How to Make Money with Your Art

Over the years, I’ve managed to make design work a good chunk of my income. If you’re wondering how to become a designer, I will endeavour to teach you all the ins and outs of my personal experience in the industry. It really is one of the best, high paying online jobs, and is great for those who are looking to be location independent ie. to work while travelling to work from home.

In this series I will show you how I started to earn an income as a designer.

But first of all what is design? Moreover, what is illustration, and also what is surface pattern design?

Before we begin to answer how to make money as a designer, it’s essential to understand precisely what design is. From billboards and logos to the packaging of your food products, that’s all graphic design. Included in that are the sub categories of illustration and surface pattern design.

Essentially, design is finding visual solutions for a specific purpose, whether that’s to make someone want to purchase a product, watch a television show, or come to a large event. Graphic design truly encapsulates almost every visual aspect of your life.

Within graphic design, there are a few different areas that you might choose to specialize in, including graphic design, or even typography if you’re interested in making fonts and playing with type. I have gone through all these categories, and now I am personally focusing on two main areas, illustration and surface pattern design. Why? Because these give me the most satisfaction, and because I enjoy them so much, they don’t feel like “work”.

Each area is equally as important, though some niches might pay a bit more depending on your skill level.

In this series of blog posts, I will outline 10 Ways To Make Money As A Designer. I will cover one per month, or sooner if I can. I will steer you towards more info online or classes I have that can make this possible. In each segment, I will explain how long it took me to see any significant income. And I will give you a few assignments along the way!

There are tons of ways to make money online as a designer, no matter what niche you’re interested in! If you’re wondering how to become a designer, tune into the blog and soon you can start selling or making some of these items.

If I can do it, so can you! 

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