Category: Art Business
Top Reasons Artists Fail at Business (and What to Do About It)
There is an elephant in the art business room. In the United States, about twenty percent of business startups fail in the first year. About half succumb to business failure within five years. By year 10, only about 33% survive. (Source: US Small Business Administration) The statistics for artists are just as grim. In a […]
Is it Legal to Use Song Lyrics and Titles in Your Art?
Some great artwork is inspired by the lyrical stylings of songs. Because music can become the soundtrack of our own lives, artwork created incorporating lyrics and titles of songs can create an instant connection with the viewer. We relate to the art because we relate to the music. But is it really legal to use […]
11 Things You Should Know Before Pricing Your Art
Pricing your art can be so confusing, it can be a barrier to selling work for many artists. It can be extremely difficult to put a dollar value on a piece of art that is infused with your heart and soul. Truly, your work is priceless. But, you still have to put a price on […]
How to Strategically Price Your Art for Growth
The thought of attaching a price to your artistic vision can bring on a case of the hives for even the most experienced artist. It can feel like a soul-sucking contradiction. On the one hand, art that is a true expression of the self is a priceless commodity. On the other hand, there comes a […]
Is Tracing Art Illegal?
Lately I’ve seen a lot of debate in online forums about tracing art. Some people feel that it’s perfectly fine to trace, and others feel that it is just plain wrong. So you might be wondering, is tracing art illegal? Tracing is a common art-making technique that is as old as time. As a technique, […]
How to Package Your Art For Shipping
Woo Hoo! You got a sale! Once you’ve been paid and you’ve finished your happy dance, you are left with a very important task. You must safely ship the art to your buyer. Shipping artwork can seem like a daunting task. If it’s damaged or lost in transit, you will have an unhappy collector. Worse […]
Do You Need Licenses or Permits to Sell Art Online?
So your website is set up and now you can sell art online. Great! Good start. But, you might be wondering whether or not you need to obtain any licenses or permit in order to comply with local, state, and Federal rules. The answer is: Yes. There are certain licenses that you should obtain for […]
Can You Draw a Celebrity and Sell It?
If you love to paint portraits, and love celebrities, you may have considered combining the two. It seems like an obvious subject, right? People are obsessed with sports figures and movie stars. Celebrity portraits sell easily among fans. But is it okay to sell celebrity portraits? You should avoid selling celebrity portraits unless you have […]
How Good Is Pictorem for Artists?
We recently put Pictorem.com to the test. Of their many products, we tested two: One HD print on metal, and one 3/16th inch acrylic. Both prints measured 20 x 15. Both featured an abstract art design. Pictorem is a good print company for artists. They have great print quality, they pack the work very well […]
Is It Harder to Sell Art Online?
Artist have been conditioned to believe that the correct way of selling art is through in-person events such as gallery shows, or art fairs. Selling art online has been slower to follow online shopping trends because of the nature of art. We’ve been taught collectors want to see the art in person before buying. But, […]