How to make money with DT-1

I'm a freelance illustrator. Illustration is not just a hobby for me, it's a job. I'm used to have clients who want this, that, and that one. Clients that have ideas, but not clear ideas, and your due is to find something in their mind and put it on paper. And after each project, you have to find another client with another idea... Very tiring...

This was my job before DT. Today I'm thinking about saving all the money I use to promote my freelance work and finding clients. I'm considering the idea of working full-time for DT. Working for DT is PURE FREEDOM. I love it.

So I'm trying to be an active part of the community.

And I think I can give some suggestion for all the illustrators that want to make money with DT.

1 - Make it with dedication and enthusiasm.

DT doesn't give you tomorrow-deadlines. He is NOT a boring client who tells you what to do and what not to do. So you really have time and freedom to do your best. You can choose your subject and your deadine. This can be a expected suggestion but if you give a look to some illustrators portfolios you can find a lot of cheap-looking illustrations. You have to say something with your images, not just making a quick drawing... You have to comunicate a concept ora a feeling, to make something useful and artistic at the same time.

And if you think "for nearly 1 US$ per download this is the best I can do..." you will NEVER make money with DT.

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Don't do it just to have one more picture in your portfolio. I know, with your computer you can manage an image, making different illustrations with just one first drawing very quickly. Well, you can do it, but only if each variant is your best.

Not just changing randomly colors or shapes.

Even an empty book can help you making money if you take your time to make interesting different versions of it. One magic old retro book, one pink butterfly girly book, one recipes book, one greyscale empty book for people who prints in BW...

And with 8 different versions of this book in my portfolio, last month a buyer contacted me for having another one, which is selling well as the others...

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December 11, 2008

Crafteepics

Some great ideas. Thank you for sharing with us.

December 10, 2008

D2hd2x

thank you for your adivises!!
although am a photographer but a illustrator!!
And if you think "for nearly 1 US$ per download this is the best I can do..." you will NEVER make money with DT that is beatiful!!

December 07, 2008

Nicemonkey

Some good ideas

November 29, 2008

Hot99

I have just reached 300 sales in around 10 months.

November 25, 2008

MilsiArt

Very interesting approach. Nice illustrations in your portfolio. Cheers!

November 21, 2008

Irisangel

Great Illustrations! Really nice portfolio. The best thing I have found with stock Photography and illustrations, aside from making your own schedule, is that you can work in your pajamas if you want. Have a great day!

November 14, 2008

Papepi

I was wondering if each of us, over time, since each has a style, has one or more customers who follow him as his creator image ..

November 14, 2008

Asaliro

This is a great motivator. Thanks Korat! [imgr]https://www.dreamstime.com/days-name-image5742631[/imgr]

November 14, 2008

Koratcn

My best sellers are in color.

November 13, 2008

Papepi

Cara Korat, but you have sold more designs in color or black and white?

November 13, 2008

Sallylux

thanks Korat, this is really a useful blog for illustrators at last!
Are you REALLY considering the idea of working full time for Dreamstime? I know your porfolio is great, but would you sell enough to earn your living?

November 13, 2008

Koratcn

Papepi: no never, if you mean the full ownership.

November 13, 2008

Papepi

Korat: but that is seen for years that you work with DT, you never happened that a customer has bought the rights to an illustration?

November 13, 2008

Sam391

omg,I think you said very good

November 12, 2008

Littlemacproductions

I think you are a real talent! Love your portfolio and wish you the best.

November 12, 2008

Litifeta

There is a lot of amazing talent among the illustrators on DT.

November 12, 2008

Valeria73

Very interesting blog!

November 12, 2008

Roberto1977

Great blog! Thank you! Bye, Rob.

November 12, 2008

Azathoth973

Very good philosophy.

C.

November 12, 2008

Sanshams

You are right. I love DT too no deadline no stress do my job with dedication and enthusiasm but for money nedd to improve my skills.
Ciao Sandra

November 12, 2008

Surisuri

good

November 12, 2008

Xevious

Usefull tips, thanks ! :)

November 12, 2008

Flycat

For me DT is a hobby. Nevertheless, I try to spread good works - and they began to bring money. It is pleasant!

November 12, 2008

Piedenero

What u wrote is really interesting! I like DT a lot too. Ciao

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