How to start a digital art business?
What you’ll learn in this guide:
When it comes to starting an online business, there are countless options. Many different niches to explore and products to sell. However, if you’re looking for an easy way into the world of entrepreneurship, then one idea that’s always profitable is selling digital goods. In particular, digital art. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to get started including how much it costs, where to get your artwork from and what software is needed.
How much does it cost?
While there’s a lot of potential in many types of online businesses, one that will always be profitable is selling digital goods. In particular, digital art. If you already have some artistic ability then it’s as easy as picking a subject and drawing something up for your first piece of artwork. To get started with your first image, the only things you’ll need to outlay are:
Time : While there is some work involved in creating a piece of digital art, you can complete it in a relatively short amount of time. It’s the post processing that will eat into your day and take up hours.
Software: There are some really good, free art programs out there (including one built right into Windows), but if you want to invest in your business, then we recommend Adobe Photoshop which you can get for under $10/month.
Where to get your artwork from?
You can work for free, but you’ll always make more money if you’re coming up with original content of your own. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a little inspiration from other digital artists out there and use their ideas as a jumping off point for your own. There are plenty of resources online for free artwork, but if you want to make buying digital art part of your business plan, then the sites below are well worth checking out.
Canva : This is one of our favorite places for getting affordable, high quality imagery without having to create it ourselves. Most pieces cost about $1 and there is a really good range of templates to choose from. Toptal : If you’re looking for something that’s more original, then hiring a freelance digital artist could be the perfect option. You can get in contact with talented artists who will price their work according to your requirements and budget. The only downside is that you’ll often need deep pockets (prices can easily go over $100 for something really unique). Deviantart : Another great place to get affordable (and mostly free) artwork. There are thousands of digital artists out there who will sell their images via this site at an incredibly low price.
What software is needed?
While you don’t need any specialised design skills to create beautiful digital art, you will need some software to actually create it. There are hundreds of programs out there which you can use but in our opinion, the best one for beginners is Microsoft Paint. It’s simple enough so that anyone can pick it up in minutes, yet powerful enough so that you don’t feel restricted when creating your masterpiece.
After all, there’s no better feeling than the moment you finish a drawing and look back on your creation with pride.
How can I sell my digital art?
Once you’ve created your image, the next step is getting it in front of people who’ll actually pay for it. While there are countless ways to make money online nowadays, here are some of the best ideas for selling your artwork:
Etsy : As long as you have some images to upload, this is a great starting point. You can set up an online shop on their website in minutes and they’ll even help you get it out there through their social media channels. eBay : Another really good place where people are always looking to buy great artwork. Whether you’re looking to sell individual images or start an ongoing business, eBay has everything set up for you.
Creative Market : This is a community where design-minded people come together to buy and sell their craft. It’s a little different from the other marketplaces mentioned here because it doesn’t have a focus on traditional art and craft. It’s mostly digital designers selling their wares, so if you’re looking to sell your work in a different way, this could be the place for you to grow an audience.