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Hello! Can I make money doing this?

Discussion in 'Illustration Forum:' started by traviswellman, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. traviswellman

    traviswellman New Member


    Can I make any money from drawing things like this? I didn't go to university or art school, I can't really to confess to know what I'm doing exactly.





  2. linziloop

    linziloop Member

    Maybe try approaching a couple of tattoo shops and selling the black and white designs on as tattoos? Or approaching some comic book publishers with a portfolio? Or if you're any good at writing - write your own comic books OR, if you have a friend who is good at writing - partner up with them.

    There is also the option of selling prints of your artwork on places like

    Try having your own website and market yourself as a freelance illustrator?

    There's money to be made if you're willing to put the effort in, but it's not going to be a get rich quick solution :icon_wink:

    Personally i really like them and i think you have potential, if i ever need an illustration doing in that style, I'll come look you up ;)
  3. Helen

    Helen Member

    They are really good! :icon_notworthy:

    I would agree with linziloop - sell your artwork!

    Get yourself your own website, and maybe you could also sell one of a kind illustrations?
  4. wdltd

    wdltd Member

    You could look at getting some of them screenprinted onto A2 and A1 stock. Could look really nice in two colour. Then you could sell them as poster art.
  5. Minuteman Press

    Minuteman Press Moderator

    May be worth approaching a few publishers - they're often looking for new artists that have not been seen before. Try the Writers and Artists Yearbook in the first instance.
  6. Site Engine

    Site Engine Member

    Do you know enough to do this digitally?

    If you can do illustration and produce digital output, there is a good amount of money to be made as a freelance illustrator.
  7. traviswellman

    traviswellman New Member

    What is the Writers and Artists Yearbook
  8. Minuteman Press

    Minuteman Press Moderator

  9. traviswellman

    traviswellman New Member

  10. Peter_su88

    Peter_su88 Member

    I really like them! you got skills

    Go to japan
  11. amanda_uk

    amanda_uk New Member

    i think your illustrations are really great and I think yo could do really well with this, you just got to find the right people who are looking for your work - freelancing may a good start to get your name out there along with a good website, incorporating your illustrations :) good luck!! :icon_biggrin:
  12. dogsbody

    dogsbody Member

    It's as good as some of the artwork I've seen in 200AD
  13. traviswellman

    traviswellman New Member

  14. Peter_su88

    Peter_su88 Member

    OMG this is amazingggly skilled stuff here!
  15. Logopro

    Logopro Member

    Video Game artwork/design?

    Maybe try approaching some game studios?
  16. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    How to make money from a talent is always hard. Sometimes it is best to make sure you have fun doing it and then look for the right opportunities at the right time. Trust me, I love designing websites but sometimes it really becomes a chore (when clients go bad) and that puts me off wanting to do it.

    That said I think maybe you should team up with a writer and look at some digi comics online. I'm also going to say (and don't take this as a crit as I don't know one end of a pencil from the other...which can sometimes be painful or embarrassing) that maybe you should look at some digital rendering for your illustrations. Patterns, gradients and shadow effects might make them 'pop' a little more.

    My friend Chris does this...

    Squashed Bob

    and often uses Photoshop to add render to a simple line drawing and I hope you'll agree his stuff is pretty cool. That kind of look on your drawings , along with some engaging storyline in a digi comic format, would be a fantastic portfolio piece and may get you noticed by someone who can give you the opportunity to make a living from your 'god given'. :icon_notworthy:

    Hope that helps.
  17. Ian Ellery

    Ian Ellery Member

    What you have shown reminds me of myself and the work I was doing back in the 70's!
    I wish there was some place to go to for advice way back then!

    I think it would be a good idea to add a few humans to your repertoire. Maybe in the form of superheroes but not necessarily. Also, some realistic backgrounds would help too. You will need a much more rounded portfolio before you are able to accept commissions. No one will ever commission an illustration that just features an unknown creature/robot/whatever. You need to show that you can draw other things too.
  18. divarien

    divarien New Member

    Absolutely yes. They are really good !

    ARRIVALS Well-Known Member

    These are brilliant, you have some real skill. I'd get in touch with game companies like others have suggested. It looks like the type of stuff they'd love, with game and character development etc.. Not many people can do what you can do. I'd put an online portfolio together and email as many game companies you can. You'll get a job in illustration easily.
  20. FormeCreative

    FormeCreative New Member

    Totally agree with Site Engine. We commissioned some illustrations from a digital illustrator Ian Dodds Ian Dodds Illustration - Portfolio for our website. Theres a massive market for talented illustrators out there, you've just got to find your niche!

    Best of luck

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