How to Make Money as an Artist in India.

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Are you an Artist in India and wondering how to make money out of art?

Sometimes it gets difficult to sell art pieces to people, in India especially, where most people aren’t so objective about art pieces; you’d struggle to make ends meet as an artist.

But not being able to sell is no reason to worry because, in this post, I will show you practical ways to Make Money as an Artist in India, all setbacks notwithstanding.

Here are 8 ways to make money selling art pieces in India:

  1. Sell Art on Etsy.

Etsy is an online platform where you can sell your art.

On Etsy, you display your art to thousands and millions of potential clients and buyers who can easily buy your products and make you money.

Anything artistic including wall decorations, visual arts, artistic clothing, jewelry, and much more sells easily and like hotcakes on Etsy.

Apart from handmade art, you can also sell digital products on Etsy.

Interestingly, Etsy offers free shipping of art to clients.

  1. Saatchi Art.

Saatchi Art is a platform on which you can sell fine art such as canvas paintings.

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The value of fine art over digital art still remains because you cannot easily reproduce traditional art online. And this is the basis on which Saatchi Art operates.

If you are skilled in paintings or in any form of fine art, go ahead and join Saatchi. An online platform that connects you with clients from India and all over.

  1. Sell Your Work via Sellfy.

Sellfy offers you a platform on which you can reach a wide potential clientele for your vector designs.

Artwork ranging from logos to illustrations, character designs and icon packs are among the artwork you can sell on Sellfy.

Are you skilled in any form of vector designs?

Then position your business on Sellfy and benefit from the thousands of potential clients that visit Sellfy online daily.

Music artists, writers, and knitters can also sell their work via Sellfy.

  1. Start an Instagram Business.

Despite Instagram being a leading social media platform, it also turns out to be a leading marketplace for all things visual. Post those sample artworks on your Instagram stories and posts.

Out of your following and public participation on other people’s posts, you’ll reach and meet potential clients.

Connect with them wherever they are and sell your art to them.

Ensure you post high-quality photos of your work, well captioned, and using the relevant hashtags and regularly so. Your bio should also tell enough of who you are and what you do so that potential clients know about your work at a single glance.

  1. Grants for Artists.

Search online for grants for artists.

So many government and non-government organizations organize competitions and grants for artists to promote them and their work.

More than enough of such opportunities are available in India.

Take part in any or several and stand chances of eating life with a big spoon as an Indian Artist.

You realize that some grants and prizes may be so huge that the artist can actually invest bigger in their artwork and spend the rest of their life in prosperity.

Try your luck to get a grant or win a competition for artists. You stand chances of getting substantial amounts of money and recognition for your work.

  1. Art Blog.

Who said that blogs must always be written content?

Did you know that as an artist, you can actually create an imagery blog and become successful blogging? Yes, you can do that.

Alternatively, you can just narrate in few words and incorporate images of artwork to complement words.

Sharing your experiences via words, images and videos is enough and these can earn you a huge following and money.

Once you incorporate blog-related features like paid ads, sponsored content, and affiliate marketing, you will realize that art blogging is another gold mine.

  1. Teach Art to Make Money as an Artist in India

Did you know that you don’t need to sell art to make money?

You can also teach art, whether face to face or online tutorials.

The fee paid by your clients, those willing to learn art, is enough to give you the best life you have always wanted to live. Strive to get enough clients and price your service well.

Market your Art teaching adequately via social media and other platforms. 

Sell art courses and guides online and even create a YouTube channel for the purpose of showcasing your service. 

  1. Original Work Commissions.

Selling your prints online is one thing, and selling your original work is another.

Actually original work pays better than selling prints of your work.

While marketing your artwork online, via social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, mention on your bio or posts that you accept commissions.

Alternatively, Artfinder, Art Please, Artists&Clients among many others, are sites you can get clients for commission portraits and other forms of art.


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