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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 1st

guys, 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:

CHARACTER SALE - CLOSED! by MrsDrPepper
ADOPTABLE!: ausseevee CLOSED by MrsDrPepper

and i would love for my current pokemon auction succeed
because i put a lot of love into the designs and concept!:
  EEVEE(lution) SPECIAL AUCTION: closed! by MrsDrPepper
if you would like to help out by just RTing or RBing my auction on twitter or tumblr 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
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I keep coming back to this, hoping I'll have something to tell you, but the truth is I'm struggling with this, too. 

The truth is, (at least right now) art just isn't viable enough for me as my only income. Drawing commissions all the time keeps me from personal art and it burns me out, whereas my adopts seriously took a hit once the CS craze started. I think, personally, I'll be shifting gears towards making fan art type merchandise to sell at conventions and online if there is enough interest. I just am not happy doing commissions anymore. 

That, and people are pinching pennies now more than ever, myself included. I used to adopt and commission far more often than I do now (which is next to never). It sucks to be on the end where you WANT to support your favorite artists, but you can't do more than maybe fave or reblog (which only goes so far if you have a very small audience yourself). Adoptables are such a niche market, and it feels like it has crawled to a halt with the exception of bartering for the coveted CS. Combine that with an oversaturated market where people are pricing lower and lower and lower than they should to try and compete makes things extremely difficult. 

I have seen folks do outfit adopts, and it is something I have debated for a while but haven't acted on because it takes so long to design a unique outfit. But if people aren't interested in buying MORE characters, what if they'd be interested in outfitting them instead? Just a thought?

I'm sorry for mostly rambling at you, I hope your luck turns around.
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FlickaBee Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've gotten a lot of advice from above but i also want to add, have you thought about doing ych or commissions?
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NoxxPlush Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
I've found it to be kinda dry out here in the summer for commissions/people buying stuff...idk.
But I've given you a boost and I hope it helps!

I personally really liked your species too if you ever have the inspiration to work with them again. c: It's probably more risky to be doing original designs and such and I wouldn't want you to waste your time, but I'd really be interested in seeing them. I think someone else mentioned monsters and such and I'm about that haha.

Also idk how much this applies but I was really struggling trying to live off my work in the beginning of the summer, and my giveaway literally changed everything. If you could do some kind of event that won't cost you too much in time/effort it might get you more in people's inboxes, maybe people who haven't found you yet and might be interested in some new adopts.

Groups are also super important, like the eeveelutions should be stuck in the most popular pokemon groups you can find.

I think that's all I got, but I know you can do it and keep ya chin up, friend! I love seeing your stuff in my inbox and I hope to see more soon! :D
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skellri Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry you're struggling Pepper, I feel you. A lot of it is activity, tbh. I've been really inactive as of late and its made my business suffer, however I'm not really in a place to take on anymore commissions, even if I'd like to. Everyone has pretty much covered what I could/would offer as advice. Perhaps try joining some groups as well for selling your adopts, if you haven't already? Or look into some ARPG closed species to join in on as someone else said. It opens up doors to broaden your audience and allows for commission opportunities as well from what I've seen! I personally love ARPG closed species, I'm a member of a few of them.
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islandluau Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
i only skimmed over the previous comments, so forgive me if i repeat what others have said. i love your style, you show great emotion and personality in the poses of your characters. i think that people are still buying pokemon adopts, contrary to what most people are saying. with pokemon go out pokemon have been getting so much attention. with that i noticed you didn't put your eevee adopts in *any* groups. i would recommend at least putting them in some paypal adopt groups, and seek out some pokemon groups who support nice, cash designs, too. with you being mia for so long i think it is difficult to just kind of jump back in here. most of the followers who had been buying have probably found other preferred artists in your absence, so you're going to have to either win them back what whatever their interests have shifted to, or find and engage new followers to help you support yourself.

i think ych is a great way to advertise/earn more followers and get back into the groove of dA. from what i have observed the quality of art is only a portion of why artists get sales. popularity here is almost equal in value. i know that most CS creators that I follow do not care about YCH artists profitting. on the contrary i think it brings attention to the species and furthers the popularity and desire for it. gives you a new audience as well as exposing the species to the artists' followers. the two i would suggest you look into are Bagbeans and DracoStryx they both have a following who are willing to and do spend real cash with no problem. with stryx, though there are guidelines to follow so that the stryx drawn receives credit for the drawing, which i think you should be aware of before just diving in. that one specifically would be better to not do YCH, but unique poses due to the system they have, but you might not like drawing bird-dragons, either. like i said those are two i follow, but look for other cs that have a large group of cash paying followers and try and learn/benefit from exposure there.

