good morning everyone and welcome to a new oil painting time-lapse video and it is also going to be studio sessions episode 8 real quick before I begin the video I just wanted to remind you guys that I'm having a 20% off sale at my website which ends on May 21st and the code is Mother's Day and everything is available for 20% off at happy D artist com so feel free to check that out if you have time today's conversation topic is about the different types of art careers that any artist can have this is something that over the years I have kind of experimented with on my own I haven't really you know gone to like any formal presentations or lectures or panels buy a lot of professional artists this is kind of information that I think I've gathered just purely from observation so pardon me if the information is not completely correct or if you have a different angle on things this is just kind of what I like what I've collected based on my notes over the years of the artists that I have had the pleasure of knowing or working with or just being a fan of so when I first began thinking about quitting my job and becoming a full-time artist and I first began becoming exposed to different art careers and started following a lot of different artists on social media the one type of art career that stood out that I thought was the only type of art career or the ideal type of art career was the one in which you have a very I guess wealthy collector base who was willing to shell out a lot of money to buy original paintings so people who are willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars on one single painting and I thought the mark of a successful art career is someone who can sell maybe a handful of paintings a year at one or two shows sell out the show and you know sell each painting for like tens of thousands of dollars that's the type of art that I kind of grew up being exposed to like you only hear of those kind of more famous fancy artists who you know are able to create pieces that are in such high demand because they're so famous that they can just make a few pieces a year and sell them for a very very high price to a very exclusive audience obviously that type of career while I do still admire a lot of artists who have this type of career you know most of the really famous artists you hear have this type of career but I just don't think it's as easily attainable or as feasible you know for especially for a Brit for beginning artists you know you're just kind of like where do I even begin this type of career requires a lot of in my opinion timing luck and you know just kind of playing to the taste and to the needs of a wealthier crowd and if you happen to have an art style that the wealthier crowd doesn't really want or that doesn't really speak to a crowd that's willing to pay thousands of dollars for original art then you're essentially screwed because you know no like no one's kind of buy it and then you won't have any other options so if you are someone whose style isn't like modern art or something that you know just happens to attract a lot of people with wealth there are still different ways you can make money there are many many different types of art careers out there so another one I guess on the opposite end of the spectrum from the fine arts original painting career is the social media career so I'm not just saying that like you social media in the sense of like having a large YouTube channel or having a large patreon or having a large Instagram but also using that social media presence to sell lots of kind of more affordably priced more easily attainable merchandise or books or stickers or you know prints that aren't too expensive a lot of artists follow this model I think I'm definitely or at least one one major angle of my art career is this model and that is marketing through social media and finding an audience for your work not through being represented by a gallery or not through some exclusive internet work of wealthy people but rather just through reaching a mass audience so you know it also I just want to say that these two are not mutually exclusive if you take an artist like James Jean for example who is one of my favorite artists ever he is able to have parallel careers in both ends of the spectrum he has sold out shows he sells paintings through very exclusive collectors for tens of thousands of dollars and also on the other side he has a really successful Instagram I think he's like over half a million like maybe 700,000 Instagram followers he's able to sell lots of books of his art and they're about 30 to $40 a book he's he also his prints ranged from you know like a collection of prints for 30 to 50 bucks or one really exclusive large limited edition fine art print for you know 200 bucks so his career really spans the entire breadth of what an art career could be like and and that's one of the things I admire about him is that he's so incredibly versatile and his artwork speaks to a huge variety of people they speak to the wealthy elite collectors and they also speak to kind