It's no secret. I've been doing Freelance work for the last year. So far? Pretty good. In all honesty, I've been making some pretty decent money with it, and I'm only getting better at it as time goes on.
But I've never actually monetized my art the same way as I monetized my writing.
Well. I guess it use to be I saw them differently. I'm a pretty decent writer, and I'm getting better as time goes on. But for me, writing was a means to an end. As long as it was coherent, made sense, and flowed smoothly I didn't much care about revision. For a lot of the people who hire me, that's good enough. They just want someone who writes well, and who they can understand, and I want money. Proofreading and minor editing were all I did. So I'd write 1,000 words within half an hour, spend 10 minutes running it through proofreaders, slap it in a .rtf, send it in, get paid. Easy.
With art, it was different. I agonized over every line placement. I worried about line width, whether the pose was good. I worried and stressed myself sick over perfection and every little minute detail.
What changed recently?
I guess I just no longer see it that way. Sure. I love my art and I love making sure my artwork is perfect. Look at the contests I've been doing lately. Even when I don't win, or know I won't win against artists who are better at their craft than me I still go all in because I use it as an opportunity to work, and pour all my effort into improving it. I treat it like a job, where I evaluate the cost of the prize,and how many hours I should devote into it. If the prize is 500 DA points? I spend maybe 2-3 hours on it. 10,000 DA points? I'll pour an entire afternoon into it. Money is involved? I calculate it based on my skill level and how much I'm willing to work for it.
Essentially I just try not to work 100 hours for a 1-hour profit. I pour my whole attention into it, though, making sure I achieve as much as I can in the little time I have. 1 hour for sketching. 1 hour for inking. 1 hour for shading as it's based. 3 hours equates to $20 for me. Which is still below minimum wage, but hey. Got to start somewhere?
Which is why I'm offering my art on my Freelance websites, and for the next week will be focusing entirely on retooling some basic things on my page to reflect pricing, and might even be hitting up the jobs section of Deviant Art, as well as retooling my Tumblr. As well as adding a secondary twitter page.
Here's the link for anyone that's interested! www.fiverr.com/wiseman05/draw-…