There are many different types of art in this world: drawing/painting, music, photography, writing, etc. Many traditional artists enjoy their hobby and would like to make some extra money while doing it but don’t know how to get started. It’s a one in a million shot to get your art recognized by a magazine or gallery, but here are some ways you can make some money while doing your favorite hobby:
Draw or paint pet portraits: No matter what medium you prefer to work in – pencil, pastel, oils, chalk, there is someone out there who is willing to pay reasonable fees to have their beloved pet captured on canvas.
Draw houses: This may seem like a strange idea, but more and more new homeowners are receiving portraits of their new homes to hang in their foyers. Draw your own house as an example, and pass out flyers with the drawing on it or hang one up on a supermarket bulletin board. This is the perfect gift for the couple that already has anything, and the gift giver is almost guaranteed no one else will give the couple the same gift!
Write somebody’s memoirs: This is another lovely gift for someone who has lived a long, full and active life and would like to leave a book of memoirs to pass on to the family. The book can also contain some scrap booking, mapping the person’ life and adventures. Most seniors would love to sit with someone to reminisce about the old times, and some retirement/assisted living facilities may even let you post flyers inside the building so you can get the word out about your service.
Home photography: This may be tricky if you are not an established professional, but as long as you have a portfolio, professional business cards and a few good references, it shouldn’t be too hard to get your foot in the door. In today’s economy customers are all about saving money, so if you can price yourself under the professional studios and still make a profit this is an excellent money making opportunity that could turn into a full time career.
Custom auto or motorcycle painting: This can be another tricky field to get a good reputation in, but all you need to do is paint your own car or cycle and possible convince a friend or two, and let word of mouth do the rest. Make sure you obtain the proper permitting if necessary in your jurisdiction to do auto work out of your garage.
Face Painting: This can be done at carnivals, summer festivals, and even craft shows. It may be easiest to start at your local town’s summer fest, call well in advance and ask if you may be the face painter that year. Show them photos of your work if they ask for experience. The more popular you get, you may be invited to the big city festivals and make some really good cash.
Draw Caricatures: Make sure you find out about permitting or solicitation laws in your area, then set up shop at a busy place like Times Square, NY or Navy Pier in Chicago and ask each passerby if they would like a caricature drawn. Many people, especially tourists, enjoy this and you will be surprised at how much business you can receive.
The best way to advertise right now is Facebook – post a couple examples of your art and let your friends know you are taking commissions for your work. You can also advertise on Craigslist, or if you can afford it, get a booth at a local craft show and display your finished pieces so potential customers may see your talent. Don’t forget to have some business cards or flyers to hand out with perhaps a coupon to entice sales.