September 24, 2018
How to start earning online in Mat Miller's style
in Art Tips
A Freelancer is a person who performs tasks on behalf of a paying customer who employs them solely for a task rather than a long term contract of employment. The freelancer generally enjoys more freedom in how they choose to work. Both the working hours and location where they work are decided by the freelancer themselves. In many cases a freelancer works from home or wherever they feel the most comfortable and productive.
Seems dreamy? It is - if you succeed. Mat Miller is one of these artists who's worked out a few simple, yet not that obvious methods to gain big in selling art online. We had a nice chat with him and he revealed his secrets of leveling up his selling game using the social media magic.
I discovered print on demand sites like Displate that allowed me to post the work I’d created in my spare time. By doing this I was able to get feedback from peers and potential customers which helped me strengthen my work and earn some money on the side.
When I was starting to earn a bit more money from art and could see the potential in giving it more of my time.
I started posting on places like Displate and Society6, and then followed this up with trying to promote my work through social media.
Different things work for different artists but for me, I’ve tried to share engaging pictures of my work and process through social media. Don’t try to rush your work of blindly follow trends. Be nice to people.
No because that would take the fun out of the whole process.
Yes, it’s very helpful. It helps you engage with your audience on a higher level and have direct communication with them. You never know who’s viewing your work and I’ve been lucky enough to have lots of opportunities through posting on social media.
The basics matter. Making sure your photos are high quality and show your work/products clearly. After this you can add your own style to how you share your work. I often have different objects and plants that are on my work desk surrounding my prints and process shots.
It’s helped a lot but I think the best way to promote yourself is to try and make the best work that you can and share that. I try not to worry about constantly promoting myself because I’d rather be making art.
I do think having coherent collections of work helps as it appeals to people’s need to want to collect sets of things. I have a much broader collection as my work mostly includes animals but I can see how maybe sets of 3 or 4 works in a series can really take off.
I think it’s a great tool as it allows your work to be seen by a specific set of people that are just waiting to find your work and buy it. On the social media side of things, you may get featured in a page with a large following if you tag your work correctly.
The Displate Art Agent program! It helped me increase sales on the platform. When people buy an artist’s work they often like to be reassured that the actual artist is getting a decent amount of the money they pay. The art agent program makes it possible for customers to support the artist and not just the art that they create.
I’m not so sure about successful. I have a long way to go and lots I want to achieve but I do feel incredibly lucky to have the chance to do what I love for a living with the help of sites like Displate.