dig in, look at what specific artists are doing, maybe reach out to some and see if they have noticed trends shifting. they might be able to help you out more. also look into patreon as that is something that a LOT of good artists are moving toward. that might be a good avenue for you too. good luck!
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016   Filmographer
from what i know, you kinda gotta be active in the community of the site in a way. ive noticed a bit as of late these past several months, you havent really been active on da? and while thats not necessarily a BAD thing, you dont really rake in anyone new by doing nothing

youre gunna have to build up a certain type of audience for adoptables as well, and while its important to keep your flair in your design, you gotta check out what other adoptable artists are doing and see what customers want and are prone to buying
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EmzieTowers Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I face this problem too. :C I hope you can get out of this slump! <3
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks friend ;-; you too! it's hard appealing to ever-changing crowds. but maybe we will find the beat soon!
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lagenas Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
I think a part of it is that the DA adopt community really has shifted away from pokemon adopts, as sad as it is. They look more towards closed species more than anything nowadays;;

A good market to maybe look in to would be selling and designing fangems? Those are super popular here on DA and tend to sell fairly well if you put them into the right group... That and people still have an interest in pokemon, just that customs/flatsales/and OTA's seem to be a safer route as opposed to auctions since I know some people will avoid them because there is the risk of being outbidded... I'm not quite sure, but I still love your designs and I'm sorry you're struggling financially... If I didn't end up coming across a lot of surprise expenses the past two days I would have definitely bidded in those eevee auctions...
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you know, that is a good idea, especially since i have a fair few of people following me for my SU art. i have designed a single fangem adoptable that sold for $80 (via tumblr), which is the most anyone has spent on a character of mine. i like designing gems a lot. i just hadn't been back on dA long enough/seen enough of the SU community here to know whether there is a market for them here and really spur me into buckling down and creating them. i guess i also forget that humanoid characters are a way to go. when i think adoptables i usually think animals/anthros, especially since that is what i have drawn most of my life and what i have seen people selling and trading adoptables of the most. i guess i need to take a look around communities here!

reading your comment has actually gotten me to consider some pretty interesting concepts for gem adoptables so i will probably explore that idea very soon! thank you for your feedback :'>
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Shadoritos Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Part of it is that the adopts market has shifted a lot since you were last on. Things have moved towards closed species/arpg style groups and idk if there is much of a market anymore for Pokemon designs (tho I love that charizard)
And it also seems like this year a lot of people are struggling with their funds as well ;; even some of my friends who's stuff usually sells well are having a hard time...
The cs scene is kinda rocky right now, but I would recommend maybe trying some general creatures or monster designs? And when I get a moment on the computer I'll be sure to boost your art ;; good luck!

Edit: I FORGOT! These aren't quite adopts but maybe doing some anthro or cs YCH would also be a good idea :0c
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aa thanks for your feedback. monsters, cryptids, and werewolves are things that i have wanted to do for adoptables that can be unique without being CS. dragons as well. i haven't gotten around to it, but it has been on my list for a long while

YCH is a great idea tbh and it has been something i have considered (since my roommate told me to try doing it for FR dragons, but idk about all that since those dragons aren't my favorite things to draw). i have considered anthros already, but do you know much about doing YCH for closed species? am i assuming wrong in thinking you would have to specifically ask the CS's artist about doing them before offering them? i assume it would be a type of breaching to make money specifically with drawings of another artist's species in bulk sets of YCH without getting the artist's permission on it. if it were a commission where an artist asks you to draw their CS character it would be different, since you aren't saying I WILL DRAW YOUR x SPECIES! specifically/trying to bank on the popularity of a species that belongs to a fellow independent artist. but i dunno! i have seen lots of CS YCH and been very curious as to whether they asked the creator first or whether that is something that the creator cares about
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Shadoritos Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Student General Artist
AH MAN IM EXCITED FOR SOME MONSTERS :0c do do you thing you'll be doing any sphinxes bc I'm consular on a hunt for those LOL

for the cs YCH creators are fine with folks making YCH because a lot of time they are kinda purely for profit thing Lol I've seen tons of people just open up cs YCH for that exact reason, and you don't really have to ask the creators since you are basically just opening a commission but on a base :0c most of the popular species (fumi, chittercida, Matibab, grem2 ect) have a pretty open community for that sorta stuff but if you're not sure or comfortable you can always ask!
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rainboestarz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I think a lot of it is based on what you advertise, yes CS seem to be popular but to me pokemon isnt? I dont know if thats just based off of who I follow but my gut instinct when looking at your stuff was 'wow pokemon adopts??' I've never really seen that, I feel like it's either such a small demographic of DA or I'm just blindingly missing the obvious which can happen I seem to avoid absolutely everything. Which could just mean you need to do different type of adopts a lot of CS have guest artist options which could help if you could snag a spot ? 

