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The upside about the state of the current economy is that it forces you as an artist or designer to tap into your God-given talent, creativity, and ability then use it to either help make ends meet or to earn a living all together.
God’s Word says “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.” Proverbs 10:22 (New International Version)
Here are 16 ways artists and designers can make money using their creative talent and abilities:
Classic “Old School” ideas that never fade:
1. Caricatures at kids’ parties: Charge parents by the hour for this fun addition to their child’s party. EXPAND IT: Rather than you seeking out parents on your own, partner with a kid’s party venue (e.g. Chuck E. Cheeses, etc) and let the owner pay you per party.
2. Caricatures for HR department’s: Human Resources departments always look for special perks for their employees, and with layoffs and bad news hanging over the head of their staff, they need a fun morale builder now more than ever.
3. Start a drawing class like Life Drawing.
4. Start a “Gamer Drawing Class” teaching others how to create dynamic character types found in video games. EXPAND IT: Rather than you seeking out patrons on your own, partner with a computer game store or gaming arcade and let the owner pay you per event as an attraction.
5. Have an “Artists Tag Sale” with multiple artists selling their old studies and similar works.
6. Speak, Speak, Speak! Give an artist’s talk or presentation for an honorarium.
Customize gift ideas for those seeking “something different” since money is tight:
7. Do portraits from photos or in person
8. Pet Portraits from photos. EXPAND IT: Rather than you seeking out pet lovers on your own, partner with a pet store and let the owner pay you per event as an attraction.
9. Do portraits of homes for the homeowner
EXPAND IT: Rather than you seeking out homeowners on your own, partner with a real estate agent or broker letting them give the house portrait as a gift to the new homeowner as a thank you for doing business with them.