of you know like a teenage comic book loving crowd who can only afford maybe a few stickers or a few postcards but still are willing to support his work and he also designed a few seasons for products of his work was featured on the fabrics of the clothes and the purses for some of Pradas collections which is insane I mean he is just so versatile okay I'm not going to make this a James Jean fan fan rant but yeah basically I'm just saying there's so many different ways you can make money off of your art and so many different things you can do if you have the skills if you're not someone who has a large social media following because I know that's also that comes with its own bag of kind of like needing luck and a little bit of timing to get right you know on the same vein that not everyone who makes modern art or expensive looking art can find the success and reach the right audience to buy their work on the same vein not everyone who maybe makes art that is beautiful and has a a you know great talent great social media skills that's not guarantee that those people will end up with a large social media following either everything takes time everything takes a little bit of luck and a lot of patience but if you I think if you have a small social media following it doesn't necessarily mean that you won't be able to sell your work you can find a great middle ground I know or I've seen a lot of Instagram accounts where the paintings or drawings always get sold out at pretty good prices you know like an intermediate price range and they're not that many followers and likewise I've seen accounts with hundreds of hundreds of thousands of followers who rarely sell an original work or rarely do gallery shows so it really really varies depending on your particular skill set your particular art style and your particular audience and then I've also seen another type of art career is artists who do workshops and teach classes in person passing on their skills to students so you don't have to work or be employed by an official art school or our Academy in order to just hold a private workshop so I've seen a lot of wonderful artists whom who also display and fine art galleries who also sell prints give exclusive you know week-long or one day workshops where you know they do an extensive class and tell all of their trade secrets so what I'm saying or I guess the ultimate morsel I want to leave you guys with for this video is you don't ever have to feel pigeon holed into one art career or one type of way to earn money just because you see a certain type of career become the one that's like popular or romanticize in the media or perhaps your Idol has a certain type of career and you just want to emulate them doesn't mean that you should corner yourself into only choosing someone else's career option I think the best thing you can do especially if you're just starting out is to really pay attention to your audience pay attention to their needs and their wants and what they're able to pay what they're able to support you with and kind of let your art career run its natural course don't force it either way I really don't think that just because you I lie someone you should follow and their exact footsteps because they might have a completely different path and you were meant to have and if you spend too much time trying to copy someone else it really takes time away from you know devoting your your energy and your brainpower into finding your own unique path and your own unique voice which may ultimately be more successful and more better suited for you so like for example with me when I first started doing art I thought that the only way to true success was to go to fancy gallery routes and to find a nice small collector base we're willing to pay lots of money for my paintings but then I discovered social media and that ended up working out so much better for me because I was able to reach a wider audience and people who couldn't afford original fancy paintings could still afford to support me and be a part of my art journey by buying prints and you know while I may not be as fancy as a lot of those really famous artists like modern artists you read about in textbooks or modern artists you know whose work is hung up in like the homes of celebrities or whatever I might not be as fancy or you know rare as those people but I love that I get to reach a wider mass and you know have my art be hung up in homes of young teens who aspire to be artists one day so I just wanna say that do not ever corner yourself into you know becoming a certain type of art career or thinking that your art path is the incorrect one everyone has their own path everyone has their own timing their own pace so keep working hard guys thank you so much for watching and before I end this video I want to share very proudly these amazing entries from my April 1 dollar coloring challenge if you'd like to enter this month pledge at least $1.00 at patreon.com slash happy D artists alright thanks for watching don't forget to subscribe and I'll catch you in the next one I