Your art is worth more than what's being bid though, I was actually surprised to read a journal like this from you, you have been for such the longest time one of those 'oh wow i admire them SO much but they're so out of my league to approach' kind of artist's for me. I don't see your standard commissions open anywhere am I missing that? I feel like if theres a market FOR adopts there's a market for adopts to be drawn right which could really help, or you could do different type of adopts aesthitic adopts are popping up everywhere, a choose your own palette or something could help.

When I was first starting out my friend gave me the best advice though, be active. Post something everyday even if it's a doodle, the more you flood inboxes the more likely someone is to like SOMETHING and want something from you, but please don't give up, it's a pot luck out there right now and you are SO talented and it'd be such a waste to let this get you down, you'll bounce back; I have faith, if it's possible i'd love to share this with my few followers too to help advertise? 
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have general commissions but they are on hold at the moment! i have a journal here with the info and slots for them that i update when i open. as you can see i have two in my queue that i put on hold to make adoptables to sell. cue the frustration that led me to writing this journal!

it surprises me that people don't know of pokemon adoptables at all. they were just a whole lot more popular in the past, before CS popularity/when CS were still just taking off, so i guess it does make sense that nowadays there would be a whole group of people who haven't seen them before... i guess it is a pretty dead concept i'll go ahead and give up on unless they make a comeback someday somehow. it makes me sad though because i looked forward to making pokemon+gijinka adoptables someday! oh well. there are Lots of things to draw

i'm glad you think my art has more value than what it's bid. aesthetic adopts are a pretty cool idea, i have seen a lot of great ones out there and it has made me interested in giving it a go. i think my main problem is i gather up so many ideas to try out "someday" and never end up doing them. if i went through with all of the ideas i had, i WOULD have enough to post every single day. like you said, posting every day/steady activity is one of the best ways to be seen and keep people interested/find more people to be interested in what i have to offer. i do try to improve on my activity, but times haven't been so easy on me lately. still waiting for things to feel normal in my life and comfortable enough to have the capacity to post every day or at least every other day

thanks so much for your kind words and feedback. if you want to share/advertise, please do! i can take all the help i can get
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rainboestarz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I realise my tone could have come off as pretty harsh which is not what I meant at all, now is actually the perfect type of time for pokemon adopts with the hype over sun and moon - I know you like gijinkas and stuff too so perhaps you'd have more luck selling if you did perhaps a trainer and a single pokemon adopt type of thing, and having it as one off's instead of in a batch? 

This account is fairly new but i've been on DA for a while and the stuff I first watched you for was for your pokemon stuff, but I thought it had cycled out (though I know a lot of people would be happy to see it cycle back in especially now) 

But yes! there are lots of things to draw the main thing though is that you have fun with what you do at the end of the day that will shine through and attract people. <3 

Going to make a journal for you now!
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh you didn't sound harsh! i'm not TOO disappointed about the fact that pokemon might not sell as well anymore, because like i said i can make lots of other things. i have discussed with other users some other things that could be just as fun to make for me and sell way better! lately i have been very into drawing steven universe and i hadn't considered the size of the fandom here, which is pretty huge and people are on the lookout for cool fan-made gem characters. if i make them, i can also post them to my tumblr, which is mostly steven universe content and has about six times as many followers as i have here due to my steven universe art bringing them in - so i know i have SU fans following me there as well as here who would likely be very happy to buy gem art from me. it could work! i really don't know why i hadn't considered aiming that art here sooner, after great response to my SU art from the community here

you're right in saying that sun and moon might be a good opportunity to bring pokemon adoptables back though. i actually made a lot of adoptable success during the hype of X and Y. i won't give up on the idea completely, but i will be mindful that i'm gonna have to adapt my adoptables to work out in this changing community. one-offs are a great idea.
once my queue is finally done and i am feeling up for accepting commissions again rather than selling designs, i might try to open for a few pokemon team commissions. those can bring in a fair amount money depending on the size of the team, is more specific to the buyer's needs since it is their own team, and it still has the fun of drawing pokemon. if i wait til the release of pokemon sun and moon people will start developing their teams on the new game and be hyped up about seeing art of them. it could work :)

thank you so much for the feature journal btw ;-;
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rainboestarz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad and I look forward to seeing more of your stuff around again! 

