The Holiday Season sales are upon us. Wishing you'all many sales so far and onwards. As an inspiration to all, let's share what we've sold since the last paycheck on Nov. 15th. If you haven't sold anything so far, stay positive, there's still alot of Holidays to go. Cheers!
Thanks Diane, yes the paycheck will be very welcome.
RJ, the secrets which are really no secret, have been discussed before. Basically, good tags, marketing outside of FAA, and probably one you won't like, quality in quantaties. Most prints I sell are in the areas of cityscapes, transportation, and pop/kitsch. Usually subjects that have a mass appeal. My slogan, "For $4.3 million you can get a Gursky. For $43 million you can get a Lichtenstein. And for just a tad under $120 million, you can get a Munch. Luckily for everyone else, there is Wingsdomain Art and Photography! "
Beth, one is better than none, and again, there is alot of Holidays left in the Season. Best of luck!
Since size does actually matter in art, here is my break down.
1 – 48 inch (If you include the 14th)
6 - 36 inch
2 - 30 inch
2 - 24 inch
3 – 20 inch
1 – 16 inch
1 – 14 inch (son’s image actually and his first sale)
7 – 8/10/12 inch prints
1-card 25 pack
8 - Single cards
So, 23 prints since the 14th. (One was my son's)
I have found people are buying larger sizes from me this year.
It is worth noting that this is my third holiday season as a "professional" photographer.
The first one I was only on Etsy. I sold three prints (same image and one sale was two prints) Last Christmas I sold a lot more images than this year BUT most were small (including a lot of cards in a single sale.) This year every month has been better than the prior year and usually by a between x2 and x10. Income for the year is up 300% so far.
I have not had the time to devote to my art the way I should , so I cannot complain about zero sales since i joined F.A.A.
I made some major life changes back at the end of Aug, that will allow me to go back into the artworld.
Just wanted to say thanks to those of you who share your sales information as it is an inspiration to many of us!
Starting mid Jan, I will have 3 to 5 hours per day to work on my art.
That includes both the field work and the post production and wet lab darkroom work.
Just wondering about averages on time spent on artwork and posting images to your site.
per day? per week?
Thanks again for sharing your ideas and information !
I hope to be able to post sales figures next time this post goes around!
@DM Werner.......I am new to the site been here since Oct 30 2012....so far I have A LOT of work to do myself to get a better variety added to my galleries....I have been trying to add new artwork every 3 days or so and also just bought myself a new and better camera to do some photography as well. The number of hours I would have to say it depends on the piece I am working on but on average 2 hours a day drawing....I am new and in no position to give you advice but wanted to answer your question I am still figuring everything out right now ....good luck with future sales.
time spent varies - actual work time verses simply being distracted with everything here and so forth. i'm on the computer for like 12-15 hours, but i might be working on promoting or making new stuff for maybe 5-8 of those hours. it really depends on the subject and if i have to research anything.
Awesome, everyone! Those large size sales are surreal, I sold a couple of 60"ers recently and 2 thoughts went through my mind, first, that's a damn big cha-ching! lol. Second, that's going to be a damn large canvas on someone's wall! And I visualize what that large size must look like relative to the space in my own living room, and I think again, damn, that's a large canvas! lol.
As of yesterday 13th sale since November 15th. One pack of 25 cards, the others just prints and some framed and matted none on canvas. Best month I've had on FAA and very happy. I think I only missed one month this year without a sale. Looking forward to 2013.
I didn't count z in my initial post and wasn't intending to count z at all, but thought Mike's reference to "posters" meant z, and I coincidentally had a few sale at z that same day so thought I'd share too.
posters - prints, i lump them together to mean the same thing. zazzle is a separate thing, and considering how cheap the posters are there and how little i get, mentioning how many i sell there is almost moot. the cheapest print i sell here is like the most i may ever get at zazzle and that's like a miracle sale because it wasn't on sale or anything.
@Sheena- thanks for the info- it kelps me to keep things in perspective, I know the few hours a day I put in are not enough-and starting mid Jan- I will be able to devote more days and time to my art.
@ Mike-- darn Mike when do you sleep? eat? grocery shop, cook?
Thank you both for the imput- I now know what is expected if I am to be a sucessful business owner.
I should have known this by watching my neighbors.
They owned a business and would work 10 to 12 hours M- F and they would both work 6 hours on Sat and Sun, one would work the mornings and the other the afternoon shift.
They would take seperate vacations - which consisted of maybe 3 or 4 days off, and never far from home, maybe 3 hour drive-so they could make it home in a hurry if they needed to. In 8 years, I only know of one time they took a 2 week vacation and went together. They had 4 locations and maybe 5 employees.
Many of us artists run a solo shop. When you love what you do, the day flies by so quickly.
I sometimes tend to let the household chores pile up a tad bit too much.
Time to read up on family life and maintaining a balance.
I think structure and set work hours at the studio may be necessary, coupled with a heap of flexibilty !
@dm - sleep, etc? no, staying awake is for champions... well anyway, i work on stuff and just keep uploading, the stuff i have i've been making for years. though i think after christmas i may also go into imagekind, some of my stuff anyway. give it a shot.
apparently i'm part of a clique now, so i have to do what we all seem to be doing. it's hard to do the handshake since i have no hands online. so i'll wear the hat even though i'm not of that religion or really any.