Recently, I started a #shareyourstory to help other artists who are trying to gain sales or that are just beginning their journey with Print On Demand shops, such as Redbubble and Society6. I reached out to some of my favorite artists to get some of their tips and what they do to keep sales coming. These artists were once beginners too. I reached out to some of my favorite artists through Instagram and Twitter.
The tip that I have received the most of so far is
“Do what you love and don’t give up”
Other tips I have received is
- use relevant tags – to allow your artwork to be found
- Create artwork that you like. If you like it, then someone else will too.
- Patience – good things will come to those who wait
- If you have a few sales, more will follow.
- Be original! – though I tend to follow some of the whats popular and trends in media. Much of my ideas are based on the thoughts in my head or what I like at the moment.
- use social media – promote your latest products, show glimpses of what you are currently working on – let your fans find you! Don’t go searching for them!
- Follow, promote, comment – Following other artists and leaving a nice comment is a good way to get a new fan of your work!
- Pure luck – Some designs will take off soon while others won’t for a while.
- The number of likes and comments will help your work move up in stores like Society6, but it will NOT increase sales.
- Consistency is key – I add new one new work every day. Then promote that work through my social media accounts and Facebook groups.
- Sharing your work through Facebook is a GREAT way to get your shop started with followers and promoted your work.
- Buy your own product and show it off. Or buy for someone else. Be proud of your art! I recently bought a hoodie and a t-shirt from my Society6. People ask me where I got it, when I say I designed it, they look shocked. So I give them my business cards.
- As far as sales go, you will have lows like the summer and you will have highs like the holidays. But if you sit there waiting for a sale, it’s not going to happen. Walk away, ignore that fact that you want a sale. Don’t expect them!
- Create when you have ideas! Don’t force yourself to be creative.
Other ways to share tips and advice
Art is a marathon, not a sprint. – Julia Ibbini
Any tips that I receive through other ways I will add to the list on this post!
Here is part II of this post. Find even more tips here! Thank you for reading and I hope these tips helped! If you would like to add anything feel free to comment!
If you have any questions about my process of digital art and uploading to sites like Redbubble and Society6, feel free to ask!
Tips from other artists on this site!