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How to Make Money by Selling Digital Art

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Digital art remains a great way for people to showcase their creativity. As an aspiring and passionate artist, you can start monetizing your creativity. Being a digital artist is fun as it helps you create beautiful pieces quickly.

The main concern is how to make money by selling digital art. Sometimes it becomes challenging to balance design work with other life engagements. Despite the challenges, there are many ways to make money and achieve your dream career. 


YouTube is one of the best ways to sell digital art online. Today, visual content is in high demand. Many people are using YouTube channels to monetize their hobbies. Digital artists are seeing the potential of YouTube to make money. They are showcasing their creativity and growing their audience. 

As a digital artist, you may need to consider what type of content to come up with. Since YouTube is a video-based platform, you can’t make money by posting your artwork there. Explore the video ideas and see the one that works for you best. However, it is important to stick to your niche.

Focusing on a market niche is a great way to stand out from the crowd. Depending on your interest and passion, you can narrow it down to animation, cartoons, anime, etc. Start by writing down any niche that comes to your mind. Keep breaking it down until you identify something specific. Come up with creative and unique content. You can record your art processor and create a storytime YouTube channel. 

To get paid on YouTube, you must have a minimum of 1000 subscribers. The minimum total watch time is 4000 hours. This may take some time, so be patient with your marketing strategy. Your level of determination and consistency will determine your success. 


Etsy is a digital marketplace where people open online stores to sell their products. The platform allows you to sell digital or physical products. As a digital artist, you will focus on digital products. Through Etsy, you can conveniently offer your digital products. Customers will find your store, transfer money and access the downloadable file. 

Setting up an Etsy store is easy:

  • On, press, Start Selling
  • Follow the instructions to create an account 
  • Etsy will send you a confirmation email
  • Verify the email
  • After completing the process, go to Your Shop
  • Choose the name of your store
  • Fill in the information as appropriate

After setting up the store, you are free to list your digital products for sale. Digital art prints are some of the bestselling products on Etsy. 

Digital fonts

Creating fonts takes time, but it is worth every effort. To create digital fonts, you need to have an understanding of typography. There are many ways to sell digital fonts. You may want to start working with a font reseller as a beginner. Font resellers collaborate with font foundries for commercial purposes.

Become a foundry partner and start selling your fonts with font resellers. When sending an application for sale, you need the following details:

  • The designer bio
  • The name of the foundry
  • The description of the foundry

After confirming the details, you can send your application for scrutiny. After being accepted, you must provide the font files, example images, and font family name. You will also need to provide the details of tags and the price of the font family. 

To get paid to sell fonts, link your preferred payment method to the website. The reseller and the font foundry will deduct their commission from the gross amount. The payment methods include PayPal, direct deposits, paper checks, and wire transfers. 


Many creatives are offering their services through freelancing. Freelance digital artists have not been left behind. Leveraging freelancing can be a little challenging at the beginning. Just like other things, freelancing is a long-term journey. You cannot make money within weeks or months.

Using traditional freelance marketplaces is one of the best ways to start. A freelance marketplace allows people to offer online services through open registration. 

The potential clients will be able to find and contact you for services. You can communicate with the client to understand their service specifications and finally deliver the service. Some of the popular freelancing marketplaces include Upwork and Fiverr. 

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