You're very welcome I wish I could do more but at the moment I to am lacking in money haha
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reignstorms Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As someone who buys a lot of adopts, I feel like I can offer some personal insight.
First, I would likely never buy a Pokemon themed adopt. Just personal preference but I prefer one off designs as well as developed species.
Also, I much prefer set price than OTA or auctions.
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it seems like a lot of people don't buy pokemon adoptables anymore. that is the main observation i've made through my recent experiences that was confirmed through people's feedback on this journal. it used to interest a lot of people, but i can see that interest has shifted a lot in the market

it is good to know the type of adoptables people will gravitate towards as far as pricing. set price adopts seem to make people feel a lot better jumping in and they are my go-to. OTAs make me nervous too, i would be afraid of not having a good enough offer for the seller and would avoid commenting altogether, so i never offer OTA myself.
auctions are something i like to do occasionally if i am iffy on my pricing. if feel like it is something that i have worked hard enough on, i will try auctions so that i don't accidentally undersell myself. i will make the SB something i feel is roughly its worth, and if the auction builds to much more than that, then i will know that i would have undersold myself by asking the SB price as a set rate and can feel better knowing i got what it was worth to the users. or, if it is something i really feel like might be more desirable but i don't want to disappoint myself, i have auctions to try to get as much as i can for the character(s) without embarrassing myself by asking too high a set price and not having anyone go for it (which can backfire of course). i guess i shouldn't worry so much about embarrassing myself by asking a fair price, because if the right user wants it, they will spend that amount for the character regardless. it's just hard convincing myself that someone would want to spend like $80 or more on a character design, even if i feel like it is worth that much
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PixieCatAdopts Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have much to say because I already know that your designs and skills are amazing. So I don't think it is a matter of changing your style too much. Really, what I think happened is that you were away from DA too long and you need to build up your popularity again. Which probably wouldn't take too long for you since you already have a decent following and a great art style. A lot of people buy designs from artists they are familiar with, like a name brand. You need to build up your name again to the point where people are searching to buy your adopts specifically. That's when you know you got a good business going! So I say maybe just start cranking them out again! Let DA see how awesome your work is! And also, closed species have been a big thing for a while. So if you want to start one, that is another great way to get income. Closed species seem to sell for the most actually. Have you thought about bringing back Shonkeys? Honestly I would like to buy adopts from you. XD
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you taylor ;o;. i agree that going away probably hurt my following/the interest in my art a lot. even as a better artist since i left at the start of 2014, my art gets way less attention here

i have thought about trying the CS route, but it's a matter of whether or not it's a type people might be interested in, and that is something you can never really guess. it's not too easy to get one to take off, and if i put a lot of thought into developing a brand new species and thought it was something people might really like, i could really get let down. i also find the CS community is always on the lookout for the slightest similarities between species. it's hard to create something TRULY unique by the standards of the community.
furthermore, in the past year or so i have noticed that people have also gotten more critical of species that are just an existing-species hybrid (such as sheep/donkey). so as much as as i loved creating shonkeys, and as much as people might have liked them when CS were just taking off, i don't think they are the kind of thing people would be interested in nowadays. they don't have the unique feel that you get from adopts that have special anatomy or tons of illegal traits or variations or special powers or like. species lore. i could try out a small batch sometime if i am feeling up to it, to see if the love is still there, but seeing people drag hybrid adopts has hurt my passion for creating them =(

i do have some characters that are their own species that could expand on to create adoptables of the same species. i even made a pretty detailed species guide for one. guess i'm just so nervous about not reaching the interest or meeting the particular UNIQUENESS DEMANDS of folks. or that i will create something totally new and people will be like 'isn't that just a __ with different feet and no wings?' or whatever and i will have to erase everything and start from scratch and feel like a fraud for accidentally making something that people find similar to someone else's creation. it's my fear to create something that someone else says is a copy of something else fictional that already exists, and with something like closed species there is little mercy for it even when it is unintentional. and by watching other people make those mistakes unintentionally, i know that it is hard with how MANY closed species there are not to accidentally do it. it's pretty scary territory
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KrzysztofFiszer Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
Well I can only tell you what I have seen in my life so far. Being an artist and making money with your art is full of sacrifices.
This world that we live in is simple: people will buy what they want to buy. If they want to buy Pokemons made by you = they will buy Pokemons made by you and not your other arts.
It's what commercial is about. You can struggle with it all you want, but in the end you will do what they want to buy, so you would get the money for your bills. The things you want to do, you can always do in your free time, and it will not make you less of an artist.
From the beginning I wanted to keep my art as far from the money as it is possible, and do it for myself in the first place. I knew making art for money would never bring me happiness.
I know it's probably not what you wanted to hear, but I hope it will help you a little :)
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it might not be the advice i was looking for, but they are solid thoughts nonetheless! thank you for your insight

