Making sure to practice is also key to making your earned customer's happy.
“Okay, so recently I’ve been getting both online and offline feedback from artists all around. Their problem is that they aren’t getting enough art requests and that they may end up quitting the artistic abilities earned through years of practice.
“So I’m here to shed a bit of experience and, or course, seasoned advice to those ‘Starving Artists’. Don’t worry in the least; it’s a simple procedure, but also one that requires a bit of patience. And of course, it needs your most alert attention if you’re stuck in the bum business.
“There are three important business tools- and Three important Business gatherings. Use them well!
Number one and Most Important:
DO NOT refuse any piece of work. If you open up a Request shack or Answer topic, do not set any ground rules if you desperately want business. The best artist is the artist who accepts any client. So nothing of the sort: Will Not Accept Re-colors, another Artist’s reference, Paint Program or description references.
As an artist it is up to you to meet your own standards, but it’s also up to you to be understanding and open minded. Don’t be the narrow minded idiot claiming they need work, but then turn around and refuse the client because of these reasons. If you need the business, button up your pride.
WHAT TO NEGLECT:
What TO Neglect, however, would be anything you find highly offensive, and may harm your reputation. Things such as symbols that interfere with your current religion or un-necessary romance go here. It can also be racial slurs that may plant you in the neglection list. No one wants to hire an openly racist artist!
Now, when I mean ‘un-necessary romance’ would be in the lines of sexual themes and inappropriate Yuri and Yaoi. No, I did not CLAIM not to do Yuri and Yaoi- Yes, many are against it, but you may find your best Clients and come back customers are from these fields of interest. If you’re not into this and find it offensive, be KIND and courteous and politely refuse. Maybe put a bit of humor in the refusal and offer them a different artist name that you know of who’s more comfortable with this field. Or maybe ask if you could get a different request with the simple ‘I don’t think I could draw something elaborate as that!’
Be FLEXABLE and know where the wrongs and rights are. The wrongs are simple. The rights are many. Neglecting for loose reasons is bad for service and may land you right smack in the ‘unemployed’ gutter. Above all, remember to be polite no matter how infuriated you are at the offence.
Number Two and also Important:
Like all business fields, a nice, positive attitude is needed. On or offline- you’re attitude and outlook will sometimes affect your flow of business. If you’re some cranky troll with a good hand, yeah you may be good, but no one wants to be around nor hire you because you’re against re-colors or romance. Or if you’re the wishy washy type who get’s all sob-storied over an art request of your favorite character with another that doesn’t belong to you.
The key word here is ‘Pokerface’. As used in many phrases, it means to put on a good front, or in other words, fake your happy attitude. You requests can at times be very annoying, sad, or just altogether pitiful. DO NOT discriminate nor OFFEND your client. Just grit your teeth and do it! Who knows? You may change this person’s perspective, or even encourage them to climb different heights. That person could find you as an inspiration or even a role model. So don’t screw things up just because you think the request is dumb. Remember, ‘Pokerface’!
Number Three and the least to worry about, but still imperative.
We all know how people can be total asses. Yes- you could be a minor artist, or maybe a freshman, just starting. Let’s face it, as starters, we’re all never good. It takes years to hone your artistic talents and create your own tactics and styles. Heck, you may be the next Picasso- but right now you’re a stick man scribbler! Years are gonna rob you blind before you really learn the shape pf things.
But back to the bad service. As in Number Two’s advice, the polite and mature Pokerface work’s well in this field. You may get returned art, complaints that this wasn’t good enough or you got something wrong.
Okay, listen, people make mistakes. But what’s worse, you could draw something PERFECT, maybe even better looking than the reference given, and the client won’t be happy. Sometimes you’d even feel as if God himself couldn’t draw this picture without this person bitching.
It’s okay. No one in their right mind expects this nit picky client to be satisfied with even their own art talent. If this person is being an ass, simply refuse to work with them and politely take leave. It may hurt you a bit, because you’ve taken so much time and talent into that piece and this person has the gal to spit on it. But where there’s a storm, there’s a rainbow behind it. You’ll soon find more capable clients who’d appreciate your hard work and energy. Don’t be discouraged if things don’t turn out right. And always remember that there’s never such a thing as a ‘Perfect’ artists, just those with different styles. There’s more than a single person out there who enjoys your work. All ya gotta do is find ‘em!
