HOW 4 ARTISTS ARE MAKING ART THEIR LIVING.

We asked four of our full-time artists from the Wake To Make Tribe Facebook Group how they're making their art their living. Their answers might surprise you!

Laci Fowler | Artist

What is your best advice for artists to market themselves online?

Learn what you want to be known for and pursue this consistantly.

© Copyright Laci Fowler

© Copyright Laci Fowler

How did you settle on your niche?

Honestly I feel like I just now am. As I learn about myself, I learn about what art is worth making. At the end of the day, if I paint something that I wouldn't hang in my own home, I don't want to sell it. Trial and error. research. paying attention to how you respond to what is around you. What magazines do you buy? what do you "pin"? What stores do you like to walk in just to browse and why? All of these things are worth noting. And then one day, you wake up and realize you've found your place in the art world while humbly embrace that on some level it's ok to *always* be "finding your niche"

Visit www.lacifowler.com for more original art pieces.

Jess Engel | Owner ExoSkeletons

What is your best advice for artists who want to market online?

I make every order feel personal through handwritten notes, free samples, and lovingly packaged goods. Shopping online is hard for tactile people... I try to make the experience as interactive and tangible as possible. Every perfume is described in detail with pictures featuring ingredients so the customer can get a "feel" for the product.

BONUS: How did you settle on your niche?

I began making scents to evoke memory and mood. Memories are often processed through our senses, especially olfactory, which can bring up feelings, moods, and images like no other sense can.

Visit Jess at www.exoskeletons.etsy.com for scents & other apothcary goods.

Katie Zupan | Potter & Designer

What is your best advice for artists who want to sell their work online?

Get out there. Give amazing customer service & get testimonials/reviews.

How did you settle on your niche?

I used pottery first as a therapy, but it grew into a passion and then a business.

 

Visit Katie at www.etsy.com/shop/studiodokidokii for handmade pottery.

What is your best advice for other artists to successfully sell online?

This is one of my favorite paintings and one of my first that I have painted. The original hangs in my living room and she reminds me to be happy and centered. If I am that I will attract happiness and centering experiences. © Copyright Eleaca Young

This is one of my favorite paintings and one of my first that I have painted. The original hangs in my living room and she reminds me to be happy and centered. If I am that I will attract happiness and centering experiences.

© Copyright Eleaca Young

I am still trying to master selling my work online. I do really well locally but the online stuff is more difficult because there are so many artists out there.

Be unique, publish often and remember the time it takes you to do your art and multiply that by two or three and devote that much time to marketing. Blogging, facebook, and Instagram all help.

On niching:

Oh my! I still feel myself evolve. I do what I want when I want. I am not really a "put me in a box" type artist. My niche is probably more fluid than others (or maybe not) because I follow my bliss. Just when I feel settle the creativity drives me somewhere else. I do feel that painting is holding on to me and it probably will stay. If you are happy when you sell, when you don't. If you are happy when people get it, or they don't. That is when you are at home with your art.

I do a little bit of everything acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and photography

Visit Eleaca Young for original pieces & print work.


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