i once was sure i would avoid making my art a paying job as well, but i changed my views when i realized i create too many designs than i know what to do with. i like to design characters, not develop stories, so when i want to create characters i like to see what other people can do with them instead =) for me, i find it's better than creating 100 characters and not doing anything with them. instead i can know the characters have a better chance at being further loved and developed, while also making a little money for the effort and thought put into creating them!
doing art commissions also feels worthwhile, since i can make money AND satisfy a customer who would like to see their character drawn by me. while character designs are my preferred way to sell art, i love making people happy by selling commissions as well

i thought selling art would cheapen the emotional value of my art, but for now it hasn't done that for me. while i will sell what tends to get sold to pay bills, i still find enjoyment in making people happy with the content of my art, and i enjoy seeing a character or art piece i put love into being appreciated by someone as something they can call their own in a sense
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KrzysztofFiszer Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
I understand your point :) It's good to see artist who are doing it for making others happy.
I for instance don't have this kind of empathy which would let me to be happy because I made someone happy.
So good for you :)
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
Unfortunately it seems adopts are a very niche market and even if you draw what seems like what people want, they don't often bite. It's hard to find the right kind of advice to give or pointers because a lot of people who try to sell adopts these days seem to have it hard unless happen to make a coveted CS that is in high demand. Nothing against the CS market, but it has kind of dashed the adopts market entirely on here lol 

Either way, the most that can be done is to feature your stuff in groups for adopts and such as I've found that even with ads, boosts, and features a lot of the time it doesn't help too much. With adopts you have to grab the right person's attention and want for a design and until that person comes along things may not sell. 
Just keep boosting things in groups though! That seems to work a bit better than features :) 

Best of luck! I know the feeling of unease and nerves and I too have several adopts that are up for pretty cheap and haven't been grabbed at all. It's kind of demotivating lol 
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i guess you're right that CS has dashed the market. back when i was selling designs left and right, sometimes multiple batches of 10 recycling the same base poses, of basic things like dogs and big cats and could clear a sheet of adopts in less than a couple of days, the big CS were only just taking off and hadn't had time to really become widespread, so people were still interested in less 'rare' adopts. nowadays tho the mentality seems to have shifted to 'it's just a dog? then couldn't i have just make that design myself? lol"

it seems like success used to be more based on whether the design was made by an artist you liked a lot and simpler interests like if it was your favorite animal or color palette style. it's hard to sell em like that anymore, i find. it still happens sometimes! you'll find someone who is just happy to have a design by you, or it falls juuust in their range of interest. but it's so much harder than it used to be!

i do see highly popular artists selling non-CS designs like wild dogs/hyenas/reptiles pretty easily, either individually posed or on bases as well. but again they're some of those insanely popular artists that have people drooling for the chance to own a little piece of their talent. i don't have that kind of following lol and that's fine! i love my current following. i just used to be able to charm them better i think, before the focus in the market shifted. guess times have just really changed since 2012/13
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
Yeah I hear you on that clearly -- It has become much harder to wow and please my audience as well. Supposedly it's large (number wise) but the response to things like my work and even adopts doesn't really show that. It just seems like any adopts that aren't a highly prized CS or drawn by a certain artist get ignored. More so is when people complain about a $40 adopt price but are willing to throw up $100+ for a popular CS adopt... That gets a bit irritating lol 
While I'm happy for those people who can toss up a dozen+ designs and have them clear out in 24 hours or less... I can't help but feel a bit demoted in that mine, which despite using my own base which I drew, which I took several hours on just get the comments of "Nice" or "I wish I had money!" -- That is a comment which is both kindly but a bit pointless, but I digress... 

There are some artists who are indeed insanely popular and they can sell anything for a lot in a short span of time, but then there's the concept of sometimes a design just catches the right person at the right time being exactly or close to what they're looking for. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to happen as often as it used to :I Back in the day designs could sell off pretty quick if they were done well and worth the money being spent. Nowadays it's hard to sell off anything, even if it's really well done. 

Groups do help though as they do shift the market target away from just your watchers and into a new realm of others who may not have even seen your adopts and there's a higher chance that a new face will pop up; perhaps someone who sees exactly what they're looking for in your adopt(s). 

Times have changed though... On that I can whole heartedly agree =/ 
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