Oh and there won’t be need to stab back at the person who dare insult your hard work. If the right people, more than likely fans, hear of any of this blasphemy, many will gladly and heatedly come to your defense. It’s a two sided deal- You remain the cool headed, brave artist who can take an insult punch to the face without cringing, and your fans impress others with their fiery loyalty and awesome come backs.
With that out the way, you’re probably wondering HOW to attract customers. Oh sure, advice how to RUN it is dandy, but how does one start?
Simple. All you have to do is three things.
Display- Comments- Conceitedness.
This is easy of the three steps. As an artist you have many emotions and thoughts to express on paper. With these thoughts from mentality to reality, you have the options to post the image ANYWHERE. Wither online or off, should you display your piece, those interested will more than likely search for more.
Take any advantage point. Do small public requests, post sketches, and anything you feel as if it’s your best work. More than likely people will start sniffing around to see what else you’ve cooked up, and then eventually post a request.
Second easiest. On Fanpop, especially- all you really do in this step is go around and look at other people’s artwork. Leaving comments is simple but important, especially if you give a good few sentences on the piece to give the artist proper perspective than the usual ‘Cool!’ or ‘Cute!’ items. No, those are used for the pieces that do not belong to the one who posted it.
As in Darkhorn’s article on perspective and building criticism, you don’t have to be unnecessarily cruel. But boring sentences WILL NOT give you attention. And therefore, you will not impress nor help your fellow artist and competitor.
Be kind, polite, but also a little sharp. Let them know what you’re thinking, but make sure the sharpest edges of the knife are a tad blunt. Let them know the faults, but at the same time let them know what you like about the piece. Constructive criticism impresses the right people, and these people will come knocking on your door, begging for a sketch from their advisor. Don’t let them down- and remember to keep in mind your own art isn’t perfect. These people are more than likely trying to get pay back for the things you’ve said, but as an artist with this experience, it’ll more than likely be as friendly as you were. Keep the term ‘Treat others the way you’d like to be treated’ fairly in mind!
Basically- BRAG. Don’t sit and whine how you’re no good, boast! Claim you know your way around a pencil or mouse- stamp a hand to your chest, puff it out, and let everyone know NO ONE can draw Shadow in his sexy jeans better than you can in your fashion! Prance, be friendly, joke! Don’t insult yourself, chances are, no one’s in the mood for an emo artist. They want someone sure of their ability and positively glowing with happy go lucky charm. Make competition even! Claim whoever can draw a certain picture better than you have bragging rights.
As long as you’re respectful, you carry yourself as nobility. And don’t let any career puncture get you down. Be a chum and toss insults back with your happy jokes! After all, no one can draw like you can!
SLUGGISH BUSINESS TIPS:
1. If business is sluggish, try doing surprise art. Sniff around the recolor areas, or scrounge up a few old pictures someone left behind and redraw them. Then hand them back to the original artist! You may get a nice praise, a prop, and with any luck, a new request.
2. Change your little Art Shack every week to two weeks. What I mean is, if you opened up a Question in the Answers topic of a Club that calls for Requests, try refreshing it every week or so. This pulls an alert to those in the same Club, as you know, and may bring new customers. Make sure to post a list of the usernames of Clients you served- the more you have, the more experience you’re boasting!
3. Continuing to display your leisure projects will tug the interest strings in people. Don’t stop displaying! Display in different Clubs and snag more clients! AND DON’T FORGET YOUR COMPLIMENTS!
And for my final strip of advice, I’d suggest making the client comfortable with more than the normal, fru fru, traditions. Ask them if they’d prefer their request sent to them via PM- On their wall, or out on public display. Ask if they’d like a small change in the character’s outfit, or ask for permission to add something else to the character. This can range to another Mobian or accessory. Think outside the box and of ways how to be the different artist!
And with that, I leave you.
And…Eheh…if anyone needs a Request filled, I myself would be overjoyed to be your artist!
May your voice carry the very moon in her path across Heaven!
And always make sure to display display display!