Selling out…FOR FUN?! as a digital artist

bruh what r you doin or how I learned to start selling out and BRUH

In the past, I have bared my withered, jaded artistic soul to you all on the subjects of Popularity, Ambition, Commission Work, Spec Work, and Screw Ups. Today, I am going to tackle SELLING OUT. From a PRO SELLOUT STANDPOINT NO LESS! So strap in, sharpen your pitchforks, light those torches …or just scroll to the end for a wealth of tips on how to sell out efficiently so you don’t have to do all the tedious research I did.

Selling Out: An Overview

So first off, what do I mean by “selling out?” For my purposes, I’m not talking about making money from your own art, unless you’re literally making art you hate for money. Actually, I’m talking about completely phoning it in and using all of your painstakingly acquired design skills to quickly make stock art and fonts into designs you can sell. I am talking about the laziest, most money-grubbing (legal!!!!) use of your artist skills imaginable. 

WARNING: I’m going to talk about sellout art and sellout artists a LOT until you get over any kneejerk reactions you might have to that phrase. Because I might be a little sick of artists just …never being expected to make any money from their hard-won art and design skills, or only being allowed to make money in a certain way that is sufficiently prestigious or noble.

Generally, when artists decide to “sell out,” it’s a financial decision. Their pleasure from personal expression isn’t enough to offset their monetary needs, so they gloomily resort to selling out in order to survive. I don’t think selling out is automatically a BAD thing, as you might have guessed, but I’m not interested in doing it for survival. I’m interested in doing it for FUN. Continue reading

Rex, jellyfish and more in the Threaded Canvas shop

featuring King Cupcake art shirt by Gary Logan Hobdy and Take Me With You art print by Heather Landry

You know I had to show off the Threaded Canvas Storefront since it features Take Me With You as its print example!!

The store is a godsend to anyone who missed a particular shirt or print they wanted in past boxes, and has a lot of new and great art that hasn’t been in a box yet! I’m personally lusting after about half the store as we speak.

I’ve also added my Threaded Canvas Artist Page to my Social Media links below, and the store to my Purchase Art Online links.

A peek at my iPad skins and Yggdrasil WIP

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Right now I’m slaving over a couple of mythological pieces, one on Kaguya Hime based off this sketch and one on Yggdrasil, the world tree of Norse mythology (below).

A work in progress of yggdrasil, the world tree of norse mythology, in vibrant rainbow colors of deep space

In the meantime I opened my email this morning and noticed Society6 was having a promotion this week so I figured I’d share that. I don’t just have iPad skins in there, naturally, but I think they look particularly pretty so that’s what I chose to share. If you’re curious or wish to take advantage of the free worldwide shipping promo, here’s the link: http://society6.com/sandpaperdaisy?promo=55f5f8