A very common challenge that all artists face is that they have very limited time. When you take a closer look at the career of a professional artist, he or she is mostly exchanging time for money.For instance, an artist may sell a piece of painting for X amount of dollars. But time is a limited resource. There’s only so much time in a single day. So no matter how fast an artist works, there’s a limit to the number of art pieces he or she can product in a single day (without compromising on the quality of the works).Professional artists know their limits. And they also know that to make a full time living as an artist, he or she has to sell a pre-determined number of art pieces for a pre-determined amount of dollars. Anything less means the business is not doing too well, and the consequence is that he or she may be forced to give up art.To make a living full time as an artist, one would have to understand business as well.
Unfortunately, not all artists possess business skills.The professional artist knows how to increase the number of revenue streams. They understand that the only way to increase revenue without requiring them to put in more time is to increase the number of products they own.Products here mean items that can be reproduced without needing additional time from the artist. For example, he can paint an oil painting and have it mass produced for sale at retail shops. That’s where the subject of art prints come in.Art prints, in the online world, provide an additional income source for the artist with no immediate additional expense. How this works is that the artist produces an artwork, convert it into digital format through a scan or a digital photo, and upload it to a website for sale.Art prints are sold through these websites (also known as art print marketplaces) as physical products such as posters, T-shirts, mugs, etc. These vendors do all the printing and shipping. All items have a base price, and the artist earns a commission after the vendor has taken his cut.If the artwork of the artist is popular, the artist can continue to earn a steady revenue stream without putting in additional work. This is a great way of earning passive income. Both full and part time artists can do this. There’s very little risk involved.And who knows, maybe a customer may become a fan of the artist and ends up spending a fortune on an original artwork.