  • ะะฝะฝะฐ says:

    OMG! Amazing work <3

  • Alex Tendilla says:

    Ohh my god thank you so much I was having a panic attack (always getting panic attack when I think about my future) and this has gave me a great relief.

  • ChrisSoCalm says:

    From the beginning of my schooling, I was a artist. I drew dragon ball z as a child, and even in high school I was one of the top artist in my class. However after high school, I got a trade. Now I make decent money from my trade, but it isnโ€™t my purpose. And Iโ€™m not happy doing it. I will work on my art skills and find a way to make money from it.

  • Danime says:

    Thanks for making this video!! Found it on a whim and it's really informative and helped me a lot! C:

  • Rynos Official says:

    anybody counted how many "umm" she said? XD

  • n3Cr0ManCeD says:

    Just one question. Does it hurt being that creative? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing. This was much needed ASMR for me today. You created a smile.

  • Christine Ingram says:

    She is absolutely gorgeous..but your work is always so special ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Certified Mochi says:

    I love drawing and I want to have an art career but my mom doesn't agree because she thinks it's too time consuming and not successful enough. I kinda agree but I really want to do art.. ๏ธถ๏ธฟ๏ธถ

  • ImGRIM says:

    I might end up quiting art, dont think I'm ganna go anywhere with it. Prolly just keep it as a hobby or sum

  • EyeFlower says:

    Thank you I needed this advice. ๐Ÿ’–

  • Pastel Sprinkles says:

    If i dont succeed in illustraition
    I will try fine arts
    Of i dont succeed in fine arts
    I will try being an art teacher
    If i dont become an art teacher
    I will ne an architect after that
    I have no clue what to do

  • Rochelle Lisa says:

    Beautiful ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿ’–

  • Aherela Stoner says:

    I'm 18 years old and I know I'm late ,I dont have any art degrees. only opened an account on Instagram and posting my paintings and I want to take art seriously so what should my next step be? Please need help….๐Ÿ™

  • Dony Selina says:

    Your drawing is like the character Mulan with beautiful clothes๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ’•


    LET ME SAY… Thank you for not just filming your face blah blah. I loveeeeeee that you are speed painting while talking. You have my attention for sure at 1.23!!!!

  • Silvia Warroar says:

    I love this painting! It's so beautiful! And also the topic of discussion was very interesting, informing and helpful! Love your videos!

  • Kennedy Bolton says:

    I have three careers I want to go after. I have always thought that it would be great to become a primary school teacher. But now my 2 dream jobs would be an art YouTuber or a job where I just draw in a wacom tablet all say long. Do you guys have any suggestions for me?

  • Kristyn Hanner says:

    Love this advice and adore this painting! You have a new fan in me xx

  • Lovedeep Singh says:

    I want to learn paint like u…
    What can I do???

  • Lawrence Desper says:

    Thank You

  • LONE WOLF ART says:

    Thankyou for helping me out๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ‘‹
    I am also an artist but just 17yo artist

    Checkout my latest drawing video of #Stanlee

  • Jose Garcia says:

    I disliked because she keeps saying the same things. Nothing new. Im over this. Fk this.

  • SnowPaaw says:

    Great talk! You have given me a few things to think about too ๐Ÿ’•

  • look down says:

    Your art is amazing

  • Rose Kasai says:


  • OliAnims says:

    Modern art is like the heavy meta in video games. It takes no skill whatsoever but it works so damn good. Actually good art is like less-meta or off-meta. They actually take skill, but when you master them, ur unstoppable.

  • mechelledesigns says:

    Beautiful painting!

  • Coraline Gaming says:

    Doing ART ON INSTAGRAM is the worst especially silly if you donโ€™t have much followers no one really cares about youโ€™re art Iโ€™d rather post my art on Devine art the app and thereโ€™s also a website to its way better

  • Kefim Bandi says:


  • Dan Anto says:

    Honestly you're so inspiring and I'm so glad you made this video because it really helped me a lot <3

  • KaidasKandy says:

    I want to do something like character design for like movies. I feel like making 3D characters is a big dream for me.

  • kacie mason says:

    Wow I love your art! Its cool how you speak about art while painting too its a unique way to shoot videos! Your advice and tips are very helpful thank you so much! I have been seeking to major in Art in College however I don't know if I should, yes it may give me a degree but that does not garuntee a fruitful art career! But likeyou said it depends on the person!

  • Sushant Sushant says:

    I want to be your disciple.. you are amazing painter… love you Ma'am..

  • NekoJim says:

    This painting has to be one of my favorites… It reminds me very much of one of my favorite books (Peony in Love by Lisa See)… If you read, I'd highly recommend this book, or her books in general.

  • ใƒ”ใƒผใƒpeach says:

    I thought the only type of art career was freelance work…………

  • Sam says:

    Ive been trying to figure out what I want to do after college- and just trying to make some money in the mean time and start on my portfolio… But between art blocks and being totally unsure of what I even want to be or do when Im out there in the world- its so nerve-racking!!!
    But your video gives me hope and its so nice to look forward to something, even if its scary ๐Ÿ˜Š

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