dust...if they're good images or logos or icons, you can start making money with them...all you have to do is upload them to Shutterstock.com - I'm working on getting approved to be on other similar sites, but this is the first one. You get 25 cents a download - which may seem like nothing, but it's better than what the picture was doing for you earlier.
If you decide to try it - http://submit.shutterstock.com/?ref=325258
my referal number is 325258 (if you cared). Anyway - I would keep talking, but I'm going to go back to making money. One quarter at a time.
Friday, February 06, 2009
Also there's a lot more action going on...rather than just reverence for time (which didn't make much sense)...
Hopefully I'll have a chance to clean it up and color it for real...but we'll see...