kommenttia Collecting and working as an artist?

  • Congrats on finishing school! I'm in a similar situation having finished last semester as well. I live with my parents so we share our expenses. My main income comes from my casual job which I mostly save for neccessities and travelling, and my spending money for my collection comes from freelancing like commissions and conventions. Right now I'm just spending time to curate a professional portfolio to apply for studio work. A combination of studio and freelance work is my ideal career.
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    I'm not an artist, but I work on commission as a repo agent. You don't pay for your car, expect to see me towing it away in the middle of the night. I live alone, have a cat and a 55 gallon fish tank that requires constant upkeep. To save money for my hobbies I eat smart and always find deals at the grocery store. I don't pay for TV outside of VRV and Amazon Prime, which also saves me money on other shopping I have to do. What I do is factor in how much my bills cost me every month and add a little to the total, that's how many cars I have to get each month minimum. If I want to buy figures, I have to factor in even more cars. If I don't have a lot of extras to buy in a month, I still shoot for a high number of cars, but whatever is leftover gets saved for the following months and whatever goodies I want. If I have a big figure order, I know I have to work extra hours to make sure I have enough money. So like tonight I'm normally off, but I'm going to head into work soon because I know in June/July I have like 5 or 6 figures that are well over $200 each to pay for. Just plan ahead. Once you get an idea of what you will make on your different projects or commissions, you can take on more or less work to accommodate anything you want to get. Plus you have a second person helping with expenses, which takes a lot of the financial stress off your shoulders.
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    bomhat because I'm batman
    I usually have a few things going on at the same time: commissions, personal projects, conventions, campaigns, online shop. lets me go out, buy what i want (within reason), and travel a lot. I think the key is just to save and watch your budget like another user also suggested. I highly recommend working a job, part time even, until you're making enough money from art consistently to sustain yourself. good luck ;)
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    I have quit collecting a few times. My advice on selling things off is to only sell the things that you think you will be able to buy again if you ever decide that you are stable enough to start collecting again.

    I sold off one collection of figures when I first started working because I thought I had outgrown collecting (I was so wrong). I have rebuilt a version of that collection, but some of the items that I wanted to get back took years to find again. Other items I'm still looking for to this day.
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    i draw twitch emotes to make extra i am chronicle sick and miss organs so i'm busy for an income right now ( i'm 19 currently and i've been busy with it for 2 years )
    but i am just able to get one a month or none sometimes ! but lately i've been getting more commissions c:
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    Well i just got a financially stable job in graphic design, though I graduated with a degree in Entertainment Arts.

    What I do is I priotize, and set money aside. I also dont preorder because I view it as spent money and if something comes up and I cant pay that PO i feel guilty.

    What really helps though is creating a budget and be realistic with your budget. Know how much rent utilities etc will be and if things are not met figure out what you can cut that is nonessential. I did this so I knew how much i needed to make to be comfortable.
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    Milady-Alluca Obnoxiously Wordy
    I only do art commissions on the side and not enough frequency to live off alone, so I have a full time job and draw in my free time. (I also live with my parents so I don't have to be entirely self sufficient right now)

    It's hard to balance time between everything, especially when work is exhausting and leaves little time for work-art versus fun-art. I consider art money to be fun money to go straight into buying comms for myself or I put that away for a Pre-Order or surprise fund while my full time job pays my bills and sometimes my leisure expenses like collecting.

    I think the most important thing is to budget yourself in a clear and concise way!

    If you can't make an estimate of what will come in, make a ledger of all of your expenses you KNOW you will have to pay along with relatively rounded up estimates for what you're not exact on. This way you will have an idea of how much money you need to make as a minimum and then how many commissions or jobs or gigs and what have you that you'll need to get and what to charge for them to make it into the safe zone and then the fun zone where you will feel safe spending money on collecting or fun.
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    How to collect things and maintain living off of art?
    For me the answer is pretty simple and straightforward: hard work.

    I work as a freelance artist as my full time job 24/7, and I pretty much make my living off private commissions. It's definitely a month-to-month kinda life full of cheap food and little socialisation. Thankfully I am an introvert who feels most comfortable at home and who loves to work, so it's not really an issue for me personally. I quite like this life!

    I live alone in an apartment that my parents own, so I don't have to pay rent - that's one BIG money sink out of the way. I realize that I am extremely lucky that my parents are very supportive of me and made this investment. I tend to need about 300€ per month for bills and food, and I can make that fairly consistently through commissions, adoptables, and GREATLY due to the support of my followers over at Patreon.

    Because I work hard every day to keep up a consistent flow of art, I like to treat myself every now and then. I don't buy much else aside from food, so all my leftover money is spent on my hobbies; figures and art commissions. Basically, once I know that my monthly expenses are covered, I tend to plan on earning a bit extra to spend on myself.

    Through the years I saved up a lot of money that I keep aside and don't use at all, as I want to keep it in case of emergency. Knowing that I have that money helps a lot with putting my mind at ease, because I know that even if I have a bad month, I won't remain penniless because of it.

    Now, regarding work experience - as I mentioned, online private commissions are the source of my income, meaning my prices are.. well, certainly not the cheapest, but still on a lower end compared to professional industry standard. I don't work on any larger projects, just individuals that want to hire me to draw something for them, usually original characters.

    It took a very long time to build a community that enables my shaky but somewhat stable income, but once I finally found my niche, things got going pretty well, especially once I got into the adoptables market. Said market feels especially rewarding, because people buying my designs really validates my passion for character design. The money is definitely a great reward, but I can't deny that the validation makes it feel even better, because I tend to be fairly insecure about my work even with the support I receive now.

    I think one of my favourite things about being an online freelancer, aside from doing what I love, is that I really adore my community. My niche is bright colours and positive messages (for example, first illustration of the year!), so many people I attract are very lovely people. My followers are very sweet and supportive and make this work feel less like work and more like a hobby.

    TL;DR - shaky income, sometimes stressful, but all in all being a freelance artist has been very rewarding for my heart and soul!
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    Ohhh goodness... Working as an artist is soooo fun but soooo stressful if you don't have a stable job. I used to work at an art studio that I taught 3 classes in (animation, kids comic, and anime/manga art) but long long long story short, my boss was the worst, most greedy, narcissistic person you would ever meet in your life. Like one of his employee's grandmothers past away and she couldn't come to work at the last minute one day. He let me in the studio and was complaining that no one prioritized him and how dare she take off a whole week. There are so many other awful things, he did... but I would be writing a book if I told you everything. Soooo you can see why I had to leave that job. It was getting worse and worse, so I opened my own art studio. Some of the students from my old job were just going for me and told me that they actually hated my boss. That made me feel good and even more justified in leaving. The one good thing about working at the old art studio is that I found I had a love for teaching art to people, it's so gratifying to see a kid's artwork grow over time.

    I've been trying to get my art studio off the ground and it's slowly growing, but not enough to make a full living yet. (I'm looking for a part time job to put the money I make toward keeping my doors open) I do commissions, but they're hard to come by when you're just starting out. I'm working on an animation project for one of my friends that I hope will go somewhere as well. I'm just going in all different directions to see where my path takes me.

    Since leaving my job and opening my own place my collecting has slowed down a lot, but I manage to save here and there for things, ask for gifts and stuff like that. :)

    I wish you luck in your freelance work! I would love to see your art, I'm always interested in seeing other people's work!! ^___^
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