the end of the month is coming up fast and my anxiety levels are shooting up as they always do around this time. i finally nabbed a part time job, but they only just got me to train, and i will be getting a single paycheck this upcoming week, my only one this month. that not going to be nearly enough to make rent on the 1stguys, i am really struggling with selling my art lately.
and not only does it bite where my confidence is concerned, when drawing up character designs with personality is something i actually have a passion for, but it's seriously hurting me where my REAL life and rent is concerned too. when trying to catch up on funds for my rent and bill even a little at a time, i spend time on setting up sales for designs, but they just won't sell so i've wasted time i could have been spending doing something that might WORK (whatever that is), and instead remain empty-pocketed. it's not okay when i depend so much on my art to help me meet deadlines for things as important as rent and food and i can't meet those deadlines!
i sooo much love and appreciate the few of you who has bought or are trying to buy designs from me. it makes me a special kind of proud of my design babies that people like them enough to want them. sadly though, you're so few and far in between
dA, i need your help
am i doing something wrong? do i just not have the right following to sell designs well anymore? i know i have a decently-sized following on this website, and i used to sell designs really successfully (particularly on my adoptables account)! but nowadays, even with having more confidence in my art and being closer to a place i want to be in style, i struggle to sell designs. i can't imagine it is that i am pricing too highly, because i see some designs go for several hundreds of dollars at a time within a few hours of posting. i'm not bold and confident enough to price my designs that highly, and i am smart enough to know i just don't have a following that is THAT interested in the particular kinds of designs i sell, since they are not highly coveted CS
am i just not asking enough questions as to what people would like to see from me? i know my pokemon designs were extremely popular on my adopts account, but revisiting that concept isn't really working out for me anymore (even though people still claim to be interested in buying pokemon designs from me, more than anything else!)
are pre-made designs just not as interesting as custom designs when they aren't CS? or are people only looking for certain species of non-CS premade designs? or just from certain artists?
i'm at a loss and i need feedback. i need help getting back on selling my art again. because with my retail job being part-time, i am going to continue to depend on my art to make ends meet.
i put a lot of faith in my art when moving up to massachusetts to be with my girlfriend. i knew it was going to have to be part of my income, i believed in it. and yes that is risky. artists are told from a young age that art will NOT pay the bills. but i have seen the contrary on deviantART and other artist communities so much, that thanks to the internet artists can FLOURISH in ways they couldn't in the past, and that gave me hope that i could make it work for me too, as long as i had a little retail job on as stable and steady support on the side (because month to month art sales might not be totally stable for any artist, so the retail job is a way to make sure i don't fall too short once in a while). but again, that job is supposed to SUPPORT my being an artist, not pay my bills and rent in full
if you read this far, thank you so much. i'd love feedback as to how i can improve character sales, if you have any ideas or suggestions that aren't "lower your prices" or "offer designs for points/trades" (because that does not help with my money deadlines and not to mention is just disrespectful to my art)
if you just want to do something to help me out a little, maybe you can spread the word about one or more of my adoptable designs by telling a friend or featuring them in a journal if you have the time
here are some OPEN designs i would love to see sold:
and i would love for my current pokemon auction succeed
because i put a lot of love into the designs and concept!:
if you would like to help out by just RTing or RBing my auction on twitter
to bring people here, i would appreciate it SO MUCH
(i don't really have enough followers on twitter to get a single RT on it by myself)
thanks so much for any measure of help guys